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Staff Pick: Ellie’s Story

Staff Pick: Ellie’s Story

Ellie's Story

Trained as a search-and-rescue dog since puppyhood, Ellie can track and find people who are physically lost, but it is her owners, widower Jakob and lonely Maya, who challenge her to find a way to save people who are lost in other ways.

When Ellie is old enough, she is taken away from her mother and littermates to be trained as a police search and rescue dog.  She must learn her basic commands, like “come” and “stay,” but she must also learn to do things like walk on unstable ground, crawl through tight places, hang from a harness, and find people on command by using her sense of smell.

Ellie tells her own story, so she doesn’t always know the same words we do to explain things, and she doesn’t always think the way people think.  For example, when she experiences grass for the first time, she thinks it is pricklier than her blanket, and she bites it to show it that she is in charge.  Ellie loves to fetch sticks, and that is how her trainer convinces her to go into the water…which she has not liked ever since her littermate shoved her head into the water bowl as a pup.

There are other dogs working with the police, too, but they do things like sniff out drugs, and Ellie doesn’t understand why they get praise when they don’t ever Find people, but she plays with them anyway. Once Ellie is grown, she works with a policeman named Jakob finding people, until the day that Jakob is wounded on the job.  Then Ellie begins to work with another police officer named Maya.  And although Ellie loves her work, she loves her people more, and always tries to make them happy by being a good dog and doing her work properly.  At the end of the story, the author gives factual information explaining some of the things Ellie experiences, including why she was chosen over other dogs to be a police dog, and how she was trained to do her job.

Recommended by: Doriene Smither – East Washington Branch

 

 

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Staff Pick: Jumping Penguins

Staff Pick: Jumping Penguins

Jumping Penguins

Funny, bizarre, unbelievable, and weird facts about twenty five different animals. The animal facts are straightforward nonfiction, Marije Tolman’s illustrations are pure fantasy.

Did you know that some caterpillars can (and do) throw their poop twelve inches? That’s like your Uncle Jim throwing his poop halfway down a football field. Let’s hope your uncle can’t do that. Most uncles wouldn’t. Hopefully. Anyway, Jumping Penguins tells strange, and occasionally gross, facts about animals you know and love. The words are all true – the beautiful and whimsical illustrations are not. This is not a school-year book you could use for serious research. No, this is a summer book, and the aim of its’ creators seems to be just to amaze and amuse.

Recommended by: Shellie Rich – Warren

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Indianapolis Zoo Orangutan Exhibit

Indianapolis Zoo Orangutan Exhibit

indyzooThe International Orangutan Center biome at the Indianapolis Zoo is scheduled to open May 24, 2014.

 

Websites:

Cincinatti Zoo Sumatran Orangutan

San Diego Zoo Orangutans & Siamangs

Orangutan Stories:

Goodnight, me Operation orangutan Miracle in Sumatra : the story of Gutsy Gus Rainforest Rescue An Island Escape
The last notebook of Leonardo Orangutan tongs : poems to tangle your tongue

Orangutan Non-Fiction:

Orangutans Let's make a difference : we can help orangutans Orangutans Orangutans Orangutans
Orangutans Orangutans Orangutan Suryia & Roscoe : the true story of an unlikely friendship Suryia swims! : the true story of how an orangutan learned to swim
Survival in the Jungle Orangutans are ticklish : fun facts from an animal photograph
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Warriors #1: Into the Wild

Warriors #1: Into the Wild

Into th eWild

For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest. When their warrior code is threatened by mysterious deaths, a house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of all.

Jaheim says:

Its about cats that talk, become leaders, fight, love, and other cool things. If you read just one you’ll be amazed by the emotion put into every character THANKS!!!!!!!

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Staff Pick: Grin and Bear It

Staff Pick: Grin and Bear It

Grin and Bear It

Will stage fright prevent a very funny bear from becoming a stand-up comedian?

Have you ever wanted to do something, but were too afraid to try? Well Bear knows exactly what you are going through. Bear is a comedian who really wants to make his friends laugh. His jokes are hilarious, he does great in front of the mirror at home, and he is really cool. There is just one problem: Bear gets terrible stage fright. Can Bear get over his fears and make his own dreams come true? OR Will bear end up embarrassing himself in front of his friends? Find out by reading Grin and Bear It by Leo Landry.

Recommended by: Kamara McKinney – Spades Park Branch Library

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