2011 Reviews by Library: scandinavia

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Author: BĂ©atrice Rodriguez

Wordless stories have a unique feel and highlight the importance of illustrations in picture books. As a child some of my favorite wordless books were by Mercer Mayer, such as "Frog on His Own." A newly released wordless book is "The Chicken Thief" which features a capture, chase, and miscommunication. Fun for non-readers and readers alike!

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Author: Susan Blackaby

Brownie Groundhog and February Fox are waiting for spring after the Groundhog's Day prediction. Waiting is HARD, especially if you are a hungry fox with a tasty looking groundhog RIGHT NEXT TO YOU! Find out who "out foxes" whom in this picture book about patience.

Creating from Clay

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Author: Laban Carrick Hill

This biography of the slave only known as Dave, features the creativity of a man who likely had few freedoms in his life. Words and images bring to life the feeling of creating pottery, some of it huge in size. Additional information about Dave the Potter and a bibliography at the end of the book provide a jumping-off point for enthusiastic readers.

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Author: Ann Whitehead Nagda

Learn about cheetahs being raised in a zoo, and math if you choose. This book about cheetahs Majani and Kubali tells their story about being raised from cubs to adults with dog companions. Division problems are featured so that they may be read along with the story, or left for another day. The math problems range from easy to difficult with a variety of ways to solve them. Graphics such as rows of bottles accompany the text. Along with the story and math are great photos of Majani, Kubali, and their trainers.

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Author: Mark Cassino

If you want to add to your winter experience, read this book about snow! Photographs and simple illustrations show how snow is formed, the shapes snow takes, and how to inspect snow on your own.

Who is the artist?

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Title: Art & Max
Author: David Wiesner

Arthur is an experienced artist. Max is not. Fun ensues as Max paints Art.

Odd Ways to Add?

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Author: David LaRochelle

One page poses a mathematical equation "1 + 1 = 3?" and the following page reveals the full story "1 unicorn + 1 goat = 3 horns!" Bright and colorful illustrations leave clues for the reader to guess the correct equation in this challenging and fun book.

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Author: Steve Jenkins

Many of us know of the helpful relationship between the sea anemone and clown fish. Did you know, however, that each clown fish can only use one sea anemone? It's complicated, but readily explained by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page in this beautiful book. Additional information at the end of the book includes "More about Symbiosis"; a listing of all of the animals described in the book including size, habitat, and diet; and a bibliography.

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Author: Dinah Bucholz

If you love the Harry Potter series, and you enjoy cooking or trying out new foods, then this is the book for you! Dinah Bucholz has put together over 150 recipes for foods mentioned in the world of Harry Potter. From English staples like bangers & mash (that's sausages and mashed potatoes with gravy on top) to beef and kidney pie, Derby pudding and crumpets, to the books' trademark pumpkin pasties and treacle tarts (these are real foods!), this book has them all. She's even included a recipe for haggis, although she doesn't recommend for anyone to actually eat it!

Each recipe includes information on where the food can be found in the books, and some background about the origin of the recipe and/or how it was used or prepared historically. Most recipes will require the aid of an adult to prepare, but what could be better than family bonding over Aunt Petunia's English Strawberry Trifle?

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Author: Loreen Leedy

It is likely that you don't think about probability in your daily life, however you use it frequently. Join Lisa and her dog Penny as they explore probability in an easy to understand way.

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Title: Wanda Gag
Author: Deborah Kogan Ray

What is it like to become a professional artist? Read about Wanda Gag, who illustrated the first modern picture book. Poverty was a challenge to Wanda, however she was able to become a successful author and artist.

Backyard Camping

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Title: Duck Tents
Author: Lynne Berry

Five ducks set up tents in the backyard to camp. Join them in this book with rhymes!

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Author: Janet Halfmann

I first learned about Robert Smalls and his heroic journey on the Planter through Bruce Burnside's song about him on the album "Unsung Stories of the Civil War." This book details Robert Smalls and his family and his amazing accomplishments, particularly his sailing to freedom. 

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Title: Full House
Author: Dayle Ann Dodds

Math is not fun, you say? It's only FUNdamental? Nonsense! I say. It is fun! Especially when you read this rhyme about Miss Bloom filling up her rooms, which happens to use fractions.

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Title: Birds
Author: Kevin Henkes

Wisconsin author and illustrator team up for this beginner's book of birds that explores color, size, and behavior.

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Author: Pat Mora

What are you grateful for? Join a boy as he lists daily things and activities that he is thankful for in this English and Spanish language book.

