Thursday, June 30, 2011


I am on vacation this week visiting family in Tennessee. I believe I will have to look at farm books when I get back. Everyone have a fun and safe Independence Day and I'll see you on the 5th or there'bouts!

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Bedtime for Mommy by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Lexile    Not Rated
Pages    32
Ages     4-7

This was a really fun bedtime story!   How many times have you said, "Time for bed," only to hear, "Mom!  Just five more minutes, please? Please??
PLE-E-E-ASE!?!?"  : )

Bedtime For Mommy reverses the roles, with the daughter trying to get Mommy through the bath and bedtime ritual.  From "five more minutes" to "Can I have a glass of water?" to the eventual kiss goodnight, kids and parents alike will recognize the tricks Mommy uses to get extra time, tickling funnybones along the way, making for a fun and stress-free bedtime.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Bedtime For Mommy can be found at any Lake County Public Library branch, or click here and with your library card number and PIN, order for quick and easy pick-up at the branch circulation desk.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Clink by Kelly DiPucchio and Matthew Myers

Lexile    Not Rated          Pages    32          Ages     4-8
DiPucchio, Kelly
AR Quiz No. 146538 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 3.1 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

When Clink was first built he was a top-of-the-line robot. He was even able to make toast and play music at the same time! Now, many years later, like all things "tech" he is out of date and sits on the shelf gathering dust. People want the more dazzling robots - the ones that will do things like bake cookies or play baseball or help with homework.

One by one, Clink's friends find homes with happy families. Clink isn't programmed to cry but he still manages to leak rusty tears when they leave.  Finally Clink gives up and turns himself off.

One day a boy comes into the store who comes in often but never buys anything.  The owner shows him all of the fancy new robots but he doesn't like anything he sees. As he is getting ready to leave the store, he pulls a harmonica out of his pocket and starts playing. When Clink hears the music he gets an idea. He turns himself on, creaks to a standing position, shakes off the dust, and starts playing a joyful tune.

The boy turns around and there is Clink singing and dancing. "I want that one!" he says. The owner tells him that Clink is old and missing parts and why would he want that one? "He's PERFECT," the boy says. He bundles Clink up and takes him home where Clink discovers that his new friend, Milton, is good at fixing things and also loves to dance!

The first thing that drew me to this book is that Clink is so cute! By today's sleek standards, Clink is downright old-fashioned, but he is colorful and friendly looking. After that, I like the message that there is someone out there for everyone, even if they aren't fancy or fashionable. Too often children feel pressured to be like the "in crowd" instead of just being themselves.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Clink is available at the Lake County Public Library. Click here and with your library card number and PIN you can reserve a copy for pickup at your favorite branch.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners by Laurie Keller

Lexile    AD460          Pages    32          Ages     4-8
AR Quiz No. 159021 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.7 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

Do Unto Otters is the perfect book to introduce young children to manners.

Rabbit is hopping his way home, singing his little song, "Doo-Dee-Doo, Doo-Dee-Doo" when suddenly, "Doo-Dee-DONK!"  He gets home and finds a surprise - the Otter family has moved in next door. Rabbit gets worried because he doesn't know anything about otters and is afraid they won't get along.

He talks to his friend Owl who tells him, "Do unto otters as you would have otters do unto you." Rabbit asks what that means and Owl tells him it means to treat the Otters the same way he would want the Otters to treat him. Rabbit asks himself how he would like the Otters to treat him. He comes up with a list that includes being friendly, polite, honest, considerate and more.

The humor in Ms. Keller's illustrations and situations make learning about manners fun. Some of the text can be read in an exaggerated manner with big, sweeping movements to get extra giggles.

Do Unto Otters is full of fun and good lessons and I would consider it a must for any well-stocked bookshelf.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

You can get a copy of Do Unto Otters at the Lake County Public Library or click here and with your library card number and PIN reserve a copy for pick-up at your favorite branch.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie by Laura Rankin

Lexile    Not Rated          Pages    30          Ages     4-8
AR Quiz No. 121390 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.5 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP, RV

"Ruthie loved tiny things - the tinier the better." So when she is playing on the school playground and finds a teeny, tiny camera, she can't believe it; how lucky can a little fox get? She puts her eye to the camera and starts snapping off pictures - clouds, bugs, the school.  But when she tries to take Martin's picture he says, "Hey, that's my camera!" Then comes what everyone who has dealt with children hears at one time or another:  Ruthie lies.

"No it's not, it's mine," says Ruthie.
Martin replies, "Give it to me, it's mine!"
"It is not!"
"Is too!"
"No it's NOT!" Ruthie insists and runs to the classroom.

The teacher asks what they are arguing about and Martin tells her that he got a camera for his birthday and he dropped it on the playground and now Ruthie has it. Ruthie lies again, yelling, "It's mine! I got it for MY birthday!" Mrs. Olsen takes the camera saying, "It can't belong to both of you. I'll keep it for now and we'll talk about it tomorrow."

Ruthie knows she lied and she doesn't feel very good about it. She can't concentrate, time drags, she can't eat - not even her favorite macaroni and cheese. Finally at bedtime Ruthie starts crying and tells her parents what happened. They ask her if she knows what went wrong and she replies that she said it was her camera when it wasn't. Papa says, "It will be okay. You made a mistake, but tomorrow you can fix it."

The next morning Ruthie goes to Mrs. Olsen and confesses what she did. Mrs. Olsen gives her a hug and tells her how brave it was to admit her mistake and tell the truth. Ruthie then apologizes to Martin and he forgives her. Ruthie immediately starts feeling better - her concentration returns, her stomach doesn't hurt anymore, and she has fun the rest of the day.

This is a great book to introduce to your children the importance of telling the truth and not taking things that don't belong to you. The illustrations get the lesson across in a non-threatening way, the animals being some of the cutest I've ever seen. Children at the older end of the age scale will probably relate to how Ruthie felt when she lied, while some of the younger ones may not have experienced those feelings yet. This book would be an excellent addition to your shelf.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Get your copy of Ruthie and the (Not So) Teeny Tiny Lie at the Lake County Public Library, or click here and with your library card number and PIN, reserve a copy for quick pick-up at the Circulation desk at your favorite branch.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Koko's Story by Dr. Francine Patterson, photographs by Dr. Ronald H. Cohn

Lexile    Not Rated
Pages    40
Ages     9-12  

This is a true story about Koko, a gorilla who was taught American Sign Language by the author, Dr. Francine Patterson. They started with just three words - food, drink, and more. After working with Koko about one month, one morning when she was cutting fruit for Koko's breakfast, Koko signed "food." Dr. Patterson was ecstatic! When Koko saw how happy she was, she was so happy and excited that she plunked a bucket over her head and ran gleefully around the room.

Koko has now learned over 500 signs. It's truly amazing how she can reason and communicate. She jokes, rhymes, and she even lies! People don't often think of animals having personalities, but Koko proves that animals can have personalities just as complex as any person's. When Dr. Patterson gets a second gorilla, Michael, Koko displays signs of jealousy, calling Michael mean names like "Stupid Toilet" and refusing to share her toys.

Koko's Story is a really fun book and the photographs of her with her frog (yes, she had a pet frog!) or her kitten are just cute as can be. This book along with the companion book, Koko's Kitten, is just as fun for adults as it is for children.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Get Koko's Story at the Lake County Public Library or click here to reserve a copy for pick-up at your local branch.