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Kern County Library Staff Suggests...: November Recommendations for Kids

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November Recommendations for Kids


The Boy in the Oak
by Jessica Albarn - The boy in the cottage has a disdain for nature, and especially for the ancient oak tree in the forest adjacent to his garden. The fairies in the oak do not take kindly to his mistreatment, and decide to teach him a lesson. The boy becomes a part of the oak tree, and feels its pain. . . A new girl arrives in the cottage. Curious about the mystery of the boy who disappeared years before, she goes in search of the magic that snatched him away. Can she break the fairies’ spell?

A visually stunning book that will appeal to lovers of nature, magic, and fairy tales, this book is a solid read that is not too lengthy. A short film version of this story is in the works, which will undoubtedly increase its popularity.

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss - One bright sunny day, a duck named McKluck found a magic Bippolo Seed! When the seed is planted, whatever one hishes for will sprout and grow out of a Bippolo Tree. Unfortunately McKluck is influenced by an imaginative, greedy cat. Other exuberant tales involve a quick thinking rabbit, an overgrown goldfish and an abundance of Seussian creatures!

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick - Following the success of the 2009 Caldecott winner, the invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstuck contains two separate stories set fifty years apart, of Ben and Rose. Ben’s story is told in words of his search for the father he has never known. Rose’s story is told in pictures as she dreams of a mysterious actress and freedom from her narrow, deaf world. As Ben follows puzzling clues from his mother’s room, his story ultimately intertwines with Rose’s. A satisfying, mysterious read.

The Orphan: A Cinderella Story from Greece by Anthony L. Manna - A magical retelling of the classic Cinderella story, and a mother’s blessing which extends from beyond the grave. The orphan girl was “as brilliant as the sun, as beautiful as the moon, and as graceful as the dawn.” A tiny blue shoe stuck in a sticky mix of honey and wax sets the lovestruck prince on his quest.


Inside Earthquakes
by Melissa Stewart - More than one million earthquakes shake the earth every year! This book discusses the three kinds of faults, how scientists predict quakes, how quakes are measured, and how to prepare. Also covered are amazing close up shots of recent earthquakes with fold-out photos.

The Bravest Woman in America by Marissa Moss - Ida loved the sea, and was enthralled when her father was appointed the lighthouse keeper of the Lime Rock Lighthouse in Rhode Island. Her father taught her to row and care for the light. Her father became ill, and at sixteen, Ida performed her first rescue. For thirty-nine years she was the keeper of Lime Rock Lighthouse, and was sixty-three when she made her last rescue. She was dubbed ‘the bravest woman in America’, and awarded the American Cross of Honor, and the Congressional Life Saving medal. Ida proved a woman could be a s brave as a man, and claimed, “anyone who thinks it is un-feminine to save lives has the brains of a donkey.”


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