by Wendy Taylor
While there are vocations that center around pretending to be someone else, it usually doesn’t pay to be anyone but yourself. Be you. More importantly, have fun being you. Teach your children the same thing. Here are some picture book characters that have had experience finding themselves.
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
by Peter Brown
One fine day, Mr. Tiger suddenly notices the restrictive nature of his top hat and waist coat. Discovering his inner animal, his Victorian neighbors are shocked when Mr. Tiger finds himself on all fours going au naturel in the wild. But, is this really what he wants? Is there a happy medium?
Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great
by Bob Shea
Goat’s confidence takes a hit when a magical unicorn shows up at school. How can Goat possibly compete when his marshmallow treats come out “almost” right and Unicorn can make it rain cupcakes? What Goat doesn’t realize is that he can do things Unicorn cannot — like play soccer! (Picture an impaled ball. Oops...) But, together they can really make magic.
Red: A Crayon’s Story
by Michael Hall
A blue crayon finds himself in a red wrapper, and he is surrounded by well-intended crayons that can’t see past his label. Even Red himself is disbelieving when another crayon asks him to draw something blue. But, when he gives it a whirl, he finally discovers his true hue.
Loretta: Ace Pinky Scout
by Keith Graves
Loretta is amazing. It is a truth universally acknowledged, especially as she saves the world exactly once a week — on Tuesdays. However, the Ace Pinky Scout finds The Golden Marshmallow Badge to be illusive. She can’t toast a marshmallow to save her life, or anyone else’s, and she feels like a total failure. What’s an imperfect heroine to do?
Zoomer’s Summer Snowstorm
by Ned Young
Zoomer, the dog, has the “Be You” thing down to an art. There are other Zoomer books if you like this one. This installment however, exemplifies his unique character. At no point does Zoomer see fit to rein in his particular blend of self, and why should he when it brings about so much joy? Besides, he always cleans up afterward...
by David Small
Imogene wakes up on a Thursday and discovers she has sprouted antlers overnight. As she is a little girl, it is a bit peculiar, but she is unperturbed. Her mother is appalled, and her school principal disapproving. But, the rest of the household finds her antlers are useful for drying towels, and are just plain fun to decorate.
by Harriet Ziefert
Everyone in class is drawing chickens, and the “best” are posted by the teacher. When Pete’s fowl is left in a pile on the teacher’s desk, another student dubs it a “turkey.” Pete is beside himself. Yet, after some introspection he realizes he still likes his chicken, and as a matter of fact, there are a lot of things he likes about himself.
A Bad Case of Stripes
by David Shannon
One day a small girl wakes up with a spectacularly bad case of stripes. Why? Well, these things can happen when you ignore your inner self and try to “fit in.” Turns out she’s been ignoring her favorite food, the unfortunate and unpopular lima bean. The cure for stripes this bad? A big ol’ plate of acknowledgement, and the very veggie she’s trying to avoid.
Upcoming Events at the Kent Memorial Library
Cartooning with Rick Stromoski
For kids in grades 5-7 on Tuesday, July 7 at 1:30 p.m. Bring a pad of paper and pencil to see your ideas come to life.
Bee Keeper, Stonewall Apiary
This family program takes place on Saturday, July 18 at 10:30 a.m. Learn about bees and try some honey.
Stark’s Journey: A Hero’s Story
On Wednesday, July 22 at 6:30 p.m. Meet Mr. Stark, a survivor of three battles, followed by 3 1/2 years as a POW in Bataan.
Photography Class with Roger Riley from Riley Photographics, New London
For children, ages 10-18 on Wednesday, August 12 from 1-3 p.m. Bring your camera and a laptop computer or tablet (if available).
All programs require reservations. While the library is being renovated, the Kent Memorial Library’s temporary home is at 61 Ffyler Place in Suffield. For more information, call 860-668-3896 or visit www.suffield-library.org. ™
Wendy Taylor is the Children’s Librarian at the Kent Memorial Library in Suffield.