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  • Armadillo antics by Martin, Bill,

    Reviewed by Mary D on Sep 29, 2022

    Tagged: Children

    Armadillo Antics is a cute picture book about facts and getting children to know about the creatures that roam outside at night in the woods.  Bill Martin Jr. is an acclaimed children's author who wrote a delightful book for children to learn more about armadillos.  The last page has fun true facts about the armadillo.  , beautiful illustrations by Nathalie Beauvois

     

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  • Ali and the sea stars by Stroker, Ali,

    Reviewed by Mary D on Sep 29, 2022

    Tagged: Children

    Ali was a bright star and loved to sing and dance and act.  Written by broadway star Ali Stroker 

    In this delightful picture book Ali wants to put on a show at Breezy Beach.  She held auditions and everyone wanted to be a part of the show.  She cast her best friend, her little sister, and neighbor.  They gave away tickets, they built their own sets out of cardboard boxes.  They rehearsed every day, and Ali thought about it all night.  

    Then a storm was coming , the rain was going to do damage to the set and trees blew away , the storm passed but the sets were ruined.  Find out what happens when Alli and her friends try to still put on the best show at Breezy Beach.

     

     

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  • Monster trucks by Denise, Anika,

    Reviewed by Mary D on Sep 22, 2022

    Tagged: Children

    Monster trucks moan, grumble and groan but on Halloween the monster trucks come alive!! You have werewolf trucks , zombie trucks, ghost trucks, vampire trucks all ready to be in the monster truck race!

    Monster trucks are all big and ready to race in this Halloween book about trucks .  

    The ending has a surprise ending that will make little ones smile.  

    Great illustrations by Nate Wragg, bright colors .

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  • Bella's fall coat by Plourde, Lynn.

    Reviewed by Mary D on Sep 22, 2022

    Tagged: Children

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  • Humphrey's creepy-crawly camping adventure by Birney, Betty G.

    Reviewed by Mary D on Aug 24, 2022

    Tagged: Children

    Humphrey is the classroom pet , and Heidi is taking him along on a backyard campout with her and her friends.  There are pranksters next door , roasting marshmallows, and searching for creepy crawlies .  Its about Humphrey trying to show these girls that they are not scaredy cats.  

    Wonderful illustrations as well and enjoyable to read.

     

     

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  • Monkey and Elephant by Schaefer, Carole Lexa.

    Reviewed by Mary D on Aug 18, 2022

    Tagged: Children

    Monkey and Elephant are close friends and they live in the hot jungle and they set out to search for shade.  The adventures begin and the two friends find out some things about each other they do not like .  These good friends.  try to find shade and and stay friends.  

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  • Tad and Dad by Stein, David Ezra.

    Reviewed by Mary D on Aug 2, 2022

    Tagged: Children

    Spending time with dad , it starts out with describing his dad as having big , buggy eyes, strong legs and a huge mouth.

    You can see that Tad loves his dad very much.  But Tad is growing bigger every day, first he grew legs, then he grew a big mouth and he ate more and more.  Tad got so big , it might be time little Tad gets his own pad to sleep on.  

     

     

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  • Tiny Dino /c by Deborah Freedman. by Freedman, Deborah J.

    Reviewed by Mary D on Jul 11, 2022

    Tagged: Children

    This book is for all dinosaur lovers.  A small bird declares it is a dinosaur, but how can it be a dino when it is so little.  It is a lesson that birds are in deed dinosaurs.  

    This beautiful illustrated picture book is an informative for little ones.

     

     

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  • Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 10. by Kui, Ryoko.
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Linda Y on May 20, 2022

    Tagged: Comics and Graphic Novels

    This series continues with the group working toward saving Laios's sister and eating delicious meals. At times you consistently wonder how many lives can the group live with how many dangerous situations they find themselves in. This is continues to be a story where there is the absurdity and good eats, as Kui gives recipes for each of the dishes that is prepared. This part of the story gets more meta, specifically for Ryoko Kui pointing out what happens if a characters has their greatest wish fulfilled and then what can happen as time goes on. This volume is pretty exciting. Manga readalikes for this series is Toriko and Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill.

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  • Perfectly pegasus by Sima, Jessie.

    Reviewed by Mary D on May 17, 2022

    Tagged: Children

    Story about Nimbus and dreaming of having someone to keep her company.  She misses her chance to wish on a falling star, she then follows the glow to an island where she meets some mysterious creatures who leaves her thinking about friendships.

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  • Being a dog : a tail of mindfulness by Gianferrari, Maria,

    Reviewed by Mary D on May 13, 2022

    Tagged: Children

    Be in the present moment with this book.  The author Maria Gianferrari has made a book of mindfulness for children.  Like the dog in the book, wag your body, breathe in sniff, sniff, sniff, stretch, greet the day, munch your food.  Play every day is the motto.

