Phil Sheridan is no longer doing story times at the Sausalito Library. He does two story times a week at the Mill Valley Public Library, Wednesdays at 10:30am and Saturdays at 11am. You can also reach him through his website: www.philsheridan.com.
1. Dawn by Uri Shulevitz. Farrar Straus Giroux. 1974.
a picture book about the wonder of dawn. simple, poignant.
2. Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger. Philomel. 1984.
a fable about how twilight happens. charming, warm, gentle.
3. Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss. Harper Collins. 1945.
a child succeeds at doing something that nobody else thinks he can. exquisite, both in the telling and the illustration.
4. Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Chronicle Books. 2005.
so absurd that children of all ages “eat this story up"
5. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae. Orchard Books. 1999.
but even bow-legged giraffes can dance when they’re inspired by something they love.
6. Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Kraus. Simon & Schuster. 1970.
a little mouse, down on his luck, takes charge of his life & comes out on top.
7. When the Sun Rose by Barbara Berger. Philomel. 1986.
spending a sunny day with a gentle tiger, a best friend and a home full of rainbows.
8. Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli. Candlewick Press. 2009.
a father swings his daughter higher and higher until she encounters another girl in outer space whose daddy must be swinging her up high as well.
9. In the Forest by Marie Hall Ets. Viking Press. 1944.
a little boy takes a walk in the forest and forms a parade of animals who dance & sing both with him and with each other.
10. Chicken Chickens by Valeri Gorbachev. North-South Books. 2001.
mama takes her timid twins to the playground where they learn how much fun it is to play with other kids.
11. Play With Me by Marie Hall Ets. Viking Press. 1955.
12. Cinderella retold by Barbara McClintock. Scholastic Press. 2005.
a little girl tries to make friends with some animals outdoors, & discovers that they are friendly with her only when she stops trying so hard.
I prefer this version because the author uses the magnanimous French ending rather than the vindictive one used by the Brothers Grimm of Germany.