Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 22, 2014

Check out these new books:

Egyptian Gods and Goddesses edited by Johnathan Deaver

“Gods and goddesses–in human, animal, and other forms–were central to the ancient Egyptian way of life. Identified with the natural world, daily living, and the afterlife, they maintained order and prevented chaos from permeating the human world. The figures documented in ancient hieroglyphics are given dimension in this absorbing volume, which examines the characteristics and significance of many of the Egyptian gods and goddesses and also looks at related topics such as ancient symbols and the influence of Egyptian mythology on other cultures and belief systems.”      [J299.3121 EGYPTIAN]

Greek Gods and Goddesses by Michael Taft

“Giving Western literature and art many of its most enduring themes and archetypes, Greek mythology and the gods and goddesses at its core are a fundamental part of the popular imagination. At the heart of Greek mythology are exciting stories of drama, action, and adventure featuring gods and goddesses, who, while physically superior to humans, share many of their weaknesses. Readers will be introduced to the many figures once believed to populate Mount Olympus as well as related concepts and facts about the Greek mythological tradition.”       [J292.211 TAFT,M]

Mesopotamian Gods and Goddesses by Vincent Hale

“Mesopotamian religion was one of the earliest religious systems to develop with–and in turn influence–a high civilization. Followed by the Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, and Assyrians, Mesopotamian religion and mythology reflected the complexities of these societies and has been preserved in remnants of their cultural, economic, and political institutions. This absorbing volume provides a glimpse of the cradle of civilization by examining Mesopotamian religious and mythological beliefs as well as some of the many gods and goddesses at the core of their stories and also looks at epics–such as that of Gilgamesh–and other aspects of Mesopotamian life.”               [J299.21 MESOPOTAMIAN]

Roman Gods and Goddesses by William White

“While the ancient Roman pantheon in many ways resembles that of ancient Greece, there is much that sets apart Roman mythology. Romans also borrowed from the religions of ancient Egypt, Asia Minor, and the Middle East, and legendary figures such as Romulus and Remus, tied closely to the history of Rome, feature prominently in ancient stories. The major and lesser figures of Roman mythology are presented in this vibrant volume with sidebars spotlighting related facts and concepts about Roman mythology and religion.”    [J292.211 ROMAN]

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Book Club @ the Union City Library…September 23, 2014

The conquest : a novel / Yxta Maya Murray

A restorer of rare books, Sara Rosario Gonzales is determined to uncover the true author of a fascinating manuscript about an enslaved Aztec princess captured by Cortâes and sent to Europe to entertain European royalty.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 15, 2014

What If…? by Anthony Browne

“What if Joe doesn’t like the party he’s going to? What if he doesn’t like the food or the games or the people? As Joe and his mom walk down the darkening street, Joe’s imagination starts to run wild. And as they search for the right place, he wonders ‘what if . . .’ at each house, peeking in to see some surprising sights. From the award-winning former British Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne comes a picture book whose slyly bewitching setup unfolds to a reassuring ending.”       [JPB BROWNE]

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L Holm

“Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She even misses her dearly departed goldfish. Then one day a strange boy shows up. He’s bossy. He’s cranky. And weirdly enough . . . he looks a lot like Ellie’s grandfather, a scientist who’s always been slightly obsessed with immortality. Could this pimply boy really be Grandpa Melvin? Has he finally found the secret to eternal youth?

“With a lighthearted touch and plenty of humor, Jennifer Holm celebrates the wonder of science and explores fascinating questions about life and death, family and friendship, immortality . . . and possibility.”     [J HOLM]

The Soda Bottle School: a True Story of Recycling, Teamwork, and One Crazy Idea by Seño Laura Kutner and Suzanne Slade

“A tiny town in Guatemala faced two huge problems: they had too much trash, and they had too small a school. Where others might have given up, they didn’t–thanks to one crazy idea. That idea not only solved both problems, but also inspired others. Never underestimate the power of an idea!”                                [J363.7282 KUTNER]

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Write Your Story…how to write like CHEKHOV.

