Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 23, 2015

cornucopiaThanksgiving Day is this Thursday, November 26.

Giving thanks for the Creator’s gifts had always been a part of Wampanoag daily life. From ancient times, Native People of North America have held ceremonies to give thanks for successful harvests, for the hope of a good growing season in the early spring, and for other good fortune such as the birth of a child. Giving thanks was, and still is, the primary reason for ceremonies or celebrations.

“The arrival of the Pilgrims and Puritans brought new Thanksgiving traditions to the American scene. Today’s national Thanksgiving celebration is a blend of two traditions: the New England custom of rejoicing after a successful harvest, based on ancient English harvest festivals; and the Puritan Thanksgiving, a solemn religious observance combining prayer and feasting.”

Many cultures have a tradition of celebrating the harvest. Even though people have different traditions, family, friends and food are important.

we celebrate thanksgiving We Celebrate Thanksgiving in Fall by Rebecca Felix

“Level 1 guided reader that examines how people celebrate Thanksgiving. Students will develop reading skills while learning about Thanksgiving activities and foods.”     [JE 394.2649 FELIX]

paper crafts for thanksgivingPaper Crafts for Thanksgiving by Randel McGee

“Explains the significance of Thanksgiving and how to make Thanksgiving-themed crafts out of paper”            [J745.5941 MCGEE]

thanksgiving origami Thanksgiving Origami by Ruth Owen

” Origami pilgrim — Oriogami turkey — Origami pumpkins — Origami ears of corn — Origami apple harvest — Origami autumn leaves”              [ J736.982 OWEN]

katie saves thanksgivingKatie Saves Thanksgiving by Fran Manushkin

“When a snowstorm causes the power to go out Katie and her parents think their Thanksgiving dinner with JoJo and Pedro is ruined, but by being a good neighbor, Katie saves the day.”                        [JE MANUSHKIN,F]

happy thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving by Abbie Mercer

“Describes how people celebrate Thanksgiving, explains when and why it is celebrated, tells the story of the first Thanksgiving, and provides instructions for creating a pinecone turkey and a pumpkin pie.”                     [J394.2649 MERCER]

national geographic kids cookbookNational Geographic Kids Cookbook by Barton Seaver

“Join Barton Seaver—master chef and National Geographic Explorer—on a year-round culinary adventure as he explores what it takes to create the ultimate dish. Barton provides mouthwatering recipes, the ins and outs of healthy eating, awesome crafts and activities, and food-focused challenges, proving once and for all that cooking can be a blast. Follow along as he teaches you to plant a kitchen garden, host a dinner party for your friends, and pack the perfect school lunch. Other highlights include ways to play with your food, festive holiday meals, snow day snacks, and family cooking competitions. With fascinating sidebars, profiles on real people, and cool facts, the National Geographic Kids Cookbook will have you ruling the kitchen in no time!”                    [J641.5 SEAVER]

international cookbook for kids International Cookbook For Kids by Matthew Locricchio

“The International Cookbook for Kids is packed with features that make cooking a snap: 6 classic recipes from Italy, France, China, and Mexico; More than 1 full-color photographs and illustrations; Hardcover with concealed spiral binding that lies flat when open; Easy-to-follow recipe format; Kid-tested recipes; Chef’s tips discussing ingredients, nutrition, and technique; Safety section discussing basic kitchen precautions; Cooking terms and definitions; Special taco-party section; Includes dishes of every kind: Appetizers, Salads, Soups, Main Dishes, Vegetables and Sides, and Desserts.”                            [J641.5622 LOCRICCHIO]

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Write Your Story …Imagine!

Tuesday everyone shared their writing. Joyce read the 16 chapter of her book inspired be her mother friends.

Bruce also announced that how he is going to write his book and read the very first chapter. He has worked on stories for this book  for last two years. He is now working on how to put them together, how he is going to tell the story….he has decided. The title is Cuyahoga.

 Arthur shared with us a philosophical introduction to his story about “why” and he told us that his mother had been a journalist for Ohio Tribune and he was inspired by the fact that journalist should cover     5 W’s of story …that was the beautiful beginning of the story “why”!

Rita responded to the prompt assignment of Imagine by science fiction story of women who is celebrating her 200 years birthday with ordering a pair of artificial legs to dance!

Julia is a new member who shared with us two short essays, one from her childhood and the other from current week, and she was looking for feedback, she shared with me later that she really liked the group.

Terry also read a piece from her respond to the prompt and she shared her website check it out …

Write Your Story program

Write Your Story @ the Union City Library

Join our senior library member Bruce Haase and write your memoir. Bruce is a life long 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.

  Meetings take place  December 15, January 19, and Feruary 16

1 — 3 p.m. Please bring your pen & paper.

