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Children’s Book Day – What Was Your Favorite?

Tuesday, 4/2/13, was Children’s Book Day.  We posted this picture of Clive showing our favorite Childrens Books on our Facebook page (come on over and like us, all the cool kids are), Twitter and Instagram.

clive childrens books


Along with the picture of our favorite childrens books, we asked the obviuos question, what is your favorite childrens book?  We loved reading the responses and most made us think “oh, I forgot that one!” but there were also a couple we hadn’t heard of giving us something new to look for the next time we are in the bookstore.

The more popular responses found on all our media outlets were:

A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett – this links to a used copy of the version we read as kids with illustrations by Tasha Tudor

The Bridge To Terebithia by Katherine Patterson

Are You My Mother? By P D Eastman

Thornton W Burgess Animal Stories –  We are not familiar with these, so we’re looking forward to finding them and trying them out.

Stuart Little by E. B. White

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

So? What was your favorite book to read when you were growing up?


Please Vote For Fragile Earth in the Red Bank Holiday Window Decorating Contest

Our town of Red Bank, NJ is holding a Holiday Window Decorating Contest this year.  All participants are to decorate their store windows using the theme of holiday movies.  Fragile Earth decided to use the scene from The Chronicles of Narnia:  The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe where Father Christmas comes to Narnia.  And because you can’t do a Narnia window without the White Witch we added her with Edmund and her gnome to the side.

Fragile Earth Holiday 2012 Holiday Window Decoration Entry

Fragile Earth Holiday 2012 Holiday Window Decoration Entry

It took us quite a while to come up with our movie, but once we did we got so excited about it.  What you can’t see in the picture is we have icicles and snowflakes hanging from the ceiling and there are twinkling fairy lights under the snow.

If you love our window as much as we do, please take a moment to vote for us here.  We not only win bragging rights but a local media package as well and YOU are entered to win a $50.00 Red Bank gift card.

Ollie the Stomper and Other Books About Ducks

So, it’s duck week at Fragile Earth Stuffed Animals.  Our story time (Tuesdays at 11AM and Saturdays at 1PM) book this week will be Ollie the Stomper by Olivier Dunrea.

Fans of the Gossie & Friends books will enjoy little Ollie and his big personality as he finds his way in the barnyard. Irresistible characters and delightful text make these board books perfect for springtime reading and sharing.

Mary Beth had so much fun reading this to the kids this morning.  While trying to decide which book to read we had some great title to choose.

The Little Duck by Judy Dunn

Full-color photographs. Humorous factual account of a year in a duck’s life.

10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle

10 little rubber ducks overboard!
Get swept away on a high-seas voyage of discovery with 10 little rubber ducks as they float to every part of the world. They all find adventure, but one duck finds something very special!

One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root Illustrated by Jane Chapman

Exuberant rhythms and vibrant illustrations in a one-of-a-kind counting book!
Can two fish, tails going swish, help? Will three moose, munching on spruce, be able to pull the unlucky duck out of the muck?

Duck and Goose by Tad Hills

Duck doesn’t much care for Goose at first, and Goose isn’t fond of Duck. But both want the egg that each claims to be his. As the two tend to their egg, and make plans for the future, they come to appreciate one another’s strengths.

Duck at the Door by Jackie Urbanovic

Knock. Knock. Knock!
Someone’s outside the door. . . .
But who?
Meet Max— a duck for all seasons.

Duck by Randy Cecil

Duck is a carousel animal who spends her days watching flocks of real, flying ducks — and her nights dreaming of soaring among them. Flying is all she can think about, until the day a lost little duckling waddles into her life. Soon Duck and Duckling are inseparable: they walk together, play together, even dream of flying together. Then the time comes when Duckling’s yellow fuzz is replaced by long white feathers, and Duck is determined to do whatever it takes to help him learn to fly. But what if helping Duckling find his wings means being left behind?

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

Caldecott Honor winner David Shannon applies his wonderful off-beat humor to the story of a duck who decides to try riding a bike–and loves it! Another young, funny book perfect for reading aloud.

I’m sure we’ve missed one or two or ten favorite duck books; there are a lot to choose from.  Just let us know in the comments if we missed your favorite.

The Littlest Owl and Other Books About Owls

This week’s book choices are all about owls.

First we start off with our favorite owl of all time, good old “wol” from The World of Pooh by A. A. Milne

The Littlest Owl by Caroline Pitcher, Tina McNaughton

Deep inside a willow tree, three newly hatched owlets curiously examine the fourth, quiet egg. Is there an owl in there, they wonder. When at last the fourth owlet struggles free, he doesn’t look much like the others.

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson, Paul Howard

Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, is like every Barn Owl there ever was, except for one thing—he is afraid of the dark. “Dark is nasty” he says and so he won’t go hunting with his parents.

The Little White Owl by Tracey Corderoy, Jane Chapman

From bestselling illustrator, Jane Chapman, comes a touching story that celebrates the differences and the beauty inside each of us.

Little Hoot by Amy Crouse Rosenthal, Jen Corace

It’s not fair! All Little Owl wants is to go to bed at a reasonable hour, like his friends do. But no . . . Mama and Papa say little owls have to stay up late and play.

We will end with the most beautifully illustrated edition of The Owl & The Pussycat by Edward Lear Illustrated by Jan Brett.  When we were growing up my grandmother would give us a penny a line for each poem we memorized and recited to her.  The Owl and The Pussycat was the very first poem I recited to her.

Owl sets out to woo Pussycat in a boat laden with fruit and with a guitar at his side, ready for serenading.

Did we forget your favorite owl book?  If so, leave the title in the comments.  We love to discover new books.

“Stand Back” Said The Elephant “I’m Going to Sneeze!”

This week is going to be all about the mighty elephant.  We’re kicking the week off with some fun books about elephants.  Normally, we keep our book lists to children’s books but this week we have to start off with two of our favorite books of all time.

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen (please read before seeing the movie)

Ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, and his friendship with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie, the elephant, who gave them hope.

Modoc: The Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer

Chronicles the life and times of an elephant and her devoted companion and trainer, who journeyed from a small German circus town to international stardom in the Greatest Show on Earth to a tragic twenty-year separation

And now, back to our regularly scheduled program.  Some of our favorite children’s book about elephants.

“Stand Back,” Said The Elephant “I’m Going to Sneeze!” By Patricia Thomas

The last time the elephant sneezed, he blew monkeys out of the trees, stripes off the zebra, and spots off the leopard. This rollicking new edition of the favorite nonsense verse again shows the panic that follows the elephant’s dreaded announcement.

But No Elephants by Jerry Smath

Grandma Tildy finally agrees to take an unwanted elephant into her home, but soon regrets her decision.

Tarra & Bella:  The Elephant & Dog Who Became Best Friends by Carol Buckley

True Story – After retiring from the circus, Tarra became the first resident of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. When other elephants moved in and developed close friendships, only Tarra remained independent until the day she met a stray mixed-breed dog named Bella.

The Right Number of Elephants by Jeff Sheppard

A counting book in which a little girl relies on the help of some eager elephants.

We Are In A Book (An Elephant & Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

When Gerald the elephant and Piggie realize that they are in a book, they decide to have some fun with the reader. Be sure to check out all the other Elephant & Piggie books.

Ella The Elegant Elephant by Carmela D’Amico

Ella is nervous about the first day of school in her new town, but wearing her grandmother’s good luck hat makes her feel better–until the other students tease her and call her names.

Uncle Elephant by Arnold Lobel

After his nephew’s parents are thought to be lost at sea, Uncle Elephant takes the young elephant in and the two make a warm, loving home together

These are just some of our favorites.  What did we leave out?