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When Miss Goose announces that the library is going to close forever, Raccoon and his friends spring into action. Where will they get the help they need to save their beloved library? In books, of course! This cheery tale from ever-popular author Eve Bunting shows how important libraries are to every community. Bright, playful illustrations enhance the light treatment of this serious subject, in a story that celebrates the value of books in everyone’s lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544808997
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 568,312
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Eve Bunting  has written more than two hundred children’s books, including the Caldecott Medal–winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz. She lives in California.

Maggie Smith  has illustrated many picture books. She also wrote and illustrated My Blue Bunny, Bubbit. She lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit her website at www.maggiebooks.com.


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"When Miss Goose informs the children that the library will have to close because it is in need of repair, Raccoon and his friends spring into action.  The first thing they do is check out books (How to Lay a Perfect Roof and Library Painting for Beginners), read them, and accomplish the necessary tasks.  However, their problems are far from over.  Now the library needs operating money and it has to be moved.  Each time, the children turn first to books to guide them toward a solution, until at last the spruced-up library sits cozily in a meadow.  The reasons this library is so important to everyone, from toddlers to senior citizens, are woven nicely into the plot.  Bunting's style has a graceful simplicity, descriptive enough to be evocative without overwhelming:  "On rainy days, we stay cozily inside.  On sunny days, we lie in the shade of a big whispering oak tree and read."  Smith's watercolor and acrylic illustrations are charming and should have most children longing to enter the buttercup-yellow library with the grass-green door.  An excellent vehicle for discussing the importance of libraries, books, reading, and teamwork, this one is a winner."—School Library Journal "Miss Goose, the librarian, tells her young patrons that the library is going to close forever because it's old.  The animals, however, refuse to take that news without a fight.  An old roof and shabby weatherboards?  The animals find books that give them the know-how to proceed to lay a perfect roof and paint the outside.  Although Miss Goose is thrilled, she now worries that it takes money to run a library.  After reading about how to make money fast, the kids hold bake and candy sales.  Almost thwarted by the next obstacle—-Goat owns the library land and wants it back—-the patrons realize they can move the building.  Championing problem solving and showing that you can learn anything through reading, the message-heavy book may have more adult-appeal than kid-appeal.  But the winsome illustrations and can-do spirit will find some fans."—Booklist

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Our Library 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
carriedold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Promotes reading, and libraries.
dangerlibearian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some very intrepid animals learn that their library is closing forever. They do all they can to keep the library open, they learn how to do everything from all the books they check out. The book has a happy ending, but in this economic climate is it really a good idea to read it?!
emleonard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a great book to read to young children about why it's important to have a library and use it. When a group of friends find out that their library is closing forever because its old and they don't have the money. So, they find books to read about how they could make it new and how to collect money so keep it open. When the librarian tells them that the person that owns the library wants the land the group of friends go out to find the piece of property so they could have their library on it.
3RiversLibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Our Library is an excellent book that describes what you can learn by reading a book. The story starts when Miss Goose, the local librarian, announces that the library is going to close because it needs repairs. The animal children don¿t want the library to close, and they check out books in order to learn how to solve the problem. Miss Goose is happy, but there are other problems facing the library. The children keep checking out more and more books to continue solving the problems facing their library. In the end they manage to save the library, learn new things, make others happy, and help a friend learn to read. The colorful illustrations by Maggie Smith could tell the story all on their own. They are bright, fun and will catch a child¿s attention.Reviewed by Michelle, Three Rivers Public Library
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a charming way, this book explains the value of books and libraries and what we each need to do to make sure they are there in the future for others.
ZariasMom More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from the library and had to purchase it because my 2 1/2 year old daughter wants to read it every day! It is a story that I think she will like for many more years. This story is funny but yet tackles real life issues and demonstrates that research, problem solving & a bit of quick thinking can allow you to accomplish what some may find impossible. Anyone who purchases this book would not be dissapointed!