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Archive for Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Feathery, fuzzy creatures create warm feelings

April 12, 2005

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It's spring in the bookstores, where we've been finding bunnies, chicks and ducks -- all perfect for spring reading.

One perfect for the season is "Spring is Here," by Lois Lenski (Random House, $9.95). Lenski's signature art has a retro appeal for adults, and little ones will be charmed by Lenski's simple and sweet drawings.

Newbery Medal-winning author Linda Sue Park also has crafted a book that will appeal to little ones. "What Does Bunny See?" (Clarion, $15) takes a little bunny through a garden to discover flowers -- and colors -- on every page. The illustrations by Maggie Smith are charming.

If you're looking for other bunny books, Penguin Books is publishing a pile of board books based on the works of beloved author Beatrix Potter. Hop into the bookstore for one of these treats: "Peter Rabbit's Springtime" ($4.99), a tiny pop-up board book; and "Meet Peter Rabbit's Friends" ($6.99), a simple introduction to some of Potter's favorite characters, including Jeremy Fisher, Flopsy and Mopsy; and "Who Lives Here, Peter Rabbit?" ($6.99), a sweet lift-the-flap book that will have little hands lifting flaps as they guess which friend they'll find underneath.

Baby ducks are also a sign of springtime. "Little Duck: Finger Puppet Book" (Chronicle Books, $6.95) is a chunky board book with a built-in finger puppet illustrated by Klaartje van der Put. Little ones will think this simple book about a baby duck looking for a friend, first published in the Netherlands, is just ducky. Chronicle Books also has published the similarly sweet "Little Ladybug: Finger Puppet Book" ($6.95).

Another sweet story featuring a baby duckling is "A Hug For You," by Margaret Anastas with adorable artwork by Susan Winter (HarperCollins, $15.99). You'll want to give your little one a big hug after following baby duck through his day of hugs, including the best hug of all: a big bedtime hug.

If bedtime always comes too soon for your child, you'll both enjoy "Chicken Bedtime Is Really Early" by Erica S. Perl (Harry N. Abrams, $14.95). "From chickens to hamsters, from rabbits to sheep, sooner or later we all need to sleep" begins this delightful barnyard bedtime tale. (Chickens head to bed at 5.) The bright blues, reds and yellows of animal portraits by George Bates capture the whimsy.

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