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26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie DePaola

August 27, 2015

26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie DePaola.

Once and awhile I come across a book that I term “lost in the stacks.”  This is a book that is cataloged in a place that is not usually browsed by parents and children, or it might even just be on the bottom shelf, and no one bends down and sees it!  Many times, if not “lost,” the book would be out because it’s really good stuff!

26 Fairmount Avenue by DePaola falls into this category in my library.  It is a short chapter book, the first written by DePaola who is a favorite with young children for Strega Nona and Big Anthony. It is also the first in a series of chapter books centered on DePaola’s family memories.

I think the series is a great read-aloud for young families who would like to begin their venture beyond picture books.  DePaola tells about his extended family in a matter of fact way, and children will learn about everyday life in the 1930’s and 40’s.  At the end of one chapter, DePaola describes his mother crying, and his father using “bad words” as they struggled with the ups and downs of building their new home.  DePaola doesn’t sugar coat his memories, but it’s still told in a way that is accessible to children.  One of his other memories involves seeing the Disney version of Snow White for the first time, and being upset that it wasn’t the true version that his mother had read to him.

Why not “find” this book today?  I’m glad I did!

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The Sock Thief

August 25, 2015

sockThe Sock Thief

By Ana Crespo

Illustrated by Nana Gonzalez

Recommended for ages 3-6.

Felipe is a sock thief. Once a week, he gets up very early and picks mangoes from his family’s tree, then he goes the long way to school. He doesn’t have any socks of his own, since his only pair of shoes are worn out flip-flops, so he takes socks from windowsills and laundry lines. But for every pair of socks he takes, he leaves behind a ripe mango. What does he do with so many socks? It turns out that it’s not as much of a secret as Felipe thinks.

A fun story about ingenuity and kindness in a small town, The Sock Thief will charm soccer fans and creatives alike. There are introductory words in Portuguese scattered throughout the text, as well as a glossary in the back to help the reader learn a few more words. The bright and cheery pictures will draw in any reader as you get closer to learning about Felipe’s secret use for the socks.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

 

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Kid Picks

August 23, 2015

always neverland 1american girl 2beyond the dinosaurs 3

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Our Great States

August 21, 2015

What’s Great About Louisiana?

Each title in this entertaining series leads with ten things to see or do. The recommendations are presented on colorful two-page spreads with sidebars for additional historical or cultural facts. Visiting our neighbor, Louisiana? Check out Shreveport’s Sci-Port where you can lie down on a bed of nails or investigate a crime scene. Or maybe a safari is more your style. Lousiana has more than one to offer. In Nevada the suggestions range from a visit to Hoover Dam to the Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival in Elko. The map pages clearly show the points of interest mentioned, a few major cities and the state’s location on the United States map. A representation of the state flag as well as important statistics are also provided. Rounding off each volume is a table of contents, a glossary, a list of additional resources and an index.

So what are you waiting for? Go get a guide and find out about Our Great States!

 

Reviewed by:  Sarah W. (Haggard Library)

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The Truth About Twinkie Pie

August 18, 2015

The truth about Twinkie PieThe Truth About Twinkie Pie

By: Kat Yeh

Twelve-year-old Galileo Galilei Barnes (Gigi for short) is being raised by her older sister, Didi, since their mother died. DiDi, who wants the best for her sister, moves them from a trailer park in South Carolina to a wealthy town in Long Island after she wins a million dollars in a cooking contest. Didi saves every penny for Gigi’s education. She enrolls her in the best private school and sets aside the rest of the money for Gigi to go to college. Gigi decides to reinvent herself before starting her new school starting with a new name. On the first day of school, she runs into Trip, the most popular boy in school, and they immediately hit it off. Unfortunately, this upsets mean girl Mace, who used to be best friends with Trip. Gigi’s plan for making lots of friends at her new school isn’t off to a good start. Gigi also discovers the truth about a family secret that threatens to tear her and her sister Didi apart. The Truth about Twinkie Pie is the story of two sisters learning about life and the meaning of family. Readers will enjoy the recipes from her mother’s cookbook that are scattered throughout the novel.   This is a charming story.

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Kid Picks

August 16, 2015

little house on the prairie 1rutherford b, who was he 2school skeleton 3stacey the soccer fairy 4

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Click!

August 11, 2015

clickClick!

By Jeffrey Ebbeler

Recommended for ages 3-8.

Written in a style similar to a comic book, Click! is a book with limited words. There are a lot of noises that go on in the night, and one little boy who needs a good night of sleep. To help give his family the rest they need, the boy’s friendly bird-lamp runs around the house to stop all of those pesky noises. He follows the drip, drip, drops to the leaky faucet and the rock, rock, creaks to a rocking chair being blown by the wind. After he takes care of all the night sounds, he makes sure to look after his human boy.

This is a sweet book about friendship and being thoughtful. Since the entire book is told in sound-effects and the bird’s reactions, it’s fun to sit with your child and narrate the story together. The colorful pictures give a lot of character to the sleeping house, showing that it’s not just the little bird who’s alive. Look for the faces hidden in the furniture and items all over the house!

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Kid Picks

August 9, 2015

big nate 1charme life 2robin hood 3

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App Time: Blue Hat, Green Hat and Peekaboo Barn

August 1, 2015

unnamedThis week in App Time, we started off with Loud Crow Interactive’s book app, Blue Hat, Green Hat, by Sandra Boynton, available from iTunes for $3.99.

Three earnest animals and one misguided turkey learn colors and clothes in this Sandra Boynton classic. You can choose to have the book read to you, or read the book yourself, and even if you choose to read it yourself, you have the option of clicking on the text to highlight and have it narrated to you. Each page has some interactive elements, and towards the end of the book there’s a page where you can change all the turkey’s clothes, and the text on the page will change to match what the turkey is actually wearing! Plus, the story is silly and kids will have a great chance to practice colors and articles of clothing in a fun way.

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unnamedFor our activity app this week, we used Night & Day Studio’s Peekaboo Barn, available from iTunes for $1.99. There is also a free lite version! We reviewed Peekaboo Barn before here.

App Time will be on hiatus for a few weeks while we prepare for fall, but we’ll be back the week of August 24th! App Time will now be offered at both Haggard and Davis Libraries—look for our new brochure soon for more details!

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Stick and Stone

July 28, 2015

Stick and Stone

By Beth Ferry

Stick and Stone are lonely and alone until they become the best of friends, then they make a perfect 10! Read along and watch their friendship grow through simple rhyming text and beautifully illustrated adventures.

Tom Lichtenheld’s absolutely adorable artwork brings life to each of the characters. This charming story tells how friendship grows and how friends help each other.  The book makes for great discussion with your little reader(s).  Even though Stick and Stone don’t look the same they are friends; friends that help each other and play together, and stay together.  This is a great book with a great message.  Happy reading!

 

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