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#blogbookaday: Kate, Who Tamed the Wind

4 Mar

35749425.jpgSummary:  “A wild wind blows on the tippy-top of a steep hill, turning everything upside down for the man who lives there. Luckily, Kate comes up with a plan to tame the wind. With an old wheelbarrow full of young trees, she journeys up the steep hill to add a little green to the man’s life, and to protect the house from the howling wind. From award-winning author Liz Garton Scanlon and whimsical illustrator Lee White comes a delightfully simple, lyrical story about the important role trees play in our lives, and caring for the world in which we live.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Kate comes to the aid of her neighbor who lives on the tip-top of a steep hill. Unfortunately, the wind blows and blows causing lots of problems. She brings back his hat that flew away and also brings small tree saplings to help block the wind and many years later the trees succeed! I loved the rhythm and repetition of this book, making it a beautiful story to read about a strong girl with ideas to change the world for the better. The illustrations are mixed media with watercolor, ink and digital and I love the movement in the illustrations as the wind blows the curtains, the leaves, the man’s hat and everything else.

Personal Reaction: A perfect STEM fiction book about the importance of trees! My favorite part of this story was that a little girl wanted to make a difference and took the initiative to do so. I also loved how the illustrations showed the passing of time as the trees grew larger and the little girl did too. This is a sweet story about helping your community and the ecosystem.

Title: Kate, Who Tamed the Wind
Author: Liz Garton Scanlon
Illustrator: Lee White
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
Publication Date: February 6, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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#blogbookaday: This House, Once

10 Jan

34430239.jpgSummary:  “Deborah Freedman’s masterful new picture book is at once an introduction to the pieces of a house, a cozy story to share and explore, and a dreamy meditation on the magic of our homes and our world.

Before there was this house,
there were stones,
and mud,
and a colossal oak tree—
three hugs around
and as high as the blue.

What was your home, once?

This poetically simple, thought-provoking, and gorgeously illustrated book invites readers to think about where things come from and what nature provides.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: I love this book – it is quiet and whimsical and simple and beautiful in all the best ways. The words conjure up such specific pictures in my mind, while the hazy, soft illustrations are gorgeous. I loved this perspective of what a house was before it became something so important – how each piece was gathered together to create something safe and warm. Plus, with an adorable little cat that you follow throughout the simple text, how can you go wrong?

Personal Reaction: I can picture the author’s house in my mind as she explains how each piece fits together so perfectly. I have fond memories of my childhood home with it wraparound front porch, its’ warm, cozy sunroom and the way it creaked and groaned as it said good night. This book would work well for a variety of ages from preschool through middle school even – you could definitely use this title to talk about habitat, natural resources and looking at an inanimate object in a new way. You could also pair this title with Wishtree by Katherine Applegate to look at trees in a whole new way!

Title: This House, Once
Author: Deborah Freedman
Illustrator: Deborah Freedman
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: February 28, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

Digger Day

15 Aug

I’ve seen a couple similar posts in the past few weeks and I think most of my fellow public librarians understand – I’ve hit my summer reading wall!  I’m thoroughly exhausted and am tired of trying to keep everything in the same theme!  Thankfully, last night was our last “big” program for summer reading!!!  We only have a few more smaller programs to get through and we can begin focusing on fall activities.

We hosted Digger Day last night and although the crowd was smaller than I had hoped it would be, it turned out to be a great evening!  To kick-off the evening we had about 10 middle school students perform to short reader’s theatre skits that focused on our theme (Dirty Gert by Ted Arnold and the classic Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.).  They also were great sports and did all the hand motions for The Green Grass Grew All Around.  After our skits were finished the entire crowd walked out to the library’s front yard to watch the big diggers plant a tree!  We were lucky enough to have a tree care company in our community not only donate their time, the diggers, but also donated the tree for us as well!  The young kids were very impressed by the diggers – especially getting the chance to see them at work!

IMG_20130814_104521Afterwards the crowd was invited to taste our Edible Book Contest creations.  For the past five years, we’ve offered an edible book contest to our summer readers and their families.  The only rules – it has to be edible and somehow related to a children’s book!  It’s great because we give all the kids a small trophy and superlative and then the creations are used as refreshments at our final program!

Summer reading is (finally!) winding down and I can’t wait to get started on fall programming and hopefully cross a few things off my to-do list that have been sitting there since June!

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