Monday Children’s Book Reviews for April 11, 2011

Catherine’s Story by Genevieve Moore

“What makes Catherine so special? She can’t talk, and she can’t walk like her cousin Frances can. But Catherine listens very closely, she walks in her special shoes, and her claps are so quiet that hardly anyone can hear them. These are some of the things that make Catherine special and, because her family knows how special she is, this makes them feel special, too… so Catherine’s dad tells her as he puts her to bed. Just before he turns off the light, he sees Catherine smiling and clapping her hands.”

“A beautiful celebration of a special-needs child.” Great for family sharing, this title closes with a note about the child on whom Catherine is based.                                [JPB MOORE]

Show Time by Sue Stauffacher

In the fourth book of the Animal Rescue Team series, Keisha’s family’s animal rescue center is asked to help at a nearby college that is being overrun with squirrels.

“Meanwhile, Keisha’s got a problem of her own. The Grand River Steppers jump rope team has a chance to win first place in their school district this year, but Keisha’s so nervous, she keeps messing up! When she and Daddy go to the Veteran’s Facility to check out their squirrel situation, Keisha meets Sergeant Pinkham, who’s learning how to use his new prosthetic leg. Could Sarge be just the person to help Keisha stay calm, do well, and have fun at the competition?”                           [J STAUFFACHER]

A Dog’s Way Home by Bobbie Pyron

“One late fall afternoon, a tragic highway accident leaves eleven-year-old Abby and her beloved Shetland sheepdog, Tam, stranded at opposite ends of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Though each is determined to be reunited with the other, the days separating them turn to weeks, then months, and dangers and changes fill up Abby’s and Tam’s lives. Will they ever find their way back home to one another?”                                             [J PYRON]

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