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

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Julia's House for Lost Creatures

Submitted by Ms. Jill!
Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke. Julia’s magical travelling house has just settled into a new location by the sea. It’s a beautiful spot, but a little too quiet. Julia feels lonesome, so she goes into her workshop to makes a sign: “Julia’s House for Lost Creatures.” She posts the sign by her front door and waits. Before long, lost creatures of all descriptions begin to arrive: a patchwork kitty, a sad troll, a family of goblins, a dragon, a ghost, and some gnomes. All the house guests are good company, but soon Julia’s feeling overwhelmed with the amount of cooking, cleaning, and chores needed to care for everyone! Fortunately Julia is a good leader, and with a new sign, bit of work, and some proper organization, everyone begins to work together to make the House for Lost Creatures into a happy home. Even so, something is still missing… Julia will need to make just one more sign before her new family is complete. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, June 12, 2015

Where Are My Books?

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Where Are My Books by Debbie Ridpath Ohi. Spencer loves his books, especially Night-Night, Narwhal. He puts the books back where they belong every night, but each morning he finds one of them missing, with a mysterious flower, nut, or bolt resting on his diminishing bookshelf. His parents are busy and have no idea where the missing books might be. The determined youngster hatches a plan to catch the book thief. He ties some string to his beloved plush narwhal and waits until morning. Imagine his surprise when he discovers... a group of squirrels behind the hedges with all of his missing books! Spencer tells the squirrels they could borrow his books, but there will be rules. The final page feature a big brother reading Night-Night, Narwhal to his baby sister, surrounded by engrossed squirrels, as a bewildered mom and dad peek through the bedroom door. See this book listed in our catalog

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Swim, Duck, Swim!

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
In Swim, Duck, Swim by Susan Lurie it's time for Duckling to join his siblings and jump into the water and do what ducks do - swim! Fearful Duckling refuses to learn to swim. "I told you once. I told you twice. I don't like to get wet." He’d much rather take a nap. And he’s really mad that everyone keeps telling him what to do! Luckily, Mama and Papa Duck are very, very patient, and soon Duckling makes a splash into the pond. The other ducklings celebrate their brother’s success by having a duck parade. Children will enjoy this charming photographic book about trying something new, and liking it! See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Meet Dizzy Dinosaur!

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Meet Dizzy Dinosaur by Jack Tickle is an interactive book packed with moments for tickling, shaking, and shouting... Boo! Dizzy is a large red polka dotted dinosaur that loves to be tickled on his tummy! But Dizzy is tickled a bit too much and ends up falling backwards into the pond leaving him all wet! Shake the book up and down. That will dry him off. After shaking a little too much Dizzy now has the hiccups! Children will love helping Dizzy Dinosaur get rid of the hiccups, make it down from a tall tree, and fix a boo-boo on his injured nose. See this book listed in our catalog

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Ruby and the Naughty Cats

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Ruby and the Naughty Cats by Jane Hissey. Ruby, Blanket, and Blue are stuffed animals who just want to play, but at every turn they are deterred by five naughty cats. These mischief makers ruin their race, dress up in their clothes, steal their food, paint their playhouse a variety of colors, and more! The three friends continue to hop from one activity to another only to find the naughty cats are following them, making a mess of everything they try to do. Blanket suggests that they invite the naughty cats to join them for a party with dancing and hats. This works, and the cats are very well behaved joining in the fun. After a long day the cats cuddle down for a nap, leaving the friends to enjoy building blocks and arranging things without the cats messing things up. See this book listed in our catalog

Monday, June 8, 2015

Just a Duck?

Submitted by Ms. Tammy!
Just a Duck by Carin Bramsen. One morning Duck decides that he is a cat, and wants to act like his feline friend. Duck manages to slink through the grass like a cat, but can't climb a tree since he has no claws. Cat suggests they play chase around the trees. He accidentally falls into the lake as he bats at the leaves in the breeze and is stranded on a log! Duck makes the most of his waterfowl abilities by swimming to his buddy and pushing him back to land. Both animals discover they are happy to be just what they are. See this book listed in our catalog

Friday, June 5, 2015

This Day In June

Submitted by Ms. Amy!
With short rhyming text, and fun colorful illustrations, This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman PhD gives preschool and early elementary aged children and their favorite grown up a chance to experience an LGBTQ Pride Parade from the comfort of their own couch! Filled with balloons, children, happy marching people, dogs, motorcycles, fancy clothes, rainbows, and confetti, this book is a joyful celebration of a Pride parade, traditionally held during the month of June. Showing children that diversity is cause for celebration is a great way to both prevent bullying and reduce the impact of bullying on your child. I read this one with my 4-year-old, and we enjoyed talking about which fabulous shoes and dresses we liked best, finding the beautiful mermaid, counting doggies and balloons, and sharing hugs and kisses like the people in the parade. Written by a professor of psychology and women's studies, this book also has carefully researched end pages which explain the history and significance of the words and pictures on each page, as well as recommendations for parents on ways to talk to different ages of children (3-5, 6-12, 13-18) about what it means to be LGBTQ, and how to answer children's questions in age appropriate ways. See this book listed in our catalog

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Vegetables in Underwear

Submitted by Ms. Carol!
Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman is a very silly story about vegetables in all kinds of different underwear. The vegetables are trying to tell us that everyone wears underwear. Underwear comes in all shapes and sizes. In this very funny book the Chapman shows different vegetables in all kinds of underwear. There are big underwear, small underwear, dirty underwear, clean underwear, old and new underwear, serious and funny underwear. The illustrations are adorable and the message is clear: everyone wears underwear, just remember to put your clothes on top. See this book listed in our catalog
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