December 2011

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in December 2011. 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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To Dance: a ballerina's graphic novel

  • by Siena Cherson Siegel and Mark Siegel
  • Call number: JNF 792.8028 SIEGEL
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  • Recommended for ages: 8-12

To Dance is Siena's story. Sienna is a little girl in Puerto Rico, and her doctor says that she has "flat feet," and there is nothing to be done about it. But, all Siena wants to do is dance! She skips, spins, and twirls everywere there is an open space. Siena's mother lets her take some classes, and eventually Siena is allowed to study ballet in New York City. She sees some of the most famous people in the world of ballet every single day. What will happen next? This story depicts many interesting details about the life of a young ballerina that few outside the dance world get to see. The graphic novel format fits Siena's true story perfectly; as Siena's story spins out, the art twirls across the page. I loved this book!

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The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories

Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, published a series of short stories that appeared in Redbook magazine between 1948 and 1959. These largely forgotten works were tracked down by Dr. Charles D. Cohen the worlds foremost Seuss scholar. Seven of the lost stories were published in this new release - The Bippolo Seed, The Rabbit, the Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga, Gustav, the Goldfish, Tadd and Todd, Steak for Supper, The Strange Shirt Spot, and The Great Henry McBride. Get ready for more marvelous beasts, adventure, and stories of moral with Seusss typical mastery of rhythm and rhyme.

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The fantastic Secret of Owen Jester

Owen Jester was laying in bed listening to the sound of the passing train when he heard a thud, the crack of wood, and the tumble, tumble, tumble sound of something tumbling down the embankment. Owen searched for days with his friends Travis and Stump til they finally found the source of the thump. So now Owen, Travis, and Stump have an exciting secret that they only agreed to share with Viola (the pesky girl next door) because she threatened to tell the grown-ups, and Owen had no intention of letting that happen. So together the children devise a plan to get the mysterious object down to their pond where they plan to try it out. It's an exciting adventure during an exciting summer in rural Carter, Georgia where nothing much usually happens. Join Owen, Travis, Stump, and Viola as they set out upon figuring out what they have found and how to use it.

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