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- Submitted by Children on Mon, 11/04/2013 - 11:13
Presenting Barnum Brown, who, from the time he was named for circus impresario P.T., was destined to do unusual, important things. Obsessed from childhood with fossils--and blessed with an uncanny knack for finding them--Brown began hunting dinosaurs in the American West in the late 19th century. He was hired by New York's Museum of Natural History to find specimens, since that institution had no dinosaur collection at the time. Discover them Brown did, though he didn't unearth any new species--until, after several years of painstaking labor, he discovered the bones, including an intact skull, of the new creature he'd longed to find, later dubbed Tyrannosaurus rex. His "favorite child" took the world by storm, and the dapper Brown, in a career spanning more than six decades, went on to discover more dinosaur fossils than anyone. Fern fills her text with all the salient facts but uses a breezy, humorous, awestruck voice that strikes just the right tone in telling the story of this fascinating, quirky scientist. Kulikov's wittily energetic, earth-toned watercolors enliven the text and add to the fun and interest. Children who gawp at dinosaur exhibits will realize a new appreciation for those who devote their lives to finding and resurrecting extraordinary animals from eons past. And who doesn't love T. rex? (author's note, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 7-11) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 10/28/2013 - 10:44
Ick! Yuck! Eew! : our gross American history by Lois Miner Huey
What was life really like in early America? Readers are transported back to the 1700s for a bird's-eye view. On the first page, they "land" in a city in June 1770. As they stroll around, they learn that conditions were not glamorous. Animals roamed freely, so the streets were riddled with dung and garbage. In addition to the smell, they also dealt with the buzzing mosquitoes, creeping bedbugs, flies, and biting lice. As the journey continues, readers learn about the lack of hygiene and various diseases that were rampant. Side notes and illustrations explain in more detail such things as the smallpox epidemic, rotting teeth, and various remedies used to treat these ailments. The full-color art is a mixture of photographs and reproductions and serves to convince children about the realities of life in the early years of America. This enlightening book would be helpful for research and will attract browsers, although not everyone will appreciate its grossness.
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 10/21/2013 - 11:09
The house of Hades by Rick Riordan
At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape? They have no choice. If the demigods don't succeed, Gaea's armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.
- Submitted by Children on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 11:30
Cool recipes for you by Nancy Tuminelly
It's not impossible for kids with dietary restrictions to find recipes in general-interest children's cookbooks, but it's not easy, either. These titles are a welcome addition. Each one features eight medium-to-easy recipes paired with color photos and bracketed by information about the reasons why people may choose or need to restrict their diet and how to make cooking to these specifications easier. Some ingredients may be unfamiliar to readers not already living a dairy-free or wheat-free life, but chances are that the kitchens in the homes of children with gluten sensitivity, for example, will already contain items like rice flour and xanthan gum. Many recipes call for semi-prepared foods, such as pudding mix or gluten-free pizza sauce, which is perhaps understandable in Wheat-Free and Dairy-Free given the challenges of creating kid-friendly recipes that exclude many common ingredients. Start a conversation and fill an inclusion gap with this series.
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 10/07/2013 - 09:23
From Norvelt to nowhere by Jack Gantos
This rocket-paced follow-up to the Newbery Medal-winning novel "Dead End in Norvelt" opens deep in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis. But instead of Russian warheads, other kinds of trouble are raining down on young Jack Gantos and his utopian town of Norvelt in western Pennsylvania. After an explosion, a new crime by an old murderer, and the sad passing of the town's founder, twelve-year-old Jack will soon find himself launched on a mission that takes him hundreds of miles away, escorting his slightly mental elderly mentor, Miss Volker, on her relentless pursuit of the oddest of outlaws. But as their trip turns south in more ways than one, it's increasingly clear that the farther from home they travel, the more off-the-wall Jack and Miss Volker's adventure becomes, in "From Norvelt to Nowhere," a raucous road novel about roots and revenge, a last chance at love, and the power of a remarkable friendship.
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 11:33
The year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
Award-winning, nationally bestselling author Kevin Henkes introduces second-grader Billy Miller in this fast-paced and funny story about friendship, sibling rivalry, and elementary school. The Year of Billy Miller includes black-and-white art by Kevin Henkes and is perfect for fans of the Ramona books, Frindle, by Andrew Clements, and the Clementine series.
When Billy Miller has a mishap at the statue of the Jolly Green Giant at the end of summer vacation, he ends up with a big lump on his head. What a way to start second grade, with a lump on your head As the year goes by, though, Billy figures out how to navigate elementary school, how to appreciate his little sister, and how to be a more grown up and responsible member of the family and a help to his busy working mom and stay-at-home dad. Newbery Honor author and Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes delivers a short, satisfying, laugh-out-loud-funny school and family story that features a diorama homework assignment, a school poetry slam, cancelled sleepovers, and epic sibling temper tantrums. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white art by the author, this is a perfect short novel for the early elementary grades.
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 09:28
Did you know we have all of the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting Manuals here at the library? These guides contain all the information you need to know about Girl Scouting from Daisy to Ambassador. Girl Scouting has never been more exciting than with this new program resource. Girls and Volunteers will love the fun, eye-opening activities and the all-in-one badge book and handbook format. Beautifully designed, these binders are divided into three sections: handbook, badge and my Girl Scouts. The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting complements the Girl Scout Journeys by helping girls build skills to become successful and gain the confidence to do amazing things!
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 12:05
What we found in the sofa (and how it saved the world) by Henry Clark; illustrated by Jeremy Holmes
Can a crayon save the world? Maybe with the help of a domino and a sofa…. River lives with his aunt Bernie outside the town of Cheshire. He and his friends Freak and Fiona live in the last three houses still inhabited in the Sunnyside development. The rest were abandoned or obliterated by the local coal-seam fire that's been burning for 12 years…long enough to get its own name: Hellsboro. When a beat-up green sofa appears at their bus stop in front of Old Man Underhill's house, the three make use of it as a lounging spot…until they find a rare zucchini-colored crayon between the cushions and discover that the Underhill house has a new and more than slightly bizarre occupant. Alf (and his sentient sofa) enlist the trio's help in trying to stop a takeover of Earth by a dictator from another realm. What do the local chemical plant, mysterious flash mobs and the deaths of River's parents have to do with the dictator's plans for Earth? Clark's debut is refreshingly bonkers. It offers thinking kids humor that is neither afraid of the potty nor confined to it. Most of the characters (and some of the furniture) have their quirks, but there is a realism at the core that readers will respond to. Puns and wordplay abound in this droll science-y/fantasy adventure that's sure to please...and is, one hopes, the first of many from Clark. (Humor. 9-14) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 07/29/2013 - 10:45
Super Skills series by Stephanie Turnball
Packed with useful advice and practical tips, these well-illustrated guides are good introductions. Even kids with expertise in the subjects will find something new and interesting to try. Step-by-step instructions are exceptionally well written and easy to follow, although the books quite properly note that practice-sometimes a great deal of it-may be necessary in order to master a skill such as juggling, while other activities, such as using papier-mache, tolerate a high degree of imprecision. Of particular note are the "What's Next?" sections, which suggest additional skills to try and potential related careers. Safety tips, "Super Facts," and handy hints are highlighted in sidebars.
- Submitted by Children on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 10:44
Wild Rescue series by Jan Burchett
Twins Ben and Zoe travel the world on secret missions for their uncle's elite environmental organization, WILD. In these exciting, informative books, the two teens travel all over the world to save animals in danger and protect the environment. No matter how dangerous the mission, no matter what's at stake, Ben and Zoe will do whatever it takes to rescue at-risk animals.