Monday Children’s Book Reviews for May 26, 2014

Two Bunny Buddies by Kathryn O. Galbraith

“What happens when you have a spat with your best bunny buddy? You might hop, hop, hop in different directions . . . but when you find the juiciest berries and the sweetest clover, there won’t be anyone nearby to share them! Quick! Hop, hop, hop back down the path to find your buddy again. Even when you disagree, everything in life is much more delicious with a bunny buddy at your side.”                [JPB GALBRAITH]

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

“Fans of The City of Ember will love The Mark of the Dragonfly. Piper has never seen the Mark of the Dragonfly until she finds the girl amid the wreckage of a caravan in the Meteor Fields. The girl doesn’t remember a thing about her life, but the intricate tattoo on her arm is proof that she’s from the Dragonfly Territories and that she’s protected by the king. Which means a reward for Piper if she can get the girl home. The one sure way to the Territories is the 401, a great old beauty of a train. But a ticket costs more coin than Piper could make in a year. And stowing away is a difficult prospect–everyone knows that getting past the peculiar green-eyed boy who stands guard is nearly impossible. Life for Piper just turned dangerous. A little bit magical. And very exciting, if she can manage to survive the journey.”                                   [J JOHNSON]

Music Everywhere! by Maya Ajmera

“Photographs from around the world celebrate the universal joy that kids get from making music, whether they’re playing instruments, clapping their hands, stomping their feet, or singing. Music can help express one child’s feelings—or it can bring a whole community together.”                                          [J781.17 AJMERA]

Boundaries: How the Mason-Dixon Line Settled a Family Feud and Divided a Nation by Sally M. Walker

The Mason-Dixon Line’s history, replete with property disputes, persecution, and ideological conflicts, traverses our country’s history from its founding to today.

“We live in a world of boundaries — geographic, scientific, cultural, and religious. One of America’s most enduring boundaries is the Mason-Dixon Line, most associated with the divide between the North and the South and the right to freedom for all people. Sibert Medal–winning author Sally M. Walker traces the tale of the Mason-Dixon Line through family feuds, brave exploration, scientific excellence, and the struggle to define a cohesive country. But above all, this remarkable story of surveying, marking, and respecting lines of demarcation will alert young history buffs to their guaranteed right and responsibility to explore, challenge, change, and defend the boundaries that define them.”                             [J911.748 WALKER]

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