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    Theo's Picks

    a view from 3 years
    One Lonely Seahorse The authors of One Lonely Seahorse are magicians - they have incredibly carved and sculpted a menagerie of sea creatures... from vegetables!  Beets, ginger, and red peppers become sea horses, crabs, and tropical fish.  Every page is a grab bag of oohs and aahs as the lonely seahorse wanders the wide waters and page by page makes new friends like mackerel (Japanese eggplants) and octopi (floating bananas).  Read at 237 lunchtimes.
    Olivia Olivia returns!  After adorning our calendar last year, this delightful and imaginative pig goes from Egypt to soccer to catsitting to losing her toy.  And then that super big mouth opens wide and yell's "WHERE'S MY TOY?"  From here on it's a whodunit, with siblings being grilled and accused, until late at night, a strange and horrible sound..... Olivia is Theo's favorite pig, which says a lot considering how many there are out there.  Read at the trough for 128 feeds.
    Give a Mouse a Cookie
    There are mice who come to nibble and there are mice who come to play.  This pesky mouse does both, with every activity and event leading onwards and upwards and back again.  If you give a mouse a cookie, who knew he'd end up with a haircut, sweeping and washing your floors, sleeping in a can, and drawing a picture of his family for you, only to end up back in the cookie bag!  Great drawings, a smooth story, and lots of fun.  98 nibbles in a row.
    Snuggle Puppy
    There are rhymes and songs that 3 year olds love, and then there is: "Snuggle Puppy of mine! Everything about you is especially fine! I love what you are. I love what you do. Oooooooo! I love you!"  It doesn't get much better than that. Whisper it, yell it, mumble it in an ear, and it just gets better and better.  Another great little Boynton book that makes Theo giggle each time - he fills in the words we leave out, and it's been a staple for months.  239 lights out readings.
    Quick as a Cricket
    This little gem graphically reveals a secret that we all knew: that deep within each child is a variety of animals - slow snails, small ants, sad bassets, happy larks - and each of them has their own personality and mood depending on the day or the moment.  Each page has a child interacting with a different animal, and after 22 richly drawn creatures the conclusion is obvious but still a wonderful surprise: "Put it all together and you've got me!"  4400 animals read.
    today's picks: One Lonely Seahorse        By Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers
    Olivia...and the Missing Toy    By Ian Falconer
    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie    By Laura Joffe Numeroff, Illustrated by Felicia Bond
    Snuggle Puppy!        By Sandra Boynton
    I'm as Quick as a Cricket    By Audrey Wood, Illustrated by Don Wood

    Theo picks and his dad David Stambler writes

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