February 2009

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in February 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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The Tale of Hilda Louise

After having lost her parents in the Swiss Alps at a very young age, Hilda Louise is sent to live in Chez Mes Petits Choux orphanage in the heart of Paris. Though happy with her living arrangements she, like most other orphans, desires nothing more than to have a family of her very own. While "Madelinesque" in some regards, this story has a magical twist that leaves the reader feeling all warm and fuzzy. A perfect read for children (and adults) who believe that the impossible, isn't.

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The Cabinet of Wonders (Book One in the Kronos Chronicles)

When you have mechanical animals that drink oil for nourishment, a magical clock more exquisite than anyone can imagine, and a prince, whose greed could destroy nations, you are sure to have exciting read. In The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski, Mikal Kronos has magical powers that allow him to make metal animals come to life. He has also created a very extraordinary clock which can control the weather. However, after Mikal completes the clock, which he then gives to the prince, the prince steals his eyes so he can never make another for anyone else. Petra, Mikal's daughter, comes to his aid as she devises a plan to sneak into the castle and steal her father's eyes back. Read how she executes her plan, and how she meets up with the unique and strange characters that live within the castle walls.

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Blue Sea

Kalan's simple text makes this a wonderful picture book to read aloud with younger children. Learn about the concept of size as you follow the little fish who first meets a big, then bigger, and finally the biggest fish in the blue sea. Who will be left swimming in the end?This book is available at the Bogart Library, the Oconee County Library & the Oglethorpe County Library.

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Things That Sometimes Happen: Very Short Stories for Little Listeners

Things That Sometimes Happen is a very clever collection of short stories. The stories are about little boys who can shrink and ice cream cones that melt away while two bears argue. My favorite short story is called The Black Crayon. It is about a black crayon that is left unused until it convinces a little girl to draw a picture of the night. The book is fun to read and it has fantastic illustrations by Marjorie Price. It is just full of fun and fantasy.

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