DRY DAYS, WET NIGHTS

Now that he stays dry all day, Little Bunny wants to leave his diaper off at night. ``I'm not a baby,'' declares ``LB,'' and Mama, agreeing, adds, ``We can see what happens tonight. If your body is ready, then you'll stay dry.'' Still, LB wakes up ``cold, wet, and confused'' in the middle of a dream. Cheerfully, Mama changes his sheets, helps again the next night when he makes it almost to the bathroom, and comforts the discouraged bunny as months pass and he learns to ride a bike and outgrows two pairs of shoes. Dad helps too, by remembering that ``when I was about your age, I used to wet the bed.'' Finally, LB wakes up dry; and while Mama suggests a celebration she also wisely observes that they should ``take one day at a time.'' Sensible, exemplary, and nicely extended in appealingly expressive illustrations; ``A Note for Parents'' adds specifics about the prevalance of normal bed- wetting among preschoolers to the story's implicit advice for dealing with it. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: March 1, 1994

ISBN: 0-8075-1723-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Whitman

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1994

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ANNA CARRIES WATER

Anna, the youngest in a large family, desperately wants to carry her coffee can of water on her head.

She doesn’t yet have this skill that all her siblings have mastered. Why, Karen can even read while she carries a water container on her head, a detail noted in the exuberant paintings accompanying the simple text, ideal for reading aloud. There is another problem. Anna is afraid of the cows in Mr. Johnson’s field, near the spring. One day, when she is trailing way behind the others, Anna just starts running away from her bovine enemies (very peaceful creatures, as depicted in the illustrations). Her whole family comes to find her, and they all witness a grand sight: Anna running with her full can on her head and not spilling a single drop! James, of Antiguan background, allows her bold acrylic paintings in tropical colors to sprawl across wide double-page spreads of lush Caribbean landscapes. The hummingbirds and butterflies add a bit of whimsy to Anna’s cover portrait. While not mentioned in the text, the Jamaican flag is seen on the wall of a country store, and the author was born there. When water easily comes out of a faucet, young readers rarely think about the difficult chore of carrying water, but they will empathize with Anna’s desire to reach an important milestone. (Picture book. 4-6)

 

Pub Date: Feb. 1, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-896580-60-9

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Tradewind Books

Review Posted Online: Dec. 11, 2013

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2014

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Roll out the mats for this dino/yoga mashup treat.

DINOS DON'T DO YOGA

A TALE OF THE NEW DINOSAUR ON THE BLOCK

Sun salutations meet dino indignation.

Ya gotta be “roar-and-rumble rough, and talon-tearing TOUGH!” to make it in Rex’s valley. So what are the members of his gang to make of a dino that walks in one day with a series of peaceful poses? Though Rex declares the newcomer to be “silly,” one by one his friends slip away to realign their spines and give their thighs some exercise. Incensed, Rex becomes a victim of his own bad temper, causing the true reason for his rudeness to come to light. “My jaws are deadly. My tail is spiny. My arms are strong! But also…tiny.” In a happy ending, Yogasaurus graciously teaches Rex a pose that doesn’t require use of the upper body. There’s a great deal of good yoga-based storytime read-aloud potential here, thanks in large part to the soft rhymes. The book gracefully weaves in such yoga moves as the plank or the butterfly while keeping the tone amusing and informative rather than preachy. The art highlights this humor perfectly. The book gets a little loosey-goosey with historical timelines (giant ground sloths most certainly did not live in the same era as dinosaurs), but kids will be doing too many downward dogs to care.

Roll out the mats for this dino/yoga mashup treat. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Nov. 17, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-68364-414-9

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Sounds True

Review Posted Online: Sept. 15, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2020

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