by Barbara Joosse
illustrated by Randy Cecil
ages 3 – 7, ISBN 978-0-763-65408-5
In her bed in her room in her castle,
a girl longs for a dragon.
In his nest in his cave in his mountain,
a dragon dreams of a girl.
When a lonely dragon follows a trail of princess tears, a beautiful friendship is born. They march and sing, roar and whisper, hide and seek, then settle into snug companionship at bedtime. Barbara Joosse’s fiercely protective and gently loving dragon cavorts across the pages, endearingly illustrated by Randy Cecil. At the end of the day, who can resist curling up in the embrace of a lovabye dragon?
The music in the video was performed by The Happy Racers, a Kindie Rock, Pop band with a passion for music that entertains and educates kids and families alike.
Lump the dachshund is content living with David in Italy. But he needs a vacation from Big Dog, who hounds him day and night. So when David announces that he’s off to the south of France to photograph a famous painter, Lump positively scrambles at the chance to ride along. At the villa, Pablo Picasso greets them and is enchanted with the little dog he calls Lumpito. The feeling is mutual; from that moment on, the two become soul mates. Lump loves David. But how can he show his master, and Picasso, that he is home at last?
Lumpito and the Painter from Spain is inspired by the true story of Picasso’s love affair with a dachshund named Lump who came for a visit, refused to leave and became immortalized in a number of the artist’s paintings and drawings.
Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room
by Carol Gordon Ekster
illustrated by Kimberly Soderberg
Character Publishing, 2011