Monday Children’s Book Reviews for May 5, 2014

Today is the fifth of May, Cinco de Mayo.  The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín, and  in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.

And do not forget — Sunday, May 11 is Mother’s Day!

A Gift for Mama by Linda Ravin Lodding

“Possessing nothing but a single coin to buy a perfect yellow rose for his mother, little Oskar uses the coin to buy a paintbrush that he trades for a sheet of music and other subsequent items while learning an uplifting lesson about kindness.”            [JPB LODDING]

Going Places by Pete and Paul Reynolds

“It’s time for this year’s Going Places contest! Finally. Time to build a go-cart, race it—and win. Each kid grabs an identical kit, and scrambles to build.

“Everyone but Maya. She sure doesn’t seem to be in a hurry…and that sure doesn’t look like anybody else’s go-cart!

“But who said it had to be a go-cart? And who said there’s only one way to cross the finish line?”                     [JPB REYNOLDS]

Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

“When she spills a bottle of rubbing alcohol on her late grandfather’s painting, thirteen-year old Theodora Tenpenny wipes it off—and discovers what seems to be an old masterpiece underneath. That’s great news for Theo, who’s struggling to hang onto her family’s fragile town house and support her mother on her grandfather’s legacy of $463. There’s just one problem: Theo’s grandfather was a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and she worries the painting may be stolen.

“With the help of some unusual new friends, Theo’s search for answers takes her all around Manhattan, and introduces her to a side of the city—and her grandfather—that she never knew. To solve the mystery of the painting, she’ll have to abandon her hard-won self-reliance and build a community, one serendipitous friendship at a time.”         [J FITZGERALD]

Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific by Mary Cronk Farrell

“In the early 1940s, young women enlisted for peacetime duty as U.S. Army nurses. But when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 blasted the United States into World War II, 101 American Army and Navy nurses serving in the Philippines were suddenly treating wounded and dying soldiers while bombs exploded all around them. The women served in jerry-rigged jungle hospitals on the Bataan Peninsula and in underground tunnels on Corregidor Island. Later, when most of them were captured by the Japanese as prisoners of war, they suffered disease and near-starvation for three years. Pure Grit is a story of sisterhood and suffering, of tragedy and betrayal, of death and life. The women cared for one another, maintained discipline, and honored their vocation to nurse anyone in need—all 101 coming home alive.
The book is illustrated with archival photographs and includes an index, glossary, and timeline.”     [J940.54757 FARRELL]

 

 

 

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