A Walk in Paris

April 4, 2014 by

A Walk in Paris

By Salvatore Rubbino

A little girl and her grandfather take a walking tour through the city of lights spotting all the famous landmarks and enjoying the French culture and food in this delightful book by Salvatore Rubbino. The amazing illustrations are realistic and you feel as though you are on the journey with the little girl.

It is my dream to visit Paris and see all the sights the little girl and her grandfather saw. What I loved most about this book besides the amazing illustrations are the factoids and tips that accompanied the story on each page. These facts included French translations, history of the city and locations of landmarks. I have learned so much! By the way did you know thirty-seven bridges cross over the river Seine? Cool, huh!

For ages 5 and up

Make sure to check out A Walk in London and also A Walk in New York by Salvatore Rubbino.

Reviewed by Maggie (Parr Library)

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Trash to Treasure: A Kid’s Upcycling Guide to Crafts

April 3, 2014 by

Trash to Treasure: A Kid’s Upcycling Guide to Crafts

by Pam Scheunemann

 This ultimate craft guide puts a new spin on recycling.  Kids learn to make trash out of treasure and be creative with the most unlikely recycled objects. They can create anything from earbud wire covers, to game piece jewelry, to cupcake tiers, and even a beautiful gazing ball made using a bowling ball and flat iridescent marbles. The possibilities for expression and creativity are endless.

This is such a great way to draw out not only creativity but an awareness of reusing and recycling. Trash to Treasure gives unique tips and how-to instructions, accompanied with vivid pictures of each actual craft. If you want to do something good and environmental friendly Trash to Treasure is a must read. Recommended for 4th grade and up.














(Pictured Above: Scrap Paper Curtain pg. 30)

Annette (Davis Library)

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Seven Stories Up

April 2, 2014 by

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By Laurel Snyder

12-year-old Annie Jaffin has always wanted to meet her grandmother but never has.  Unfortunately Annie’s mother has always wanted to keep them apart and Annie has never been able to understand why.  That is, until the day her mother is summoned to Baltimore to say her final “good-bye” to Annie’s grandmother who is very ill and possibly dying.  As it turns out, Annie’s mother has been protecting her from her grandmother who is a mean, spiteful and angry person even on her death bed. After a particularly awkward first meeting, Annie is hurried off to bed and is magically transported in her sleep to a hotel room in 1937.  There she meets another young girl her own age named Molly, whom she soon discovers is her grandmother as a young girl.  Without revealing their relationship, Annie becomes close friends with Molly and slowly uncovers her grandmother’s past and reasons for her behavior as they experience adventures together throughout Baltimore in the 1930’s.

Seven Stories Up is a skillfully written story of family relationships, friendship, historical fiction and time travel. Sprinkle it with magical realism and you have a finished product that grabs at the heart strings, pulls you in and doesn’t let go. I love the thought of going back in time and meeting my grandmother (or mother) as a young girl. Snyder handled it beautifully from beginning to end. I loved it!

Highly recommended for grades 4 through 6.

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)


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Hippospotamus by Jeanne Willis

April 1, 2014 by



by Jeanne Willis

Illustrated by Tony Ross

This is a hysterical story about Hippo’s unsightly “spotamus”.The story is told in rhyme using a lot of silly words.

 Hippo discovers a big, red “spotamus” on her “bottomus” and doesn’t know what it wrong and what to do.  All of the animals at the watering hole pointed and laughed.  Hippo was so embarrassed.  Then the Weasel decided that she had a “diseasel” and needed treatment.  Each of the animals had their own idea about what Hippo had and how to treat it. Weasel had thought she had the measles.  The treatment for Hippo was to get sun and heat on the “spotamus”.  This did not work and the spot was still there. All of the animals had their chance to treat Hippo’s “diseasel”.  Fox thought the “diseasel” was “hippopox”.  Beaver thought it was jungle fever.  Lion thinks it is “hippolumps”.  Shrew is sure the “diseasel” is “potomumps”.  The Rhino says it is definitely “hippoflu”. Hippo tries all the treatments but nothing works.  Hippo was getting grumpier and grumpier.  Finally, Croc the doc gives Hippo a “shotamus”.  Sadly this doesn’t work either.  Then, a little boy runs by and sees the “spotamus”.  He looks really closely and realizes the “spotamus” is his bubble gum. The little boy pulls it off and at last Hippo is cured.

