Monday, February 28, 2011

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Lexile:    530
Pages:    64
Ages:     4-8

A GOLDEN OLDIE!

This has to be one of my favorite books of all time. My sister gave a copy of it to my son for his birthday one year and we read it over and over again. It tells a story of great love and giving, and even when you think you have nothing left to give, finding out that you do. It teaches children that the true path to happiness is in helping others. Check out  a copy of The Giving Tree today at your local branch library, or click here http://tinyurl.com/7xskmxh and with your Lake County Public Library card number and PIN, order a copy for pickup at your nearest branch.

Peace, Love, and Reading,
Miss Laurie

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I'M BACK!

THIS is my wonderful husband, Lloyd. 

 I (and a whole bunch of other people, thanks to me) call him "Honey." : ) He's been my honey for 30 years now and a couple of weeks ago, after a lifetime of good health, we were dropped into the middle of Oz - Honey needed open-heart surgery. It really threw us for a loop to say the least! It started on Tuesday afternoon with a stress test and ended up Saturday morning with surgery. Wham, wham, wham! No time to breathe in between. He is home now and hopefully, life will continue to move back toward normal. While we were living our hospital experience, I started to think about how if this all seemed so foreign to us as adults, what do children think? I looked in our catalog at the library and found several books for children dealing with the hospital experience. I'll tell you about my favorite here and give you a list of some other good ones, and keep hoping you never need to use any of them. If you do, however, don't forget you can get them from your local library. I'll provide links for each book so that you can order them with your Lake County Public Library card number and PIN for delivery to your favorite branch.

Lexile:    390
Pages:    30
Ages:     3-8
 First up, my favorite book for the story is Franklin Goes to the Hospital by Paulette Bourgeois, illustrated by Brenda Clark. Franklin cracks his shell playing soccer and has to have surgery to repair it. It deals with his fears, not only of what is happening in the hospital, but also with what his family and friends will think if they know he is afraid and just pretending to be brave. The doctor assures him that he is, indeed, brave - that bravery is doing what you have to even if you are afraid. You can order it here: http://tinyurl.com/7b7v7zd .
Here is a list of other books that can help you help your child with their fears of the hospital:





Harry Goes to the Hospital by Howard J. Bennett, M.D., illustrated by M.S. Weber
Lexile:    Not Rated
Pages:    32
Ages:     4-8
http://tinyurl.com/82guf8f






Going to the Hospital by Fred Rogers, photographs by Jim Judkis
Lexile:    Not Rated
Pages:    32
Ages:     3-9
 http://tinyurl.com/7wcscjg



My Trip to the Hospital by Mercer Mayer
Lexile:    Not Rated
Pages:    24
Ages:     4-8
http://tinyurl.com/79tu856






And finally, everyone's favorite monkey . . . . .



Curious George Goes to the Hospital by Margret and H.A. Rey
Lexile:    520
Pages:    48
Ages:     3-7
http://tinyurl.com/7kh937v
 

All of these books can be ordered from the Lake County Public Library with your library card number and PIN. I hope you never need them, but you can count on us if you do!

Peace, Love, and Reading,
Miss Laurie


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tadpole Rex by Kurt Cyrus

Lexile:    AD520
Pages:    32
Ages:     4-8
Did you know that frogs existed for 100 million years before the T-rex, triceratops, and other popular dinosaurs? And a tadpole really does, in a way, have an inner tyrannosaur.  Once its legs grow and its tail falls off, it crawls out of the water, changed from a plant eating tadpole to a meat eating hunter.

Tadpole Rex is an informative book that tells in rhyme about the transformation from tadpole to frog. The colorful illustrations show Rex in different situations from a little tadpole eating and hiding in the mud from the dangers in the puddle to a full grown frog, hunting prey for his dinner, feeling fierce just like the huge dinosaurs around him.

Come to the library for a copy of Tadpole Rex or click here http://tinyurl.com/7kzcw7u  to reserve a copy for pick-up at any branch of the Lake County Public Library.

