“Winter is Here.” Yes, it is. Kevin Henkes’ new book is about a very timely topic. As we watch the snow arrive, the library gives a great vista facing east and west. In “Winter is Here,” Mr. Henkes writes,
“The dog is bounding.
The squirrels are scurrying.
The birds are huddling.
The children are slipping, digging, skating, building, sledding . . .
Why is this all happening?
Winter is here!”
“A Parade of Elephants,” also by Kevin Henkes, is a book you can judge by its cover. A parade of elephants marches up, down and around. This is another cheerful picture that can help relieve winter doldrums.
Jim Arnosky is famous for writing and illustrating books about nature and animals. He asks, “Why?” in his new book, “Look at Me.” Why do some animals change color, grow huge horns or antlers, or stretch or puff up their skin. One can imagine that looking fierce or protective might give an animal some defense if attacked, but what about a peacock’s enormous tail?
“We are Grateful: Otsaliheliga” pronounced (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is a book written by Traci Sorell. She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and lives in northeastern Oklahoma. This picture book gives a glimpse of Cherokee life in both ancient and modern times, but it is written on a level children can understand. Ms. Sorell teaches us that the Cherokee people are grateful for all the elements of life throughout the year. The Cherokee nation developed its own written language and Ms. Sorell includes words in Cherokee and written in the Cherokee alphabet created by Sequoyah.
Mo Willems has another series out, “Unlimited Squirrels.” He reaches new heights of silliness, even including a corny ( I get it, a-corn y) joke at the end. “I Lost My Tooth” is the newest book in the “Unlimited Squirrels” series. A squirrel loses one of his teeth and his friends try to help him. Then they all chime in on the corny jokes. Here is an example of one of Mr. Willems’ jokes; Question: “What do you call a bear with no teeth?” Answer: “A gummy bear!”
Finally, because the world needs more “Pete the Cat” books, I give you “Pete the Kitty and the Baby Animals.” Pete the Kitty is about as cool as Pete the Cat, but he’s much shorter.
I don’t know what else to say, except, “see you at the library!”