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Books for children - Aug. 4

Kendal Rautzhan

Publication: The Day

Published August 04. 2013 4:00AM


"Three Good Deeds" by Vivian Vande Velde, Harcourt, 160 pages

Read aloud: age 8 and older

Read yourself: age 9, 10 and older

The old woman that lives near the pond loves and protects the geese there. When she catches Howard stealing their eggs just for fun, she turns Howard into a goose to teach him a lesson. The kids used to joke that she was a witch, and now Howard knows they were right! On top of being a goose, the old woman tells him he can't go back to being a boy until he does three good deeds. But how do you do that when you're a goose?

Hilarious on every page with subtle, important messages, this book is terrific.


Library Director: Kathryn Taylor

Head of Children's Services: Helen Mochetti

Children's Librarian: Krystal Laharty

Choices this week: "Fox Magic" by Julia Sauer; "The Ghost in the Noonday Sun" by Sid Fleischman; "Ruby in the Smoke" by Philip Pullman


"Doug Unplugged" by Dan Yaccarino, Alfred A. knopf, 2013, 36 pages, $16.99 hardcover

Read aloud: age 5 and older

Read yourself: age 7 and 8

Young Doug the robot is plugged in each morning by his robot parents so he can spend the day learning. Their greatest desire is for Doug to be the smartest robot of them all.

One day, after Mom and Dad go off to work, Doug is busy learning about the city when suddenly a pigeon lands on his windowsill. Doug wonders what he might learn if he goes outside into the city, just like the pigeon. So, Doug unplugs and takes off out the window. There, he learns all sorts of interesting things, but when a boy asks him to play, Doug has no idea what that word means. He is happy to learn, though, and a grand adventure ensues.

"Don't Be Afraid to Say No!" by Ilona Lammertink & Lucie Georger, Clavis, 2013, 30 pages, $15.95

Read aloud: age 4 and older

Read yourself: age 7 and 8

Jill is thrilled that Susie is coming over to her house to play. When the two arrive in Jill's room and begin playing with Jill's stuffed animals, Susie suddenly spies Jill's favorite stuffed rabbit, Hopper. Susie asks if she can borrow Hopper for overnight. And even though Jill wants to say "No" she doesn't know how. Over and over this happens until Jill's mom helps Jill understand that it's perfectly fine to say "No" when that is how you feel.

With its important message for kids on how to assert themselves and gain self-confidence, this choice is spot-on.


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