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Staff Pick: Water Is Water

Staff Pick: Water Is Water

Water Is Water

A spare, poetic picture book exploring the different phases of the water cycle in surprising and engaging ways.

“Water is all around us, especially this summer, right? So how can an author take something so common that it might be dull and show us the wonder in it? With beautiful watercolor illustrations and simple prose, Water is Water shows kids the quiet poetry in the science of what’s right in front of them. The book starts simply with, “Drip. Sip. Pour me a cup. Water is water unless …it heats up. Whirl. Swirl. Watch it curl by. Steam is steam unless…” and meanders through the many forms in which we find water in our world. Kids who like science will like this book but teachers or other adults who want to foster a love of the natural world will find this book a beautiful invitation for preschool through early elementary-age kids to consider the ways that they interact with water, as well as the turning of the seasons. A book about the water cycle could be boring unless it’s Water is Water.”

Recommended by: Shellie Rich – The Learning Curve at Central Library

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Staff Pick: D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths

Staff Pick: D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths

D'Aulaires' book of Norse myths

A collection of Norse myths describing the exploits of the Aesir gods and goddesses, beginning with the creation of the world and ending with the day of reckoning.

“Marvel’s Avengers comics have been around since the 1960s, but in the past few years their popularity has skyrocketed. Everyone I meet has heard of Captain America, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and my favorite character Thor. Thor is from Asgard, a world based on the Norse mythology of my ancestors. D’Aulaires’ Book of Norse Myths is a beautifully illustrated version of these epic stories. All the names you’ll recognize are there; Odin, Frigga, Thor, Heimdall, Loki, Sif, and many more you’ll meet for the first time. These are the stories from which Stan Lee took his inspiration. I promise there is nothing quite like reading the originals.”

Recommended by: Emilie Lynn – East 38th Street Branch Library

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Staff Pick: The Mystery of the Missing Lion

Staff Pick: The Mystery of the Missing Lion

The Mystery of the Missing Lion

Staying with Aunty Bee at a safari camp in the Botswana countryside where a film crew is making a movie about a lion, nine-year-old Precious Ramotswe and her resourceful new friend Khumo use their detective skills to find the movie star lion when he goes missing.

“Lions and hippos and gators! Oh my! Precious Ramotswe is no ordinary girl nor are her adventures. In The Mystery of the Missing Lion: A Precious Ramotswe Mystery for Young Readers, Precious finds herself visiting her Aunt B during a movie shoot in her aunt’s camp. When a lion goes missing from the set Precious must use her extraordinary skills to help find the animal. Will Precious be able to save the day? Or, will she run into more trouble than she can handle? Are you brave enough to find out?”

Recommended by: Kamara McKinney – Spades Park Branch Library

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Staff Pick: TodHunter Moon Book One – PathFinder

Staff Pick: TodHunter Moon Book One – PathFinder

Pathfinder

13-year-old Alice TodHunter Moon goes in search of her friend Ferdie, who has been kidnapped by the malevolent Lady, encountering Septimus Heap, ExtraOrdinary Wizard, and awakening her own Magykal potential.

“For those who enjoyed Magyk and the other books in the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, there is a companion fantasy series about Alice TodHunter Moon – who goes by Tod. The first book in the series is PathFinder.

Tod is part of the PathFinder tribe, and she is beginning to learn something about her heritage as well as the dangerous secret of the PathFinders. Also, Tod and her best friend, Oskar, need to discover what is causing mysterious disappearances among the PathFinders.

For those familiar with the world of Septimus Heap, several of the characters from the earlier books do make an appearance, including Septimus and Jenna. However, this is a fresh start to a new, fun series.”

Recommended by: Keith Dinnage – Haughville Branch Library

 

 

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Staff Pick: Papa’s Mark

Staff Pick: Papa’s Mark

Papa's Mark

After his son helps him learn to write his name, Samuel T. Blow goes to the courthouse in his Southern town to cast his ballot on the first election day ever on which African Americans were allowed to vote. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2006-2007, K-3 Nominee.

Papa’s Mark is a story of determination and history. It is set in in small town called Lamar County during the 1800’s. This would be the first election that the main character Simms father would be allowed to vote. But there is one problem, Simms dad cannot write. He can only mark his signature with an X. Simms is going to help his father learn to write his name by election time. Check out the story Papa’s Mark to see if Simms is successful.

Recommended by: Denyce Malone – Flanner House Branch Library

 

 

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