Archive for February, 2009

Hello! Good-bye!

Saturday, February 21st, 2009
written and illustrated by Aliki
“Hello” and “good-bye” are such common words, they are often taken for granted. Aliki, however, presents a fresh look at greetings and partings with all of their attendant meanings. The text and pictures go hand-in-hand to simply and humorously represent potentially complex ideas to young children. Recommended for ages 3-8.

The Borrowers

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
by Mary Norton
The six-inch high Clock family lives under the floorboards of the kitchen and makes a living “borrowing” things from the humans that live above them. The worst possible thing that could happen happens when the daughter, Arrietty, is seen by a human boy. The two strike up an unusual friendship, and the family soon learns to trust him. But even the best of intentions go awry when the housekeeper starts noticing things gone missing. Recommended for ages 8-12.

Peter’s Chair

Friday, February 13th, 2009
written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
Peter’s world turns upside down with the arrival of his new baby sister, Susie. The only thing that’s not painted pink is his old chair. Peter decides to run away, but it doesn’t take him long to realize that growing up has its advantages. Recommended for ages 2-6.

Beep Beep

Monday, February 9th, 2009
written and illustrated by Petr Horacek
This fun board book will be sure to keep your toddler’s attention. The brightly illustrated pages show a family taking a trip to grandma’s house in their car. The text is a simple and easy to follow for young ears. Included are several cut-out pages to add to the fun. Recommended for ages 1-3.

The Aunts Go Marching

Thursday, February 5th, 2009
written and illustrated by Maurie J. Manning
A twist on the traditional song, a young girl leads a procession of “aunts” on a trip downtown in the rain. The pictures are fresh and inventive, and it is a joy to sing along with the rhyming text. Recommended for ages 2-6.

A Wizard of Earthsea

Monday, February 2nd, 2009
by Ursula K. Le Guin
As a young boy, Ged discovers his magical powers and is sent to school to train as a wizard. In the midst of his schooling, however, Ged accidentally unleashes a horrible shadow upon the world. In order to restore balance, he must hunt down this creature and somehow defeat it. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

This is the first book in the Earthsea Cycle. Others include:

The Tombs of Atuan (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 2)

The Farthest Shore (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 3)

Tehanu (The Earthsea Cycle, Book 4)