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Author: Maya Christiana Gonzalez

Explore the colors of a desert yard with a young girl in this bilingual book of English and Spanish. Color words (pink/rosa) are highlighted in both languages and glorious illustrations bring the book to life. Enjoy!

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Author: David M. Schwartz

For reference or browsing, G is for Googol is a fun look at math, for the geek and non-geek alike!

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Author: Louise Yates

Dog loves books so much that he makes a bookstore. What will he do while he waits for customers? Read! You will enjoy this book about the pleasures of reading.

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Author: Martin W. Sandler

Author Martin W. Sandler brings the dust bowl to you through photographs and descriptions of the conditions from start to end of this challenging time in US history. You will admire both the struggling families and photographers that captured them and their time.

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Author: Anik McGrory

Are you slow like Kidogo, the elephant, or are you quick like PolePole, the monkey? Who is going to end up with more mangos?

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Author: Denise Fleming

This is the perfect toddler book with a little bit of this and a little bit of that, all with wonderful color and illustration.

Explore the North

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Author: Norbert Rosing

If you are interested in polar bears, this is the book for you. You will learn about polar bear habitat, behavior, and food sources and enjoy the bright photographs.

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Author: Cathryn Sill

This picture book features wetland habitats in detailed watercolor illustrations with one or two sentence descriptions. Animals and plants featured in the illustration are listed on each page. Further information about each illustration are provided in the afterword. If I were to publish this book, I would include the afterword information along with the text in another font so that readers could chose the detail of information to read while keeping all of the text together. Companion books include About Habitats: Mountains and About Habitats: Deserts.

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Author: Charles Piddock

Curious about what causes diseases? Infections? "Outbreak" provides a well documented study of bacteria, viruses, and human infections. If you're a science geek like me, this book will interest you!

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Feeling blue? Get these polkas for kids! Pint Size Polkas from Uncle Mike and His Polka Band.

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Title: Bones
Author: Steve Jenkins

You have a backbone, which makes you a vertebrate! Information about animals with bony skeletons (including you) along with scale illustrations of bones and skeletons is found in this fantastic book. This book can be read from start to end or browsed, so jump in and learn about bones!

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Title: Genetics
Author: Kathleen Simpson

Do you need to write a science report or are you just curious about genetics? This book provides an overview of genetics including the study of Egyptian mummies, genetically modified plants, genes and long life, protecting wildlife through genetics, and more. Photographs, diagrams, and maps bring life to the information.

Snow in Nigeria?

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Author: Katia Novet Saint-Lot

Amadi doesn't see the value of learning to read until he wants to find out about something he doesn't experience in Nigeria...snow and snowmen!

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Author: Darlyne A. Murawski

There's a lot to discover about butterflies! Darlyne Murawski, butterfly scientist, describes her research, the life cycle of butterflies, migration, and how you can attract butterflies to your home. Curious about butterflies? This book is for you!

A vision for life

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Author: S.D. Nelson

Black Elk's life story is told with vibrant illustrations and period photographs. How does Black Elk's vision shape his life? How does he share it with other? Find out in this very readable biography!

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Author: Huynh Quang Nhuong

Huynh Quang Nhuong recounts his childhood in Vietnam, which was filled with work, hunting, fishing, and other adventures. From fantastic to frightening, these stories will bring the highlands of Vietnam to life for you.

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Author: Michael O. Tunnell

Humans need food and shelter to survive. They also need hope. After World War II, the United States, United Kingdom, and other Allied powers provided support to rebuild Germany. Airlifts of food staples were provided to the citizens of Berlin. One airlift pilot, Gail Halvorsen, saw the power of providing candy to children. Read about his unique approach to supporting the children of Berlin in this photo filled book! 

Northern sky

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Author: Amy Lundebrek

A boy is woken in on a winter night by his mother to gather outside with neighbors to enjoy the northern lights. Community and personal closeness (mother and son) are celebrated in this book about the night sky.

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Author: Wendy Macdonald

An everyday act for Massimo, dropping lunch from a bridge to his uncle in a boat, captures Galileo's attention in this picture book. Do the heavy cheese and lighter bread fall at the same rate? What can observation tell us about the physical world?

Fun and fancy art

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Author: Jane O'Connor

Fancy Nancy's best friend Bree is gone on vacation and Nancy is glum. Nancy's mother introduces fun in the form of glitter makers, which leads to an art and vocabulary filled week. Images of art by Degas, Matisse, Monet, and Pollock inspire Nancy and her friend Lionel, who paint and design together day by day. Education is packed in this fun and fancy book for young listeners and readers.

