Saturday, June 6, 2015

THE MERMAID AND THE SHOE by K.G. Campbell

Lexile     AD540          Pages     32          Ages 3 - 7
AR Quiz No. 166541 EN Fiction

 IL: LG - BL: 3.5 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

King Neptune has fifty daughters and each one has a special talent - gardening, fish training, singing, and more. Minnow, the king's youngest daughter, couldn't grow anything, fish wouldn't listen to her, and when she sang the ocean was empty for miles!

But Minnow is an expert at asking questions. She wants to know why crabs don't have fins, where bubbles go, and what lay beyond the kingdom. Her sister, Calypso, has a lovely singing voice, but she is not a very nice mermaid. She always tells Minnow that her questions are useless and that she has no purpose. Feeling hurt and sad, Minnow floats off to be alone.

One day while Minnow is in her alone place. a shoe drifts by. Minnow grabs it but cannot for the life of her figure out what it is (because what mermaid needs a shoe?) But it is SO pretty! She decides she simply MUST know what this thing is!

She asks her sisters, who try to give her an answer, but can't. All except for Calypso, that is, who as always, is mean and nasty and offers nothing constructive. So Minnow sets off to discover what the thing is and what its purpose is. She succeeds and in the process she finds the answers to many of her other questions.

When Minnow returns and tells the others what she has discovered, Calypso tries putting her down yet again, but King Neptune is just as proud as he can be of his youngest daughter. He declares in front of the whole kingdom that his Minnow is a "most daring explorer!" Calypso is put in her place, and Minnow finally knows what her purpose is.

I love this book; it has so many lessons! Lesson one: there's always going to be a bully around, trying to rain on your parade. Lesson two: everyone is good at something. Lesson three: your purpose may not always be apparent at first, but when the time is right, you will discover what it is. Lesson four: be curious. 

You really can't go wrong adding K.G. Campbell's The Mermaid and the Shoe to your collection.


Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie





The Mermaid and the Shoe can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

WHO WILL GUIDE MY SLEIGH TONIGHT? by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by David Biedrzycki

Lexile     AD150          Pages     32          Ages     5 - 9
AR Quiz No. 105965 EN Fiction
 IL: LG - BL: 1.0 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Santa's job is a big one. One that he can't possibly do alone. He has a sleigh but nothing to pull it. And he needs a team; the job is too big for just one helper.

He tries different animals for his sled team, with varying degrees of failure. The tigers are too rough, the mice too small, the rhinos too big. The dolphins take Santa for a swim, the kangaroos hop everything right out of the sleigh, and the monkeys are just too darn ornery! Finally, finally, Santa tries reindeer and they are just right for the job.

Jerry Pallotta and David Biedrzycki have a winner with Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?!  The fast moving story and fun, colorful illustrations will delight all, young and old, plus you get a lesson in teamwork and in finding the right thing or person to get the job done.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight?  can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

WHEN EDGAR MET CECIL by Kevin Luthardt

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     3 - 6
AR Quiz No. 159573 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 1.9 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP


Life is good!  Edgar and Quincy are best friends and love to do everything together.  One day Edgar's mom and dad tell him they are moving.  Edgar is crushed - he simply can't leave Quincy!  But Edgar has no choice and too soon the day comes when he has to leave Quincy and everything familiar.

Edgar's new home is strange.  His new school is different and the kids are weird.  And the weirdest kid keeps staring at him!  Edgar feels uncomfortable and keeps to himself.  He misses Quincy something awful!

One day as Edgar quietly plays by himself, the weird kid starts toward him.  Edgar is afraid, but the kid, Cecil, introduces himself and asks if he can help Edgar with what he's building.  Cecil and Edgar play until recess is over and every day after.  Edgar has a new friend!  New friend - new adventures. Life is good!

When Edgar Met Cecil is a great book for children faced with a move to a new place.  It lets them know ahead of time to expect things to be different and it also lets them know that there are new friends to be made, hopefully making the move easier.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

When Edgar Met Cecil can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

THE SODA BOTTLE SCHOOL: A True Story About Recycling, Teamwork, and One Crazy Idea by Seno Laura Kutner and Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Aileen Darragh

Lexile     620          Pages     32          Ages     6 - 12
No AR information available at this time

Fernando lives in Granados, a small town in Guatemala.  There are 200 students in his tiny school  and two classes are seated two students per desk in a each room.  The walls don't even reach clear to the ceiling so you can hear all of the noise from the other classrooms.  This makes concentrating and learning very hard. Granados was in dire need of a new school but the money just wasn't there.

