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Kid Picks

May 1, 2016

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Whose Hands Are These?

April 29, 2016

Whose Hands Are These?

A Community Helper Guessing Book

By Miranda Paul

This delightful new book offers fun rhyming clues and great illustrations to help the reader guess each community helper’s work. A variety of community helpers are described-some are more challenging to guess than others, and the rhyming and picture clues make this book great fun to read with your child.

Luciana Navarro Powell’s illustrations show both ethnic and gender diversity, and give great attention to detail.

Both engaging and educational, this would also make a great read-aloud for early elementary classrooms. I had such fun guessing each profession, and think you will too. Happy reading!

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The Best Sweater

April 26, 2016

sweaterThe Best Sweater

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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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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Ruby Lee & Me

April 20, 2016

Ruby Lee & MeRuby Lee & Me

By: Shannon Hitchcock

It’s 1969 and everything is changing for twelve-year-old Sarah Beth Willis. Sarah blames herself when her six-year-old sister, Robin, is hit by a car and is seriously injured. There is also racial tension in North Carolina where Sarah lives and it affects Sarah’s friendship with her best friend Ruby Lee. Sarah, who is white, has been best friends with Ruby, who is black, since she was a small child. In addition, the school the girls attend is being integrated and they will have their first black teacher. Despite the title of the book, the story centers more around the relationship between Sarah and her little sister Robin. Sarah tries to ease her guilty conscience by giving her sister something she has always wanted.

This is a touching story with well-developed characters and a realistic historical setting.

Reviewed by: Renee (Parr Library)

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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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A Beetle Is Shy

April 15, 2016

Beetle Is ShyA Beetle Is Shy by Dianna Hutts Aston

Through their descriptive language and gorgeous art the team of Aston and Long present another treasure for young nature lovers. “A beetle is shy,” reads the first page as a Spotted Tortoise Beetle hides in its egg case. “A beetle is bold,” says the last page as the same beetle emerges and glistens against a purple blossom. Along the way the reader meets 26 more beetles by trait category. Words in large font carry the rhyme “A beetle is…” Additonal text in smaller font delivers interesting facts that inform without overwhelming young readers and listeners. The book is rich with scientific vocabulary such as larva, pupa, and exoskeleton, generally in italics.  It is also poetically elegant with words such as kaleidoscopic and colossal. A beautiful and enlightening experience for young and old.

Also by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long:

Egg Is QuietButterflyRock Is LivelyNest Is Noisy

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Kid Picks

April 10, 2016

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