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10/4: New at the library this week

Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on October 4, 2008


Real ponies don’t go oink! / Patrick F. McManus (cassette)
“True-life” tales of man against nature in a collection sure to entertain the most hard-to-please listener.

Radio broadcasts

Sam Spade, private eye (cassette)
The falcon : Daring detective Michael Waring (cassette)
Murder at midnight (cassette)


Peter Puffin’s wild ride : Cruising Alaska’s currents / Libby Hatton
Join Pete Puffin on his wild ride cruising Alaska’s currents with this colorfully illustrated children’s book. A young boy comes to Alaska on a family vacation, bringing with him his favorite toy, Pete Puffin, a wooden puffin carved by his grandfather. In an exciting moment at sea, the toy slips through the boy’s fingers off the side of the cruise ship.

In the main storyline, Pete recounts his wild ride cruising Alaska’s currents. A secondary storyline comes from the boy, Eddy, writing postcards to his grandfather. Woven throughout are educational themes about the ocean and its animals, currents, and health. The book also includes nine flip-over postcards, adding an element of interactivity to engage youngsters.

Happy Halloween, Curious George / N. T. Raymond
Halloween is here, and Curious George is getting ready for the big night. There are so many costumes to try on, treats to share, and games to play! George has so much Halloween fun picking out the perfect pumpkin, decorating his house, and celebrating with his friends that he’s not sure he’s ready for the day to end. Follow the little monkey through his fun-filled day with this book of poems.

Maisy’s Halloween / Lucy Cousins
Maisy is invited to a Halloween party, but what should she wear? It’s a good thing she has a trunkful of dress-ups to choose from. Will her friends Charley, Eddie, Cyril, and Tallulah each find a costume as perfect as hers? (Age Range: For infants or children in preschool)

Where is Baby’s pumpkin? / Karen Katz
It’s Halloween, but Baby can’t go trick-or-treating until she finds her special pumpkin! Lift the flaps to reveal sparkly, spooky surprises, and join Baby as she gets ready for a fun-filled, hide-and-seek, touch-and-feel adventure. (Age Range: For infants or children in preschool)

10 trick-or-treaters : A Halloween counting book / Janet Schulman
Little do these ten trick-or-treaters know that they are the ones who will be frightened on Halloween night when a toad hops near, a skeleton tries to join their dance party, and a monster asks to share their candy. (Age Range: 3 to 8)

Pooh’s happy Halloween / Ann Braybooks
Watch out for scary heffalumps! Come along for some adventure when Pooh and Piglet get in the Halloween spirit with a fun and spooky night of trick-or-treating. (Age Range: 5 to 8)

The witch who was afraid of witches / Alice Low
Wendy is a little witch who is afraid of her mean, bossy witch sisters–until one special Halloween night when she makes a magical discovery and outwitches her older sisters. (Age Range: 6 to 8)

Boo….and I Mean It! / Barbara Park
Halloween with Junie B. has got to be a scream! Get ready for a “Halloweenie” adventure with the world’s funniest first grader! (Age Range: 6 to 9)

The Halloween tree / Ray Bradbury
Eight costumed boys running to meet their friend Pipkin at the haunted house outside town encounter instead the huge and cadaverous Mr. Moundshroud. As Pipkin scrambles to join them, he is swept away by a dark Something, and Moundshroud leads the boys on the tail of a kite through time and space to search the past for their friend and the meaning of Halloween. After witnessing a funeral procession in ancient Egypt, cavemen discovering fire, Druid rites, the persecution of witches in the Dark Ages, and the gargoyles of Notre Dame, they catch up with the elusive Pipkin in the catacombs of Mexico, where each boy gives one year from the end of his life to save Pipkin’s. (Age Range: Young Adult)

The winter lodge / Susan Wiggs
On the longest night of the year, Jenny Majesky loses everything in a devastating house fire. But among the ashes she finds an unusual treasure hidden amid her grandfather’s belongings, one that starts her on a search for the truth, and on a path toward a life that she never imagined. The Winter Lodge, a remote cabin owned by her half sister on the shores of Willow Lake, becomes a safe refuge for Jenny, where she and local police chief Rourke McKnight try to sort out the mysteries revealed by the fire. (read an exerpt)

The firecracker boys / Dan O’Neill
In 1958, Edward Teller, father of the H-bomb, unveiled his plan to detonate six nuclear bombs off the Alaskan coast to create a new harbor. However, the plan was blocked by a handful of Eskimos and biologists who succeeded in preventing massive nuclear devastation potentially far greater than that of the Chernobyl blast. The Firecracker Boys is a story of the U.S. government’s arrogance and deception, and the brave people who fought against it-launching America’s environmental movement.

Founding mothers : The women who raised our nation / Cokie Roberts
While the “fathers” were off founding the country, what were the women doing? Running their husband’s businesses, raising their children plus providing political information and advice. At least that’s what Abigail Adams did for John, starting when he went off to the Continental Congress, which eventually declared the independence of the American colonies from the British. While the men were writing the rebellious words, the women were living the revolution, with the Redcoats on their doorsteps. John’s advice to Abigail as the soldiers approached Braintree: if necessary “fly to the woods with our children.” That was it, she was on her own, as she was for most of the next ten years while Adams represented the newly independent nation abroad.
Abigail Adams is the best known of the women who influenced the founders, but there are many more, starting with Martha Washington, who once referred to herself as a
“prisoner of state” for the constraints placed on her as the first First Lady. And there are women like Esther Reed, married to the president of Pennsylvania, who, with Benjamin Franklin’s daughter Sarah Bache, organized a drive to raise money for Washington’s troops at Valley Forge.
This will be the story of some of those women, as learned through their seldom seen letters and diaries, and the letters from the men to them. It will be a story of the beginnings of the nation as viewed from the distaff side. (read a sample chapter)

Ladies of liberty : the women who shaped our nation / Cokie Roberts
Recounted with the insight and humor of an expert storyteller and drawing on personal correspondence, private journals, and other primary sources—many of them previously unpublished—Roberts brings to life the extraordinary accomplishments of women who laid the groundwork for a better society. Almost every quotation here is written by a woman, to a woman, or about a woman. From first ladies to freethinkers, educators to explorers, this exceptional group includes Abigail Adams, Margaret Bayard Smith, Martha Jefferson, Dolley Madison, Elizabeth Monroe, Louisa Catherine Adams, Eliza Hamilton, Theodosia Burr, Rebecca Gratz, Louisa Livingston, Rosalie Calvert, Sacajawea, and others. In a much-needed addition to the shelves of Founding Father literature, Roberts sheds new light on the generation of heroines, reformers, and visionaries who helped shape our nation, giving these ladies of liberty the recognition they so greatly deserve. (read a sample chapter)

Miracle foods : more fruits, more veggies / Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers annual recipes for success 2001 / Weight Watchers

New diabetic cookbook / Better Homes and Gardens
For anyone with diabetes, it is reassuring to know that the future gets brighter every day for managing the condition. You are the star player on your treatment team. In fact you have the most important role in managing your diabetes to live a long, healthy, and productive life.

To help you succeed in this role, this book is filled with delicious recipes that prove you can still eat great-tasting food while managing blood sugar levels. Best of all the recipes are healthful, everyday family fare. Main dishes, side dishes, snacks, desserts, and more–there are recipes for all tastes and occasions.

The Alaska pen : an illustrated history of Unga / Thor Lauritzen
Drawn from the monthly school newspaper published in the small island village off Kodiak from 1934 to 1951.

[Note: All synopses are provided by the publisher unless otherwise noted and do not constitute reviews by the Seldovia Public Library.]


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