IN THE FIDDLE IS A SONG by Durga Bernhard (Chronicle)
"In the wheat/is bread/waiting to be baked. In the fiddle/is a song/waiting to be played./In the thread/ is a weaving/waiting to be spun.../In the larva/is a butterfly/waiting to unfold. In you/is a story/waiting to be told." What a celebration of potential energy! Be careful, this lift-the-flap book is likely to be shelved in the novelty book section and overlooked for the thoughtful delight that it is. Children will enjoy lifting the pages to see the cause and effect, the before and after, and knowing that the same thing exists inside of them...kapow! Strong affirmations for the littlest listener are wrapped in words and pictures both lyrical and warm. (2 and up)
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BLACK? WHITE! DAY? NIGHT! by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Roaring Brook) A new lift-the-flap book featuring opposites by an award-winning author. Is what we are looking at a small beetle, or an elephant's eye? Is the clean doggy hiding a big mess? Does the ordinary white sheep have something extraordinary about it? Surprising stuff! (3 and up).
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