“Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!”, by Dr. Seuss

A from alligator,

B from baby,

C from the camel hanging from the ceiling upside down…

A fun method of learning the English alphabet. Just as fun for adults.

A de la aligator,

B de la bebeluș,

C de la cămila ce atârnă din tavan cu capul în jos…

O metodă amuzantă de învățare a alfabetului în limba engleză. La fel de distractivă și pentru adulți.

“Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!”, by Dr. Seuss, New York, Random House, 1991, 20 p.

“Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose”, by Dr. Seuss

Thidwick is a very gentle and kind moose. When asked for giving a place to stay on his antlers, he cannot say no, because it’s not polite to refuse. The situation becomes embarrassing when the first hosted creature invites other creatures, one after the other. A spider, some woodpeckers, a squirrel family, a bobcat, a turtle. The hospitable Thidwick is deserted by his friends when he cannot get rid of this company, because a host must be nice to his guests, isn’t it?… Furthermore, the creatures decide, by voting against him, that he cannot go across the lake for eating moose-moss along with his friends, because he has no right to take their home so far. Even worse, they ask in some more creatures to join them: a fox, some mice, fleas, a big bear and a swarm of bees! Continue reading ““Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose”, by Dr. Seuss”

“An Ambush of Tigers”, by Betsy R. Rosenthal

Can you mail a parcel of penguins?

Does the pack of wolves prepare any luggage when they go on vacation?

Can a string of tied ponies stop a bus full of a drove of sheep?

Do a labor of moles with a business of flies wear at work polka dot ties?

Can a band of entertaining gorillas be frightened by the stench of skunks?

… A book with many weird questions, for lovers of English language and animal life.

Poți trimite prin poștă o colonie de pinguini?

Haita de lupi își pregătește vreun bagaj când pleacă în vacanță?

Un grup de ponei legați poate opri un autocar plin cu o turmă de oi?

Cârtițele ce au ca patroni roiuri de muște poartă la serviciu cravate cu buline?

Poate fi speriată o familie de gorile pusă pe distracție de mirosul unui grup de sconcși?

… O carte cu multe întrebări ciudate, pentru cei care iubesc limba engleză și viața animalelor.

 

“An Ambush of Tigers”, by Betsy R. Rosenthal, Minneapolis, Millbrook Press, 2015, 36 p.

“Orphan Island”, by Laurel Snyder

Nine orphans, the only inhabitants of a fairytale island, where everything is perfect: from the sunrise and sunset, the fruits of the trees, the wind that supports them in the air above the rocks, to the venomous snakes that do not bite and lay down quietly in the sun.

Once a year, a boat without a boatman brings a small child. According to tradition, the oldest of the orphans must leave in his place by boat, disappearing forever. The rules are strict and respected, because the children know that any violation of them can destroy the island.

But what happens when the eldest of the orphans revolts, does not want to leave, endangering everyone else? Is the island an enchanted place or an illusion of children?… Read the book to find out the outcome of the story!

Nouă orfani, singurii locuitori ai unei insule de basm, unde toate lucrurile sunt perfecte: de la răsăritul și apusul soarelui, fructele din copaci, vântul ce îi susține în aer deasupra stâncilor, până la șerpii veninoși ce nu mușcă și se tolănesc cuminți la soare.

O dată pe an, o barcă fără vâslaș aduce un copil mic. Potrivit tradiției, cel mai în vârstă dintre orfani trebuie să plece cu barca în locul lui, dispărând pentru totdeauna. Regulile sunt stricte, iar copiii le respectă pentru că știu că orice încălcare a lor poate distruge insula.

Ce se întâmplă însă atunci când cel mai mare dintre orfani se revoltă, nu vrea să plece, punându-i în pericol pe toți ceilalți? Este insula un loc fermecat sau o iluzie a copiilor?… Citiți cartea pentru a afla deznodământul poveștii!

“Orphan Island”, by Laurel Snyder, New York, Walden Pond Press, 2018, 276 p.

