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Review of the Day: All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon

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All the Water in the World By George Ella Lyon Illustrated by Katherine Tillotson A Richard Jackson Book, Atheneum (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) $15.99 ISBN: 978-1-4169-7130-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves now The role of the public library has changed so often over the last century or so that its latest incarnation as a [...]

Review of the Day: Coral Reefs by Jason Chin

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Coral Reefs By Jason Chin Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-563-6 Ages 5 and up On shelves now First things first. Let’s just get something out the way here before I go any further. I am not exactly a disinterested party when it comes to this book. No, I don’t know the [...]

Review of the Day – Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand

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Alicia Alonso: Prima Ballerina By Carmen T. Bernier-Grand Illustrated by Raul Colon Marshall Cavendish $19.99 ISBN: 978-0-7614-5562-2 Ages 8-11 On shelves now When I was a kid I took a fair amount of ballet. I liked it. Kept me on my toes (yuk yuk yuk). I retain fond memories of that time in my life, [...]

Review of the Day: The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont by Victoria Griffith

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The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont By Victoria Griffith Illustrated by Eva Montanari Abrams Books for Young Readers $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-4197-0011-8 Ages 6-10 On shelves now The American publishing industry is good at a lot of things. They produce some pretty delightful fare for children on a variety of different topics. If you want [...]

Review of the Day – Orani: My Father’s Village by Claire A. Nivola

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Orani: My Father’s Village By Claire A. Nivola Frances Foster Books (Farrar Straus Giroux) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-374-35657-6 Ages 4-8 On shelves July 19th The personal family history as picture book is an interesting little subgenre. It’s been in the American picture book roster for years, dating back at least as far as Robert Lawson’s 1940 [...]

Review of the Day: The Incredible Life of Balto by Meghan McCarthy

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The Incredible Life of Balto By Meghan McCarthy Alfred A. Knopf (an imprint of Random House) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-84460-7 Ages 4 and up On shelves August 9th I’m not a dog person. Like ‘em fine. Don’t see much particular need to interact with them on a regular basis. Sometimes, though, I’ll feel like my life [...]

Review of the Day: Eat Your Math Homework by Ann McCallum

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Eat Your Math Homework: Recipes for Hungry Minds By Ann McCallum Illustrated by Leeza Hernandez Charlesbridge $16.95 ISBN: 978-1-57091-779-0 Ages 7-11 On shelves July 1st. Cooking. Math. Not the usual subject matter for a kid browsing the library shelves (though I’ve admittedly had more than one kid ask me for cookbooks, so there’s that). Still [...]

Review of the Day: Nurse, Soldier, Spy by Marissa Moss

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Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero By Marissa Moss Illustrated by John Hendrix Abrams Books for Young Readers $18.95 ISBN: 978-0-8109-9735-6 Ages 6-12 On shelves now. If I want to depress myself on a given day I’ll compare the list of biographical subjects that kids in school are handed [...]

Review of the Day: Vincent van Gogh and the Colors of the Wind by Chiara Lossani

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Vincent van Gogh and the Colors of the Wind By Chiara Lossani Illustrated by Octavia Monaco Eerdmans Books for Young Readers $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-8028-5390-5 Ages 7-10 On shelves now The art of the children’s biography is not for the faint of heart. If you think it consists of merely shuffling a few facts on a [...]

Review of the Day: Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell

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Me . . . Jane By Patrick McDonnell Little Brown and Company $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-316004546-9 Ages 4-8 On shelves April 5th Pity the picture book biographer. Theirs is not an easy lot. Seems to me that if you want to introduce a six-year-old to a famous person there are two ways of going about it. [...]

Review of the Day: Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg

Queen of the Falls By Chris Van Allsburg Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $18.99 ISBN: 978-0-547-31581-2 Ages 4-9 On shelves April 4th The word “daredevil” conjures up different images for different people. Speaking for myself, when I hear it I instantly picture someone like Evel Knievel leaping over cars on a motorcycle. I do not picture sixty-two [...]

Review of the Day: How the Sphinx Got to the Museum by Jessie Hartland

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How the Sphinx Got to the Museum By Jessie Hartland Blue Apple Books $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-60905-032-0 Ages 4-8 On shelves now One of the most frequent requests I get from parents in my library is a desire for books on “community workers”. Which is to say, their children have been given an assignment in school [...]

Review of the Day: She Sang Promise by Jan Godown Annino

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She Sang Promise: The Story of Betty Mae Jumper, Seminole Tribal Leader By Jan Godown Annino Illustrated by Lisa Desimini Afterword by Moses Jumper, Jr. National Geographic $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-4263-0592-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now. I’m tired of Einstein. I’m tired of Edison too. Heck, I’m even tired of Martin Luther King Jr., Marie Curie, [...]

Review of the Day: Growing Patterns by Sarah C. Campbell

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Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature By Sarah C. Campbell Photographs by Sarah C. Campbell and Richard P. Campbell Boyds Mills Press $17.95 ISBN: 978-1-59078-752-6 Ages 6 and up On shelves now. One of the more interesting requests I receive at my library’s reference desk comes from parents seeking math books for their kids. Generally [...]

Review of the Day: Ballet for Martha by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

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Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring By Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan Illustrated by Brian Floca Flash Point (an imprint of Roaring Brook Press) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-338-0 Ages 5-10 On shelves August 3, 2010 Collaboration. True life stories of collaboration told in a picture book format. It’s a challenge that I give myself: Name such [...]