January 2010

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in January 2010. 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 Norman Rockwell Storybook

I found an old copy of The Norman Rockwell Storybook tucked away in the Short Story Collection this week. After reading the first little tale I found myself chuckling, and knew that I had found my midmorning read. So how does this book work? What is it about? Well, author Jan Wahl took a number of iconic paintings by Norman Rockwell and used them as inspiration for a collection of one-paged short stories. In addition to being an entertaining collection of work, readers of all ages are sure to enjoy looking at the paintings to come up with stories of their own.

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David and Primrose are friends, and it is their tumultuous relationship that is at the heart of this story. Eggs is the tale of two young people who struggle to deal with what is missing in their lives. Through their many adventures and trials, they begin to mend the gaps that exist. They learn to grieve and accept loss. This book is a wonderful read for anyone who has ever experienced a rough patch. They will be able to relate well to this splendid novel.

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The Road to Oz: Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Triumphs in the Life of L. Frank Baum

Frank Baum, the creator of The Wizard of Oz, is revealed in this picture book biography for children. It begins with his privileged upbringing in New York, follows the daydreamer and his money troubles as he attempts many different careers, and ends when he finally triumphs at age 44 at what he loves best - telling stories to children - and he publishes his book, The Wonderful Wizard of OZ. Through the illustrations of Kevin Hawkes, the reader will see Baum's inspirations for the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and the beautiful Emerald City.

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Muzzy Club, BBC

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Sesame Street eBooks

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