February 2014


In This Issue

Preschool
Theme: Friendship

4-8 Years
Theme: Imagination

8-12 Years
Theme: Adventure





Classic Stories
for Preschoolers

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THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT
written by Edward Lear, illus. by Jan Brett, (G. P. Putnams Sons, ©1991), 32p, Ages 3+

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THE NAPPING HOUSE
written by Audrey Wood, illus. by Don Wood, (Harcourt Books, ©2000), 32p, Ages 3-7

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BLUEBERRIES FOR SAL
written/illus. by Robert McCloskey, (Viking Books, ©1948), 55p, Ages 3+





Classic Stories
for Ages 4-8

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AMOS: The Story of an Old Dog and His Couch
Written bu Howie Schneider/illus. by Susan Seligson, (Little Brown & Co., ©1987), 32p, Ages 3-7

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THE COMPLETE TALES OF WINNIE-THE-POOH
written by A. A. Milne, Illus. by Ernest H. Shephard, (Dutton Children's Books, ©1994), 344p, All Ages

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THE VELVETEEN RABBIT
written by Margery Williams, illus. by William Nicholson, (Doubleday Books, ©1958), 96p, Ages 7-10





Classic Stories
for Ages 8-12

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG: The Magical Car
written by Ian Fleming, illus. by Joe Berger, (Candlewick Press, ©1964), 160p, Ages 9-12

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MRS. FRISBY & THE RATS OF NIMH
written by Robert C. O'Brien, illus. by Zena Bernstein, (Aladdin Books, ©1986), 233p, Ages 9-12

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THE BORROWERS
written by Mary Norton, illus. by Beth/Joe Krush, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ©2003), 192p, Ages 9-12

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A CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE
written by George Seldon, illus. by Garth Williams, (Square Fish, ©2008), 144p, Ages 8-12

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THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY
written by Sheila Bumford, (Delacorte Books, ©1996), 160p, Ages 9-12

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GENTLE BEN
written by Walt Morey, illus. by John Schoenherr, (Puffin, ©2006), 192p, Ages 8-12





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Preschool: Friendship
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ELEPHANT'S STORY
written/illus. by Tracey Campbell Pearson, (Farrar Straus Giroux, $17.99, ISBN 978-0-374-39913-9), 40p, Ages 3-6

"The day Gracie lost her favorite book, Elephant found it." Sniffed up into his trunk, the words jiggle around until Elephant sneezes them out. Returning them to the book proves difficult and Elephant seeks help. Alligator tries to eat them, Seal juggles them, the monkeys toss them around, and Bear is too busy snoring. When Gracie finds her book with blank pages, she uses the words to create a new story, which she reads to Elephant. Fascinating endpapers feature Elephant posing as 26 letters of the alphabet.

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WILFRED
written/illus. by Ryan Higgins, (Dial Books for Young Readers, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-8037-3732-7), 32p, Ages 3-5

Children and adults will enjoy this heart-warming story of a hairy, lonesome giant, a brave little boy, and a town inhabited by bald people, who need to stay warm for the winter. When Wilfred comes to town, he frightens most of the children, except one small boy, who sees him as a great playmate. The townspeople view Wilfred's hair as a way to keep their heads warm, and trick him into giving it up. "If he wanted to visit he'd have to stop being big … or to stop being hairy. Since Wilfred couldn't stop being big …" Now cold and hairless, Wilfred stays in his cave, unable to play. When the boy rushes to take him mittens, he becomes lost in the snow. Find out how one lonely hairless giant becomes a hero, changes a town full of grumpy people, ends up with a zipper, and finds a best friend for life. Wonderful illustrations make this tale of friendship and unconditional love a fun read aloud.

Other Recommendations:

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JASPER & JOOP: A Perfect Pair: One tidy, One Messy
written/illus. by Olivier Dunrea, (Houghton
Mifflin, $9.99, ISBN
978-0-547-86762-5 ),40p, Ages 3-6

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NEVER TOO LITTLE TO LOVE
written by Jeanne Willis, illus. by Jan Fearnley, (Candlewick Press, $8.99, ISBN
978-0-7636-6656-9), 28p, Ages 3-6

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MY MOTHER GOOSE
written/illus. by David McPhail, (Roaring Book Press, $19.99, ISBN
978-1-59643-526-1), 96p, Ages 2-5

 
Ages 4-8: Imagination
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THE SNATCHABOOK
written by Helen Docherty, illus. by Thomas Docherty, (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $16.99,
ISBN 978-1-4022-9082-4), 32p, Ages 4-7

At bedtime in Burrow Down books begin to vanish. "And so it went, night after night. / Books disappeared from left and right. / Five books here and six books there— / the shelves began to look quite bare." Fearless Eliza Brown sets a trap for the Snatchabook, and discovers a lonely little fellow, who has no one to read to him. A plan is hatched, books are returned, all is forgiven, and now the reformed book snatcher listens to books every night at Burrow Down. The detailed illustrations are fun, and reading aloud at bedtime is a winner any time.