For more information contact : Bruce Haase                             

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 16, 2015

snow Snow by Sam Usher

“Wanting to join his friends at the park during a rare snow day that closes his school, an impatient Sam waits for his grandfather to arrive before embarking on a fun-filled day of playing in the snow.”           [JPB USHER,S]

pinkalicious and the sick dayPinkalicious and the Sick Day by Victoria Kann

“Pinkalicious gets to be Principal for a Day because she has perfect attendance! Pinkalicious can’t wait to be in charge, but when she wakes up sick on the big day, will her dreams of being Principal Pinkalicious be—ACHOO!—blown away? Beginning readers will love seeing how Pinkalicious turns a sick day into a special day in this I Can Read adventure!”                          [JE KANN,V]

odds of getting even The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage

“A follow-up to Three Times Lucky finds Mo and Dale testifying against Dale’s kidnapper father, who has plotted a retaliation that threatens Dale’s brother’s life.

“The trial of the century has come to Tupelo Landing, NC. Mo and Dale, aka Desperado Detectives, head to court as star witnesses against Dale’s daddy. Dale’s nerves are jangled, but Mo, who doesn’t mind getting even with Mr. Macon for hurting her loved ones, looks forward to a slam dunk conviction–if everything goes as expected.”                       [J TURNAGE,S]

this bridge will not be grayThis Bridge Will Not Be Gray by Dave Eggers and Tucker Nichols

“The Golden Gate Bridge is the most famous bridge in the world. It is also, not entirely coincidentally, the world’s only bright-orange bridge. But it wasn’t supposed to be that way.

“In this book, fellow bridge-lovers Dave Eggers and Tucker Nichols tell the story of how it happened – how a bridge that some people wanted to be red and white, and some people wanted to be yellow and black, and most people wanted simply to be gray, instead became, thanks to the vision and stick-to-itiveness of a few peculiar architects, one of the most memorable man-made objects ever created.”                                [J624.23097 EGGERS,D]

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 9, 2015

Today I am sharing some very special books on a very special topic, one that is in the news a lot right now: Racial Profiling.

all american boys All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

“A bag of chips. That’s all sixteen-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?

“But there were witnesses: Quinn Collins—a varsity basketball player and Rashad’s classmate who has been raised by Paul since his own father died in Afghanistan—and a video camera. Soon the beating is all over the news and Paul is getting threatened with accusations of prejudice and racial brutality. Quinn refuses to believe that the man who has basically been his savior could possibly be guilty. But then Rashad is absent. And absent again. And again. And the basketball team—half of whom are Rashad’s best friends—start to take sides. As does the school. And the town. Simmering tensions threaten to explode as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.”                         [TEEN FICTION REYNOLDS,J]

how it went downHow it Went Down by Kekla Magoon

“When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white.

“In the aftermath of Tariq’s death, everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events line up. Day by day, new twists further obscure the truth.

“Tariq’s friends, family, and community struggle to make sense of the tragedy, and to cope with the hole left behind when a life is cut short. In their own words, they grapple for a way to say with certainty: This is how it went down.”

A 2015 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book                        [TEEN FICTION MAGOON]

black boy white school Black Boy White School by Brian F. Walker

“He couldn’t listen to music or talk on the phone without her jumping all over him about what they listened to up in Maine, or how they talked up in Maine, or how he better not go up to Maine and start acting ghetto.


“Anthony’s mother didn’t even know where it was until he’d shown it to her on a map, but that still didn’t stop her from acting like she was born there.

“Anthony ‘Ant’ Jones has never been outside his rough East Cleveland neighborhood when he’s given a scholarship to Belton Academy, an elite prep school in Maine.But at Belton things are far from perfect. Everyone calls him “Tony,” assumes he’s from Brooklyn, expects him to play basketball, and yet acts shocked when he fights back.

“As Anthony tries to adapt to a world that will never fully accept him, he’s in for a rude awakening: Home is becoming a place where he no longer belongs.

“In debut author Brian F. Walker’s hard-hitting novel about staying true to yourself, Anthony might find a way to survive at Belton, but what will it cost him?”                      [TEEN FICTION WALKER,B]

bright lights, dark nightsBright Lights, Dark Nights by Stephen Edmond

“A story about first love, first fights, and finding yourself in a messed up world, from the acclaimed author of Happyface.

“Walter Wilcox has never been in love. That is, until he meets Naomi, and sparks, and clever jokes, fly. But when his cop dad is caught in a racial profiling scandal, Walter and Naomi, who is African American, are called out at school, home, and online. Can their bond (and mutual love of the Foo Fighters) keep them together?

“With black-and-white illustrations throughout and a heartfelt, humorous voice, Bright Lights, Dark Nights authentically captures just how tough first love can be…and why it’s worth fighting for.”        [TEEN FICTION EDMOND,S]


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Whoopi’s Big Book of Relationships

Goldberg says: “I get to hear from a lot of different people about relationships and this got me trying to figure out why the divorce rate is SO high. It occurred to me that as one who has done it badly often,

I might have some insight. It’s hard to really know the other person’s agenda, but if someone says ‘you complete me’…RUN!!!”

