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Remembering Nelson Mandela

Remembering Nelson Mandela

One day when Nelson Mandela was nine years old, his father died and he was sent from his village to a school far away from home, to another part of South Africa. In Johannesburg, the country’s capital, Mandela saw fellow Africans who were poor and powerless. He decided then that he would work to protect them. When the government began to keep people apart based on the color of their skin, Mandela spoke out against the law and vowed to fight hard in order to make his country a place that belonged to all South Africans.

In this book, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Mandela, a global icon, in poignant verse and glorious illustrations. It is the story of a young boy’s determination to change South Africa and of the struggles of a man who eventually became the president of his country by believing in equality for people of all colors. Readers will be inspired by Mandela’s triumph and his lifelong quest to create a more just world.

Websites:

Books:

Mandela and Truth and Reconciliation Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela and his Struggle for Freedom Long Walk to Freedom
Tree Shaker Nelson Mandela a Lifetime of Persistence Nelson Mandela Mandela the rebel who led his nation to freedom
Release of Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela Who is Nelson Mandela? The Herd Boy

Resources Collected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Trivia Facts and Records

Trivia Facts and Records
  • The solar system is in orbit around the center of the Milky Way.
  • We’re mov¬ing at about 483,000 miles an hour.
  • The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” uses every letter in the alphabet.
  • A ladybug in flight beats its wings up to 85 times per second.

Find facts and trivia about nature, sports, human oddities and more in these books that will make you believe it…or not!

AnimalRecord 101Animal 5000Awesome DinosaurRecord
Outrageous HumanFootprint KidsAlmanac Ripleys
ScholasticKids ExtremeEarth Incredible Strange
QuizWhiz ProBaseball ProBasketball ProFootball
UltimateWeird WeirdTrue2 WeirdTrue3 WeirdTrue4
Guinness TimeKidsAlmanac Awesome

Selected by: Janet Spaulding, Selection Services

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Aerodynamics – Paper Airplanes

Aerodynamics – Paper Airplanes

The Kids' Guide to Paper AirplanesFind More Science Experiments

If you love airplanes, try out some of these paper creations. If you understand how the forces of aerodynamics work, you can make a plane that flies far. In The Kids’ Guide to Paper Airplanes the  directions are really clear with color photographs to help you make the folds correctly. The planes start out easy and get harder and harder as you move through the book. The last plane requires 18 folds! The author even includes some tips for getting these planes to fly far.

What You Need:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Paper Clips

Do you know why paper airplanes fly? They fly because of the forces that affect movement on earth. These forces are thrust, drag, lift and gravity.

Here are some websites that will help you understand aerodynamics and how to make good paper airplanes:

 

Science Rocks! Fly a Dart (page 52) and Fly a Glider (page 53)

Streg Nona: Her Story Super Simple Paper Airplanes Making Paper Airplanes Paper Airplanes

Words to Know:

Lift –  The force that is opposite the weight of an airplane and holds the airplane in the air.
Drag – Air pushing back on the plane as it moves forward.
Thrust – What makes the airplane move forward. This can be a propeller, a jet engine, or your throwing arm.
Gravity – The force that pulls objects back to the earth.
Aerodynamics – Aero means air and dynamics means motion. Aerodynamics  is the study of motion through the air.

Look at NASA: Four Forces on an Airplane for a great diagram and explanation of these aerodynamic forces.

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Staff Pick: Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

Staff Pick: Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

Lincoln's Grave Robbers

Describes how a counterfeiting ring plotted to ransom Lincoln’s body to secure the release of their imprisoned ringleader, and how a fledging Secret Service and an undercover agent conducted a daring election-night sting operation.

Counterfeiting, the Secret Service, and Abraham Lincoln.  Though seeming to have little in common, the connection between these three led to an incredible chain of events in 1875.  When master counterfeiter Benjamin Boyd  is arrested, members of the counterfeiting ring conspire to steal the body of Abraham Lincoln from his resting place and ransom his body for money and demand Boyd freed from prison.  With Secret Service on their heels, the conspirators unknowingly allow a double agent in on the plot, who kept the Secret Service updated every step of the way and ultimately helped bring about the downfall of the conspirators.

            Based on true events, Sheinkin has created a thrilling and suspenseful true crime account for  children that reveals much about the counterfeiting problems that plagued the later part of the 19th century.  Even more, children will be fascinated by the crime-fighting methods of that time, and will be drawn in  by the action and liveliness of the plot.   With just the right amount off factual information woven into the story, readers will find themselves on a rollicking historical ride that won’t stop until the thrilling conclusion.  A must-read for children!  

Recommended by: Emily Chandler, Lawrence Library

 

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Staff Pick: I Feel Better With a Frog in My Throat: History’s Strangest Cures

Staff Pick: I Feel Better With a Frog in My Throat: History’s Strangest Cures

I Feel Better With a Frog in My Throat

It wasn’t too long ago that people tried all sorts of things to help sick people feel better. They tried wild things like drinking a glass full of millipedes or putting some mustard on one’s head. Some of the cures worked, and some of them…well, let’s just say that millipedes, living or dead, are not meant to be ingested.

This is a funny medical mystery tour to discover that while times may have changed, many of today’s most reliable cure-alls have their roots in some very peculiar practices, and so relevant connections can be drawn from what they did then to what we do now.

Feeling sick? Look up remedies in this book but beware! Have a sore throat? Put a necklace made of earthworms around your neck. Have a cough? Eat frog soup. Does honey help a wound? For more cures read: I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat, History’s Strangest Cures. Will you enjoy or be grossed out?

Recommended by: Jackie Hill, Franklin Road Branch Library

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