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CAPTAIN CAT
written/illus. by Inga Moore, (Candlewick Press, $15.99, ISBN 978-0-7636-6151-9), 48p, Ages 4-8

Based on an old Italian tale, Inga Moore's clever story surrounds an adventurous sea captain, his many cats, a mysterious island, boundless treasure, a spunky queen and greedy merchants. Captain Cat loves cats and trades just about anything for one. Longing to visit wonderful and exciting places, he sails away one day, only to encounter a terrible storm and blow off course to an unchartered island. There, he meets a young queen with a terrible rat problem. When his cats kill the rodents, she begs the Captain to trade diamonds and rubies in exchange for the cats. When greedy merchants discover Captain Cat's new treasure, they sail to the island, only to realize that a somewhat different treasure awaits them. Young adventurers will love this feline tale.

Other Recommendations:

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PRINCESS TALES
written. by Grace Maccarone, illus. by Gail deMarchen, (Fiewel & Friends, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-312-67958-3), 32p, Ages 4-7

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ONCE UPON A BANANA: A Story Told in Street Signs
written by Jennifer Armstrong, illus. by David Small, (Simon & Schuster, $6.99. ISBN 978-0-689-84251-1), 40p, Ages 4-8

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THE RACE FOR THE CHINESE ZODIAC
written by Gabrielle Wang, illus. by Sally Rippin, (Candlewick Press, $14.99, ISBN
978-0-7636-6778-8), 32p, Ages 5-9

Ages 8-12: Adventure
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LOCOMOTIVE
written/illus. by Brian Floca, (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $17.99, ISBN 978-1-4169-9415-2), 64p, Ages 7-10

During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln signed the Pacific Railway Act authorizing the building of a railroad east from Sacramento, California by the Central Pacific Railroad Company and west from Omaha by the Union Pacific Railroad Company. In 1869, the two lines were joined with a golden spike and travel became possible from coast to coast. Join a mother and her two children, travelling from Omaha to Sacramento to meet their father. They experience primitive facilities, difficult sleeping conditions, dubious meals at restaurant stops, and unbelievable views of rugged, magnificent landscapes as they travel across prairies, deserts, churning rivers, up steep mountains, across narrow trestles, and through dark tunnels on their way to Sacramento. Illustrations and descriptions depict the engine structure, tasks of various crew members, the roundhouse where engines are changed, water towers, and cities, towns and landmarks along the way. Young train enthusiasts and history fans will thoroughly enjoy this breathtaking ride on 19th century rails across America.

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MADHATTAN MYSTERY
written by John J. Bonk, (Walker Books, $16.99 HC, $7.99 PB, ISBN 978-0-8027-2349-9 HC), 304p, Ages 9-13

While their father is away on a honeymoon with his new wife, twelve-year-old Lexi and ten-year-old Kevin spend time with their theatrical aunt in New York City and attend summer camp. Arriving at Grand Central Station, Lexi overhears a conversation in whispers about a jewel theft. Discovering that Cleopatra' gems, destined for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, have been stolen, Lexi, Kevin, and a quirky new friend decide to investigate. The three sleuths skip camp, make inquiries, track down the thieves, and learn about the $250,000 reward. Traipsing through a forbidden train station, dark tunnels, and Central Park at night, encountering elderly homeless, guilty runaways, and crazy apartment tenants, make this a fun read and romp through the Big Apple.

Other Recommendations:

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STEALING AIR
written by Trent Reedy, (Scholastic, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-545-38307-3), 280p, Ages 9-12

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THE SECRETS OF SHAKESPEAR'S GRAVE
written by Deron R. Hicks, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, ISBN
978-0-547-84034-5), 276p, Ages 9-12

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FLOORS
written by Patrick Carman, (Scholastic Press, $16.99, ISBN
978-0-545-25519-6), 280p, Ages 9-12

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