May 5, 2016
Candace Hardy (22 articles)


A little late in arriving but my tulips say spring is here. I’d like to start this month’s review with something for the Itty Bitty Kitties.

WHEN SPRING COMES by Kevin Henkes Illustrated by Laura Dronzek. This little picture book is perfect for the littlest kitties to snuggle in a lap on a drowsy afternoon. It begins before spring begins, with trees that “look like black sticks against the sky.” Emphasis is on patience and waiting and understanding all that happens underground while the snow is still on the ground. We wait for brown grass to turn green, tiny wild violets to grown, eggs to hatch and seedling to start. It shows the weather changes, mud, rain and puddles. It shows how we will know when spring has really truly arrived with “buds and bees and boots and bubbles.” Simplistically written but never talking “down” to its audience, each scene is accompanied by simply bright expressionistic colors that children can identify with.

For the MEWLY reading kitty, an old favorite returns. A MY FIRST shared reading from I CAN READ, Biscuit Feeds the Pets by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, pictures by Pat Schories. Lovable Biscuit is excited to help Mrs. Gray feed the pets. His intentions are of the best as he attempts to help feed the guinea pigs, kittens and fish. That is, of course until he discovers a box of new little puppies to play with. As the box is dumped, the little puppies are let loose and the predictable havoc ensues. Wonderful chaos develops that will thrill the youngest reader who can, of course predict the disastrous outcome as the water bowl is spilled and the bag of dog food dumped on the floor. Wonderful fun read with delightful watercolor images.

Stay tuned for some new mid-grades and the Sophisto-Kitty

Candace Hardy