     

     

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  • There's a lion in the forest! by Carnesi, Mônica,

    Reviewed by Mary D on May 12, 2022

    Tagged: Children

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  • Himawari House by Becker, Harmony,
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Linda Y on May 10, 2022

    Tagged: Comics and Graphic Novels Language Study

    This is a good read. I found myself drawn into the story. Much of the text in this book is actually with subtitles which is unexpected (Japanese), so I found myself enjoying reading the Japanese conversational text. Himewari House shows the stories of three females who find themselves living in a shared home in Tokyo as a coming of age story. I definitely thought about buying this book for my own personal collection. Thank you Free Library for having this book!

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  • Himawari House by Becker, Harmony,
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Linda Y on May 10, 2022

    Tagged: Comics and Graphic Novels Language Study

    This is a good read. I found myself drawn into the story. Much of the text in this book is actually with subtitles which is unexpected (Japanese), so I found myself enjoying reading the Japanese conversational text. Himewari House shows the stories of three females who find themselves living in a shared home in Tokyo as a coming of age story. I definitely thought about buying this book for my own personal collection. Thank you Free Library for having this book!

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  • Messy roots a graphic memoir of a Wuhanese American by Gao, Laura,

    Reviewed by Linda Y on May 10, 2022

    Tagged: Biography and Autobiography Comics and Graphic Novels

    This is a graphic novel memoir from a Chinese American who speaks about her life growing up. She details her journey, moving from China to settling in Texas and then returning back to China. She defies her family's expectations of being a math whiz to taking up basketball and finally to drawing. All the while she shares her background as an American raised Chinese who would have identity crisis upon going to college at the University of Pennsylvania. This is a coming of age story, with her story not ending just yet. Gao currently lives in San Francisco, and while she said that her parents may not know that she is out of the closet just yet, she is queer and living. This is an #aapi #immigrant story.

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  • Messy roots : a graphic memoir of a Wuhanese American by Gao, Laura,
    ★★★☆☆

    Reviewed by Linda Y on May 10, 2022

    Tagged: Biography and Autobiography Comics and Graphic Novels

    This is a graphic novel memoir from a Chinese American who speaks about her life growing up. She details her journey, moving from China to settling in Texas and then returning back to China. She defies her family's expectations of being a math whiz to taking up basketball and finally to drawing. All the while she shares her background as an American raised Chinese who would have identity crisis upon going to college at the University of Pennsylvania. This is a coming of age story, with her story not ending just yet. Gao currently lives in San Francisco, and while she said that her parents may not know that she is out of the closet just yet, she is queer and living. This is an #aapi #immigrant story.

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  • Loving kindness by Underwood, Deborah.

    Reviewed by Mary D on Mar 28, 2022

    Tagged: Children

    Loving Kindness encourages children to be kind to themselves and others and to open ourselves up others in the world.

     

    Beautiful illustrations for children and adults.

     

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  • Bear sees colors by Wilson, Karma.

    Reviewed by Mary D on Mar 24, 2022

    Tagged: Children

    Mouse and bear are friends and on their journey they run into their animal friends where they discover on each page, beautiful colors all around them and in the air.  It introduces a child to colors, this book has beautiful illustrations which will keep a toddler engaged.

     

     

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  • Spring after spring : how Rachel Carson inspired the environmental movement by Sisson, Stéphanie Roth,

    Reviewed by Mary D on Mar 16, 2022

    Tagged: Children

    This is a true story of Rachel Carson how the life of observation and bravery changed the course of environmental science and continues to inspire the young naturalists of body.  Rachel listened carefully and learned as much as she could about what was happening.

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  • Counting on Katherine by Becker, Helaine,

    Reviewed by Mary D on Mar 8, 2022

    Tagged: Children

    This children's version of how a woman helped the flight of Apollo 13 take off.  Katherine Johnson even as a child loved to count, she would count steps , the number of dishes and spoons she washed.  She was very smart.  She loved numbers and the Universe studies.  She skipped three whole grades in school.  Back in Katherine's time there was secration still and Katherine coundn't go to a regular high school because of the color of her skin.  She moved to a town where there was a black high school and she loved school.  

    She eventually got a job with the US Government and they hired thousands of new employees, even hiring black woman as mathematicians.  She worked for NASA , and without her she knew spaceships coundnt reach their destinations.  There was a space race going on in the world and every country wanted to get to space.  Katherine knew she could help, she worked hard and fast and she came up with the calculations to a new path for the Astronauts so they could get to space and back to earth safely.  

    Katherine made enormous contributions in history.

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