August 2009

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in August 2009. 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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Be Gentle

Bartholomew the Bear is very excited when he receives a small black kitten, but he quickly learns that kittens don't like playing as rough as little boys do. This is an adorable book, and it teaches young children how to treat their pets kindly. An ideal read for any family with a new pet (or a child who is confused when their pet hides under the couch any time they come around.)

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Agatha's Feather Bed: Not Just Another Wild Goose Story

Have you ever wondered where things come from? Well, by reading this wonderful book by Carmen Deedy you will discover that everything comes from something. Agatha, a little, old shop keeper sells yarn that she has woven into intricate patterns. She is also known to weave a story or two. Agatha can tell you where most things come from, but in this book she tells the story of how cutting her hair made many seemingly unrelated things possible. She says:

Everything comes from something,
Nothing comes from nothing.
Just like paper comes from trees,
And glass comes from sand,
An answer comes from a question.
All you have to do is ask.

I bet you will have this saying memorized before you finish reading this delightful book. This book is a great reminder that you won't get an answer unless you ask a question!

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Mary Smith

Mary Smith could shoot peas through a straw. She shot them to make a living back in 1927. Mary was responsible for waking up the people in town every morning. She would walk through the streets and shoot peas at the windows of her customers until they woke up. She was even contracted to shot peas at the mayor’s window. Mary Smith is a lighthearted book about a real person with a very odd, but useful profession.

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The Green Dog: A Mostly True Story

All she wanted was a dog. She didn't have any close friends, and while the kids that her mom forced her to spend time with were nice enough, they just didn't enjoy doing the things she did. They didn't like fishing off the dock, walking through the woods without making a sound, or catching and raising tadpoles, turtles, and snakes. Billy McClosky would fish with her, but he chattered so much that he scared the fish away. She didn't need any friends. She just needed a dog. Then a miracle happened. He showed up at their door with his big chocolate eyes. She already had a name for him. Jeff was just as she imagined he would be. But would her parents allow her to keep him?

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