Thursday, July 2, 2015

Home

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
Everyone has a home. Whether it’s a cottage in a grassy knoll, an apartment in a big city, or a giant seashell at the bottom of the ocean, everyone has a special place they call home. In Home, written and illustrated by Carson Ellis, the idea that a home can be different things to different people is explored through the use of beautiful illustrations. You'll see where raccoons live, French people live, and even where Kenyan blacksmiths live. Many different types of homes are shown, from bee hives to moon bases, and each one proves to be a special place to someone different. Whether the reader happens to be an insect, a moonian, or anything in between, Home is a lovely celebration of that special place we all hold in our hearts. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Interstellar Cinderella

Submitted by Ms. Sara!
Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood is true to most of the elements of the original fairy tale, but this Cinderella is a girl living in outer space who dreams of fixing rockets. She spends her time fixing robot dishwashers, but she studies rocket ship repair every night. When Cinderella is forbidden from attending the Royal Space Parade and Gravity Ball, Murgatroyd the mouse calls on the fairy godrobot, who gives Cinderella a new space suit and a power gem to power her rocket…but only until midnight. On the way to the parade, Cinderella spots the prince, whose rocket ship has broken down. She fixes his ship and they ride to the Gravity Ball together. At midnight, Cinderella has to leave, but she drops her socket wrench. The prince searches far and wide for the owner of the wrench and when he finally finds her, this Cinderella ends her story with a bit of a twist on the classic version. With Cinderella re-imagined as a smart, independent girl, and rhyming text that adds to the classic feel, kids and adults alike will enjoy this fractured fairy tale that proves with a bit of determination, your dreams can come true! See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, June 29, 2015

Juna's Jar

Submitted by Ms. Sue!
Juna’s Jar by Jane Bahk, illustrated by Felicia Hoshino. Juna’s family always keeps a large jar of kimchi in their fridge. When it’s gone Juna gets to keep the jar. Juna’s best friend is Hector. Hector and Juna always put interesting things in the jar when they go on adventures in the park. Colorful rocks, caterpillars, and bugs have all had a turn in the jar. One day, when Juna goes to get Hector at his grandmother’s apartment for another adventure, she finds that he had moved away with his family. She wasn’t home when he came to say goodbye. Juna is very sad. Her brother Minho wants to cheer her up, and takes her to find something new to put in her jar. She gets a fish, a bean plant, and then a cricket. Each night after everyone goes to sleep, Juna climbs into the jar with each new thing and goes on a magical journey in search of Hector. Soon Juna finds Hector asleep in his bed next to the old kimchi jar filled with colorful rocks that she had given him. “Bye Hector,” she whispers and flies home. The next day Juna takes her jar to the park where she makes another friend. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, June 26, 2015

Beautiful Birds

Submitted by Mr. Eric!
What makes Beautiful Birds, by Jean Roussen, illustrated by Emmanuelle Walker, such a special book is its vibrant illustrations. I know that as a librarian I’m probably supposed to judge books by quality of the story, but to be perfectly honest, with this book it’s all about the pictures. The actual text of the book is special too: it is an alphabet book that cleverly uses names of different species of birds for each letter. But it really is the illustrations that make this book something to behold. The style is a mix of art deco and water colors. Every page of the book looks like an old timey post card that you could receive from a relative that is visiting a far off land. It really is gorgeous! Each bird, from albatross to zosteropidae, is beautifully rendered in vibrant colors, so much so that at times it is almost hard to look away. This is certainly one book where is okay to judge a book by its cover! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Miss Rumphius

Submitted by Ms. Cassie!
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney begins long ago with the arrival of Alice Rumphius’s grandfather on the shores of America. Alice loves to hear her grandfather’s tales of distant lands. It inspires in her an ambition to see these faraway places, but also a desire to return to live by the sea. Her grandfather encourages her in these dreams, but admonishes Alice to also do something to make the world more beautiful. Eventually, after many adventures in faraway lands, grown-up Miss Rumphius returns to live in a place by the sea. It is there that she finds her act of beauty: she plants lupines all over the hillsides and towns. The beauty she creates in shades of blue, purple, and rose inspire the narrator, her young great-niece, to search for her own adventures in foreign lands and to be sure to do something to make the world more beautiful. Miss Rumphius is a touching and thought-provoking read, filled with gorgeous paintings in acrylic and pencil. Share it with school-aged kids who may also dream of beauty in faraway places! See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Sandwich Swap

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
The Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Kelly DiPucchio, with illustrations by Tricia Tusa, is a wonderful story for young people about inter-cultural appreciation. Salma and Lily are best friends! They play together, and draw together, and eat lunch together every day. BUT every day for lunch, Salma eats a pita and hummus sandwich, and Lily thinks it looks disgusting! And every day Lily eats a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and Salma thinks it looks revolting! Honestly the two friends each feel bad for the other one that they have to eat such an icky lunch! One day the truth comes out. Lily tells Salma her sandwich looks yucky! And Salma tells Lily her sandwich smells gross! There are hurt feelings on both sides of the lunch table. The hurling of sandwich insults eventually turns into an actual hurling of sandwiches in a cafeteria-wide food fight! The two friends are really ashamed of themselves. The next day, they decide to try each others' sandwiches and Lily discovers hummus and pita tastes divine! And Salma realizes that peanut butter and jelly can be scrumptious! And the girls have a fabulous idea for a school event celebrating food from around the world! This book shows how important it is to not jump to conclusions, and judge anyone based on their culture. Someone might look different, or speak different, or eat a different sandwich than you, but that doesn't mean they can't be an amazing friend! See this book listed in our catlog
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