3/9: New at the library this week
Posted by Laura Haskins - Library Director on March 9, 2012
We’ve got a lot of new books, so we’re splitting our posts this time into several portions. This one will cover the movies and new kids’ books; coming soon will be the adult and teen titles.
Jesse Stone : Sea change
A promise of freedom: An introduction to US history and civics for immigrants : Becoming a US citizen: An overview of naturalization
Inspector Lewis : series 4
The great trans-American train ride
Richard Scarry’s Cars And Trucks: From A To Z / Richard Scarry
This car-and- truck-filled alphabet extravaganza that starts with an ambulance and ends with a zippercar, is shaped like Lowly Worm’s applemobile. (Age Level: 2 and up)
I Love My Dad / Anna Walker
Ollie the zebra loves so many things, but he especially loves his mom and his dad! Just in time for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Ollie celebrates all the wonderful things he loves about each of his parents. (Age Level: 2 and up)
I Love My Mom / Anna Walker
Ollie and his mom
look and talk,
and giggle and walk. (Age Level: 2 and up)
I Love To Sing / Anna Walker
Ollie loves to sing in his bed or in the park. He loves to sing with his dog, Fred. (Age Level: 2 and up)
I Love To Dance / Anna Walker
And Ollie just loves to dance! He loves to dance in his room and in the leaves-and of course he loves to dance with Fred, too. (Age Level: 2 and up)
Max Drives Away / Rosemary Wells
Cut in the shape of Rosemary Well’s beloved bunny siblings and filled with simple text and colorful illustrations on every page. (Age Level: 2 and up)
What Makes Day And Night / Franklyn Mansfield Branley
Accompanied by NASA photographs and Dorros’s colorful, lively drawings, the text explains the Earth’s rotation in clear and simple terms. An experiment using a lamp as the ‘sun’ further clarifies the principles introduced. (Age Level: 5 and up)
The Skeleton Inside You / Philip Balestrino
Your skeleton helps you leap, somersault, and touch your toes — without it, you would be as floppy as a beanbag! There are over 200 bones living and growing inside you that make up your skeleton. There are also ligaments and joints that hold your bones together, and cartilage in your bendable parts like your ears and your nose. Learn all about what a skeleton can do — because this isn’t some make-believe Halloween skeleton, this is the real skeleton inside you. (Age Level: 5 and up)
What’s Alive? / Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
How to tell the difference between living and nonliving things—an essential first skill in scientific sorting and classifying—is explored with hands-on activities and colorful diagrams. (Age Level: 3 and up)
The Little Train / Lois Lenski
In this adventure, Engineer Small drives his little train from Tinytown to the city-and back. Along the way, the little train passes tunnels and stops at stations to pick up cargo and passengers. (Age Level: 5 and up)
Over And Under The Snow / Kate Messner
Over the snow, the world is hushed and white.
But under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals who live through the winter, safe and warm. (Age Level: 1 and up)
The Pout-pout Fish / Deborah Diesen
Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading “dreary wearies” isn’t really his destiny. Bright ocean colors and playful rhyme come together in this fun fish story that’s sure to turn even the poutiest of frowns upside down. (Age Level: 3 and up)
I’m A Shark! / Bob Shea
Shark’s not afraid of anything.
A big mean bear?
Don’t make him laugh!
But there is one thing that even Shark fears. . . . Can you guess what it is?
(Age Level: 3 and up)
The Rose Fairy Princess / Katharine Holabird
Angelina is so excited that Miss Lilly has given her the part of the Rose Fairy Princess in the new ballet—until she finds out she needs to fly across the stage dangling from a single wire! Angelina is terrified, but she knows the show must go on. So Angelina and Alice secretly decide to send Alice soaring across the stage in Angelina’s place. Will their plan work? (Age Level: 3 and up)
Two Little Trains / Margaret Wise Brown
Two trains are heading West. One is a shiny train, moving fast. The other Is an old train, moving not so fast. What can they have in common? Much more than you think! (Age Level: 3 and up)
I Love Trains! / Philemon Sturges
A train is passing by! A young boy watches in delight from his window as it rumbles and roars past. Each of the cars is carrying something interesting, but his favourite car is the last one – it carries something extra special! (Age Level: 3 and up)
Big Book Of Trains / National Railway Museum
Features more than 50 of the world’s most amazing trains, from the Bullet train-the fastest-and the Rocket-the oldest-to the Trans-Siberian Express, the longest scheduled train. Explained in simple language and packed with enough fascinating facts to satisfy every avid young enthusiast. Stunning, specially commissioned photos are reproduced in large format. Detailed annotation highlights the unique features of each example from this incredible international collection. (Age Level: 5 and up0
Nerd Camp / Elissa Brent Weissman
Ten-year-old Gabe has just been accepted to the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment. That means he’ll be spending six weeks at sleepaway camp, writing poetry and perfecting logic proofs. SCGE has been a summer home of some legendary middle-school smarty-pants (and future Jeopardy! contestants), but it also has a reputation for being, well, a nerd camp. Gabe isn’t a nerd. Is he? He’s never thought about it much, but compared to Zack, his hip, soon-to-be-stepbrother from LA, Gabe’s not so sure where he falls on the cool scale. A wild summer at camp—complete with a midnight canoe ride to Dead Man’s Island—helps Gabe realize that he and Zack may be different, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be brothers…and friends. (Age Level: 8 and up)
The Buddy Files Bk 1: The Case Of The Lost Boy / Dori Hillestad Butler
“My name is King. I am a dog. I am also a detective.”