Hippospotamus is a fun, fun, fun book to read.  Preschoolers thoroughly enjoyed the rhyming and laughed enthusiastically at the silly words.

Reviewed by: Ricki (Schimelpfenig)

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

March 31, 2014 by

Point out print everywhere. Talk about the written words you see in the world around you and respond with interest to your child’s questions about words. Ask them to find a new word every time you go on an outing.

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Kid Picks

March 30, 2014 by

Title: The Lightning Thief

Author: Rick Riordan

What I thought about it: I thought that this book had a great overall plot and loved the mythical view of things.

Reviewed by: Amber




Title:HarryPotter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Author: J.K. Rowling

What I thought about it: [What I liked best about it…] Harry finding Sirius as his godfather.

Reviewed by: Jasmine




Front CoverTitle: My Worst Days Diary

Author: Suzanne Altman

What I thought about it: What I liked best about this book is that mighty mo brings her snake to school and her friends laghed cause it fell out of the box

Reviewed by: A’Teya Leonard



Title: Walls Within Walls

Author: Maureen Sherry

What I thought about it: I like how it is a treasure hunt and there are lots of codes. Author was creative and clever about the codes.

Reviewed by: G. Pritchett




Title: Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Author: Jeff Kinney

What I thought about it: It was one of the funniest book I have ever read!

Reviewed by: Kate Pritchett





Title: Clever Jack Takes the Cake

Author: Candice Fleming

What I thought about it: I would give it three stars. It was a pretty good book I must say, but it sorta made me feel depressed in the starting.

Reviewed by: Adrian




Title: Hurry Up, Houdini

Author: Mary Pope Osborne

What I thought about it: It was fabulous! Very interesting and always kept me on the edge of my seat!

Reviewed by: Ella K.

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Recommended App of the Week

March 29, 2014 by

diysunscienceDIY Sun Science (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch; iOS 6.0+ ): This educational app was developed by the University of California Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science.  The app includes 13 activities about the sun, including instructions, materials lists, videos, and images.  The activities can be completed easily at home using minimal supplies.  As an added bonus, the app links to live images of the sun from NASA’s SDO satellite.  This is a free app that you can download here.  Recommended for families and educators, and for children preschool and up.



Check out this link for more information from the developer.

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Bone By Bone: Comparing Animal Skeletons

March 28, 2014 by

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By Sarah Levine and T.S Spookytooth

What kind of animal would you be if your finger bones grew so long that they reached your feet? Or what if you had no leg bones but kept your arm bones?

Beginning with an introduction to the human skeleton, this book then compares our bones to the bones of various animals by posing questions like the ones above and then revealing the answers! Did you know that a bat’s wings are made up of finger bones much like the ones in our hands? Young scientists will enjoy this creative and interesting way of learning about the skeletal system and how it functions.

Recommended for children aged 5 and up.

Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard Library)

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iF: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility

March 27, 2014 by

iftreasurypoemsiF: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility

Edited by: Allie Esiri & Rachel Kelly

Why not get a head start and look at this new treasury in time for National Poetry Month in April?  Poetry may be easily dismissed as simplistic reading.  However, English was a spoken language before it was a written one.  Poetry is a natural connection between the oral traditions of the English language and literature.  Poems may be sung or chanted and are passed from person to person.

This treasury does meet the expectations of offering poems “for almost every possibility”.  These are the following chapters within this book: Growing Up, Humor & Nonsense, Tell Me a Tale, Magic, Friendship & Love, Animals Nature & Seasons, War History & Death, Lessons for Life, and Bedtime.  It also includes a glossary of poetic terms and a list of “poems for possibilities” or poems that help with courage and wise words.

For additional digital fun, check out the Kid’s Brain review of the corresponding app here.

Reviewed by: Diana (Harrington Library)

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March 26, 2014 by


By Laura Vaccaro Seeger

This little bull is a in a bad mood. Someone is mean to him, so he turns that around and takes it out on his friends when they want to play. He calls them names, getting bigger and bigger as his attitude gets worse. Eventually, someone takes him down to size by telling him he’s acting like a big bully. It’s all he needs to realize that he’s being too mean.

This book is simple, but effective. Through just a few words, the idea of bullying comes across loud and clear. This is a good book to share with your little one to help them understand that being kind to friends is important. Laura Vaccaro Seeger is the winner of many awards and nominations for her other books, including her Caldecott Honor book Green.

Recommended for ages 3-7

Nicole P. (Schimelpfenig)

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