Ben Franklin’s Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention

October 1, 2014 by

21870135Ben Franklin’s Big Splash: The Mostly True Story of His First Invention

by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by S.D. Schindler

When most people (kids and adults) think of Benjamin Franklin, they picture something close to what you might see on the $100 bill.

 

Like this:

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Or this:

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Buy what about when he was a young boy?  Before the politician and inventor became famous, he spent his youth practicing to be a politician and inventor.  In this little story, eleven-year-old Ben is determined to swim like a fish, and he makes quite a mess doing it.

Rosenstock’s tale of young Franklin is a great addition to a collection of engaging, narrative non-fiction picture books, managing to combine fact and story well.  Particularly fun is the rampant use of verbs that start with “S” – Ben spends the length of the story sketching, shaping, sprinting, speeding and succeeding.  His movement and vitality practically jump off the page.  If you want your history to come alive, this is the book for you!

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The Monkey Goes Bananas

September 30, 2014 by

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By: C. P. Bloom

Illustrated by Peter Raymundo

There are a number of books with a limited use of words. With just eleven different words (twelve if you include ‘the’), this book will take you on a flip-book type journey with a resourceful monkey. The Monkey Goes Bananas uses simple text and extremely animated and fun pictures to tell the story of a monkey who wants the bananas from a nearby island. The only thing stopping him is a big span of water and a SHARK!!!

This is a great book for an interactive story time with your little ones. Have them tell you the story using the pictures, or try to say each of the eleven different words with a crazy voice. This story will have your kids giggling and begging to read it again!

Recommended for ages: 3-7

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

September 29, 2014 by

Give everything a name. You can build comprehension skills early, even with the littlest child. Play games that involve naming or pointing to objects. Say things like, “Where’s your nose?” and then, “Where’s Mommy’s nose?” Or touch your child’s nose and say, “What’s this?”

 

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Kid Picks: Special Afternoon Edition

September 28, 2014 by

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Kid Picks

September 28, 2014 by

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Introducing Preschool Science Kits!

September 25, 2014 by

In addition to the many wonderful Science Kits we have available for checkout for kids aged 8 and up, we now have Preschool Science Kits geared for kids aged 3-6 as well! Each kit introduces basic science concepts through hands-on exploration and discovery, in accordance with the TEA guidelines for cognitive development.

We currently have two topics ready for checkout—Magnets and Color and Vision—with more topics soon to come. Just search for Preschool Science Kits in our catalog!

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The same rules will apply to these kits as to the regular Science Kits—kits check out for 1 week and must be picked up from and returned to Haggard Library. Click here for more details!

Explore, investigate, and have fun, and be sure to let us know what you think!

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Read, Build, Play!

September 25, 2014 by

Join us at Harrington Library this Saturday, September 27, for Read, Build, Play!  The program begins at 10:30 am, and features a book, building with LEGO Duplo bricks, and music.  Young ones, up to age 5, love this chance to build with a caregiver!

Choose the Flickr icon from this link to see pictures from previous events.

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Read! Build! Play! @ Harrington Library

Read! Build! Play! @ Harrington Library

Read, Build, Play! encourages the development of early literacy skills through reading and play.  Building with LEGO Duplo expands your young child’s engineering and problem-solving skills.  Plus, it’s free and fun!

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You’ve Got Mail!

September 24, 2014 by

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You’ve got mail at Harrington Library! Did you know that practicing to write is an early literacy skill? Children usually learn to write their own names first. Preschool storytimes at Harrington Library support this by allowing kids to write their names on a name tag they can use week to week. At Harrington, we have just introduced a writing station, complete with a mailbox. Our “special delivery” envelope has a prompt inside that children can read (with parental help as needed) and they can answer the prompt by writing on sheets of paper provided. Put your mail inside the mailbox and don’t forget to raise the red flag to let Harrington staff know they have mail.

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Interested in more fun? Check out these books that feature letter-writing:

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Beatrice Spells Some Lulus and Learns to Write a Letter by Cari Best

A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats

Caillou Sends a Letter by Joceline Sanschagrin

Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague

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Little Elliot, Big City

September 23, 2014 by

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 by Mike Curato

Everybody knows that elephants are big, extremely noticeable creatures, right??  Well, not all elephants. Little Elliot, Big City is a cute, heartwarming tale about a small elephant named Elliot. Elliot has a hard time being noticed in the big city. People trip over him and he has a hard time reaching most of the things in his apartment. To top it all off, he can’t buy the delicious cupcake he’s been wanting, because no one can see him over the counter. How terrible!! One day, Elliot helps a mouse and discovers the power of friendship. Spoiler alert: he finally gets his delectable cupcake!!

Reviewed by Kate (Haggard)

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

September 22, 2014 by

Encourage your child to use sounds and actions to communicate with you. Ask her to point to the toy she wants or wave good-bye to Grandma.

 

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