Friday, May 15, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Dragons Beware!

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Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre


     Claudette is back-and she's in even bigger trouble!
With the evil sorcerer Grombach descending with his hoards of gargoyles, Claudette has got to find a way to save her home-and fast!  Setting off with her borther, her best friend, and even seven lovelorn princes in tow, Claudette must find a way to rescue her father, slay the dragon, and bring back the sword that will protect her village.  

Claudette is funny, fearless, and ready to face dragons.  But are the dragons ready for her?  


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Monday, May 4, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Sweep Up The Sun




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Sweep Up the Sun by Helen Frost & Rick Lieder

Rise into the air.
On the strength
  of your wings-
go out to
  play in the sky.

J Non-fiction. Ages 3+ and bird-lovers of all ages.

Take flight with birds right outside your window, whether chickadees or cardinals, sparrows or starlings.  With stunning photography by Rick Lieder and a poem by Helen Frost.

This makes a perfect addition to a preschool story circle with the theme: Birds or Flying.

Check out the annotated summaries of each bird mentioned in the back of the book.


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Friday, March 13, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Anna was Here


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Anna Was Here by Jane Kurtz

Anna Nickel does not want to move to Oakwood.  Especially when it is almost her birthday and she has a camping party planned.  Especially when the school year isn't even over yet! No fair!  What a disaster!

Luckily, Anna is a Gold Ribbon Safety Citizen, prepared for almost anything!  Unluckily, Anna isn't ready for cousins, lost cats, water balloons and rotten eggs, peculiar relatives, blisters, emus, missing moms, church potlucks, and tornadoes. . . .

Ages 9+

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Small Fry Pick of the Week: The Chimpanzee Children of Gombe

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The Chimpanzee Children of Gombe by Jane Goodall

In this delightful and touching book of chimpanzee children, acclaimed primatologist Jane Goodall shows us some of her favorite young chimps from the Gombe National Park, where she has studied the behavior of these fascinating animals for over half a century.  See engaging photos by Michael Neugubauer of some candid interactions, and notice how similar their emotions appear to be to humans. There's even a nice section on other flora and fauna (butterflies, skinks, finches and flowers) Jane notices on those days "when we do not find chimps." 


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Friday, February 13, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan



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Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan by R. A. Spratt

When Mr. Green decides to get married, his children are horrified.  If he carries out his diabolical plan, he'll fire their beloved nanny.  Breakfast withuot chocolate?  Never!  Their father must be stopped, and Nanny Piggins, a former circus Pig and a champion baker, is just the pig to do it!


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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Small Fry Pick of the Week: Stella by Starlight

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Stella lives in the segregated south--in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it.  Some stores she can go into.  Some stores she can't.  Some folks are right pleasant Others are a lot less.  To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn't bothered them for years.  But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something that they're never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, change not welcome by any stretch of the imagination.  

As Stella's community--her world--is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire, and learns that ashes don't necessarily signify and end . . .

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Teen Pick of the Week: Tear You Apart

Tear You Apart
by Sarah Cross

If you want to live happily ever after, first you have to stay alive.

Viv knows there's no escaping her fairy-tale curse. One day her beautiful stepmother will feed her a poison apple or convince her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Henley, to hunt her down and cut out her heart before she breaks his. In the city of Beau Rivage, some princesses are destined to be prey.
But then Viv receives an invitation to the exclusive club where the Twelve Dancing Princess twirl away their nights. There she meets Jasper, an underworld prince who seems to have everything--but what he really wants is her. He vows to save her from her dark fate if she'll join him and be his queen.

All Viv has to do is tear herself away from the huntsman boy who still holds her heart. Then she might live to see if happily ever after is a promise the prince can keep. But is life as an underworld queen worth sacrificing the true love that might kill her?

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