As diverse subjects of Wrenly gather from far and wide to participate in the kingdom’s Grand Tournament, a rude squire declares that girls cannot be knights, which makes Clara determined to prove that she can be anything she wants as long as she works hard enough for it.
“If you like stories with Knights, dragons, mermaids, and horses this may be a book for you. The kingdom of Wrenly is preparing for their Grand Tournament. Prince Lucas and his friend Clara are excitedly preparing for the games. Clara wants to enter the horse race at the grand Tournament and Prince Lucas encourages her to try. Squire Gilbert tells Clara that girls can’t be knights because knights are boys. This makes Clara very upset and she is more determined than ever to enter the horse race. You will need to read the book to find out if Clara wins the race and if she really wants to be a knight.
The Kingdom of Wrenly is a series of eight books. This book is number seven. This is a great beginning chapter book for ages 5-8. The graphic cartoon illustrations make the book fun and engaging.”
Recommended by: Tamera Coolman – Fountain Square Library
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Typically in October, Star Wars Reads Day is an annual event that gets the whole country reading about the Star Wars Universe, all on the same day. But you don’t have to wait for a special day, you can have reading adventures with your favorite Star Wars characters EVERY day. There are picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, music files, craft books and more.
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Han Solo in Carbonite – This replica of the original Han Solo prop was made from the actual molds created for the Star Wars films. In The Empire Strikes Back, the character Han Solowas captured by bounty hunter Boba Fett. Solo was flash-frozen in carbonite-alive, yet entombed. He hung as a trophy on Jabba the Hutt’s wall until being rescuedby his Rebel friends in the film, Return of the Jedi.
Star Wars Millenium Falcon & Two Figures – Never tell me the odds! could well be Han Solo’s motto. Not the fresh faced hero of George Lucas’ film, Lucas considered Han Solo “a loner who realizes the importance of being part of a group and helping for the common good.” From smuggler to general for the rebel alliance, Solo along with fellow adventurer Chewbacca formed a team in the classic tale of good versus evil which blended the best of old-fashioned cliffhangers and science fiction with groundbreaking special effects. This 1981 toy Millennium Falcon was made by Kenner. Toys released after Star Wars in 1977 launched the trend of “mega-marketing” major movies with products. A new generation of fans discovered the Star Wars series with the release of episodes I, II, and III between 1999 and 2005.
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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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