Sophie Brown and her family have just inherited a farm from her great-uncle Jim. Her father has recently lost his job, her mother is a busy full-time writer, and they have all just moved from the city and have no experience with farming. Sophie finds a funny little chicken while exploring the farm and begins correspondence with a woman named Agnes of the Redwood Farm Supply company. Soon Sophie is learning all she can about chickens through trips to the local library and through Agnes's letters. Something is really different about great-uncle Jim's chickens though and more keep showing up on the farm every day, as well as the mysterious Ms. Griegson who keeps trying to steal them. It's up to Sophie to keep her new chickens safe and to convince her parents that she is up to the task of being a chicken farmer. Written entirely in letters to her recently deceased great-uncle Jim and beloved Abuelita, as well as to Agnes of Redwood Farm Supply this is an odd and adorable story about starting over in a new place, making friends, and supernatural chickens! To accompany this great story are adorable illustrations of all the silly chickens. (Grades 4-6 School Library Journal)
Mix together simple poetry, and beautiful close-up photographs of birds and you have one wonderful picture book that will make you want to soar in the sky like the birds.
In this new book by Cynthia Lord we meet Lily, a young girl who lives with her grandparents near the shore and blueberry barrens of Maine. Lily's summer is just starting and she is feeling a little lost since her and her best friend Hannah have started growing apart. While out walking, her blind dog Lucky slips from his leash and runs across the blueberry barrens and it is a girl named Salma who catches him, using her sandwich as bait. Immediately a friendship begins to bloom between Lily and Salma, the daughter of a migrant family living in town for the blueberry-picking season. Salma and Lily spend the summer painting bee houses in Lily's grandparents' store and are growing even closer when Hannah starts coming around again. Hannah is the reigning Blubbery Queen and sparks an interest in Salma to compete in the local annual pageant. Together the girls help to get Salma ready for the pageant and all learn a few things about friendship and belonging along the way. This is a wonderful summer read for realistic fiction fans! (Grades 4-6 School Library Journal)
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These are our last few weeks of Summer Library Club and it’s time to wrap up our Super Powered Picture Book adventure. My last two blog posts have focused on picture books that feature Super Powered Kids and Super Powered Animals and Friends. For my last post I could think of no better way to wrap things up than by highlighting our picture books that feature...Read more
Every hero has a story, including many special and remarkable animals. Do you know the story of ...Read more
Welcome to Super Power Saturdays! Throughout the summer I will be posting a blog the first and third Saturdays in June and July that will feature juvenile books about all things super-powered. I will highlight fiction books that feature super powers in their many unique forms, great graphic novels that expand...Read more
Welcome back to Super Power Saturdays! Last week we looked at super powers in juvenile fiction and even looked at ways to find our own unique powers in the post What's Your Power?. This week takes us into the place that started it all – Graphic Novels and Comics. From traditional powers like super strength and flying, to magical abilities, to super heroes in space there are a lot of great graphic novels and comics out there that feature some amazing and unique...Read more
Today most of us think hypnotism is a party trick that makes people act like chickens. But it's creator, Franz Anton Mesmer, thought it could be used to treat many of the illnesses of his day. In 1774, Mesmer began using his method of staring into a patient's eyes while making “passes” with his hands to free the flow of “the process of life” within the body. By...Read more
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Join us for stories, songs, and activities for children 2 1/2 - 5 years and their caregivers.When?09/09/2015 - 10:15am to 10:45amWhere?Miller Park Branch Library
For children ages 2-3 and their caregivers. Songs, rhymes and stories teach children how sounds and letters relate to reading and will... (full entry)When?09/09/2015 - 10:15am to 10:45amWhere?Lane Road Branch Library
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