Thursday, March 31, 2016

Cesar Chavez Day

This day is a  national commemorative holiday in the U.S. as well as the birth date of Cesar Chavez. He was born on March 31, 1927 near Yuma, Arizona and dedicated his later life to helping American farm workers.

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

I just read it this morning and couldn’t put it down.  When I did, all I could think was, “Wow.”

Long ago, a boy named Otto was lost in the woods and rescued by three sisters imprisoned there by a witch’s curse.  In return for their help, he promises to help break the curse by carrying their spirits hidden in a magical mouth harp—what we know today as a harmonica, and passing the instrument along to the right person at the right time.    This harmonica ties Otto with three other children—Friedrich in Germany during the Third Reich, an orphan Michael during the Great Depression and Ivy during World War II.  Each child has a musical gift and is faced with personal struggles.  Friedrich and his father must escape Nazi Germany because they don’t fall into line with Hitler’s grand scheme.  Michael and his brother are orphans, trying to stay together, and Ivy faces prejudice because she’s Mexican and her friends are Japanese.  Their stories are linked by their musical talents and fate bringing Otto’s harmonica into their lives, coming together in a triumphant conclusion at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Recommended for grades 5 and up

Reviewed by Kathy Thornhill, Zauel Memorial Library

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

I (Don’t) Like Snakes, by Nicola Davies

Our young protagonist DOES NOT  like snakes.  She REALLY REALLY does not like snakes—which the rest of her reptile loving family does not understand.  As she goes through the list of things she does not like about snakes, one-by-one, her family refutes her arguments, explaining why the thing she does not like (i e: they're icky, slimy, scaly skin), is in reality what makes snakes REALLY REALLY cool.   Being a fair young lady, she listens to her family’s arguments favoring snakes, and eventually decides that, yes, snakes are really pretty nifty creatures.

Recommended for grades K-3

Reviewed by Kathy Thornhill, Zauel Memorial Library

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

March 2 Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!!

The beloved writer and illustrator was born on this date in 1902. Visit your library and choose your favorite Dr. Seuss title to read today.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March 1 Today is National Pig Day.

Curl up and wait for spring with The Adventures of a South Pole Pig: A Novel of Snow and Courage by Chris Kurtz.

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