Here Comes April

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Here Comes April

Showers, Rabbits and a Multi-lingual Chicken

april showers by george shannonBegin Spring by reading a story about a sure thing: Showers in the month of April.

George Shannon with illustrators Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey create a chorus of dancing frogs exhorting the joys of getting soaking wet.  Although the frogs “do what’s right” and ‘play by the rules,” danger lurks when a snake comes shimmering by.

Read April Showers and discover a surprise for both reader and frog.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace FlemingRabbits have no inhibitions. When they are hungry, they go eat. Author Candace Fleming and illustrator G. Brian Karas portray a sympathetic gardener dreaming about his to be delicious vegetables.

Alas, the budding veggies are devoured nightly by the hungry rabbits. No matter what obstacles are placed in their path, the rabbits do what rabbits do: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! 

Find out what accommodation is made between the gardener and Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! intruders in this riveting story of determination.

Beautiful Yetta by Daniel PinkwaterIt isn’t easy in any season for an organic chicken rancher to say goodbye to his chickens. Affectionately known as Beautiful Yetta, this Yiddish speaking chicken is taken from upstate New York to a butcher in Brooklyn.

Realizing the fate awaiting her, she escapes from her crate into the city’s streets. Coming upon pidgeons, Yetta (in Yiddish, of course) begs for food. The unfriendly pigeons (in English, of course) taunt her with calls of silly hen go back to the farm.  Yetta wanders further and sees a beautiful green bird stalked by a cat. She yells (in Yiddish, of course) “gay ahvek, du fahrSHTUNkehneh kahtz!” (go away, you stinky cat!).
 Discover how Yetta becomes a mom to the Spanish speaking parrots of Brooklyn by reading author Daniel Pinkwater’s story and seeing illustrator’s Jill Pinkwater’s depictions of neighborhoods lush with bright watercolors. This tale proves that we are all capable of understanding many tongues.