Tag Archives: animals

Foxes are the new owls

Ever since the popular chapter book Pax was published, we’ve been seeing lots of books about foxes!  Here are some new picture books and nonfiction titles:

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All Ears, All Eyes
by Richard Jackson; illustrated by Katherine Tillotson
As darkness falls in the forest, animals hoot, chirp, whirr, and bark, lulling drowsy children to sleep.

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Faraway Fox
by Jolene Thompson illustrated by Justin K. Thompson
A lonely fox roams the forest where he grew up, searching for his family and finding only strange creatures who stand on their hind legs, until, at last, he finds himself at home.

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How to Find a Fox
by Nilah Magruder
Equipped with a camera and determination, an adventurous little girl tries to track down an elusive red fox, which proves more difficult than she thought.

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Little Fox in the Forest
by Stephanie Graegin
A wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world.

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Pandora
by Victoria Turnbull
Pandora the fox lives alone in a junk yard. She’s depressed and has no contact with the outside world. Then, she rescues a blue bird. As she nurses him back to health, the bird collects seeds and trinkets for her. One day, the bird grows strong enough to fly away, but the garden seeds he brought begin to transform Pandora’s landscape.

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Watersong
by Tim McCanna; illustrated by Richard Smythe
A fox’s journey to take shelter from a rainstorm, told entirely in onomatopoeia.

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The Secret Life of the Red Fox by Laurence Pringle; illustrated by Kate Garchinsky
The life of a red fox is a mystery to most people. You might catch a glimpse of blazing red fur or hear a far-off bard, but the fox‘s daily activities are know to few. Filled with fascinating facts and illuminating details, this nonfiction book invites readers on a yearlong journey with a red fox named Vixen.

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Sniffer and Tinni: A True Tale of Amazing Animal Friendship
by Berit Helberg; photography by Torgeir Berge
A fox and a German Shepherd living in a small Norwegian town become best friends.

On your marks, get set, go!

Are you planning to follow the Iditarod in your classroom?  Did you know that there is a whole Iditarod education web page?  It includes lesson plans for teachers and fun materials like coloring pages for students.

Are you looking for some stories about mushers and sled dogs?  The Iditarod education page includes recommended books about the Iditarod and Alaska.  Debbie Reese, blogging at American Indians in Children’s Literature, recently recommended a series of picture books about an Inuit boy named Jake and his puppy, Kamik.

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Kamik’s First Sled adapted from the memories of Matilda Sulurayok, illustrated by Qin Leng
Jake’s puppy Kamik is growing quickly, but the dog isn’t becoming any easier to handle. All Jake wants is to raise his puppy into a strong, fast sled dog, but Kamik is far from ready to pull a sled with a dog team. With some advice and a little help from his grandmother, Jake learns basic principles of how to begin training a dog to pull. Kamik finally has his first sled, and he and Jake can finally begin exploring the tundra together. But Jake and Kamik are still inexperienced, and when a blizzard starts blowing in across the tundra, Jake has to rely on his knowledge to get home. Inspired by the life memories of the author, an Inuit elder, this book lovingly presents basic dog-rearing practices that even the youngest dog lover can try.

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Kamik Joins the Pack adapted from the memories of Darryl Baker; illustrated by Qin Leng
Jake cannot wait for his uncle to meet Kamik, and to see what an obedient puppy he is becoming! Jake’s uncle is a great musher, who has won many dogsledding races, and if Kamik is good enough Jake hopes today might be the day that Kamik finally gets to run with a dog team!

James Herriot at 100

Author James Herriot would have been 100 years old this year.  He wrote beloved stories about his experiences as a country veterinarian.  Most of these were published as books for adults, but you can also find picture book versions and collections of stories for children.

Oscar, Cat-About-Town by James Herriot
Ruth Brown, illustrator
Nobody knows why a stray cat keeps sneaking away from his new home until he begins turning up at social events all over the village.

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James Herriot’s Treasury of Inspirational Stories for Children
illustrated bu Ruth Brown and Peter Barrett
A collection of the author’s stories for children, including “Moses the Kitten,” “The Market Square Dog,” and “Smudge, the Little Lost Lamb.”  The collection is also available as an audiobook with a slightly different title.

Amazing Animals with Animal Quest

Amazing Animals

Thursday, July 14
2:00-2:45 PM

Animal Quest is back! They will be showcasing the wonders and wows of the animal kingdom with a bunch of their live exotic animals! Come meet “Twitch”, the cute and rambunctious Coatimundi, “Jig”, the gorgeous albino Burmese Python, “Munroe”, the 22 pound Flemish Giant Rabbit, and many other cool animals! Join us for the opportunity to see and touch animals you may not have even known existed.

Offsite at Central Park (behind the Annerino Community Center Gymnasium), 201 Recreation Drive, Bolingbrook, IL 60440. All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Annerino Community Center Gymnasium if rain. Drop in.

Popeye and Sailor Dog Show

Popeye and Sailor

Thursday, June 16/2016
2:00-2:45 PM

If you’re proud when you can get your dog to sit, you’ll be amazed at what the talented canine performer Sailor can do. Under the guidance of her trainer, Alex “Popeye” Rothacker, Sailor jumps rope, walks a tightrope and balances a ball while walking, to name a few of her dog-gone enjoyable stunts.

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Offsite at the Annerino Community Center Gymnasium, 201 Recreation Drive, Bolingbrook, IL 60440. All ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

Robin’s Dog Stars

Robin's Dog Stars

Tuesday, July 21
1:30 PM to 2:10 PM
or
2:30 PM to 3:10 PM

Robin and Cedar the Border Collie will perform amazing dog tricks like jumping through hoops and playing music. Fun for all ages!
Location: Meeting Room A

Seating will be first come, first served for a maximum of 90 audience members. Open to all ages, preschoolers with an adult. Drop in.

http://www.robinsdogstars.com/

Animals behind the Annerino Center

Amazing Animals

Tuesday, June 23
2:00 PM to 2:45 PM

Animal Quest will be showcasing the wonders and wows of the animal kingdom with a bunch of their live exotic animals! Come meet “Twitch”, the cute and rambunctious Coatimundi, “Jig”, the gorgeous albino Burmese Python, “Munroe”, the 22 pound Flemish Giant Rabbit, and many other cool animals! Join us for the opportunity to see and touch animals you may not have even known existed.

This event will be held at Central Park Pavilion, behind Annerino Community Center, 201 Recreation Drive, Bolingbrook, IL 60440. All ages, preschoolers with adult. Drop in.