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Books – June 2010

July, 2010
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Best Friends

The end of the school year means saying goodbye to classmates for the summer, but some children often have to say goodbye to their friends for good as families prepare to move abroad or move home from assignments overseas. In Best Friends, Alice and Gemma, who share the same birthday and have been inseparable since birth, must say goodbye to each other when Alice’s father gets a job hundreds of miles away in Scotland. Although they must navigate complicated feelings, in the end the girls learn to adjust to life without their best friend. Readers will relate to the sadness and anger of having to leave behind or see a good friend go.

Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Ages: 8+

Book- By the Seashore

By the Seashore: A Touch-and-Feel Adventure

Young children taking a holiday at the beach this summer will appreciate this interactive “touch and feel” book that allows readers to explore the different textures of things found at the seashore and in the ocean. Kids can touch slimy seaweed, grainy sand, and even feel the softness of a baby seal. Each page has a rhyming riddle on one side and a lift-up flap on the other that reveals a picture of the answer to the riddle. Children follow a treasure trail and learn about the splendor of nature from this beautifully illustrated edition in the Nature Trail Book series.

Author: Maurice Pledger
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Ages: 4+

Book- Amelia Bedelia goes camping

Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping

Amelia Bedelia, one of children’s literature’s favorite characters, has another one of her hilarious adventures when she goes camping for the first time. One of many “Amelia Bedelia” books, Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping follows the story of the lovable housekeeper who takes literal instructions from her employers during their vacation to the great outdoors. The lovable housekeeper pitches a tent and tries to catch fish, but all in her unique way. Amelia listens carefully to Mr. and Mrs. Rogers throughout the trip, but continually misinterprets their directions. Whether young readers have been out camping or not, Amelia’s misadventures provide an ever-entertaining tale which will keep kids laughing at her antics.

Author: Peggy Parish
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Ages: 4+

Book- It's Summer

It’s Summer!

Part of a seasonal series, this summer-themed book allows children to observe the coming of the warm weather and see what it means for different plants and animals. In the book, a child reflects on the changing season and tells of what she sees around her. Written in rhyme, this beautiful volume is as much a visual feast as it is a story of the approaching season. The unique textured book uses cut paper illustrations to adorn the pages. The illustrator first painted paper to create colors associated with summer, then cut and layered the paper into artwork. The finished work is then photographed to produce the stunning final product.

Author: Linda Glaser
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Ages: 5+

Book- Are We There Yet

Are We There Yet?

Written from the point of view of eight-year-old Grace, this tale chronicles the three-month car trip of a family who takes a term off school to travel around Australia. The story introduces lots of interesting locales and makes a great first introduction to the country. Readers can use the maps found throughout the book to help them pinpoint unfamiliar locations. The clever layout of text and pictures will allow readers to feel as if they are looking through a vacation photo album. There are also plenty of lessons to learn from the family dynamics between Grace’s mom, dad, and brothers, Luke and Billy. Anyone who has ever asked “are we there yet?” can appreciate this fun book about traveling with family!

Author: Alison Lester
Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Pub
Ages: 4-8

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