Another problem in Granados was trash - there was too much of it and nowhere to put it.  Plastic bottles and bags, papers, and other trash was everywhere you looked.

One crazy idea later, along with the teamwork of a teacher, a student body, and an entire town, the new school becomes a reality and the trash is a memory.

The Soda Bottle School is a true story. It's a great way to introduce your child to recycling as well as teaching the value of teamwork and thinking outside the box to make your dreams come true.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

The Soda Bottle School can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

RUTHIE AND THE (NOT SO) VERY BUSY DAY by Laura Rankin

Pages     32          Ages     3 - 6
No Lexile or AR information available at this time

It's Saturday!  Ruthie is very excited and looking forward to a fun, don't-have-to-go-anywhere day with Mom and Dad.  She has made BIG plans - blueberry pancakes, planting flowers, cartoons, and baking cookies.  However, the best laid plans of mice and men (and foxes) often go awry and such is the case with Ruthie's Saturday.

First, Gramma's basement floods and Dad is off to help.  Then, a remembered party and forgotten gift purchase have Mom and Ruthie rushing to the store.  And on top of everything else, Ruthie's favorite dress that she wants to wear to the party isn't clean!  Ruthie is ANGRY.  Her perfect Saturday isn't turning out well at all!

Suddenly, Ruthie and Mom hear a loud HISSSSSS.  Oh no!  The car has a flat tire. 

But wait!  Is that really bad news??  Gee, with a flat tire, they can't go to the party.  And if they can't go to the party . . . . . COOKIE BAKING!  CARTOONS!  YAY!  Ruthie gets a do-over and her Saturday won't be so bad after all!

We've seen Ruthie before in Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie and in Laura Rankin's new book, Ruthie is cuter than ever!  She let's children know that things don't always go as planned.  Also, bad luck might, at times, not actually be so bad and you have to look for the silver lining.  What seems like bad luck (flat tire) turns into a good thing for Ruthie!

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Ruthie and the (Not So) Very Busy Day  can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

Monday, June 30, 2014

HARRY AND THE MONSTER by Sue Mongredien, illustrated by Nick East

Pages     28          Ages     3 - 7
No Lexile or AR information available at this time.

One night, Harry has a bad dream - a scary dream about a big purple and green monster. The next night Harry doesn't want to go to bed because he's afraid the monster will return. His mother suggests he imagine a pair of pink pants on the monster's head, telling him it will make him laugh and the monster won't be scary any longer. Harry gives it a try, but in the dream, putting pink pants on his head only makes the monster angry, scaring Harry even more. Night after night, the monster comes back and despite the suggestions from Mom and Dad, Harry is afraid to go to sleep. Then one night, Dad suggests Harry confront the monster with an Angry Mom. This is just the trick to make the monster not so scary. The monster's reaction to being yelled at by an angry mom is sure to make children laugh. In the end, Harry feels sorry for the monster and they become quite good friends, playing the rest of the night.

Harry and the Monster is a cute and fun way to help children learn to confront their fears and would make a great addition to your child's reading list.

Happy Reading,
Miss Laurie

Harry and the Monster can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.


Monday, June 16, 2014

BELLA'S RULES by Elissa Haden Guest, illustrated by Abigail Halpin

Lexile     Not Rated          Pages     32          Ages     3 - 5
AR Quiz No. 160538 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP
Bella knows the family rules by heart but she prefers her own rules - candy for breakfast, no baths, and no bedtime, ever.  On the night Sammy comes to babysit, things get really out of hand and Bella's parents have a long talk with her.  The Granny comes for a visit and brings Bella a puppy!
Puppy has his own rules too, and Bella isn't very happy with them.  In the process of teaching Puppy manners and how to follow the rules - no jumping on the counter, no chewing on Teddy, going outdoors to do business - Bella learns why we have rules that need to be followed.

Bella's Rules is a good lesson given in a fun story with sweet watercolor illustrations that would be a great addition to your child's library.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

 Bella's Rules can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click  here and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.