Friday, January 31, 2014

Library Book List January 2014

I had been looking for a specific library book that Tommy picked out months ago. I could not find it through searching the catalog and asked the librarians if there was a way to look up the books we borrowed in the past. Their answer: No. Not unless you accumulated a fine on it in the past. Wow. So if I ever want to find a book we checked out before, I decided I need to keep a record of all the books I check out. Here's our current list of books - I will include Title, author, illustrator (if different from author), ISBN, a description provided from the inside, front jacket cover, or back of book, and a picture if provided by an internet search of images.

Amelia's Fantastic Flight 
By Rose Bursik
ISBN: 0-8050-1872-7
"Amelia's little spin covers six continents and takes her to fourteen countries. She sees a baby sloth in Brazil, the pyramids of Egypt, a panda in China, and all manner of wonders the world over…
Two full-spread maps, plus smaller inset maps throughout, enable children to follow Amelia's amazing journey. Rose Bursik's striking, detailed artwork and intrepid heroine are sure to make Amelia's Fantastic Flight a favorite with the youngest armchair adventures.

Bessie Smith and the Night Riders 
By Sue Stauffacher
Illustrated by John Holyfield
ISBN: 0-39924237-6
Emmarene is thrilled when she hears the great blues singer Bessie Smith is coming to town--except she can't afford a ticket. So when she's sure no one's looking, Emmarene sticks her head inside the tent while Bessie's performing. And there's Bessie, waving her feather boa and singing her heart out.
Then Emmarene hears a noise outside--it's the Night Riders, and they've come to burn down Bessie's tent! "Y'all best get ready to meet your maker," a voice tells the audience. But if anyone can face down the Night Riders, it's Bessie Smith…
Based on a true incident, Bessie Smith and the Night Riders is an empowering story of standing up for what's right. With John Holyfield's evocative paintings setting the stage, readers will be cheering for Bessie and Emmarene all the way to their final bow.

The Magic of Mythical Creatures
By Colleayn O. Mastin
Illustrated by Jan Sovak
ISBN: 1-895910-45-5
Warning! You are about to find out why you should never take your eyes off a leprechaun. And speaking of eyes, do dragons sleep with their eyes open and see with their eyes shut?
Or how about trolls. Do they stay out of the sunlight because they do not want to risk a sunburn? Or is there a more sinister reason?
Read this beautifully illustrated book, if you dare, to find out more and to answer your questions. Enjoyable and easy to ready, you and your children will delight in the 15 of the world's mythical creatures that will come to life before your eyes in this wonderfully entertaining book.

While You Are Away
By Eileen Spinelli
Illustrated by Renee Graef
ISBN-13: 978-142311351-5
Belongs to: While You Are Away [Kit]

In My Heart
By Molly Bang
ISBN: 0-316-79617-4
Belongs to: While You Are Away [Kit]
Let me tell you about all of the ways and all of the places and all of the times you're in my heart…. Plenty of room for YOU in here!

How Many Stars in the Sky?
By Lenny Hort
Illustrated by James E. Ransome
ISBN: 978-0-688-15218-5
Belongs to: While You Are Away [Kit]
Mama's away one night, and her son can't sleep. He tries to relax by counting stars, but the more of them he sees, the more determined he is to count every single one. The the boy finds that Daddy can't sleep either. Together, the two of them set off on an unforgettable all-night journey of discovery.
*a Reading Rainbow book

King Arthur's Very Great Grandson
By Kenneth Kraegel
ISBN: 978-0-7636-5311-8
Henry Alfred Grummorson is the great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of King Arthur, one of the bravest knights to ever life. On the day Henry turns six years old, he wakes up early, mounts his trusty donkey, Knuckles, and goes out in search of adventure.
Along the way, he encounters a Dragon, a Cyclops, and a Griffin, but none of them will have "ado" with Henry. Desperate for a real battle, Henry seeks out the most fearsome of all the beasts: the Leviathan. But has Henry met his match at last?
Newcomer Kenneth Kraegel draws from myth and legend to craft a wonderfully inventive tale that is sure to delight adventurers of all ages.

Snowflakes Fall
By Patricia MacLachlan
Illustrated by Steven Kellogg
ISBN: 978-0-385-37693-8
In Snowflakes Fall, Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan portrays life's natural cycle: its beauty, its joy, and its sorrow Her simple but powerful words gently convey the impact of loss and the healing power of memory. This book is a tribute to the qualities that make each individual unique.
Award-winning artist Steven Kellogg brings her words to life in his signature style with rich and vibrant paintings. Together the words and pictures offer the promise of renewal that can be found in our lives--snowflakes fall, and return as raindrops so that flowers can grow again.
With Snowflakes Fall, longtime friends MacLachlan and Kellogg have created a truly inspiring book that is a celebration of life and a message of hope.