Peace, Love, and Reading,
Miss Laurie

Sunday, February 6, 2011

**BIG KID SPECIAL** TURTLE IN PARADISE by Jennifer L. Holm

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
Lexile:    610
Pages:    191  
Ages:      9 - 12


The year is 1935.  Turtle is a young girl living in New Jersey with her mother, a housekeeper for those fortunate enough to have kept their fortunes through the Great Depression.  Her mother, Sadie, moves from job to job, working for room and board for herself and Turtle, plus a small salary, until she is hired by Mrs. Budnick who, when she finds out Sadie has a daughter says, "You didn't tell me you had a child.  No children allowed."  Sadie needs the job badly so she sends Turtle to her sister Minnie, who lives in the Florida Keys.

Turtle's arrival is met with surprise - she has beaten the letter to her destination explaining her arrival.  Aunt Minnie takes Turtle in and Turtle has to learn to fit in with her cousins - Beans, Kermit and Buddy - along with their friends Porkchop, Too Bad, and Ira.  Almost everyone has a strange nickname here!

Turtle also discovers a grandmother she thought was dead - Nana Philly. Nana Philly has had a stroke and someone has to take her lunch every day, a job that eventually falls to Turtle.  During these lunches, a grudging relationship develops.  One day while at Nana Philly's, Turtle discovers a treasure map in an old piano.  Is it real?  Who can she ask?

Turtle in Paradise is a 2011 Newbery Honor Book based on stories from the author's family, whose great-grandmother emigrated to Key West from the Bahamas in 1897.  The characters are based on real people who did what they had to do to survive in the hard economy of the Great Depression and who knew the meaning of sticking together through thick and thin.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I think you will too.

Peace, Love, and Reading,
Miss Laurie

Come to the library and check out a copy of  Turtle in Paradise today or reserve a copy with your library card number and PIN here http://tinyurl.com/78bwnlo for pick-up at your favorite branch of the Lake County Public Library.

Friday, February 4, 2011

On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

Lexile:    Not Rated
Pages:    32
Ages:     3-8

"On the night you were born, the moon smiled with such
wonder that the stars peeked in to see you
and the night wind whispered,
'Life will never be the same.'"

This is the most beautiful book!  I can read it again and again and never get tired of it.  The moon, the wind, the rain, and a variety of animals celebrate the uniqueness of a newborn.  "Because there had never been anyone like you…ever in the world."  The polar bears dance all night, the geese fly home, and all of Heaven blow their trumpets.  The art is amazing and the sentiments heartfelt.  This book would make a wonderful gift for a baby shower, or a special gift to a new child or grandchild with a personal note written inside.

Come to the library and check out On the Night You Were Born or click here http://tinyurl.com/7bkobj2 to reserve a copy for pick-up at your favorite Lake County Public Library branch.

Peace, Love, and Reading,
Miss Laurie

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole

I looked outside this morning at the mounting snow and decided I needed a book about green grass, flowers, and butterflies : ) so here we are on Meadowview Street!

Lexile:    500
Pages:    32
Ages:     4-8


Caroline has just moved to Meadowview Street.  But where is the meadow?  Or the view?  All she sees is a street full of yards with the grass mowed down to within an inch of its life.  Caroline starts small.  One day while her dad is mowing the lawn she discovers a small pink flower and asks him to mow around it and he agrees, secretly thinking "that's less mowing for me!"  She gets some sticks and string and makes a fence around her small wildflower preserve.  Then she discovers a second flower; and a third.  Her preserve is growing.  She keeps adding until Dad sells the lawnmower.

Does Caroline end up with her meadow?  Does Meadowview Street finally live up to its name?  Come to the library and check out a copy of On Meadowview Street and find out!  Or, as always, you can click here http://tinyurl.com/6whzphb to reserve a copy for pick-up at your favorite branch.

Peace, Love, and Reading,
Miss Laurie


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Getting ready for the storm

No book today. Had to get ready for the snow. And I had my granddaughter overnight and had to get her ready and take her to school. If I still have power, I'll be back in the swing in the morning. Stay safe and warm everyone!

Peace, Love, and Reading,
Miss Laurie