Monday Children’s Book Reviews for December 5, 2016

pearl-harbour-largeThis Wednesday, December 7, is the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the event which led directly to the entry of the United States into World War II.

same-same-but-differentSame, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

“Elliot lives in America, and Kailash lives in India. They are pen pals. By exchanging letters and pictures, they learn that they both love to climb trees, have pets, and go to school. Their worlds might look different, but they are actually similar. Same, same. But different!”         [JPB KOSTECKI-SHAW,J]

beautiful-blue-worldBeautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur

“At twelve, Mathilde Joss is the oldest child in a loving family. Her country has been at war for years, and bombing and food shortages continue to increase. When the army announces that children over twelve can take a test to be chosen to serve their country, and that the relatives of children who serve will be well paid, Mathilde decides to take the test to help her family, even though she knows that it is her brilliant best friend Megs who will be selected.

“What follows is a gripping and suspenseful reimagining of war, where even kindness can be a weapon, and children have the power to see what adults cannot. It is as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking.”         [J LAFLEUR,S]

paxPax by Sara Pennypacker

“Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter’s dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.

“At his grandfather’s house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn’t where he should be—with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox.

“Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own. . . .”      [J PENNYPACKER,S]

boy-and-a-jaguarA Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz

“Alan loves animals, but the great cat house at the Bronx Zoo makes him sad. Why are they all alone in empty cages? Are they being punished? More than anything, he wants to be their champion—their voice—but he stutters uncontrollably.

“Except when he talks to animals…    Then he is fluent.

“Follow the life of the man Time Magazine calls, ‘the Indiana Jones of wildlife conservation’ as he searches for his voice and fulfills a promise to speak for animals, and people, who cannot speak for themselves.”                                [JB RABINOWITZ,A]

blood-brotherBlood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights by Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace

“Jonathan Daniels, a white seminary student from New Hampshire, traveled to Selma, Alabama, in 1965 to help with voter registration of black residents. After the voting rights marches, he remained in Alabama, in the area known as Bloody Lowndes, an extremely dangerous area for white freedom fighters, to assist civil rights workers. Five months later, Jonathan Daniels was shot and killed while saving the life of Ruby Sales, a black teenager. Through Daniels’s poignant letters, papers, photographs, and taped interviews, authors Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace explore what led Daniels to the moment of his death, the trial of his murderer, and how these events helped reshape both the legal and political climate of Lowndes County and the nation.”                     [ JB DANIELS,J]

complete-photo-guide-to-knittingComplete Photo Guide to Knitting by Mary Scott Huff

Creative Kids Complete Photo Guide to Knitting starts with the absolute basics about knitting, beginning with a discussion about needles and yarn, how to cast stitches onto the needle, then gradually introduces skills and techniques until kids are knitting confidently.

“Mary Scott Huff will guide you  through projects. With over 200 photos and clear, concise instructions in language easily understood by grade-school kids, you’re going to be creating crafty knit projects in no time!

“Each project lists the knitting skills that will be exercised in making it and projects are rated for difficulty, so kids can learn and grow as they develop dexterity and coordination. You will learn to knit by making simple projects and building skills by practicing the essentials, and this book provides a sound foundation for a lifetime of knitting enjoyment.”      [J746.432 HUFF]

 

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