Monthly Archives: March 2017

Snail and Slug

Snail and Slug is a  tale of friendship between a slug and snail. Snail invites Slug into her very large home (which has a cellar, a sink, and a dishwasher) because it is so hot outside. The two develop a friendship even … Continue reading

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Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science

The story of how three young girls: Maria Merian, Mary Anning, and Maria Mitchell changed science. The stories are told separately, occur at different time periods, and are written in verse. Maria Merian observed and painted pictures of the life … Continue reading

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The Telling

The Telling, by Alexandra Sirowy, is a murder mystery and a coming of age story, which deals with social issues confronting today’s teens sensitively.  Lana McBrook divides her life into “before” and “after.”  Before includes her stepbrother, Ben; after does … Continue reading

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Cici- A Fairy’s Tale #1 : Believe Your Eyes

This graphic novel for young readers introduces a new series dealing with how fairies come to learn of their own existence. BUT on a deeper heavier topic, it lets children know about how hard it is when parents split up. … Continue reading

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Rainbow

Just as rainbows silently appear this book begins slowly building filling with falling rain until the rainbow finally shows. It is a book of few words, but those words matched with the illustrations by John Wallace prove the old saying- … Continue reading

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Benjamin Franklin

A very readable, very informative biography of Benjamin Franklin, it includes discussion of his role as one of America’s Founding Fathers, but focuses on his role as scientist, in an era when the word scientist was not even yet in … Continue reading

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Lulu and the Cat in the Bag

A solid little early chapter book for beginning readers.  In four chapters, it tells the story of animal-loving Lulu trying to bring her less-than-enthusiastic grandmother around to her way of thinking, when a large, cantankerous cat is found left in … Continue reading

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the third wheel

Okay, so you don’t need me to tell you these books are recommended for school libraries.  Their legendary popularity speaks for itself.  However, let it be known that my recommendation has more to do with how popular I know them … Continue reading

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Eloise at the Wedding

Eloise finds living in The Plaza hotel has its perks as she watches the Grand Ballroom being prepared for a wedding. When Eloise announces she is going to the wedding, Nanny says, ”  ‘No one asked you to go.’  ” … Continue reading

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The Sleepover

Take three friends, a cute boy, a slightly goofy stepsister and a hypnotist and they all add up to a breathless, crazy sleepover. Will Meghan, Paige, Anna Marie and Veronica be able to fix everything – even Meghan’s missing left … Continue reading

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Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion

Looking for a rollicking account of the old Red Riding Hood story? Look no farther than Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T. Smith! Little Red is on a mission to Auntie Rosie’s house to bring her … Continue reading

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The Great Mouse Detective- Basil of Baker Street

Sherlock Holmes never looses its appeal and this version of him is still going strong in this republished story. Basil and Doctor Dawson learn how to be great detectives through observing the great Sherlock Holmes, himself. The reader discovers that … Continue reading

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Eloise’s New Bonnet

Spring has sprung and Nanny informs Eloise she needs a new hat. Eloise tries on all the different hats worn by the employees of The Plaza hotel where she lives on the “tippy-top floor”. Each time Nanny comes up with … Continue reading

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It’s Valentine’s Day, Chloe Zoe!

Chloe Zoe, the little elephant, remembers  making special cupcakes, a heart wand, and fancy paper flowers last year for Valentine’s Day. This year, Chloe Zoe’s class made shoe box mailboxes. Chloe Zoe has a valentine for all her classmates. She … Continue reading

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It’s Easter, Chloe Zoe!

Chloe Zoe, the elephant, is celebrating all the secular customs of Easter. Chloe Zoe is sure she will find the special golden egg this year at the park’s Easter egg hunt. Her friends each have a particular item they want … Continue reading

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Lily and Bear: grumpy feet

It’s a book about digging your way out of a bad mood.  Child-like art accompanies the tale of a girl’s giant bear helping her accomplish her to-do list, which includes such things as driving to the moon, polishing stars, and … Continue reading

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Next to You: a book of adorableness

It definitely has the cuteness factor going for it:  full of fluffy baby animals with over-sized heads and big eyes.  It’s not really a book to be read to self — it’s really intended as a book for a parent … Continue reading

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Henry & Leo

I love this illustrator’s artwork.  There’s something charming and enchanting about it that draws  the reader in.  The story is somewhat Velveteen-Rabbit-esque, telling the tale of a boy whose family doesn’t believe his beloved stuffed lion is real, even though … Continue reading

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The Bossier Baby

It’s obviously the sequel to The Boss Baby, which I’ve never read, but would like to get, base on the recommendation of this book.  The illustrations and text work together to tell the tale of the arrival of a new … Continue reading

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Mouse and Hippo

A cute reminder that art is in the eye of the beholder. When a hippo is impressed by a mouse’s painting of the sea, he asks to have his own portrait painted.  After posing very carefully, he is very impressed … Continue reading

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Fairy Tale Frankie and the Tricky Witch

It’s not getting a high recommendation, but there is a certain population of library patrons who will eat this up, for the illustrations alone, loaded as they are with pink and purple and rainbows and unicorns and princesses and sparkles … Continue reading

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Safe in a Storm

A sweet, comforting, reassuring book to remind small children that there are grown ups in the world to keep them safe when storms rage.  Rhyming couplets and charming illustrations describe a series of young animals being protected by their grown … Continue reading

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Big Bear, Small Mouse

” The creators of the internationally bestselling Bear Snores On Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman” bring us Big Bear, Small Mouse. These two friends meet and greet pairs of their woodland friends on the way to Bear’s den. These pair … Continue reading

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Buster the Very Shy Dog in the Great Bone Game

Buster is the new puppy in the Roger’s house. Phoebe, the older dog, is tricking Buster by taking his bones while his back is turned. Phoebe the Trickster, might be a better title for this book. Phoebe convinces Buster his … Continue reading

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Fresh Delicious: Poems from the Farmers’ Market

Twenty-one poems and six recipes grace the pages of this book as collage animals romp around their page of food. The free verse poems,  in one, two or three word lines, usually describing the food’s outward appearance. The poems run … Continue reading

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