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Staff Pick: Poop Fountain!

Staff Pick: Poop Fountain!

Poop Fountain

Three friends spend Christmas day breaking into the town of Crickenburg’s antiquated sewage treatment plant in order to witness with their own eyes the soon-to-be-replaced “poopfountain.”

Who wouldn’t want to read a book called Poop Fountain? The title alone should peak your curiosity. Well, maybe if you are an 8 year old boy. Even though I was one once, what really drew me to this book was the author. Tom Angleberger is best known for his Origami Yoda series and like those, this one is presented as if the children in the story have written it themselves.

Three bored kids (Lyle, Marilla and Dave) want to do something exciting on Christmas Day. A busy day for others is a free one for them: Dave’s parents work all day at the Qwikpick gas station and convenience store; Marilla’s family exchanges gifts on Christmas Eve; and Dave is Jewish. Their small town of Crickenburg does not offer a lot of excitement, so the newly formed Qwikpick Adventure Society is hard pressed to find something worthy of their name. When they hear the town’s waste treatment plant will be closing down its poop fountain, they know they have found their goal. They will not only be the first kids to see it, but some of the last people to ever see it in operation.

They secretly plan their trip, mapping out their walking route across fields and over hills and pack enough snacks for the whole day. Marilla brings her new camera to capture important moments including a picture of all of them with the fountain.

What trip really goes as planned? With so much potential for messiness (not to mention the possibility of getting caught sneaking into the sewage plant), this is an adventure worth reading.

Recommended by: Will Smither – Decatur Branch

 

 

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Staff Pick: How the Amazon Queen Fought the Prince of Egypt

Staff Pick: How the Amazon Queen Fought the Prince of Egypt

How the Amazon Queen Fought the Prince of Egypt

Serpot, ruler of a land where women live free, without men, leads her Amazon warriors in battle against Prince Pedikhons of Egypt, who has come to see for himself if women can equal men, even in battle.

From a papyrus now in taters, comes the story of the Amazon queen, Serpot, who with her women warriors, defends her kingdom against a prince of Egypt.  Myth?  History?  Regardless, this book has it all:  spying, fighting, epiphanies, love.  Illustrations are placed side by side with actual Egyptian hieroglyphs from the scroll.  Notes at the back provide context, and additional information.  A book about strong, smart women, written by a strong, smart woman (Tamara Bower not only created the book but has worked on excavations around the world), this book is a treasure.

Recommended by: Daniell Wilkins – College Avenue Branch

 

 

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Staff Pick: My Favorite Animal Families

Staff Pick: My Favorite Animal Families

My Favorite Animal Families

Presents an extensively illustrated introduction to the family behavior of fourteen different species of animal.

Got animals?  Well, now you do….check out 14 amazing species as they interact with their  families in the wild.  Cool info about lions and cheetahs and bears (oh my!) and 70 gorgeous, candid photos captured by bestselling wildlife and nature photographer, Steve Bloom, are found in this entertaining, one-of-a-kind book! Pandas, orangutans, elephants, giraffes—take your pick.  If you like animals, this book is for YOU!

Recommended by: Tamara Baumgartner, Lawrence Branch Library

 

 

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Staff Pick: Plant a Pocket of Prairie

Staff Pick: Plant a Pocket of Prairie

Plant a Pocket of Prairie

Discusses prairies and their endangered status, describes the plants and animals that inhabit them, and encourages readers to plant native prairie plants in their backyards to sustain the insects and animals that depend on them.

If you see the word prairie do you think about Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder?   The great prairielands that Laura and her family knew once covered about 40 percent of the United States.  This important, endangered, ecosystem currently covers less than 1 percent of our country.

Through the poetic words and beautiful art of this informative picture book Phyllis Root and Betsy Bowen give us a look at important prairie plants and the birds, butterflies and other animals that use  these  plants for food and shelter.  They also encourage us to plant a pocket of prairie in our own backyards or on our porches.  We may be surprised to see who might creep, crawl, or fly in for a visit!

For information on a Hoosier Prairie visit this website: http://www.in.gov/dnr/naturepreserve/4739.htm

Recommended by: Catherine Lutholtz Bridge, The Learning Curve at Central Library

 

 

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Staff Pick: Fly Away

Staff Pick: Fly Away

Fly Away

While in North Dakota helping her Aunt Frankie prepare for a possible flood, Lucy finds her voice as a poet with the help of her two-year-old brother Teddy, the rest of their family, and a few cows.

Can you keep a secret? Fly Away by Patricia MacLachlan is a story about secrets, bravery, and family. Lucy adores her family, but especially her father and little brother Teddy. Lucy can’t sing, but she can write poems. Her father is a poet and a farmer who believes no one can write a poem as beautiful as a cow.  When Lucy’s family sets out to help Aunt Frankie on her farm danger awaits and secrets come out. Will this family come out stronger or will they fall apart? Can Lucy write a poem more beautiful as beautiful as a cow?

Recommended by: Kamara McKinney – Spades Park Branch

 

 

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