October 2009

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in October 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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Tibet Through the Red Box

  • by Peter Sís
  • Call number: JNF 951.5 SIS
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  • Recommended for ages: 9-12 years (and beyond)

There are some voyages that take you a long way from home...and there are others in which you travel no distance at all, but find yourself in a completely different world. For author, illustrator Peter Sís his mystical voyage to Tibet began as a boy in a hospital bed and resumed a half a lifetime later with a letter from his father and a mysterious red box. Tibet Through the Red Box is a fascinating book that uses diary excerpts, personal reflection and illustrations to powerfully record one man's ongoing experiences with a country, through the eyes of his father. During the late 1950's Peter Sís' father Vladimir, a professional filmmaker, was hired by the Chinese government to instruct military officers in the art of filmmaking. Lost in the vastness of the Tibetan Himalayas after an avalanche, Vladimir Sís spent 14 months in the country experiencing incomprehensible wonders on his road to home. In the years following his return, Vladimir felt as though he could never fully convey the weight of his experiences in Tibet to his friends and family. But, I think that the author's interpretation in Tibet Through the Red Box may prove him wrong.

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Turkeys Together

  • by Carol Wallace
  • Call number: JE BASIC WALLACE
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  • Recommended for ages: 4-8 years

Dogs called "Pointers" are trained to look for quail. In this book our dog, Dog stops looking for quail and starts helping Mrs. Turkey to find her lost eggs. He soon discovers there is more than one Mrs. Turkey who is looking for her lost eggs. Dog finds out who the thief is and comes up with a very clever way to fool the thief. In the end, as the eggs hatch, Dog finds himself mother to baby turkey chicks.

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Robot Dreams

Robot Dreams is a touching story of friendship and forgiveness. Readers of every age will relate to the characters of this simple novel, told almost entirely without words.

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A Boy Called Slow

Insightful is the word that best describes A Boy Called Slow. I found this book in the biography section under the call number JB Sitting, as in Sitting Bull. Sitting Bull was the boy called Slow! As I read about his childhood, I gained a better understanding of Sitting Bull's thoughtful nature and his proud heritage. I also gained a great deal of respect for the author Joseph Bruchac. He writes a number of admirable books that contain the traditional folklore from various Native American tribes. His books attract a wide range of readers at varying reading levels. Check him out!

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