Names for Snow
By Judi K. Beach
Illustrated by Loretta Krupinski
ISBN: 078681937-5
Every snowflake is unique, and so are the names used to describe snow and its ever changing nature. Sometimes those soft flakes floating down are wings of white butterflies, other times snow is a clever magician who makes the landscape disappear!
Loretta Krupinski's stunning landscapes illuminate Judi K. Beach's lyrical text while her joyful borders tell their own story of a whimsical rabbit family and their adventures in the snow.

By Uri Shulevitz
ISBN: 978-0-374-3709203
First, one snowflake. Then two snowflakes. Nobody thinks the snow will amount to anything. Nobody, that is, except a certain little boy. "It's snowing!"
A boy and his dog celebrate the first snowfall and a city is transformed.
Caldecott Medalist Uri Shulevitz has created a lyrical companion to the award-winning Dawn and Rain Rain Rivers.

The Gingerbread Man Loose on the Fire Truck
By Laura Murray
Illustrated by Mike Lowery
ISBN: 078-0-399-25779-7
Guess who best to go along on a field trip to the firehouse? The Gingerbread Man! But when he falls out of his class-mate's pocket, Spot the dalmatian comes sniffing around. Luckily, this gingerbread man is one smart cookie, and he races into the fire truck, up the pole, and all through the station, staying one step ahead of the hungry dog the whole time.
Then an emergency call comes in and the gingerbread man knows just what to do: I'll ride to the rescue, as fast as i can. I want to help, too! I'm the GINGERBREAD MAN!
With snappy rhymes and fresh illustrations, the Gingerbread Man makes a sweet return in his second school adventure.

I Love My Pirate Papa
By Laura Leuck
Illustrated by Kyle M. Stone
ISBN: 978-0-15-205664-2
A pirate's life is a raucous life--full of rough-and-tumble adventure, hard work, and the occasional brush with danger. And a ship isn't a cozy place. But to a hardy seafaring boy with a pirate for a papa, the waves feel just like home.
Plenty salty and a little bit sweet, this pirate papa is the most lovable dad ever to fly the Jolly Roger.

Little Tad Grows Up
by Giuliano Ferri
ISBN: 978-0-698-40060-3
Little Tadpole is going through some big changes in his early life. For one thing, he's sad when he learns his is losing his tail. Instead, he's growing strange, new legs that he doesn't know what to do with. The older frogs tell him to be patient, but it's hard when everything's changing around you. Then one day he finds himself face to face with a sneaky water snake, and he learns just how useful his new legs can be. In the process, he discovers a beautiful world outside the water. This is a funny, endearing look at what it means to grow up.

Make Way for Ducklings
By Robert McCloskey
ISBN: 0-670-45149-5
Just any old place won't do for raising a family of ducklings. Mr. Mallard thought the pond in the Boston Public Gardens would be just right, especially with the swan boats bringing all those people, and all those peanuts. But Mrs. Mallard knew right away that the park was not a safe place for babies. A quite island in the Charles River, however, proved just right for bringing up a new family--eight fluffy ducklings in all. And after her brood had learned to swim and dive, to walk in a line, and to come when called, Mrs. Mallard knew the time was right. They would all return to the Public Garden. But though the ducklings were old enough to look out for themselves, they couldn't fly. How to move them across the highway, down busy streets and intersections? Mrs. Mallard didn't make a fuss. She just set off at a proud waddle and the ducklings filed along behind her. The people of Boston would just had to make way!
This brilliantly illustrated, amusingly observed tale of Mallards on the move has won the hearts of generations of readers. Awarded the Caldecott Medal as "the most distinguished American picture book for children" in 1941, it has since become a favorite of millions, children and adults alike, as "one of the merriest picture-books ever…told in very few words with a gravity that underscores the delightful comedy of the pictures."
--The New York Times

A Day in the Salt Marsh
By Kevin Kurtz
Illustrations by Consie Powell
ISBN: 978-1-93435901908
From: Chesapeake Bay Oceans to Go! Backpack Item
Enjoy a day in one of the most dynamic habitats on earth: the salt marsh. Fun-to-read, rhyming verse introduces readers to hourly change in the marsh as the tide comes and goes. Watch the animals that have adapted to this ever-changing environment as they hunt for food or play in the sun, and learn how the marsh grass survives even when it is covered by salt water twice a day.
Free online resources and support for A Day in the Salt Marsh at
*For Creative Minds as seen in the book
     - Matching activity with information on habitat and diet
     - Tidal Animals Activity
     - What Causes Tides?
     - What are salt marshes important?
     - Spartina Grass and its adaptations
* Teaching activities
* Interactive Quizzes
* English and Spanish audio
* Learning Links (subject related websites)
* Aligned to National & State Science & Math Standards
* Accelerated REader, Lexile, & Reading Counts levels

