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Dash by Kirby Larson

April 22, 2016

DashjacketX6W1G7TADash by Kirby Larson

Historical fiction is my favorite genre, because I love learning about other time periods and other perspectives of life.

Dash is set during World War II. The story revolves around Mitsi, who is separated from her dog, Dash, when her family is sent to a Japanese internment camp.  Based on the story of a real life person, the story touched my heart.  Larson’s writing pulls you into a young girl’s emotional perspective.  Fortunately, Mitsi and Dash are reunited, but unfortunately the internment camps were a reality that impacted so many people in America in a negative way.

I have read a couple of Kirby Larson books for teens and kids, and I’m glad I tried this one. On page 200 of the book, one of the adult characters who has created a tumbleweed garden at the camp, says, “…if you look with your heart, you can find beauty anywhere.” This book would be great for young readers and adults who are willing to discuss the past and look to the future!

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My Dog’s a Chicken

March 30, 2016

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My Dog’s a Chicken by Susan McElroy Montanari, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf

Lula Mae wants a puppy. You might think that this is a theme you’ve read before, but I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!  Lula Mae lives on a farm full of chickens, and times are hard.  So rather than give up her dream of a puppy, she makes do with what she has, and names one of the chickens, “Pookie.”  She completes the picture by clipping a red ribbon on Pookie’s head.

Children will enjoy hearing this story read aloud. They will “Bawk!” with Pookie, and laugh at the family antics.  The colorful painted illustrations by Anne Wilsdorf are pleasing, and I love all the big round chicken eyes!

This is a new favorite of mine. I think you’ll like it too!

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I Hear a Pickle

February 9, 2016

hearpickleI Hear a Pickle (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!) by Rachel Isadora

Parents, and teachers of preschool children often ask for books about the five senses. Isadora’s new book will be perfect to suggest.

Each sense is described over several pages, with simple sentences beside small illustrations of children in action. The final page features the child from the cover eating a delicious pickle, as he tastes, smells, sees, touches and hears the pickle.  “Crunch!”

Come by the library to check out this fun new book to read to children while talking about their senses. I’m off to buy a jar of pickles!

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Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach

January 21, 2016

nonibeachNoni the Pony Goes to the Beach by Alison Lester

I’m ready for a warm sunny day, and a trip to the beach.  How about you?  If you need some inspiration, check out Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach. In this charming story, Noni and her friends, Dave Dog and Coco the Cat, go on an adventure to the beach.  Slightly silly, and full of rhyming words, this book will be perfect for your favorite preschooler.

And if this book puts you in the mood for more books about the beach, try our Beach theme bag, which includes nine books, a puppet, and a felt rhyme about sandcastles.  Search the catalog for keywords: Beach theme, or search theme bag for a list of all of our themes.

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Big Bot, Small Bot: a Book of Opposites

December 26, 2015

bigbotBig Bot Small Bot: A Book of Robot Opposites by Marc Rosenthal

Robot lovers, gather round!  Rosenthal’s robot themed opposites book is a winner.  Each page features a concept with a flap, which reveal eight opposites.  The text size reinforces the first two concepts, big/small and quiet/loud, and although the remaining six concepts do not include variations in text size or placement, the illustrations playfully engage the reader.

The book is small and square, perfect for little hands.  Parents and children alike love moveable books, so the flaps will soon be well worn.

Check this one out from the library today…I like it so much that I would purchase it for a young reader to cherish!

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Strictly No Elephants

December 12, 2015

strictlynoelephantsStrictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev; illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

A little boy is excited to meet others at Pet Club Day to show off his unusual pet, a tiny elephant.  Sadly, he arrives and a sign is posted stating, “Strictly No Elephants.”  As he goes back home, he meets a girl who also was excluded because of her pet skunk, and eventually, many children come together in a new place where “All Are Welcome.”

The story is not a heavy handed moral lesson, but it is about tolerance.  It’s also a story about what it takes to be great friend. The illustrations feature diverse children and diverse pets!  Share it with your favorite friend today!

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How to Share with a Bear by Eric Pinder

November 17, 2015

how to shareHow to Share with a Bear by Eric Pinder

What child doesn’t love making a cave to hide in?  In How to Share with a Bear, Thomas makes a cave so he can cuddle up with a few books and read.  But his cave is taken over by a bear, so he finds creative ways to distract it.  Bears like blueberries, scratching their backs, fishing in streams, and honey, but none of these distractions seem to last very long. The reader will be surprised to discover the “truth” behind the bear!

I loved the gentle solutions in this story about siblings and sharing.  Thomas is a loving big brother.  Even though there are instructions at the end of the book about how to build your own cave, your children may not need them!  If you’re in need of quiet book, perfect for cave reading, pick this one up today!

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Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb

November 7, 2015

ratscaliburRatscalibur by Josh Lieb

Seventh grader, Joey, has moved with his mom to an apartment in the city.  When his uncle Patrick, brings him a pet rat, a magical, or should I say “ragical,” adventure begins.  The story is plot driven, and will keep the reader turning the pages.  I picked this one up because of the cover, which features rat Joey brandishing  a spork on top of a scone.  I was nicely surprised to find it made it to the nomination list of books for next year’s Texas Bluebonnet Award list.

Young readers will love the first in this new engaging fantasy series.  Check it out in either book, ebook, or audiobook today!

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Connect the Stars

October 29, 2015

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Connect the Stars by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

Middle-school can be tough, and Audrey Alcott and Aaron Archer both feel like misfits at their schools.  They both have special gifts too…Audrey knows when people lie, and Aaron has an encyclopedic memory.

When Audrey and Aaron meet at a six-week wilderness survival camp, they are paired on the same team with two other campers and must undergo challenges designed by the camp founder and former football player, Jared Eastbrook.

I loved that this book addressed bullying, and developing friendships within a great story about the West Texas wilderness and survival.  Don’t pass this one up by assuming it might be another “problem” novel about middle school.  Even though the characters are a bit older than the typical juvenile novel, I think it would be a great book to read together as a family or in a classroom.

I hope you like Connect the Stars as much as I did!

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Ballet Cat

September 22, 2015

Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea

It’s no secret that I love Bob Shea’s books, and now he has ventured into the world of early readers!

Good friends, Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony, are trying to find something to play.  Of course, Ballet Cat loves to dance, so Sparkles goes along.  When Ballet Cat realizes that Sparkles doesn’t seem happy, Sparkles reveals that he has a totally secret secret!  Readers will love this funny story that has a warm and fuzzy ending.

If your reader loves the Gerald and Piggy books, or the Frog and Toad books, they will love this one too.

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