The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco
“As a young Russian Jewish girl in the early 1900s, Anna and her family lived in fear of the Czar’s soldiers. The family lived a hard life and had few possessions—their treasure was a beautiful china tea set. A wedding gift to Anna’s parents, the tea set came with a wish that ‘Anyone who drinks from this will have blessings from God. They will never know a day of hunger. Their lives will always have flavor. They will know love and joy and they will never be poor.’
“When Anna’s family leaves Russia for America, they bring a tea cup and its blessings. A source of heritage and security, the tea cup helps Anna’s family make friends and find better lives in America. The cup —The Blessing Cup—became an anchor of family history, and it remains a symbol of lasting love more than a century later.” [JPB POLACCO]
Brownie and Pearl See the Sights by Cynthia Rylant
“Brownie & Pearl know just how to enjoy a day downtown in this charming Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read story.
“It’s a snowy day, and Brownie and her cat Pearl are off to see the sights in town. They stop by the shoe store and try on hats at the hat store before discovering the sweetest spot around: the cupcake shop! But the best part of a day on the town might just be heading back to a warm, cozy home.
“This adorable out-and-about story, originally published as a picture book, is now a Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read that’s perfect for beginning readers.” [JE RYLANT]
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper
“On the winter day Little Hawk is sent into the woods alone, he can take only a bow and arrows, his handcrafted tomahawk, and the amazing metal knife his father traded for with the new white settlers. If Little Hawk survives three moons by himself, he will be a man.
“John Wakely is only ten when his father dies, but he has already experienced the warmth and friendship of the nearby tribes. Yet his fellow colonists aren’t as accepting of the native people. When he is apprenticed to a barrel-maker, John sees how quickly the relationships between settlers and natives are deteriorating. His friendship with Little Hawk will put both boys in grave danger.” [J COOPER]
The Secrets of Stonehenge by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom
“Why was this amazing monument erected? How did our Stone-Age ancestors bring such massive stones to the site from so far away? How did they raise the enormous stones to their upright positions? What was Stonehenge used for, and who lived around the site? With captions and pictures, and using up-to-the-minute research discoveries, Mick Manning and Brita Granström tell the incredible true story of this awe-inspiring monument — one of the greatest ancient sites in the world.” [J936.2319 MANNING]