King has a very big mystery to solve. His family is missing, and he’s been put in the P-O-U-N-D. Why doesn’t his beloved human (Kayla) come to get him? When King is adopted by Connor and his mom, things get more confusing. The new family calls him Buddy!
And just as Connor and Buddy start to get acquainted, Connor disappears! Buddy (aka King) has big problems to solve, but with some help from his friend Mouse (a very large dog) and the mysterious cat with no name, he shows what a smart, brave dog can do. (Age range: 7 – 9 Years)
Zita The Spacegirl / Ben Hatke
When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don’t even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita’s quest. (Age Level: 8 and up)
The Secret Of Saying Thanks / Douglas Wood
Perhaps you’d like to know a secret, one of the happiest ones of all.
You will surely find it for yourself one day.
You’ll discover it all on your own, maybe when you least expect it. If you’ve not yet discovered the secret of saying thanks, it’s waiting for you. The secret can be found in the sunrise that offers promises full for the day ahead, or in the gentle shade of a tree sheltering you from the hot rays of the sun, or on the rock that offers rest from a long walk. (Age Level: 3 and up)
The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book: Boil Ice, Float Water, Measure Gravity- Challenge The World Around You! / Tom Robinson
Science has never been so easy – or so much fun! With The Everything Kids’ Science Experiments Book, all you need to do is gather a few household items and you can recreate dozens of mind-blowing, kid-tested science experiments. High school science teach Tom Robinson shows you how to expand your scientific horizons – from biology to chemistry to physics to outer space.
You’ll discover answers to questions like:
Is it possible to blow up a balloon without actually blowing into it?
What is inside coins?
Can a magnet ever be “turned off”?
Do toilets always flush in the same direction?
Can a swimming pool be cleaned with just the breath of one person?
Get ready to enter the laboratory and learn how to conduct cool experiments, understand scientific terms like “photosynthesis,” and know fun facts like how many latex balloons per day can be made from a rubber tree. Each section has a great science fair project, complete with all the details you need to wow your teachers and friends. (Age Level: 8 and up)
Amazing Sharks! / Sarah L. Thomson
Did you know that some sharks can . . .
glow in the dark!
grow to be as long as a fire truck!
lose thousands of teeth during their lives!
feel electricity in the water!
(Age Level: 4 and up)
The Three Little Fish And The Big Bad Shark / Ken Geist
Mama tells her three little fish that it’s time to make their own homes. Jim builds his house of seaweed, but the big bad shark munches it up. Tim builds his house of sand, but the shark crunches it up. It’s smart Kim who sets up house in an old sunken ship! (Age Level: 4 and up)
Fish Is Fish / Leo Lionni
Two best friends, a minnow and a tadpole, are practically inseparable until the tadpole grows legs and decides to explore the world beyond the pond. When the tadpole, now a frog, returns to tell his friend of the extraordinary things he’s seen, the minnow, now a fish, tries to follow in his footsteps, but quickly finds that land is not what he expected. Friendship truly saves the day in this imaginative tale of a fish out of water. (Age Level: 6 and up)
I Feel Better With A Frog In My Throat: History’s Strangest Cures / Carlyn Beccia
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.
Carlyn Beccia takes readers on a colorful and 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.
(Age Level: 6 and up0
How Groundhog’s Garden Grew / Lynne Cherry
Little Groundhog, in trouble for stealing from his friends’ gardens, is taught by Squirrel to grow his very own. From seed-gathering to planting, harvesting, and eating home-grown fruits and vegetables, children join Little Groundhog in learning about the gardening process. At the end, Little Groundhog invites his animal friends to a Thanksgiving harvest feast.
Beautiful illustrations and thorough research on plants and insects make this sweet story an engrossing read, as well as a great picture-book introduction to how plants grow. (Age Level: 4 and up )
Arthur’s Dream Boat / Polly Dunbar
One night, Arthur has an amazing dream about a pink and green boat with a striped mast and a beautiful figurehead. He can’t wait to tell his family about it! But when he tries, no one (not even the dog) is interested in listening. In fact, they don’t even notice when the very same boat gradually appears on his head, growing larger and larger by the minute! Soon Arthur is bouncing over the waves in his very own dream boat. Maybe now his family will listen to him! (Age Level: 2 and up0
The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens Of A Tale / Carmen Agra Deedy
Skilley, an alley cat with an embarrassing secret, longs to escape his hard life dodging fishwives brooms and carriage wheels and trade his damp alley for the warmth of the Cheshire Cheese Inn. When he learns that the innkeeper is looking for a new mouser, Skilley comes up with an audacious scheme to install himself in the famous tavern. Once established in the inn, Skilley strikes a bargain with Pip, the intelligent mouse-resident, and his fellow mice. Skilley protects the mice and the mice in turn give to Skilley the delectable Cheshire cheese of the inn. Thus begins a most unlikely alliance and friendship. The cat and mouse design a plan to restore Maldwyn wounded raven and faithful guard in the service of Queen Victoria to his rightful place in The Tower, but first they must contend with a tyrannical cook, a mouse-despising barmaid, and an evil tomcat named Pinch. Will the famous author suffering from serious writer s block who visits the Cheshire Cheese pub each day be able to help? (Age Level: 10 and up)
Ship Of Dreams / Dean Morrissey
Sailing off into the night sky in his “Redd Rocket” wagon to meet the Sandman, Joey experiences a grand adventure and heart-stopping rescue, discovering the Sandman’s amazing ship and all of its wondrous secrets. (Kindergarten-Grade 3)
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