5/19: New at the library this week
Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on May 19, 2011
Plainsong / Kent Haruf
In the small town of Holt, Colorado, a high school teacher is confronted with raising his two boys alone after their mother retreats first to the bedroom, then altogether. A teenage girl — her father long since disappeared, her mother unwilling to have her in the house — is pregnant, alone herself, with nowhere to go. And out in the country, two brothers, elderly bachelors, work the family homestead, the only world they’ve ever known. (read a sample chapter)
When we were orphans / Kazuo Ishiguro
Christopher Banks, an English boy born in early-20th-century Shanghai, is orphaned at age nine when both his mother and father disappear under suspicious circumstances. He grows up to become a renowned detective, and more than 20 years later, returns to Shanghai to solve the mystery of the disappearances. (read a sample chapter)
The lost symbol / Dan Brown
As the story opens, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned unexpectedly to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol Building. Within minutes of his arrival, however, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object–artfully encoded with five symbols–is discovered in the Capitol Building. Langdon recognizes the object as an ancient invitation . . . one meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of esoteric wisdom.
When Langdon’s beloved mentor, Peter Solomon–a prominent Mason and philanthropist–is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realizes his only hope of saving Peter is to accept this mystical invitation and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon is instantly plunged into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and never-before-seen locations–all of which seem to be dragging him toward a single, inconceivable truth. (Robert Langdon Series , #3 ; read an excerpt)
Mexico / James A. Michener
Here is the story of an American journalist who travels to Mexico to report on the upcoming duel between two great matadors, but who is ultimately swept up in the dramatic story of his Mexican ancestors. From the brutality and brilliance of the ancients, to the iron fist of the invading Spaniards, to the modern-day Mexicans battling through dust and bloodshed to build a nation upon the ashes of revolution.
Fancy Nancy : Aspiring Artist / Jane O’Connor
It’s spring vacation, and Nancy is feeling glum because her best friend, Bree, is out of town. Luckily, it’s Nancy’s mom to the rescue! When she brings home a brand-new set of glitter markers, Nancy puts her trademark flair to trÈs creative use and devotes herself to becoming a serious artist (or artiste, as the French say). After all, everything about being an artist is fancy, fancy, fancy—especially when inspiration strikes! (Age Range: 4 to 8)
Wherever you are : My love will find you / Nancy Tillman
Love is the greatest gift we have to give our children. It’s the one thing they can carry with them each and every day.
If love could take shape it might look something like these heartfelt words and images from the inimitable Nancy Tillman. Here is a book to share with your loved ones, no matter how near or far, young or old, they are. (Age Range: 4 to 8)
Pinkalicious / Victoria Kann
Pink, pink, pink. More than anything, Pinkalicious loves pink, especially pink cupcakes. Her parents warn her not to eat too many of them, but when Pinkalicious does . . . she turns pink! What to do?
This sparkling picture book, filled with such favorites as pink bubble gum, pink peonies, pink cotton candy, and pink fairy princess dresses, celebrates all things pink while showing that being yourself is best of all. (Age Range: For infants or children in preschool)
Silverlicious / Victoria Kann
When Pinkalicious loses a tooth, it’s not just any tooth—it’s her sweet tooth! Suddenly candy no longer tastes sweet! With her pinkatastic pen, Pinkalicious writes a note to the Tooth Fairy and tucks it under her pillow . . . only to hear from Cupid, the Easter Bunny, and a Christmas elf instead. It is not until the Tooth Fairy finally responds—and works some magic—that Pinkalicious discovers where sweetness really comes from. (Age Range: For infants or children in preschool)
I must have Bobo / Eileen Rosenthal
When Willy woke up there was trouble. Where was Bobo? Willy needs Bobo. But, Earl the cat likes Bobo, too. A favorite toy is hard to share…even when it’s a sock monkey. With sparse text and a modern-nostalgic vibe, this retro-fun book about friends (sock monkeys) and frenemies (devious cats) is an ode to favorite toys everywhere. Oh, Earl! Leave Bobo alone. (Age Range: 3 to 6)
Won Ton : A cat tale told in Haiku / Lee Wardlaw
Nice place they got here.