Meet Chadwick and His Chesapeake Bay Friends
By Priscilla Cummings
Illustrated by A.R. Cohen
ISBN: 0-87033-516-2
From: Chesapeake Bay Oceans to Go! Backpack Item
Meet Chadwick, the Chesapeake Bay blue crab, and his many friends, including Bernie the Sea Gull, Toulouse the Canada Goose, Matilda Egret, Hector Spector the Jellyfish, and Orville Oyster. As the story goes: 
     Though Chadwick and his many friends
     Are different as can be,
     They life together happily
     In a bay, beside the sea.
Older readers, age six and up, can continue to read about Chadwick's many adventures in the "Chadwick the Crab" series of books written by Priscilla Cummings and illustrated by A.R. Cohen.

Spider-Sense Spider-Man: Spider-Man and the Great Holiday Chase
By Michael Teitelbaum
Pictures by Mada Design, Inc. Colors by Dave McCaig
ISBN: 978-0-06-162616-6
It's the holidays, but not everyone is ready to celebrate. Spider-Man must stop the villain known as Silver Sable from stealing the special Holiday Diamond, which is hidden in a big department store. Can Spider-Man keep Silver Sable from getting her hands on the prize?

The Book of Dragons & Other Mythical Beasts
By Joseph Nigg
ISBN: 0-7641-5510-5
Dragons, unicorns, griffins, sea monsters, and other ancient animals that never existed continue to fascinate us with their dreamlike shapes and mysterious powers. They are expressions of human fears and of our wonder at the awesome forces of nature. Bestowed with magical qualities, they embody our longings for health, riches, wisdom, and immortality.They also delight us with their charms and eccentricities.
The Book of Dragons and Other Mythical Beasts is a journey through the unnatural history of creatures that never existed outside our own imagination. It brings to life with vivid description and illustration over fifty of the most fascinating and awesome mythical beasts. Turn the pages and discover:
Amphisbaena A reptile with a head at either end of its body that can go backward or forward at great speed.
Chimera A fire-breathing monster with the head and foreparts of a lion, the body of a goat, and the hindquarters of a dragon.
Hydra A monstrous water serpent with many heads. If one head is destroyed, two or more grow in its place.
Karkadan A ferocious one-horned monster of Persia, so large it can carry off an elephant on its horn.
Kraken One of the most feared monsters of the northern ocean, it wraps its huge tentacles around unwary ships and plucks sailors from the decks.
Manticore With three rows of teeth and a long, scorpion like tail, it is a man-eater with a voice like a panpipe.
Stymphalids Man-eating birds with brass beaks and claws.

Fantasy Encyclopedia - A Guide to Fabulous Beasts and Magical Beings - From Elves and Dragons to Vampires and Wizards
By Judy Allen
ISBN: 0-7534-5847-0
This magical book is a comprehensive guide to the creatures and people of the fantasy world. The exquisite illustrations and richly descriptive stories will captivate both children and adults as they delve into the spellbinding world of elves, monsters, and ghouls.

The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook
By Dinah Bucholz
ISBN: 978-140220664106
Bring the majesty of Narnia to your Table!
Have you ever wished you could travel through the wardrobe with Lucy, Edmund, Susan, and Peter, simply to taste some of the wondrous food they eat? Ever tried tucking a piece of toffee in the ground, hoping a toffee tree would grow so you could eat sweets for breakfast?
Now you can recreated the delicious meals from Narnia in the comfort of your own home without worrying about the White Witch or epic battles. Menus include more than 150 easy-to-make recipes for breakfast, snacks,lunch, dinner, and of course dessert!
"East and reading are two pleasure that combine admirably." - C. S. Lewis
Mere Christianity
By C. S. Lewis
ISBN: 0-06-065288-8
In 1943 England, when all hope was threatened by the inhumanity of war, C. S. Lewis was invited to give a series of radio lectures addressing the central issues of Christianity. More than half a century after the original lectures, they continue to retain their poignancy. First heard as informal radio broadcasts, the lectures were then published as three books and subsequently combined as Mere Christianity. C. S. Lewis proves that "at the center of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks with the same voice," rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity's many denominations. This twentieth-century masterpiece provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.

The ABC Murders
By Agatha Christie
ISBN: 978-0-06-207358-7
There's a serial killer on the loose, working his way through the alphabet and the whole country is in a state of panic.
A is for Mrs. Ascher in Andover, B is for Betty Barnard in Bexhill, C is for Sir Carmichael Clarke in Churston. With each murder, the killer is getting more confident--but leaving a trail of deliberate clues to taunt the proud Hercule Poirot might just prove to be the first, and fatal, mistake.
"Agatha Christie has provided entertainment, suspense, and temporary relief from the anxieties and traumas of life both in peace and war for millions through the world."
--P. D. James, New York Times Best Selling Author

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