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…”
…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.