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Get Real! A Non-Fiction Video Book Review

This month, Sarah shares a great edition of the Just So Stories, by Rudyard Kipling, with new illustrations by Ian Wallace.

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Richard Scarry’s The Best Lowly Worm Book Ever!

Richard Scarry’s The Best Lowly Worm Book Ever!Holiday gift buying season and Richard Scarry is a safe choice, but for good reason. When I started my Library career it was during a time when most of Scarry’s work was out of print. Libraries were holding on to tattered copies of Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever, Busy Town, Busy People and Busy, Busy World Book and the like because although the books may not have been purchased in a while, people were still sharing them with their children. Finally, someone figured out that these well- loved copies of Richard Scarry books were not enough. New people were being born, needing an introduction to the world from Huckle the Cat, Bananas Gorilla, and Lowly Worm. So recently, much of Scarry’s book has been put back into print.

The Best of Lowly Worm is actually a new addition to the Scarry canon that Scarry’s son completed after finding the start of the book in Scarry’s unfinished works. In true Scarry fashion, the pages are packed with details, each double page spread featuring another concept important to early childhood development including counting, letters and getting dressed. Children and adults will love looking at the pages many times over, watching new subplots unfold with every viewing among the characters and situations featured in this book. Scarry’s books are a perfect way to introduce young preschoolers to new vocabulary as they will find the art so appealing, they won’t be able to stop looking and wondering at all of the new words and situations.

Pick up some of Richard Scarry’s work at the Library, choose your favorite and buy it for the young child in your life to keep this classic children’s illustrator’s books alive and well on your shelves at home and in the Library.

Posted by: Kelly

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Get Real! A Non-Fiction Video Book Review

This month, Kelly shares the book Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems, by Patrick J. Lewis:

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Get Real! A Non-Fiction Video Book Review

This month, Sarah shares the book 13 Art Illusions Children Should Know by Silke Vry: it’s a fun and fascinating look at classical–and modern!–art.

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W is for Wrigley by Brad Herzog

W is for WrigleyIt’s October. The leaves have changed, pumpkins and witches festoon windows, geese are honking overhead and in Chicago, as usual, the lights are out in Wrigley Field. There’s always “next year” if you’re a Chicagoan, especially if you “root, root, root for the Cubbies.”

Unlike other years however, when next year, 2014, rolls around, Cubs fans—and all Chicagoans—will finally, actually, have something to celebrate. The team may be as woeful as ever but, their ballpark, Wrigley Field, which has amazing stories to tell, will reach an historic mark. Wrigley Field will celebrate 100 years in 2014. That’s quite an achievement.

In W is for Wrigley, Brad Herzog brilliantly delineates, in alphabetical fashion, why, even if the teams are lackluster, Wrigley Field is a shining example of all that baseball has been and can be. Wrigley, the oldest park still operating, is known, of course, as a baseball mecca but has also served as a home to 50 seasons of Bears football, boxing matches and even hockey. It’s played a part in some of sports biggest moments—including Babe Ruth’s famous “called shot.”

Beginning with “A is for an amazing ballpark, an address on Addison Street” to “Z is for Zachary Taylor Davis” each page is crammed with clever rhymes and intriguing details that will entertain and inform enthusiasts both young and old. Herzog’s obvious keenness for his subject reveals the true feelings, win or lose, about Chicago baseball and it’s very special place in the hearts and minds of the fans who “bleed Cubbie blue.” The amazing illustrations by John Hanley cover every page and somehow manage to combine at the same time, a feeling of both dreamy nostalgia and up-to-the minute reality. Anyone who enjoys baseball will enjoy W is for Wrigley. If you’re a true Cubs fan, it will most likely find a hallowed place on your bedside table. Sweet dreams Cubs fans, next year will be your year.

Posted by: Eileen

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Get Real! A Non-Fiction Video Book Review

Our book of the month is The Many Faces of George Washington by Carla Killoug McClafferty.

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Get Real! A Non-Fiction Video Book Review

Today, Sarah shares the book Brother William’s Year by Jan Pancheri.

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