The Truth About Twinkie Pie

August 18, 2015 by

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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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

August 17, 2015 by

Rhyming is one way children learn to hear the smaller parts of words.  You may help them learn to rhyme by reading them Mother Goose rhymes or stories told in rhyme.  Another fun thing to do is play an I Spy rhyming game.  For example… “I spy something that rhymes with blue and that something is a….shoe!”

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Kid Picks

August 16, 2015 by

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

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Pepper and Poe

August 14, 2015 by

Frann Preston – Gannon

Pepper has his very own cat bowl, a very comfy bed and toys he loves to play with.  There is also a dog that inhabits his space but he doesn’t bother Pepper and Pepper likes it that way.  Yes, life was perfect until one day a small kitten, Poe was brought into his life.  Did his owner really think this was a good idea?  What were they thinking?  Poe loved Pepper right from the start and wanted to be in his space every minute of every day.  Poe even got into all of treasured belongings and even though Pepper tried to hide that new little creature found him every time.  Each day seem to get worse and worse until Poe got himself into a mishap and looked to Pepper for guidance.  You will enjoy the outcome of this humorous story as you see who they blame it on and how Pepper learns to adapt to this new friend in his once perfect life.

Great illustrations and a simple easy book to enjoy with your little ones.  Pepper and Poe is an educational tool as well that parents can enjoy as they teach their little ones  about friendship, sharing and especially if there once perfect life is going to be shared by a new sister or brother.

Great book for toddlers and preschoolers.

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to dance: a memoir

August 12, 2015 by

to danceto dance: a memoir

by Siena Charson Siegel; artwork by Mark Siegel

Siena tells the story of the role ballet played in her childhood. From learning the basics to dancing on stage at the Lincoln Center, the reader gets a good idea of the hard work that goes into becoming a dancer. This is a beautiful and inspiring tale for anyone interested in ballet, or any type of dance.

Mark Siegel’s artwork complements his wife’s story perfectly. Both text and illustrations weave fluidly across the page, creating a wonderful rhythm throughout the book. I had to read the author’s blurb in the back to find out what happened to Siena. She didn’t become a professional ballerina, but still works with the American Ballet Theater as the manager and director of their training program. I loved that even though she isn’t a professional dancer, she was able to follow her passion for dance in another role.

Reviewed by Kate (Haggard)

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Click!

August 11, 2015 by

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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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

August 10, 2015 by

Read with passion! Maintaining the same highs and lows in your voice at the same point in a story helps your child begin to remember the words.

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Kid Picks

August 9, 2015 by

big nate 1charme life 2robin hood 3

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Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures

August 7, 2015 by

Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures

By Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater

Welcome to a world much like our own but with magical creatures and humans living side by side!  In this alternate universe, Jeffrey Higgleston’s Guide to Magical Creatures is considered to be the definitive resource about these creatures offering illustrations, statistics and annotations as to their habits.  9-year-old Pip Bartlett is crazy about any and all magical creatures and aspires to be a researcher herself even making her own notations from her observations in her personal copy of the book.  Pip’s observations are even more astute than Jeffrey Higgleston’s as she has one talent that he does not – she is able to talk to and understand them!  There is one problem –  no one believes her because no one believes that magical animals can talk!

After a very distressing (and humorous) “unicorn incident” during Career Day at her Elementary School, Pip is sent off to spend the summer with her Aunt Emma who is a magical-animal vet. While helping her aunt, Pip meets many memorable magical characters and even finds herself in a quest to save one particular species from extermination due to their danger to the town.  Fantasy fans will enjoy this humorous series opener and will become enchanted by its heroine. A fun light-hearted read for all and the perfect book for fantasy fans in the upper elementary grades.

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)

 

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School Days Around the World

August 6, 2015 by

schooldaysSchool Days Around the World

By: Margriet Ruurs

Illustrated by: Alice Feagan

A quote by Malala Yousafzai begins this book: “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is education.” This is an accurate statement for many of the world’s children and their education. The author bases each country and child’s experience on real children she has encountered previously. Marta, for example, goes to school in Azezo, Ethiopia. There are 70 students in her class and studies are only in the morning so that more children complete studies in the afternoon. Ana walks an hour from her home to her school in San Luis, Honduras. Amy and Gwen are homeschoolers in Alaska and they go fishing on a field trip. The book is not extensive, but gives a welcoming overview about education for children around the world. For children and students that are interested in the topic, this would make a positive primer.

If you are interested in other back to school books, check out the First Day of School display in the children’s area at Harrington Library.

Other titles in this series include: Children Around the World and Families Around the World.

Recommended for ages 4 and up.

Reviewed by: Diana (Harrington Library)

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