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 May 2015. 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.

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Stone Angel

Stone Angel is the bittersweet story of a Jewish family who escaped Nazi-occupied Paris. The main character is a little girl who believes in angels, as they have watched over her her entire life in the form of statues. Throughout their trek to safety, they follow the stars, and the little girl is assured by their presence because, “Where there are stars…there are angels.” This is a great book to introduce the topic of the Holocaust and to spark discussions about racial prejudices. Though the reason for their presence in Paris or their dislike for the Jews is never explained, the “brown shirts” (Nazis) are only visible on one page of the book. However, the reader can feel their threat. The mixed media illustrations remind this reviewer of the covers to the Little House on the Prairie books, another tale that describes a family who moves and starts their lives over. When the story is dark, the illustrations are dark, and when the story brightens, so do the illustrations.

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Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf

B.B. Wolf, formally known as Big Bad Wolf, has received an invitation to the local library for tea and cookies. Follow him as he decides what to wear and gets etiquette advice from his friend, Crocodile. Will B.B. Wolf remember his manners when he comes face to face with Little Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs? Read Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf, by Judy Sierra to find out!

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Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar

Ralfy Rabbit loves to read. Like, really, really loves to read. In fact, Ralfy loves books so much that he resorts to stealing them from a young boy named Arthur. Arthur loves his books, too, so he reports the thieving bunny to the police. Will Ralfy see the error of his ways and stop stealing Arthur’s books? This charmingly-illustrated story of a book-crazy bunny and a book-loving boy is sure to amuse young readers.

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Please, Mr. Panda

Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony is the perfect picture book for readers with an appetite for dry wit and donuts. Mr. Panda has a box of donuts, but he is having a difficult time finding the right animal to have them. This delicious tale teaches readers a yummy lesson about manners with a surprising ending. Read it and then go eat a donut (as long as you say please first)!

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