New toddler books

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“Tiger and Badger” written by Emily Jenkins and illustrated by award-winning author- illustrator Marie-Louise Gay is about how even the best of friends can disagree.  Tiger and Badger are the best of friends.  During the course of the day, they argue about everything.  Tiger puts on Badger’s hat, sits on Badger’s chair, and eats Badger’s orange slices.  Badger takes Tiger’s toy monkey and throws it in a tree.  And so it goes throughout the day.  Eventually, each declares that the other is no longer their best friend.  But everything works out in the end, when Tiger makes Badger laugh.  At day’s end, of course, they realize that they really are best friends.

Toddlers will identify with the antics of each character.  Marie-Louise Gay’s illustrations in water color and acrylic focus on the two friends.  The typeface is clear and easy to read.9780763666040_p0_v1_s118x184.jpg

“When Spring Comes” by Kevin Henkes and illustrated by Laura Dronzek is a story about how winter disappears and spring appears.  With a simple text and vivid drawings, the narrative explains how the world is transformed from the dark days of winter to a colorful spring.  “Before spring come, the grass is brown, But if you wait, Spring will turn it green and add little flowers.”  Each two-page spread offers similar transformations always asking the reader to wait and watch what nature will bring.

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