July 2011

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in July 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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Story painter: The life of Jacob Lawrence

Duggleby intricately weaves history of the African American experience with the story and life of Jacob Lawrence as he finds and develops his true passion – painting. He highlights both important historical events and the heroes whose stories influence Jacob Lawrence's work, which ultimately definine his career as artist and teacher. Highly recommend.

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Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in her Pocket

Junie B. Jones is not too happy about the class field trip to the farm. For one thing, she is afraid of ponies. For another thing, Meanie Jimmy said that roosters will peck your head into a nub. "Thats why farmers wear hats," he said, "to cover up their nubs." Junie B. Jones tried to run a fever on the day of the trip, but her mother took her temperature and said she was fine. Then when the bus arrived at the farm, Junie B. hid under the seat. Unfortunately, her teacher found her, and guess what? She brought the farmer. Read Junie B. Jones Has a Peep in her Pocket and see what happens next. Will Junie B. Jones learn to like roosters, or will they really peck her head to a nub?

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Can't You Make Them Behave, King George?

This book is a story of the life of King George III, and it's a really interesting story! Did you know that George was a naughty student, and he even put tar on his teacher's chair, so the teacher would get stuck? George also had many other funny and strange quirks. How would he deal with this British colony who wasn't helping out England, after he had helped them out earlier? This book has some really fun art by Tomie de Paola, and it's fun to read. I always have been interested in the American Revolution, and this is the first book that I have read that actually made me feel sorry for King George. I was surprised how much I liked it!

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Splash, Splash

All of the animals are falling in the water! Each animal makes a different sound and has a different reaction to going in the pond. Frog, cow, cat... who do you think likes the water the most? Who doesn't like it at all? The pretty and fun cut-paper collage art in this story highlights the cute story and all of the funny sounds you hear. Buzz, squeak, oink, ruff, moo, ribbit, splash!

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The Mud Fairy

In the book The Mud Fairy, children enter a world full of fairies and magic. The story centers around one "misfit" fairy as she tries to find a way to earn her wings. The story is humorous and has great illustrations. It also teaches young children that everyone is different and that is what makes each one of them special.

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