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Author: Satomi Ichikawa

Author-illustrator Satomi Ichikawa has captured the essence of sheep perfectly in Benjy the greedy sheep. The illustration of Benjy gobbling up the cucumber sandwiches is perfect. Nora's assumptions about Benjy's size and weight are tested and contain a kind message for the reader. 

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Author: W. Nikola-Lisa

Follow a Middle Ages community through a year, month-by-month, as they complete the chores necessary for survival. Some activities may be familiar, such as cutting firewood in the winter, while others may seem distant, such as basket making. The illustrations are bold and vibrant. (Gardeners will admire the weed free gardens.) Enjoyable for readers of all ages, this book provides an opportunity to reflect on the activities of the year both current and historical.

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Author: Steve Jenkins

Do you know why you should never smile at a monkey? Do you know why you should never clutch a cane toad? Read this book and find out about dangerous animals from around the world from puffer fish to black bear cubs. Jenkins provides an excellent introduction to a host of animals with his amazing paper art illustrations. Additional information at the end of the book answers further questions about the habitat and behavior of the featured animals.

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Author: Joseph Lekuton

Joseph recounts his childhood as a nomadic Maasai boy who tends the family cows and is interested in education. His education and character allow him to become an individual who can bridge two cultural roles, the Kenyan tribal member and teacher in the United States. Readers will enjoy his detailed descriptions of life in the African Savanna.

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Title: Jahanara
Author: Kathryn Lasky

Jahanara is a princess in 1627 India with wealth beyond belief. What she doesn't posses is self-determination because she is protected with buildings, walls, culture, and veils. As a young adult she explores her world and finds that she has more power than she first thought. This historical fiction for youth will take you to another time and culture. Enjoy!

Explore Nighttime

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Author: Joyce Sidman

Explore the creatures of the night with poetry and sublime linoleum prints in "Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night." Each very readable poem is decorated with an red eft (the land-dwelling stage of the red-spotted newt) to search for; a full-page lino-print; and facts about the nighttime feature. Enjoy the poems, art, and facts together or separately, as each feature is strong enough to stand alone. This book will be enjoyed by all, from child to adult.

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Author: Laura Amy Schlitz

Eleven year old Maud doesn't expect to get adopted out of the orphanage where she lives in 1909. She's too plain, naughty, and old for adoption. No one is more surprised than Maud when she is adopted by three spinster sisters who immediately spoil her with fine clothes. There is a price to be paid for her adoption though. Maud can't leave the house or gardens around it and must stay hidden from the public. Her adoptive "aunts" are sporadic in their kindness and they have many secrets. What is the price Maud has to pay to be out of the orphanage? Is it worth it? Young readers will enjoy this suspenseful mystery.

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Author: Phyllis Root

Luella the Cow provides sweet milk that can be made into cheese. Luella needs grass or hay to eat, water, and sunshine like all cows. Unlike other cows, she also requires a song and kiss. Would you kiss her? Annalisa doesn't want to!

Beautiful pictures match the sweetness of this story.

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Author: Janet Tashjian

The most recent Diary of a Wimpy Kid is Cabin Fever. If you have a fever while waiting to read it, try My Life as a Book. As the main character Dereks says "If my life were a book, I'd have my own cool adventures instead of reading about someone else's." As it turns out, Derek does have funny life that is worth reading about.

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Author: Wilson Rawls

You're a regular kid, growing up in the country, with big wishes. You'd love to have your own horse. The trouble is that you don't have any money. However, monkeys have escaped from the circus and there is a cash reward for capturing them. All you need to do is catch the monkeys and get the horse. It's not as easy as it may seem.

Alone in the world

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Author: Watt Key

Ten-year-old Moon has lived in a small shelter with his father his entire life. They fish, hunt, and trap to live off the land and be resonsible to no one, other than themselves. Moon is very savy in this way of living, until his father dies. Will he be able and willing to live on his own? What about finding someone else to live with out in the woods? Follow Moon's adventure in this fast-paced book.

Spirals in nature

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Author: Joyce Sidman

Joyce Sidman explores spirals in nature, from animals to plants to weather to the galaxy, all accompanied with beautiful scratchboard illustrations by Beth Krommes. Simple language is used to explain the occurrences of coiling, curling, and spiraling in nature , while examples are labeled in the illustration. Additional information after the body of the text provides details for curious children and adults.

Make a wish!

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Author: Eric A. Kimmel

Joha has lots to wish for and is lucky enough to discover a magic wand. His wishes don't work as he expects. In fact, they make his situation worse. What will happen when the sultan forces him to use the wand?

Enjoy this humorous tale with beautiful illustrations.