Category Archives: Staff Picks

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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Staff Pick: Junie B., first grader: aloha-ha-ha!

Staff Pick: Junie B., first grader: aloha-ha-ha!

Junie B., first grader: aloha-ha-ha!

Excitable Junie B. Jones manages to find trouble both before and during a trip to Hawaii and records each incident in a photo journal given to her by her teacher.

Join in the adventures of a precocious and very active six year old girl, Junie B. Jones, as she spends her vacation in Hawaii. Junie kept me laughing as I followed her on her first airplane ride, her first, but scary, scuba diving escapade, and her encounter with a small bird entangling himself in her hair during a nature walk.

Barbara Park has cleverly developed the character of Junie B. Jones in a way that appeals to both children and adults.

Recommended by: Barbara Crim – Southport Branch

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Staff Pick: Ox, House, Stick the History of Our Alphabet

Staff Pick: Ox, House, Stick the History of Our Alphabet

Ox, House Stick

Presents the origins of each letter of the English alphabet, from the pictorial drawings of the ancient Egyptians, through the changes to script by trading Phoenicians to the final classical letters of the Greeks and Romans.

Think alphabet books are just for little kids learning their ABCs?  This one will change your mind.  History, art, linguistics and symbology combine to appeal to kindergarteners through adults.  See a picture of an ox evolve into our letter “A”, and “dagger” change to our letter “Z” as our alphabet is born in Egypt and travels around the Middle East to Rome.   Scientists are still trying to figure out what much of ancient language sounded like and meant.  Maybe you will be one of them!

Recommended by: Daniell Wilkins – College Avenue Branch

 

 

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