 How to Write Like Chekhov : Advice and Inspiration, Straight from His Own Letters and Work

“Chekhov wrote over 100 years ago, in a place with cultural traditions and norms quite different from our own. Yet his advice to the scribes of today is timeless: “Consciousness is the sister of talent” and “Cry but without letting the reader know you’re crying.” A shot in the arm for struggling writers and a wonderful tool for teachers. Background: Brunello (Univ. of Venice) and Lencek (Reed Coll.) introduce a collection of mindful observations and relevant advice from the father of the modern short story on how to write well. Arranged in five stages involved in the creation of a nonfiction work-general questions, specific questions, the project, the report, and the actual writing-the book provides guidelines culled from Chekhov’s letters to his publishers, family members, contemporaries, and friends, as well as from his plays and stories. The book reveals the universal truths of becoming a writer despite the different culture, conventions.”

Write Your Story @ the Union City Library

Join our senior library member Bruce Haase

and write your memoir. Bruce is lifelong reader, he now writes memoire-based, creative non-fiction.

These are informal meetings ,

to support each other and organize your thoughts

for writing. Sharing is optional.eiffel_tower_blue

Meetings take place

The Third Tuesday of the month

September 16, October 21, November 18

and December 16

1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

Please bring pen & paper


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 8, 2014

by Keith Baker

“Get ready to roll through the alphabet with a jaunty cast of busy little peas. Featuring a range of zippy characters from Acrobat Peas to Zoologist Peas, this delightful picture book highlights a variety of interests, hobbies, and careers—each one themed to a letter of the alphabet—and gives a wonderful sense of the colorful world we live in.”      [JPB BAKER]

Magic Delivery by Clete Barrett Smith

“When two boys stumble upon a seemingly abandoned truckload of costumes, they think they have hit the jackpot, but there is just one small catch–the costumes are bewitched.”                             [J SMITH, C]

 Miniature Birds by Alex Kuskowski

“It’s time to get smaller than tiny! It’s time to get miniature! Introduce kids to different types of Miniature Birds. Engage early readers with the charming photos and easy-to-read sentences that bring these small animals to life. Maps of where the animals live, size charts compared to humans, fun facts and a quick comprehension quiz will keep them learning all the way through the book. ”                    [J598 KUSKOWSKI]

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Road Scholar @ the Union City Library

Wednesday September 10 @ 1:30 p.m.

Adventure in Lifelong Learning

Discover Road Scholar’s over 5.500 educational tours in ass 50 States and 150 countries with ardent travelers and speakers Larry & Jill Fine. 

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for September 1, 2014

The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

“Moose, Lion, Zebra, and Sheep take shelter in a cave on a cold and rainy day, only to realize that a bear is there. The bear roars loudly and says that he is trying to sleep. Not understanding why the bear is so cranky, the other animals come up with ways to cheer up the bear. Moose finds antlers for him, Lion gives him a mane, and Zebra paints on stripes. Is there anything the four well-meaning friends can do to help the bear sleep?”     [JPB BLAND]

Shipwreck Island by S. A. Bodeen

“Sarah Robinson is deeply troubled in the wake of her dad’s second marriage. She now has to deal with a new stepmom and two stepbrothers, Marco, who is her age, and Nacho, who’s younger. Even though they’ve all moved from Texas to California to start life as a new, blended family, none of the kids seem remotely happy about it.

“Sarah’s dad and stepmom then decide to take the whole family on a special vacation in order to break the ice and have everyone get to know one another. They’ll fly to Tahiti, charter a boat, and go sailing for a few days. It’ll be an adventure, right? Wrong. Dead wrong. Shipwreck Island is the first installment in a series from S.A. Bodeen.” [J BODEEN]

5 Elephants by Rob Laidlaw

“Elephants are truly remarkable, unmistakable animals. Their huge size, giant ears, amazing trunk and incredible intelligence make them unique in the natural world. They are highly active, complex, wide-ranging animals who play a key role in the ecosystems they inhabit.

“In 5 Elephants, you will read the stories of five famous elephants. You will meet Echo, a wild elephant who thrived in her natural environment, surrounded by her family. You will also read about Lucy, a lone elephant trapped in a Canadian zoo, and Tarra, an entertainment elephant who is now living out her days at a sanctuary. You will discover why Tusko, a travelling entertainment elephant, had such a tragic life. And you will meet Thandora, a zoo elephant who was given a new life in the wild.”                          [J599.67092 LAIDLAW]

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