Changes: A Child’s First Poetry Collection

July 17, 2015 by

Changes : a child's first poetry collectionChanges: A Child’s First Poetry Collection

By: Charlotte Zolotow

 

This wonderful collection of 28 seasonally organized poems was published to mark what would have been Charlotte Zolotow’s 100th birthday. These poems, originally published in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s have been republished with new illustrations. This collection is intended as a child’s first poetry collection, but will be enjoyed by all ages. The poems celebrate small moments that occur as months pass and subtle seasonal changes take place. I especially enjoyed part of the poem entitled Sleepless Nights: “I remember that night, / with the snow / white, white, white, / and my mother’s arms around me / warm and tight.” The bright and colorful palate of the illustrations will put a smile on the faces of everyone who reads this collection.

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The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate

July 16, 2015 by

calpurniaI do love Calpurnia Tate!  She is a bright and inquisitive young woman living in a small Texas town in 1899.  At a time when girls are expected to be interested in needlework, Calpurnia’s interests lie in the natural world, much to the consternation of her mother. 

In this second book about the character, The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, Callie Vee’s interest in the natural sciences, encouraged by the influence of her grandfather, continues as the pair dissect various creatures. The relationship between Callie and her grandfather, however, takes a back seat to the story of Callie and her younger brother, Travis. The majority of the book tells of the various escapades and adventures resulting from Travis’s unlikely animal adoptions and Callie helping to care for (and hide) the creatures. The author leaves the book open-ended enough that I suspect (and hope!) there will be another about this strong female character.

calpurnia 1You may also wish to read The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, the book that introduces the character, although this title can stand alone. 

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an Advance Reader’s Copy.

 

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Small Elephant’s Bathtime

July 15, 2015 by

eleSmall Elephant’s Bathtime

By Tatyana Feeney

Small elephant doesn’t want to take a bath. He loves water, just not when it’s in a tub. Mommy elephant does everything she can to make bathtime more appealing. She blows bubbles and adds toys, but small elephant keeps saying no, No, NO! Finally, mommy elephant is down to her very last try: daddy elephant!

A book of giggles and families, Small Elephant is sure to delight your little reader. The simple text and limited color scheme lets the reader focus on the words. Whether your little one loves bathtime, or would rather be ANYWHERE else, they will enjoy small elephant’s story. Like elephant, they might find that they never want to leave the bathtub once they get into it!

Recommended for ages 2-5 years.

Nicole P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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Little Engineers

July 14, 2015 by

Whose Tools? by Toni Buzzeo and Jim Datz

This new board book is a fun introduction to tools and building for the younger set.  Each page asks, “Whose tools are those?” The opposite page features friendly-looking tools, each labeled, which then flips open to reveal the answer.  The vocabulary in this one is rich!  Most of us aren’t using “mason”, or “linesman pliers” vocabulary in our everyday lives, so your child will hear something new.  And, the human characters are diverse, which is always a bonus.

If you and your children enjoy building, join us at 3pm on July 20 at Harrington Library for “What Will You Build?”

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Early Literacy Tip of the Week

July 13, 2015 by

Encourage your child to use sounds and actions to communicate with you. Ask her to point to the toy she wants or wave good-bye to Grandma.

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Kid Picks

July 12, 2015 by

half upon a time 1judy moody 2junie b jones 3katy duck 4pokemon adventures 5

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App Time: It Was a Cold, Dark Night and Wiggle and Stomp

July 11, 2015 by

cold This week we started with Collins Big Cat’s book app It Was a Cold, Dark Night which is available in iTunes for free.

This is a very cute story about Ned the hedgehog trying to find a home for the winter. He looks in several places where there are other animals making their homes before finding the right one for him. The highlighted narration is great for beginning readers to follow along, and there are some interactive elements to tap on as well as a few sound effects. The app also has a quiz to review the story after reading it as well as a great “story creator” feature, which allows kids to use the different backgrounds, items and characters to create and record their own story. Collins Big Cat has several other book apps as well.cold 2

 

We also talked about the Shutterbugs: Wiggle and Stomp activity app which is by the Smithsonian Institution. This one is available for free from iTunes or Google Play.

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Wiggle and Stomp is a very simple activity app which teaches some vocabulary, focusing mostly on animals and verbs. Children get to follow the zoo keeper around the zoo and take pictures of animals doing various actions. Once they get a verb correct three times, it is added to their zoo photo book. They can then go back and look at the pictures any time as well as print out coloring sheets of those animals. This app is perfect for verb recognition and some quick animal facts!

 

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Bee Dance

July 10, 2015 by

beedanceBee Dance

By: Rick Chrustowski

This beautifully illustrated book is a fun way to share information about bees with younger children. The story begins with a single honeybee that goes off to find flowers and drink nectar. After a discovery of a field of prairie flowers, the bee races back to the hive to share the news. The book then describes how honeybees “waggle” dance and buzz to share information with the fellow bees. After all the bees go to the field of flowers, they each take bits of nectar to bring back to the hive at the end of the day. Share this book with friends and family and see if you can perfect the bee dance.

Recommended for ages 3 and up.

For more fascinating information about the bee dance, check out this video:

Reviewed by: Diana (Harrington Library)

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The Forget-Me-Not Summer

July 9, 2015 by

The forget-me-not summerThe Forget-Me-Not Summer

By Leila Howland

The Silver sisters (Marigold, Zinnia and Lily) are California girls living in LA with their screenwriter father and their film editor mother. 12-year-old Marigold is an aspiring actress who has an agent and a bit part on a popular television series.  11-year-old Zinnia, the middle sister, adores her older sister and wants to be just like her.  5-year-old Lily is the well-loved baby and admittedly quite spoiled by her family and nanny. When job opportunities prevent their parents from staying in LA for the summer, the sisters are unhappily shipped off to a Cape Cod coastal town to visit with their Aunt Sunny for three weeks.  Culture shock ensues as they discover that they have no television or cell phone coverage and exceedingly slow internet.  Nevertheless, within a short period of time, they are charmed by life at the beach complete with new friends, interesting town characters, New England clambakes, dances and even talent shows.  As the sisters experience an unforgettable summer, they make self-discoveries that teach them what is really important in their lives and draw them closer to each other than ever before.

This is a delightful family story told with engaging characters and is reminiscent of  The Penderwicks  series.  A great summer book for readers ages 9 through 12.

Reviewed by Connie (Parr Library)

 

 

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My Grandma’s a Ninja

July 8, 2015 by

ninjaMy Grandma’s a Ninja

By Todd Tarpley

Illustrated by Danny Chatzikonstantinou

Ethan’s grandmother is far from normal. She takes him on a zip line to school, jumps down from the ceiling during show-and-tell, and teaches his friends karate moves. She can even do flips upside-down in slow motion because she’s a ninja! As cool as it is to have a ninja grandmother, it has its downsides too. When Ethan’s grandma pops the soccer ball at his team’s practice, everyone is upset, including Ethan. For once, he wishes for a normal grandmother. The big soccer game comes and Ethan realizes that all the cool stuff his grandma taught him can help him win the game!

Cute and very silly, My Grandma’s a Ninja is a fun read for the fan of ninjas, sports, and anyone with that unusual family member that just MIGHT be a ninja. It helps teach children about unconditional love through humor and a story they’ll want to read over and over.

Recommended for ages 4-8.

Nicki P.

Schimelpfenig Library

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