A group of pirates are sent an invitation to a birthday party. They are pretty excited to go; however, Pete, the pirate parrot, informs the pirates th...moreA group of pirates are sent an invitation to a birthday party. They are pretty excited to go; however, Pete, the pirate parrot, informs the pirates that he knows parties. Pete will not allow the pirates to go to the party without taking a bath. Finally the pirates take a bath, but then Pete declares that they need new clothes. Once they are smartly dressed Pete informs them that their choice for birthday presents (a saber, a rope, a wooden leg, and a cannon) are not appropriate gifts for a little girl’s birthday. Finally Pete declares that the pirates are ready for the party. Unfortunately once they get to the party Polly will not allow them in. She wanted pirates (who everyone knows “have dirty feet, filthy clothes, and shaggy hair”). So the pirates hurry up to become pirates again…as well as teach Pete a lesson or two. This is a funny play on expectations and what it means to be a pirate. Kids who have often been forced to clean up for an occasion or two or who happen to love pirates will surly enjoy this comical story.(less)
I LOVE decorating for parties! I love themed parties. I love preschoolers and their imagination. I am so happy that I found this book! This has loads...moreI LOVE decorating for parties! I love themed parties. I love preschoolers and their imagination. I am so happy that I found this book! This has loads of ideas for various parties. Games/activities, decorations, food, and ideas for how to make each theme magical are provided. Seriously, I wish I had had this book when I was first starting to plan big library programs. If only to think about how to pull the decorations together or to think big when doing the food tables. Such fun. Now, what party to plan next… (less)
I have such a soft-spot for all things Cinderella. And although her name is Cinderella, she only has a few shoe mishaps in this particular book. Mostl...moreI have such a soft-spot for all things Cinderella. And although her name is Cinderella, she only has a few shoe mishaps in this particular book. Mostly it is all about the characters and interactions this go-round.
Cinderella and her class-mates are going to participate in a spelling bee. The third, fourth and fifth graders are all able to participate. Each class has their own spelling bee and the 3 class winners will all go on to compete in the school bee. The winner of the school bee will be able to plan a special class party to celebrate. Both of the Rosemarys are just as obnoxious as ever. They form clubs and tell everyone who can and can't be in them. Also they get upset and angry when everyone doesn't agree with their idea of what a perfect class party theme would be (unicorns). When Cinderella decides that she will ignore Rosemary T. (who used to be her best friend until she got too mean) Rosemary retaliates by telling mean lies about Cinderella's aunt. Cinderella must learn to not only juggle practicing for the big spelling bee, she must figure out how to handle an ever-increasing distance between her used-to-be best friend.
This book proves that this series will become a good staple for young chapter book readers. The situation and struggles are spot on for the age and interests of the characters. Cinderella is a solid character that many will like. (Even though she has a very princessy name, she has loads of interests that aren't super girly. For example in her classroom she sits at a table with three boys and they enjoy making up words and talking about bugs and dinosaurs.) If the tomboys and boys in school are okay reading a book with a pink cover, they will really enjoy learning about Cinderella Smith's antics.(less)
In this particular tale Rueda sticks just with The Three Little Pigs. But oh what great pigs they are! They look so cute! I think they would be very f...moreIn this particular tale Rueda sticks just with The Three Little Pigs. But oh what great pigs they are! They look so cute! I think they would be very fun plush toys to snuggle. I can't wait to try this one in my preschool story time. Anyway, back to the book. The main charmer about this one is that there are small holes in a few of the pages and "you" are the wolf that has to blow through the hole to try and "huff & puff" to blow down the houses. With a fun twist at the end that is totally opposite of any traditional tale of The Three Little Pigs. But in this case I highly approve of the cake...er...I mean twist. Because who doesn't love cake...uh...I mean twists in fairy tales? Did I mention I like cake? I wonder why that thought keeps coming back to my head. Perhaps I should go read the book again to remind myself of why. Although I prefer vanilla cake... (less)