The Polar Bear Son

by Lydia Dabcovich

Way up North, all alone in a little hut at the edge of an Inuit village, there lived an old woman. One day, out on the ice, the old woman found a little white polar bear cub... 

The Polar Bear Son The Polar Bear Son is a heart-warming adaptation of an Inuit tale. (Inuit tribes have inhabited the Arctic climate of Alaska, Canada, and Greenland for more than a thousand years.) 

In the tale, a lonely old woman adopts an orphaned polar bear cub.  The woman feeds and cares for the cub and calls it, “Kunikdjuaq, my son.”  When the bear is big and strong enough to hunt, it provides plenty of meat and fish for its surrogate mother.  And after the bear leaves the nest, it faithfully visits the old woman whenever she feels lonely. 

The Polar Bear Son is a wonderful story that illustrates the love that can be shared in all kinds of families.


Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones

by Claire Freedman

The sun paints the sky a warm, glowing red.
It's time to stop playing, it's time for bed.

Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones...are the opening lines of Claire Freedman’s Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones, a charming read-aloud for babies and toddlers.  Now available as a board book, Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones is written in a soothing rhyme perfect for bedtime.  Children will enjoy viewing the colorful yet calming illustrations of baby animals on an African savanna as they prepare for bed—from hippos cuddling to lion cubs dozing.  Children will also discover that all babies, even those in the animal kingdom, like to snuggle with their parents at the end of an eventful day.  

Will There Be a Lap for Me?

by Dorothy Corey

Kyle had a special place. It was not too hard and not too soft. It was just right for resting and talking and listening to stories and watching the birds.

Will There Be a Lap for MeKyle’s special place is his mother’s lap. It is “just right” like baby bear’s porridge. When his mother becomes pregnant, however, her lap gets smaller and smaller as her stomach grows larger and larger. After his baby brother is born, Kyle is so very excited. But as his mother busies herself caring for the new addition, Kyle wonders if he’ll ever get to climb up on his special place again.

Will There Be a Lap for Me? is a gentle story that conveys the thoughts and feelings of a child anticipating and coping with the birth of a sibling. Through this warm family tale, children will discover that a mother’s love is both steadfast and ever-growing.  


Señor Cat's Romance

by Lucia Gonzalez

Once upon a time, a little half-chick named Medio-Pollito lived on a farm near the mill. He had only one wing and only one leg, and he did very well with these…


Senor Cat's RomanceThis is a delightful collection of six Latin American folk tales to read aloud. As Gonzalez points out in the introduction, the themes of these stories are universal to the childhood experience. Young children will delight in hearing stories of a chick who is "naughty and vain as two whole chicks rolled into one" or a tale of Juan Bobo and his race with the three-legged iron pot. Lulu Delacre’s vibrant watercolors take the reader straight to the Caribbean with a flare for the atmosphere and the passion of the islands. Included after each tale is "Something about the Story" and a Glossary of the Spanish words found in the text. The brief length of the tales makes them appropriate for younger children as well as older. This wonderful journey through Latin America will be traveled again and again with much appreciation! (Reviewed by: Olga / University City Regional Library)

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Eric Carle
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