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Kid Picks

May 1, 2016

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The Best Sweater

April 26, 2016

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by Lynne Garner

illustrated by Sarah Gill

Spindle the mouse gets a handmade sweater from his grandmother and decides that it is the BEST sweater ever. It fits so perfectly that he wears it everywhere, even when it’s not cold (he ties it around his waist, just in case). Like all sweaters, especially those given lots of love, it gets a little tear. Mama fixes it, but soon there’s another problem! It won’t fit over his ears! After being snipped and sewed and fixed over and over, the best sweater finally finds new life as another surprise from Grandma.

This is a sweet story about family, growing up, and learning that things will always be changing. Soft watercolor and pastel drawings fill the pages with color, making this a beautiful book to share with your little one. It might just give you an idea of how to to ease the transition from a well-loved blanket or toy.

Recommended for ages 4-8.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Kid Picks

April 24, 2016

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Beatrix Potter & the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig

April 23, 2016

Deborah Hopkinson

When I discovered this new book in the library, Beatrix Potter & the Unfortunate Tale of a Borrowed Guinea Pig,  I couldn’t wait to read it. Beatrix Potter is a well-known and loved children’s book author and one of my favorites.  I’m sure we have all read some of her delightful tales and are quite aware of her love for animals.  Even as a small child, Beatrix and her brother enjoyed many different kind of pets.  She had frogs, salamanders, lizards, hedgehogs and newts just to name a few of her unusual pets and she loved to paint them.  So her request to paint her neighbor’s guinea pig was of no surprise to anyone.  Beatrix picked the prettiest guinea pig, Queen Elizabeth.   Beatrix was pleased with the guinea pig’s portrait but was summoned to a dinner party.  Little did she know that Queen Elizabeth was quite hungry and decided to munch on glue, string and paper while Beatrix was at dinner.  Devastated might be the word to use when Beatrix found Queen Elizabeth the next morning.  She had expired due to her previous evening’s meal.  Would Miss Nina Paget, her neighbor,  forgive her when Queen Elizabeth was brought back home?  A distressed Beatrix asked for forgiveness and also gave her the beautiful picture she had painted of Queen Elizabeth.

This noted author, Deborah Hopkinson has written a humorous and charming book about Beatrix that I’m sure you will enjoy.  The author has also added pictures and a small biography of Beatrix Potter in the back of the book along with a note to all readers:  “What would you have done in Miss Nina Paget’s shoes.  You many have been wise and kept the picture since Beatrix Potter became so famous that many of her pictures sold for thousands of pounds.”

On another note, the illustrations by Charlotte Voake capture your imagination and add to the charm of this delightful book.

 

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Dash by Kirby Larson

April 22, 2016

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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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Welcome Spring!

April 21, 2016

Wabracadabra it's spring coverith fun vocabulary and richly-colored illustrations, Abracadabra, It’s Spring! is an absolute delight to read aloud, and perfect for preschoolers.

Stylized, colored text focuses attention on the magical words that herald a change, and gate-fold pages add an element of surprise.

A little green shoot comes into focus. Alakazam!  [Open the fold out page]  Now it’s a crocus!  Buds on trees become leaves; sticks and strings become a nest; and cocoons become colorful butterflies.  The rhyme is spot-on and the repetition leads to the invitation to look at every bright new thing! Abracadabra! Now it’s spring.

Enjoy this book’s energetic, joyful ode to the magical changes that the spring season brings.

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A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals

April 19, 2016

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A Hungry Lion or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals

by Lucy Ruth Cummins

The very hungry lion is all set to enjoy an exciting day with his other animal pals. But all of a sudden his friends start disappearing at an alarming rate! Is someone stealing the hungry lion’s friends, or is the culprit a little…closer to home?

With sharp wit, adorable illustrations, and hysterical twists galore, this debut picture book asks—what do you think happened to the hungry lion’s friends?

I picked this one up when it first came in, mainly because of the title. I wanted to find out why the assortment of animals was dwindling! I had an idea, and at first it seemed like my idea was correct, but then came a twist! But is it the only twist? As Jon Klassen (author and illustrator of I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat) has said about it: “So smart and so cute and so dark all at the same time.” Exactly! But dark in the funniest possible way. If you’re a fan of Klassen’s you’ll probably enjoy this book just as much.
Happy reading!
Reviewed by: Lara (Haggard)
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Kid Picks

April 10, 2016

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Fortune Falls

April 8, 2016

Fortune Falls

by Jenny Goebel

Are you a superstitious person?  Do you believe that if you find a 4-leaf clover or a lucky penny, you’ll have good luck? If you step on a crack will you really break your mother’s back?  And what about black cats, broken mirrors and the number 13? Will they really bring bad luck?  Welcome to Fortune Falls!  Here they believe and experience all these superstitions and many more!

In Fortune Falls, luck is a very serious business.  When you turn 12, you must take a Luck Test.  If you fail and are determined to be Unlucky, you are sent away to Bane’s School for Luckless Adolescents – a dreary boarding school separated from family and friends – a place created to keep them from endangering those around them.

Sadie Bleeker is still an Undetermined. She has not yet turned 12 so she has not yet taken the test.  Unfortunately Sadie is seemingly born unlucky since she was born on Friday the 13th and she has a history of bad luck following her around.  Sadie fears that she is doomed to fail the test and be permanently labeled Unlucky.  Sadie’s best friend Cooper (a Lucky) tries to help her but things only go from bad to worse.  Will Sadie be able to overcome her constant streak of bad luck and pass the test against all odds?

If you enjoy books with mystery and magic that are a little bit spooky, consider yourself lucky if you pick up this book!  As one reviewer stated, “Bad luck has never been so interesting!”

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)

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Go Home Flash

April 7, 2016

Go Home FlashGo Home Flash

By: Ruth Paul

“Playful puppy Flash doesn’t want to stay home—he wants to go on adventures with his favorite people!  Even to places he shouldn’t be… But his owners know it’s because he misses them while they’re away, and they miss him too!” (from cover)

All Flash wants is to be with his family but everyone is just so busy!  This is the second book featuring this scruffy little mutt with a penchant for mischief.  The story is a fun and easy read great for early readers or children who are just getting familiar with words.  There are plenty of rhyming words and repetition to help build early literacy skills.  The pictures are bright and playful with small action sequences and big full-page illustrations.  If you enjoy this book, be sure to check out the first Flash book or one of Ruth Paul’s other animal tales!

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Reviewed by: Meredith (Harrington Library)

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