Animals & Birds Roam Free in the Library

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Quiet! There’s a Canary in the Library by Don Freeman

“…Cary slowly closed her book and started talking silently to herself. ‘If I were a librarian I know what I would do,’ she said…”

There's a Canary in the Library by Don Freeman

…and so begins the imaginative romp of what would happen if a little girl could be in charge of her public library.  She fantasizes about sitting behind the reference desk, welcoming patrons to her collection.  But these aren’t just regular patrons – they are all wild creatures!  Carey hosts an “Animal & Bird Day,” and all the animals come in to read books.  Carey instructs them to make themselves at home and help themselves to the collection; fortunately, they manage to behave themselves nicely, even the monkey.  All of a sudden, some unexpected guests arrive, and the library turns into a zoo!  Will Cary’s library survive the cavalcade?

Don Freeman, author of the Corduroy books, offers a wonderful read-aloud selection, complete with lively, bright colored drawings and some fanciful rhyming.  I tried out reading this one aloud to a family member, and it was received joyfully.

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3 responses to “Animals & Birds Roam Free in the Library

  1. Guess I’d better be on the lookout for the wildlife next time I’d at the library! Now I know “where the wild things are.” (Apoligies to Mr. Sendak!)

  2. It looks like a cute story! I will check it out next time 🙂 I’m feeling somewhat nostalgic now! I want to reread the Corduroy and Paddington Bear books 😀

  3. I remember watching the Paddington Bear segments on the Romper Room tv show. wow.

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