Bed. Bowl. Blankie. Just like home!
Or so I’ve been told.
Yawn. I pretend not to care.
Yet — I sneak a peek.
So begins this beguiling tale of a wary shelter cat and the boy who takes him home.
Sometimes funny, sometimes touching, this adoption story, told entirely in haiku, is unforgettable. (Age Range: 4 to 8)
Mommy hugs / Karen Katz
Mommy and Baby can now count and cuddle as they hug and read about Baby’s day of fun in this book ideal for even the youngest reader! (Age Range: For infants or children in preschool)
Dogku / Andrew Clements
A tale in haiku
of one adorable dog.
Let’s find him a home (Age Range: 4 to 8)
We are extremely very good recyclers / Lauren Child
After Charlie convinces Lola to recycle her old toys instead of throwing them away, Lola discovers a recycling competition. If she can recycle one hundred plastic, metal, and paper items, she can get her very own real live tree to plant. But she only has two weeks, so Lola decides to ask her classmates to help. They turn out to be extremely very good recyclers indeed. (Age Range: For infants or children in preschool)
Ladybug girl and bumblebee boy / David Soman
At the playground, Lulu asks her friend Sam if he wants to play with her. Sam likes Diggers, while Lulu thinks Monkeys is the best game. Sam suggests playing under the castle, but Lulu knows that the top is the most fun. They just can’t agree! And then Lulu asks, “Have you ever played Ladybug Girl?”
As Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, Lulu and Sam save the playground from hairy monsters and big mean robots, and have their very own parade on the bouncy dinosaurs. They figure out that when they work together, they can create fun games that they both like to play. (Age Range: 3 to 7)
The queen of France / Tim Wadham
When Rose wakes up one morning feeling royal, she dons her necklaces, bracelets, and crown. Soon the Queen of France emerges to survey her domain, disapproving of Rose’s mother’s thorny gardening choices and asking Rose’s father where the Royal Physician may be found. The odd thing is, when Rose returns to look for the Queen of France, she’s nowhere to be seen. And when the imperious queen comes back, she’s curious to know what Rose’s parents would think if she traded places with their little girl? (Age Range: 4 to 8)
We planted a tree / Diane Muldrow
We planted a tree and it grew up,
While it reached for the sky and the sun. . . .
In this simple poem illustrated by award winner Bob Staake, two young families in two very different parts of the world plant a tree. As the trees flourish, so do the families . . . while trees all over the world help clean the air, enrich the soil, and give fruit and shade. (Age Range: 5 to 8)
Dinosaurs everywhere! / Carol Harrison
Vibrant, realistic illustrations show dinosaurs crashing their horns together, living and traveling in herds, and caring for their young. This simple introduction also includes facts on fossils, dinosaur footprints, and the people who look for them. (Age Range: 4 to 8)
Having our say : the Delany sisters’ first 100 years / Sarah Louise Delany
Warm, feisty, and intelligent, the Delany sisters speak their mind in a book that is at once a vital historical record and a moving portrait of two remarkable women who continued to love, laugh, and embrace life after over a hundred years of living side by side.
Their sharp memories show us the post-Reconstruction South and Booker T. Washington; Harlem’s Golden Age and Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Paul Robeson. Bessie breaks barriers to become a dentist; Sadie quietly integrates the New York City system as a high school teacher. Their extraordinary story makes an important contribution to our nation’s heritage—and an indelible impression on our lives.
The care and repair of small marine diesels / Chris Thompson
An invaluable handbook of basic care and advanced servicing of marine diesel engines up to 150 hp. Any owner reading this will gain a better understanding of his engine, and will improve his ability to cope with any problems that may arise. The book is clearly illustrated throughout, and well-known brands of engines are used as guides.
[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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