Saturday, March 27, 2010

More great Easter ideas - books!

Here are some of the great Easter books available at Dragonwings:

This gift set includes four of Beatrix Potter's classic little books:
The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck
, The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher,
Tale of Tom Kitten, and The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

This not classic (but very funny) Easter tale finds T. Rex filling in for his friend the Easter Bunny, who has gotten a cold. After a rough start, T. Rex gets a little help from his friends to make sure he doesn't let down the Easter Bunny, or all the kids!

In a new take on an old story, an old woman swallows a chick! She follows up the chick with a bunch of other Easter themed items until she runs into the Easter Bunny. (We don't know why she swallows the chick, but at least she doesn't get sick!)

Everyone knows the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but have you heard about Goldilocks and the Three Hares? Same great storyline but with fun illustrations and a running commentary by the mice and weasels.

You can also celebrate Easter with Max & Ruby, Fancy Nancy, Strawberry Shortcake, or Thomas the Train.

Hoppy Reading!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Egg-cellent Easter Basket Treats

Dragonwings offers many great Easter gift ideas that go beyond (and last longer) than the candy!

Let us show you some of the Easter Bunny's favorites:
Wind-up Chicks and Bunnies

Magic Cards!

Pull Cars

Art Supplies

Wind-up Caterpillars and Dinos

 Super cute Finger Puppets

 Bamboo Racing Cars

 Friendly Duckies

Wooly Worms

The Atom Ball

Fun Games

and as always...
Lots of Great books!


Hop on by!  
We look forward to seeing you soon.


Redwall - buy two Redwall series books and get a third free!
by Brain Jacques

Currently consisting of 20 books, the Redwall series by Brain Jacques begins when the mice's abbey is threatened by Cluny, the evil rat. They believe one of the few things that can save them is the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior, but its whereabouts have been lost to history. Matthias, a young, clumsy mouse sets out to see what he can do to help his fellow mice and save their abbey. In his second book, Mossflower, Jacques takes the reader back in time to learn the story of Martin the Warrior and his struggle against the wildcat Queen, Tsarmina.

Dragonwings has a great selection of this exciting series and is currently offering: buy two get a third free!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

2010 Caldecott Medal Winner

The Lion and the Mouse
illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

This classic Aesop fable of kindness being rewarded with kindness, is told without words through the wonderful pencil and watercolor illustrations of Jerry Pinkney. The king of the jungle decides to let a small mouse, who has disrupted his nap, go free. Later when the lion is caught in a net, it is the mouse that is able to safely free the lion. The movement, actions, and emotions of the animals are all perfectly clear without words. The very few words that do appear in the illustrations are those of sounds: an owl's haunted call, the mouse's tiny squeak, and the lion's angry roar. Pinkney's illustrations are very much deserving of the Caldecott Medal this book received.

Visit Jerry Pinkney's studio here.

Araminta Spookie series

Araminta Spookie: My Haunted House
by Angie Sage

Araminta Spookie is a nice young girl who lives in a wonderful old house. In fact, she loves her home; it's haunted and that's just the way she likes it! She enjoys the haunted suit of armor known as Sir Horace, and she is fond of her Uncle Drac's bats. So, clearly, she has a big problem when Aunt Tabby announces that they are going to be selling the house! How could she do this! Araminta is not about to leave her home, so she hatches a plan to makes sure no one want to buy the house. As Araminta gets more desperate, Aunt Tabby becomes more determined. Araminta finds the help of a new friend, Edmund, the boy ghost, but will it be enough to make sure she doesn't have to move away?

While the topics of ghosts, bats, and haunted suits of armor may seem scary, My Haunted House and the other four books of the Araminta Spookie series are funny, clever, and entertaining. These titles would probably appeal most to kids between 7-10 years old, or for anyone who understands that Spookie topics are fun year round.

Araminta Spookie's Website

Friday, March 05, 2010

Great 3-D bookmarks!

Dragonwings recently restocked on the great 3-D bookmarks and they look incredible. There are bookmarks featuring tigers, sharks, planets, fish, and more, including hot air balloons. They have been very popular and customers have been impressed with illusion of depth created in the pictures. It does feel like you could reach out and really pet the tiger (if you wanted to!) Be sure to come take a look.

[Easter Bunny approved.]