Whoopi Goldberg is one of a very elite group of artists who have won the Grammy, the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, the Emmy, and a Tony. Currently, she is the moderator of ABC Television Network’sThe View. Whoopi is equally well-known for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, education, substance abuse and the battle against AIDS. Among her many charitable activities, Whoopi is a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 2, 2015

poppyWednesday, November 11 is Veterans Day, an official United States federal holiday that is observed annually to honoring people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. “On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as ‘the Great War.’ Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. *

war horse War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

“Joey the horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master.”     [J MORPURGO,M]

alive and kickingAlive and Kicking by Chris Lynch

“When his brother goes missing in the Pacific theater, the confidence of B-24 Liberator gunner Theo McCallum is shaken, but he must continue the fight in Europe with his unit, his Air Force family, while he awaits word of his brother’s fate.”                  [J LYNCH,C]

prisoners of war Prisoners of War by C. Alexander London

“Newly arrived on the Western front and assigned as a medic, Rivera finds himself in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge, cut off behind enemy lines–and his only companion is a Nazi trained Doberman pinscher.”         [J LONDON,C]

spy catchers of maple hill The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore

“Hazel Kaplansky and new student Samuel Butler investigate rumors that a Russian spy has infiltrated their small Vermont town, amidst the fervor of Cold War era McCarthyism, but more is revealed than they could ever have imagined.”    [J BLAKEMORE,M]

journal of patrick seamus flaherty The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty, United States Marine Corps by Ellen Emerson White

“An eighteen-year-old Marine records in his journal his experiences in Vietnam during the siege of Khe Sanh, 1967-1968. Includes a history of Vietnam, war timeline, glossary, and related military information.”         [J WHITE,E]

where have all the flowers goneWhere Have All the Flowers Gone: The Diary of Molly Mackenzie Flaherty by Ellen Emerson White

“In 1968 Massachusetts, after her brother Patrick goes to fight in Vietnam, fifteen-year-old Molly records in her diary how she misses her brother, volunteers at a Veterans’ Administration Hospital, and tries to make sense of the war in Vietnam and the tumultuous events in the United States.”        [J WHITE,E]

heart of the enemy Heart of the Enemy  written by M. Zachary Sherman

“Lieutenant Commander Michael Alexander Donovan and SEAL Team Two are on a dangerous mission to capture a known terrorist and gun smuggler near the Iraq-Syria border–but are they being deceived by the local police chief?”           [J SHERMAN,M]

dear blue skyDear Blue Sky by Mary Sullivan

“Shortly after Cass’s big brother is deployed to fight in Iraq, Cass becomes pen pals with an Iraqi girl who opens up her eyes to the effects of war.”           [J SULLIVAN,M]

heart of a shepherd Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry

“Ignatius ‘Brother’ Alderman, nearly twelve, promises to help his grandparents keep the family’s Oregon ranch the same while his brothers are away and his father is deployed to Iraq, but as he comes to accept the inevitability of change, he also sees the man he is meant to be.”                              [J PARRY,R]

operation yesOperation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes

“In her first ever teaching job, Miss Loupe uses improvisational acting exercises with her sixth-grade students at an Air Force base school, and when she experiences a family tragedy, her previously skeptical class members use what they have learned to help her, her brother, and other wounded soldiers.”                            [J HOLMES,S]

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A Bicycle Revolution

People across the U.S. are riding bikes more–improving their health and helping the planed

Right in front of the Minneapolis Central Library, a row of lime-green bikes sit parked in a special rack. Each bike is emblazoned with the logo “Nice Ride,” which is the name of the city’s bike-share program.

For a small fee, anyone can rent one of the 1,200 bikes from 138 stations across Minnesota’s largest city. People use the Nice Ride bikes to commute to work, run errands, or enjoy the city’s many bike paths.

“It’s really increased the visibility of biking in the city to see these kiosks on the corner with a dozen bikes lined up, or see the bikes every couple of blocks as you ride around town,” says Simon Blenski, who works at the Minneapolis Department of Public Works.

The rise of bike-share programs like Nice Ride are prompting more people to bike than ever. Skyrocketing gas prices and concerns about the environment have also gotten people to dust off their bike helmets, pump air into flat tires, and hit the road.

– A Bicycle Revolution.Authors:Hamalainen, Karina

more articles can found under EBSCOhost  library research link using keyword  bike and environment

Urban Cycling 101 @ Union City Librarybike

Sunday November 8, 2015

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Free classroom workshop, no bike required!

For details and registration, go to or

 or contact Bike East Bay at 510.845.7433 extension 2.

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