March 2009

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in March 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 Tales of Beedle the Bard

The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of fairy tales specifically designed for the wizarding community. Each tale teaches a lesson of wisdom, and the stories promote virtues such as humility and kindness. They are true fun for readers who can't get enough of J.K. Rowling's fantastic style. Albus Dumbledore makes an appearance in this work, providing commentary on each of the short tales. Rowling should be commended for creating such a unique work of fiction. I personally got a kick out of all the footnotes!

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The Napping House

There was a house on a quiet street where all the occupants were napping. Grandmother was fast asleep, the boy was dreaming, the cat was snoozing, the dog was snoring, and the mouse was deep in sleep and even the flea was having wonderful flea dreams. One by one each sleepy head ended up on top of each other in the bed with Grandmother! While this may sound quite tranquil and calm, you'll have to check out The Napping House, and read what all happens when a teeny, tiny flea decides to wake up.

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The New Policeman

Something is not quite right in the small Irish village of Kinvara, or with the newest addition to their local police force. Lately everyone in the town has become aware that time has been slipping away faster than it once did. So, one year, when J.J. Liddy's mother asks for more time for her birthday, J.J. efforts to fulfill her wish propel him into a parallel universe where it is rumored that time stands still. Full of entrancing Irish music, dancing, fairies and magic, Tír na n'Óg is the setting from which J.J. struggles to figure out where all the time is going these days. Read along to discover whether J.J. will be able to stop time from slipping away, or if the inhabitants of Kivara and Tír na n'Óg become victims of time running out of control?

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Messenger

Lois Lowry, two-time recipient of the Newberry Award, again invites you back to her imaginary futuristic world. Messenger is the last in the trilogy bringing together characters from both The Giver and Gathering Blue. The story centers on Matty, the mischievous friend of Kira, first introduced in Gathering Blue. It begins 6 years after he left his old home and came to Village to live with Seer and begin a new life. On a journey of self-discovery, Matty finally comes to both understand and harness his power, fulfilling the destiny in his true name.

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