September 2013

These are the books the Children's Area staff reviewed in September 2013. 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 Day the Crayons Quit

In The Day the Crayons Quit, a little boy named Duncan finds a stack of letters instead of crayons in his crayon box. Each letter is from one of Duncans crayons, explaining why they have decided to quit. The bright, colorful illustrations and funny letters make this book a fun way to learn about colors.

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Trixie Ten

Trixie Ten has 9 annoying brothers and sisters. They are terribly LOUD during the daytime and even at nighttime when Trixie is trying to sleep. Besides being too noisy, they simply take up too much room- it is too CROWDED with them around! So, what does Trixie do? Well, she sets off to find some peace and quiet. She does not find peace and quiet at the stream which is full of babbling fish. Nor does she find peace and quiet in the meadow which is full of jumping bunnies. But when she does finally find a big, empty, quiet place - she feels so ALONE! Thank goodness for her brave (and noisy) brothers and sisters who come to her rescue and bring Trixie back home again to a noisy, crowded house - just the way she likes it. This is a fun read-aloud and is a great story for reinforcing counting up to ten. Recommended!

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Elsie's Bird

  • By Jane Yolen and David Small
  • Call number: JE YOLEN
  • check the catalog
  • Recommended for ages: 5-8

As a little girl in Boston, Elsie loved the sounds of the harbor. She loved the sounds of the city, and most of all she loved the sounds of the birds. She knew all their names and could sing right along with them.

Then her Mama died, and her Papa became sad and restless. He decided to move to a faraway place called Nebraska, and set out to be a farmer. Elsie felt lost in the vast grasses of the prairie. She missed her home in Boston. She missed the sounds and the songs of the birds. She felt she couldn't leave their sod house. She was too afraid of the noiselessness of the grasslands.

Elsie did have one bird to help her remember her home in Boston. It was her little canary, Timmy Tune. He sang with her during her long days. Until one day Timmy flew out of his cage and into the grass. Elsie forgot her fear and ran after him. She followed him down to a creek where he came and sat on her shoulder. Then Elsie heard it, she heard the sound of the grass blowing and the wind. She heard the geese and the creaking of the sandhill cranes. Elsie was mesmerized, and as she listened she began to sing a new song, a song of the prairie.

Elsie's Bird has been nominated for the Georgia Childrens Book Award. Check it out from the GA Childrens Book Award section of the Athens-Clarke County Library.

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