Mar 20, 2008

new books for kids, 3.20.08

Nodosaurus: and other dinosaurs of the East Coast
When dinosaurs first appeared, the lands of North America and Europe were much different. The continents and oceans were changing. See how dinosaurs lived similarly to today's animals in this evolving region.

Windy Days
Your budding meteorologists will be excited to learn where the wind comes from in this informative book.

Mammoth Cave: the world's longest cave system, Brad Burnham
The earliest explorers of this cave lived almost 4,000 years ago! Students will learn all about how this cave was formed, and all the other fun and exciting things to do at Mammoth Cave National Park. Imagine how excited they will be to learn that while the explored caves of Mammoth extend for more than 350 miles, there are still 600 miles of unexplored caves yet to be revealed.

Take on a Walk on a Rainbow, Miriam Moss
Explore the natural world through simple text and friendly watercolor illustrations that explain beginning science concepts. These books are the perfect way for young readers to take a first look at the science around them. Enjoy the changing seasons through a year in the city. Step on to a rainbow and join Tracy and Grandpa as they explore a dazzling world of color in the world around them.

The Great Smelly, Slobbery, Small-Tooth Dog: A Folktale from Great Britain, Margaret Read MacDonald
A rich man is rescued from harm by a smelly, slobbery dog. As a reward, he asks for the man's beautiful daughter. In this tale from England, Margaret Read MacDonald puts a new spin on the classic story, Beauty and the Beast.

The Fisherman and His Wife: A Retelling of the Grimms' Fairy Tale, Eric Blair
Talk about a special fish--this one can grant wishes! The fisherman doesn't really want to ask for anything, but his wife does! See if she gets her wishes.

for more information about these and other books for kids, search the library catalog >

The Down-to-Earth Guide to Global Warming, by Laurie David and Cambria Gordon
The authors estimate that 1.2 billion kids between the ages of eight and sixteen live on Earth, each contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. 'Your carbon footprint comes from normal, everyday activities like using your computer, turning on the light in your bedroom, taking a bath (heating water uses energy!), and riding in a bus or car to school.' But rather than play the blame game, the book examines the climate crisis and recommends taking action by recycling, carpooling, starting 'no-waste' policies in cafeterias (watch those juice boxes) and monitoring the efficiency of home and school appliances — things a young reader can do right away.

Heroes for Civil Rights, David Adler
Whether marching, speaking, or simply enjoying going to school, these brave men and women fought to advance social justice so that others could enjoy their rights.

How to Deal With Jealousy, Jonathan Kravetz
This thoughtful book deals with the jealousy that students sometimes face and provides practical advice for coping with it.

Abby's Birds, Ellen Scwartz
When she befriends her elderly Japanese neighbor, Mrs. Naka, Abby learns how to make origami birds, which comes in handy when her new friend has an accident and is in need of comfort.

Ibby's Magic Weekend, Heather Dyer
When straight-arrow Ibby visits her two troublemaking cousins in their chaotic country house, she learns of an old box of magic tricks they found hidden in the attic. Ibby thinks magic is nothing but sleight of hand...until her cousin Francis shrinks to the size of her thumb! The trio gets into all sorts of hijinks, from levitating to turning invisible. Then they uncover the mystery of Uncle Godfrey, a professional magician who disappeared years ago. After some sleuthing, the kids decide Godfrey's Vanishing Act must have gone wrong. Now it's up to Ibby to be the magician-- and find him!

David Ortiz: baseball star, Mary Ann Hoffman
A biography of a powerful slugger with the Boston Red Sox who is from the Dominican Republic.

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