Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 1

Summer! Who can believe it’s here so soon! The Union City Library has a lot of great summer reading for you — and don’t forget the Summer Reading Game, Be Creative @ Your Library, and all the special programs we have planned for you. Here are some book suggestions for you to enjoy!

Princess Bess Gets Dressed by Margery Cuyler

Think you would like to be a princess and get to wear beautiful, fancy clothes all day? After reading about Princess Bess’s busy day, perhaps you’ll better appreciate being able to wear what you want!                [JPB CUYLER]

Before You Were Here, Mi Amor by Samantha R. Vamos

“Before you were here, tu papi carved a mecedora from the wood of an old walnut tree so you and I could rock and cuddle together.

The members of a familia lovingly prepare for a new bebé. A tenderly written story, with Spanish words woven throughout, tells readers how Mami is eating healthy food, Papi is building a rocking chair, Abuela is painting elefantes and tigres in the nursery, and brother and sister are helping with baby names.” [JPB VAMOS]

Red, White and True Blue Mallory by Laurie Friedman

“Mallory is excited to be traveling to Washington, D.C., with her fourth-grade class, but nothing about the trip goes as she expected. Written in a travel-journal format with sketches, doodles, and pasted-in photos, this 10th Mallory title includes facts and trivia about the nation’s capital.” [J FRIEDMAN]

Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees by Deborah Ellis

“In this book, Deborah Ellis turns her attention to the most tragic victims of the Iraq war — Iraqi children. She interviews young people, mostly refugees living in Jordan, but also a few who are trying to build new lives in North America. Some families have left Iraq with money; others are penniless and ill or disabled. Most of the children have parents who are working illegally or not at all, and the fear of deportation is a constant threat.

… Ellis provides an historical overview and brief explanations of context, but other than that allows the children to speak for themselves.” [J305.23086 ELLIS]

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