“The Mouse and the Motorcycle”, by Beverly Cleary

Keith and his parents are staying at the Mountain View Inn, in California, in room 215. The mother, a perfect housewife who loves cleaning, is sure they will find… mice! But Keith does not look scared. Moreover, he has a super toy motorcycle bought from his own savings. He doesn’t even imagine that he is not the only one who has a passion for it – a little spy saw it in the hotel room and from that moment the idea of driving it came to him. Who could he be? Continue reading ““The Mouse and the Motorcycle”, by Beverly Cleary”

“May I Please Have a Cookie?”, by Jennifer E. Morris

What could be more tempting for Alfie, the young alligator, than a cookie? Hmm… Two cookies?

But how to get your mother to give them to you may be a big problem. Getting dressed as a cookie inspector, hanging them with a fishing rod, drawing them on paper do not lead to the expected result. You can find out the solution found by Alfie to get a freshly baked cookie if you read the book, which awaits you to borrow it at the American Corner Cluj-Napoca!

Ce poate fi mai tentant pentru Alfie, puiul de aligator, decât un fursec? Hmm… Două fursecuri?

Cum să faci ca mama să ți le dea poate fi însă o mare problemă. Costumarea în inspector de fursecuri, agățatul lor cu undița, desenatul lor pe hârtie nu duc la rezultatul dorit. Soluția găsită de Alfie pentru a primi un fursec abia scos din cuptor o puteți afla dacă citiți cartea, ce vă așteaptă să o împrumutați la American Corner Cluj-Napoca!

“May I Please Have a Cookie?”, by Jennifer E. Morris, New York, Scholastic, 2005, 32 p.

“Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey”, by Emily Winfield Martin

At night, when we dream, who takes us on his wings to the dreamland? A bear, a fox, a bird, a tiger, a moth – special creatures that carry the children’s dreams. The little book “Dream Animals” uncovers this nocturnal mystery through some very beautiful illustrations, with rhymes in English.

Noaptea, când visăm, cine ne poartă pe aripile sale spre tărâmul viselor? Un urs, o vulpe, o pasăre, un tigru, o molie – creaturi deosebite ce transportă visele copiilor. Cărticica ‟Dream Animals” dezvăluie acest mister nocturn prin ilustrații foarte frumos realizate, în versuri, în limba engleză.

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey, by Emily Winfield Martin, New York, Random House, 2013, 18 p.

“Where the Wild Things Are”, by Maurice Sendak

Of course, you’ve been naughty many times, and your parents scolded you for that.

Max has a feeling for mean things and, being sent to bed without eating, he lets his imagination run wild. Thus, he reaches a faraway land, with plenty of frightening wild creatures, which, being scared by his courage, made him their king.

Does Max return home or stay with the fierce creatures? Find out the end of the story by reading the book that waits for you at the American Corner Cluj-Napoca!

Desigur, de multe ori ați făcut năzbâtii, iar părinții v-au certat pentru asta.

Max e pornit pe răutăți și, fiind trimis la culcare fără să mănânce, își dă frâu liber imaginației. Ajunge astfel pe un tărâm îndepărtat, plin de sălbăticiuni care de care mai înfricoșătoare, ce îl fac regele lor după ce se sperie de curajul său.

Se întoarce Max acasă sau rămâne alături de fioroasele creaturi? Aflați finalul poveștii citind cartea ce vă așteaptă la American Corner Cluj-Napoca!

Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, New York, Harper Collins, [s.a.], 44 p.

“Crenshaw”, by Katherine Applegate

You are just a 5th grade boy, you have a baby sister, and two parents who try to keep the family united when there is no more income. Mom has a few jobs, dad does not work, but has a guitar, and you, the eldest son, see and hear everything, even if the adults try to protect you. You see and hear everything, but even more than that! Someone is holding your back, wise, funny… An imaginary friend! A tomcat! Continue reading ““Crenshaw”, by Katherine Applegate”