Books We are Reading

Athens-Clarke County Children's Area

Books We are Reading

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These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in August 2014. Click on the "check the catalog" link to see if the book is available. If it isn't, ask a librarian to put it on hold for you.

Scroll past these book reviews to see an archive of all of the previous book reviews.

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If I Had a Raptor

Pets are awesome. Dinosaurs are also awesome. In If I Had a Raptor, a little girl describes how perfect a pet a raptor would make. This whimsical, adorably illustrated picture book about a girl's love for her pet raptor is a great read-aloud and sure to delight animal lovers and dinosaur fans alike.

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The Girl and the Bicycle

This wonderful, brand-new, wordless book features a heartwarming message. No spoilers, I promise! A young girl works hard to save up enough money to purchase the new bicycle she sees in a shop window. Her generous heart pays off in the end, and her kindness does not go unnoticed. A quick "read" that anyone can enjoy! Sometimes the simplest tales carry the greatest messages.

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Jubilee! One Man's Big, Bold, and Very, Very Loud Celebration of Peace

  • By Alicia Potter
  • Call number: JNF 780.9744 POTTER
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  • Recommended for ages: 7 and up

This is an amazing depiction of an amazing concert! Once, long ago, there was a boy named Patrick who loved playing in a band. When he got older, he wanted to play with even more friends. He decided to plan a concert that had a thousand instruments and ten thousand singers- can you imagine how big that was? It really happened! This book is both entertaining and informative for kids and adults, and it's really beautifully illustrated. The images of the enormous concert really give a feel for how huge the crowds were that attended!

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Dare the Wind

Dare the Wind by Tracey Fern is the perfect book for anyone who feels saltwater in his or her veins. Eleanor Prentiss is a young girl who loves being outside with her father learning how to sail. As she grows up, she learns how to navigate ships and becomes very fast. Later, Eleanor gets married, and she and her husband set out to sea on a beautiful ship called the Flying Cloud. Eleanor attempts to race the ship around two continents in a fifteen-thousand mile journey to make it to their destination faster than anyone ever has. Eleanor and her crew have to struggle through dangerous weather and damage to the ship in order to beat the record.

Dare the Wind is a true story! The story of Eleanor Prentiss is a biography told in picture book format with lovely, vivid illustrations that will make you smell the salty sea and feel the wind on your face. Eleanor is a smart, tough, and determined heroine who is sure to inspire any child or future navigator!

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