June 2012

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in June 2012. 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 Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Unseen Guest

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series is an intriguing, often hilarious, mystery with a cast of lovable characters. The Unseen Guest, the third book in the series, features racing ostriches, mysterious cave sandwiches, and a perilous woodland adventure. For fans of Lemony Snicket or the Jungle Book, there's definitely a lot to love.

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A Little History of the World

A Little History of the World is both an informative and enjoyable book. The book talks about history from pre-historic times to the modern civilization. It takes the reader through ancient Egypt to Greece to Rome and on to the dark ages and the renaissance. E. H. Grombrich explains the beliefs of each period. He tells what is most important to the lives of the people and examines their religion and their art. He takes us everywhere, all over the world and all around time and he does it with humor. A Little History of the World is not a cumbersome book to read rather it is witty and enjoyable. You don't have to be a history buff to love this book. I would recommend it to anybody interested in history from ages 8 and up.

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Mrs. Noodlekugel

When siblings Nick and Maxine move in to the tall building with one apartment stacked on top of the other, it does not take them long to discover the old-fashioned house that seems out of place surrounded and secluded by all the other newer, taller buildings. "Mrs. NoodleKugel lives in the house," they are told, "and do not bother her," say their parents. Nick and Maxine let their imaginations run wild - maybe she is a witch or maybe she hates children? So of course they must satisfy their curiosity and visit her to find out. But what they do discover in that little old house amazes them - could it really be possible? This cute story is a great chapter book for beginning readers, and we can expect more to come in this new series.

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May B.

Set in the 1870's in the prarie of western Kansas, the story opens to a very disappointed, frustrated May Betterly. She is upset that she must move from home to live with and work for another family to help make money for her own - cooking, cleaning, and running house for the newlyweds. Her parents assure and remind her that it will only be temporary - only until Christmas. But May will miss her winter schooling, and she wants to continue practicing.

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Baby Bear Sees Blue

Early one morning, baby bear wakes up as the sun slowly starts to shine through the opening of the den. He wants to know what this warm light is. His mother tells him it's the sun. This is the beginning of a full day of exploring for baby bear and his mother. He has plenty of questions and she always has answers for him. With each new thing that baby bear discovers he also learns a new color. This book is a great way for parents to practice colors with their children! What else will baby bear find outside his den? Read Baby Bear Sees Blue to find out!

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