Archive for November, 2008

The Ugly Vegetables

Thursday, November 27th, 2008
written and illustrated by Grace Lin
A young Chinese-American girl helps her mother plant seeds in their garden. But unlike all of her neighbors with beautiful flower gardens, their garden produces only ugly vegetables. When harvest time arrives, however, she comes to realize her crop’s real value. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Children: the Challenge

Monday, November 24th, 2008
by Rudolph Dreikurs
Dreikurs work has become a classic within the field of child psychology. Written from the premise that American families have become a microcosm of democratic society, he uses step-by-step guidelines and practical examples of how to deal with children’s misbehavior by building cooperation, trust, and respect. He also includes suggestions for building strong relationships among family members so as to avoid behavior pitfalls. This is a must-read for every new parent!

Bridge to Terabithia

Thursday, November 20th, 2008
by Katherine Paterson, illustrated by Donna Diamond
A masterpiece among juvenile fiction, the story invites us into the life of young Jess Aarons as he discovers a new friend in Leslie Burke. Together, he and Leslie transform a secret place in the woods behind their homes into the enchanted land of Terabithia, where they reign as king and queen. As the story unfolds, Leslie helps Jess discover not only the magic of friendship, but also the magic within himself. Winner of the Newbery Medal, 1978. Recommended for ages 9-12.

The Rain Came Down

Monday, November 17th, 2008
written and illustrated by David Shannon
On Saturday morning, the rain came down. It made the chickens squawk. The cat yowled at the chickens, and the dog barked at the cat. Each cause and effect leads up to a huge, noisy, bickering mess . . . until the sun comes out. Shannon’s distinct illustrations keep readers hooked from start to finish. Recommended for ages 4-8.

Bud, Not Buddy

Thursday, November 13th, 2008
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Bud is 10-year-old African-American orphan in Depression-era Michigan. Fed up with the cruel treatment he receives as a foster child, he decides to run away and find his long lost father, or at least, the man he believes is his father –the famous jazz musician Herman E. Calloway. Join Bud on his adventure to freedom, fortune, and family! Curtis’ writing is both hilarious and touching. Winner of the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award, this book deserves all the praise it has received. Recommended for ages 9-12.

The Frog in the Well

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
retold by Irene Y. Tsai, Chinese translation by Joyce Lin, illustrated by Pattie Caprio
A delightfully simple retelling of the Chinese idiom, the frog in the well is king of his watery little kingdom. But one day, a sea turtle comes along and tells him of the wonders the sea holds. Suddenly, the frog realizes that his world of experience is very limited. Written in both English and Chinese, this book is a wonderful introduction to new speakers of either language.