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Knitty Kitty by David Elliott(from LibraryThing)

First off, I loooove the new book we just got in: Knitty Kitty by David Elliott. The illustrations of Christopher Denise make me sigh contentedly. The text, however, is a bit tricky if you are going to be reading it to a group of kids…

“Clickety-click.

Lickety-split.

Knitty Kitty sits and knits.”

Let’s just say that 3 out of 4 librarians I surveyed had some serious tongue trouble over that last line, which could lead to some awkward¬†story times. ūüėČ

I also agree with this reviewer that it is very twee. Still, I really dig the pictures.

 

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I happened to look at the Yahoo article on the endangered Mississippi gopher frog… and then did some more searching and found this interesting article from the Georgia area Nature Conservancy.

Check out what a gopher frog sounds like here. Hmmm…are we sure they didn’t just tape my husband sleeping? ;-p

Best of all: they glow!

“Before they were released, John Jensen of the Georgia DNR injected all four metamorphosed frogs and many of the legged tadpoles with a small amount of fluorescent elastomer under the skin of the thighs.

Harmless to the critters, this bright orange substance illuminates under black light, allowing biologists to monitor the progress of these individuals as they continue to grow and breed.”

I suppose it’s only a matter of time before you can buy glow-in-the-dark frogs commercially (probably make a fortune selling them at a rave).

Here’s another nice article mentioning how they sometimes cover their eyes when picked up.

Finally, I bought the coolest insect toy (hey, it’s research for the children’s library…yeah, that’s the ticket…): BugBonz

I’m going to have to go back and buy the big set: ExoBonz Deluxe!

Wheeee!

You gotta love a company that makes these toys and publishes some top notch children’s books. Curious Pictures / Curious Toys publishes two of my favorite kids books:

¬†Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems (who, I just now discovered, is the director of Curious Pictures!)

Knuffle Bunny also by Mo Willems

{also found the Barbie “punk butterfly princess” on their site… which is just odd}

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