Monday Children’s Book Reviews for May 24

Seven Hungry Babies by Candace Fleming

“One spring morning, high in a nest, seven speckled eggs begin to CRAAAACK!

And seven hungry babies open their beaks wide.

What’s a mama bird to do? Feed them, of course – one after the other.

Flappa-flap, swoop-swoop, zoom-zoom, yum!

But seven hungry hatchlings are a lot. Can one little mama manage them all?”     [JPB FLEMING]

Franklin and the Duckling by Sharon Jennings

“Franklin knows he’s not allowed another pet, but when he finds a lone duckling he can’t resist bringing his new friend home. When the duckling turns his bedroom into a regular aquatic habitat, Franklin must ask himself: does he really want another pet after all?” A Level 2 first reader, based on characters created by Paulette Bourgeois.             [JE JENNINGS]

The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559 Mirror Lake Internment Camp by Barry Denenberg

“For his fourth book in the Dear America/My Name Is America series, Barry Denenberg depicts one of America’s darkest secrets – the imprisonment of more than 100,000 Japanese Americans over a period of about four years during World War II.

“Through Ben Uchida’s eyes, young readers today can experience being an American citizen in 1942 one minute, and an enemy the next. The possessions of the Japanese Americans were confiscated; families were issued numbered identification tags to wear; and they were forced to board trains and be taken to one of the ten internment camps located in some of the most desolate parts of the United States. In these “cell blocks” as Ben called them, families were forced to live imprisoned for up to three and a half years.

“The Journal of Ben Uchida focuses the spotlight on a sad and shameful episode in American history. Through the anger and humiliation, Ben’s family manages to survive. Friends, baseball, strong family bonds, and the resilience of the human spirit give the Uchida family the power to make it through.”                                 [J DENENBERG]

Earth Heroes: Champions of the Ocean by Fran Hodgkins

“The Earth Heroes books feature the youth and careers of the world’s greatest environmentalists, and the waves of influence that spread from their ideas and actions. This second volume in the series features Champions of the Ocean that explored the realm of the sea – such historic and contemporary greats as Jacques Cousteau, inventor of scuba equipment, William Beebe, the bathysphere deep-sea diver, and “Her Deepness” Sylvia Earle.”         [J551.46092 HODGKINS]

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