Friday, August 15, 2014

Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Everything

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Maira Kalman makes excellent books for children. She relays information kids are actually interested in in a way they can actually understand. Her biography Thomas Jefferson is a prime example. As a child, Jefferson was interested in EVERYTHING. He loved to read. He even said "I cannot live without books." He read books on every topic imaginable. His love of learning lead to an amazing life. In addition to being the third president of the United States, he designed his home, Monticello, on a mountain in Virginia, filled it with incredible collections, and surrounded it with magnificent gardens. He loved music and practiced the violin every day for three hours! He was friends with founding fathers Ben Franklin, John Adams, and George Washington. He was the author of the Declaration of Independence, and doubled the size of the U.S. with the Louisiana Purchase, famously explored by Lewis and Clark (and Sacagawea). But Kalman reminds us "the monumental man had monumental flaws." Jefferson owned about 150 slaves. Although he was reputedly kind to them, and even in love with one, Sally Hemings, owning slaves is just wrong, and hypocritical for a man who believed that "all men are created equal." But he was still an extraordinary man, of many great achievements. He wrote his own epitaph for his gravestone and it doesn't include anything about being president. Really, the story of Jefferson is not unlike the story of America as we continue to grow. Kalman says, "If you want to understand this country and its people and what it means to be optimistic and complex and tragic and wrong and corageous, you need to go to Monticello." See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Dot, The OK Book, The Long Long Line, and Going to the Beach with Lily and Milo

Submitted by our summer intern Ms. Alexis! (We had a great summer with you Ms. Alexis! You rock!)
The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds brings forth creativity in Vashti, a girl who thought she just simply could not draw. This story shows how, with a little encouragement, one can become anything they want to be, even an artist who before could not draw. See this book listed in our catalog
“I’m OK,” is a phrase we hear quite often, but it is OK to be OK at a lot of things, as Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld show us. The OK Book teaches us to try a lot of things, and keep practicing, so that one day we will be excellent at something that we truly enjoy. See this book listed in our catalog
Travel through pages and pages of animals lined up for some sort of event, talking of how they can not wait for what is to come. Some even try to play a game because the wait is taking so long. In The Long, Long Line by Tomoko Ohmura not only do children relate to the feeling of waiting for what seems like hours in line, they also are introduced to all sorts of different animals, and can see the animals ranging from smallest to largest. In the end the line is worth the wait, so much so that some animals are willing to get back in line! See this book listed in our catalog
What supplies does one need to go to the beach? Help Lily and Milo pick out their outfits, and other appropriate items, for the beach. Once everything is loaded into the wagon, Milo begins to set out everything for a beach picnic... in the living room. Read Going to the Beach with Lily and Milo by Pauline Oud, and see what Lily and Milo decide to take with them on this excursion. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Daytime Nighttime and Animal 1 2 3

Submitted by Ms. Allana!
Daytime Nighttime by Willliam Low. This is a stunning, simple yet lively book about the creatures you will see at different times of the day. The text is well suited for toddler age, and the illustrations just jump off the page with splendid color and vivacious detail: butterflies, robin, rabbit, frog, puppy, then fireflies as the sun sets. Day turns to night as bats and owls come to life on these pages. This book will delight small children as a lap read, but also in a story time setting. See this book listed in our catalog
Animal 1 2 3 by Britta Teckentrup. This is a fabulous book for counting from 1 to10 featuring different animals in splashy, full color illustrations. The wiggly worm, marching elephants, and tall giraffes decorate each page in turn. The actual number on each page folds out to expand the pages for more fun. This would be a great toddler story time book for a small  group doing a counting theme. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Eddie and Dog

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Eddie and Dog by Alison Brown. Eddie is looking for a friend who likes adventure. When Eddie meets Dog the fun begins! The two become fast friends, and Dog sneaks into Eddie's backpack. Later at home, when Mom discovers Dog, she says he can’t stay, because they do not have a big enough yard. Soon Dog is put in the back of the "Happy Dog" van and driven away. The next day Dog finds his way back to Eddie - driving up on a motor scooter! Mom continues to send Dog to different places with a big yard. Dog's loyalty to Eddie is particularly compelling, as he repeatedly abandons bigger and better yards to be with his friend. Children will cheer each time he returns to Eddie, making this book a good read-aloud. Using their ingenuity, the two friends finally come up with a clever solution to the yard problem, making mom agree to let Dog stay. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Goatilocks and the Three Bears

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Goatilocks and the Three Bears by Erica S. Perl is a story about a goat named Goatilocks. Goatilocks waited until the family of bears that lived down the street went out for the day and then she peeked into the bears' house. She found three bowls of porridge. She tasted them all but decided the little bowl tasted the best so she ate it all, even the spoon. Then she found three chairs and after trying them all she decided that the little chair was the best so she ate it all (even the cushions). Then Goatilocks was tired. She went upstairs and tested out all the beds and decided the little bed felt the best so she ate it , the blanket and pillows and pajamas too, then she fell asleep. The bears came home and they knew someone had been in their house.  Baby Bear's porridge, chair, and bed were all gone. When they found Goatilocks she woke up and ran home. The next day Goatilocks felt really bad about what she did so she decided to pay her bear neighbors a visit. She picked them a bouquet of flowers and delivered them to the three bears' door. The bears forgave her and they all sat down together and ate the bouquet of flowers. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tuesday Tucks Me In

Submitted by Ms. Tess!
Tuesday Tucks Me In, by Fmr. Captain Luis Carlos Montalván, is an wonderful true story about an U.S. Army veteran and his service dog Tuesday. Every morning Luis wakes up to Tuesday licking his face. Tuesday helps Luis get dressed, and take his medicine. Luis has flashbacks, and gets nervous when there are people around, or sudden movements, or loud sounds. He lives in a city, so Tuesday sits with him outside their apartment and helps him calm down. When they walk together, Tuesday stays right by Luis's side. They go everywhere together. Even the bathroom! Every week they visit the veteran's hospital, and the park. Today they are taking a ride on the subway. The train in very crowded, so Luis hugs Tuesday while they ride. The ride seems longer than usual... Where are they going? The beach! What a fun day they have there! Back home Luis and Tuesday have dinner, brush their teeth, then lie down to sleep, together, of course. This is a lovely book about a brave man and his loyal dog, sure to pull on your heartstrings. See this book listed in our catalog
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