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October- January New Books
I'm Trying to Love Spiders (it isn't easy) by Bethany Barton
"Spiders may not be easy to love. These eight-eyed “ninjas” are capable of eating seventy-five pounds of bugs per year, so they at least deserve not to be squished."-JLG
This story is told from a female point of view. While the child struggles with her urge to squash spiders, she learns more and more about them.
What Floats in a Moat? by Lynne Berry
“‘Drawbridge, straw-bridge,’” says Archie the goat. “‘This is no time for a drawbridge. This is a time for science!’” But can he build a boat that floats?-JLG This book explores the difference between a full vessel, an empty vessel and a half-way full vessel.
The summaries come from our friends at Junior Library Guild. The * notes are from me!
Migrant by Maxine Trottier
Anna is the child of Mennonites from Mexico, who have come north to harvest fruit and vegetables. Sometimes she feels like a bird, flying north in the spring and south in the fall, sometimes like a jackrabbit in an abandoned burrow, since her family occupies an empty farmhouse near the fields. But above all Anna wonders what it would be like to be a tree rooted deeply in the earth, watching the seasons come and go, instead of being like a "feather in the wind."Afraid that their neighbor will hurt a little fox while trying to protect his chickens, Pettson and Findus work on a plan to outsmart the fox, with results even better than they could have imagined.
Arrow to Alaska: a Pacific Northwest Adventure by Hannah Viano
Arrow, a young boy who lives in Seattle, goes on an adventure to visit his grandfather in Alaska aboard Aunt Kelly's salmon boat, spends time with Grampy on his float house, then returns to Seattle with Grampy on a friend's seaplane.
Home on the Range: John A. Lomax and his cowboy songs by Deborah Hopkinson
"John Avery Lomax grew up singing. Why, he probably knew more folksongs, tunes, and ballads than there were cattle in the great state of Texas." As a child, John loved the songs he heard the cowboys singing along the nearby Chisholm Trail. He began writing them down at an early age. As John grew older, he traveled the country collecting and recording cowboy songs, helping to preserve such favorites as "Sweet Betsy from Pike" and "Home on the Range."-JLG
Mermaid Queen: the spectacular true story of Annette Kellerman
As a child growing up in Australia, Annette Kellerman was a frail ugly duckling who dreamed of becoming a graceful ballerina. With courage and determination, she confronted a crippling illness to become an internationally known record-setting athlete who revolutionized the sport of swimming for women, a movie star who invented water ballet, and a fashion revolutionary who modernized the swimsuit.