Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Staff Picks

Good Thing You're Not an Octopus!
By Julie Markes
Preschool-Grade 1
When a little boy doesn't want to do daily tasks like getting dressed or brushing his teeth, the author presents the tasks from a different point of view -- "You don't like to get dressed in the morning? It's a good thing you're not an octopus. If you were an octopus, you would have eight legs to put in your pants!" The accompanying illustration shows a weary creature trying to fit all of his limbs into a large pair of multi-legged pants. This colorful, funny book shows preschoolers that they don't have it that bad! It's a great read-aloud for kids and parents alike.

Sarah, Plain and Tall
By Patricia MacLachlan
Grade 4-5
After Papa advertises for a wife and mother in the newspaper, the family receives letters from Sarah in Maine, and she eventually joins them in their prairie home. Sarah learns how to plow, but she also teaches the family about the colors of the sea and the importance of music and laughter. This tale has the feel of the Little House on the Prairie series, and has several nice sequels, which include Skylark, Caleb's Story, More Perfect than the Moon and Grandfather's Dance.

Lisa U, CCL

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