Thursday, October 30, 2008

Phillies Phever

For all of you Phillies phans who want to know more about the Fightin' are some good reads you can find in Chester County Library's Children's Department:

The Philadelphia Phillies
By Mark Stewart
j796.357 Ste (2008)
Presents the history, accomplishments and key personalities of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. Includes timelines, quotes, maps, glossary and websites.

The Story of the Philadelphia Phillies
By Michael E. Goodman
j796.357 Goo (2008)
Highlights the key personalities and memorable games in the history of the team that has played in Philadelphia since 1883. Part of the Baseball: The Great American Game Series.


Lisa U, CCL

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

An American Landmark

During this election year, you may be looking for some patriotic books about our country. Head to the library and check out Lady Liberty: A Biography by Doreen Rappaport. You and your children won't be disappointed.

Told in verse, this book chronicles the building of the Statue of Liberty from many points of view. Starting with an idea sparked in 1865 in Glatigny, France, and the first pieces being created in 1876 in Paris, to digging the statue's foundation pit in 1884, Rappaport draws the reader into the statue's origins. Then she presents the many people who played a part in its coming to life -- sculptors, assistants, engineers, construction workers, journalists and children.

Matt Tavares' illustrations capture the essence of each time period, and are done in watercolor, ink and pencil. At the end of the book, the author includes quotes from people who saw the statue for the first time, as well as a list of the statue's dimensions, a timeline of important events and a list of selected sources for further reading. All in all, this is a great book for students aged 8-13 and casual readers of all ages.
Lisa U, CCL

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

35 years later -- Free to Be....You and Me

The best-selling classic Free To Be....You and Me will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a new, expanded edition. Author Marlo Thomas thinks the timing is perfect because those who grew up with the original can now share the updated version with their children.

The stories and songs in Free To Be....You and Me, originally published in 1973, conveyed the message that children could be different and that was fine. Original contributors included author Judy Blume, author Shel Silverstein, and actor Carl Reiner. The new edition features the original material plus 14 new contributors, including best-selling children's author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds, illustrator Tony diTerlizzi, and illustrator LeUyen Pham. The new book's message will remain the same.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Magic Tree House: The Musical

In The Magic Tree House series, readers can travel to the times of dinosaurs, knights, mummies, and Shakespeare, just to name a few. Now you can experience a Magic Tree House musical on stage by Will Osborne and Randy Courts. Will and Randy's magic will send you soaring with Jack and Annie to more wonderful, faraway places. For information about the 2008-2009 nationwide tour schedule, go to