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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

My Favorite Picture Book

Thanks to Megan Bickel, I'm participating in her blogfest today, March 10. So one of my favorite picture books is The Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy, illustrated by Michael P. White. I love the story. I love the images. I love the humor. I love the language. I love it as a parent, a teacher, and a writer. I could read it over and over and over because the humor and the language and the story and the pictures are just that engaging. It's on my "to-buy" list. I've checked it out of the library several times. My children, now 4 and 6, love this book just as much as I do.
Sunrise Elementary School has a large and very scaly problem. The school has hired a new librarian, Miss Lotta Scales, to clean up, reorganize and take care of things in the school library. Unfortunately, she's a dragon who will not let any of the children so much as touch a single book. Miss Lotta Scales is determined that her library will be pristine with no "sticky finger" marks on any of the precious books.  
Under these conditions it can be no surprise to learn that the children come to hate the library and miss their story hour very much. There seems to be no answer to the problem of what to do about Miss Lotta Scales. Then, one day something quite remarkable happens and the library dragon makes an extraordinary transformation.
ENJOY!!! I give it a 4-clover rating, for sure! 

14 comments:

  1. I've heard you mention this one before and I thought I had read it, but now I'm not so sure. I need to run out and find it!

    Thanks for participating, Christie!!

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  2. I haven't read this one, Christie! I will have to check it out!

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  3. We have this one in my library and somehow I haven't read it. Well, it's going in my To Be Read pile straightaway!

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  4. How fun! I haven't heard of this one...I'll have to go get it! We're just a little obsessed with dragon stories around here. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. PS. I had a lot of fun looking around your blog and plan to enter your March contest. ;)

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  6. I can't wait to share this with my kids-- thanks!

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  7. Hmmm.... sounds like the dragon, (oops!) I mean, lady who used to work at the school in the library before I did (except she didn't care about sticky fingers, she just didn't like the kids, I think)lol. Sounds like a very cute story. Another one for the list! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. Right I'm taking that title to the library, sounds great!

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  9. That sounds cute. Books and dragons? how could that go wrong? :-)

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  10. Well, I am hooked. I'll have to head down to the library and find this one to learn what happened! :)

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  11. This sounds like such fun! I love books set in libraries. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  12. I haven't read this one, so I'll need to check it out. Have your read The Library Lion? I love that one too.

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  13. I haven't read this one either, but it looks fabulous. Thanks for yet another great recommendation!

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  14. It sounds lovely Christie - another to add to my list to go out and find! Sorry I missed last month's challenge too - everything slightly got away from me but I will be in at some point soon!

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