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Books for children - Aug. 11

Kendal Rautzhan

Publication: The Day

Published August 11. 2013 4:00AM


"Yoko" by Rosemary Wells, Hyperion, 32 pages

Read aloud: age 3 to 7

Read yourself: age 8

Yoko goes to school with lots of boys and girls. One day at lunch time, all the children make fun of Yoko's lunch. They are eating their favorite foods - egg salad, peanut butter and honey, franks and beans. But when they see what Yoko is eating, her favorite - sushi, they tease her, which makes Yoko quite upset.

Yoko's teacher knows she has to do something to help Yoko and change the other children's attitude, and her solution proves to be both clever and delicious.

Another well-executed book by author/illustrator Rosemary Wells, this gem carries an important message about tolerance and broadening one's horizons.


Library: Wheeler Library, 101 Main St., North Stonington

Library Director: Amy Kennedy

Children's Services: Larae Fowler

Choices this week: "Go Away Big Green Monster" by Ed Emberley; "When Marian Sang" by Pam Munoz Ryan; "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl


"The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas" by David Almond, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, Candlewick, 2013, 244 pages, $15.99 hardcover

Read aloud: age 9 and older

Read yourself: age 10, 11 and older

Stanley Potts had a bit of a rough start. His parents have died, but Stan has come to love his auntie Annie and his uncle Ernie, with whom he lives. One day, however, Uncle Ernie goes totally bonkers and starts canning fish in the house. He sets up a factory and has Stan help him almost 24/7. The day Ernie goes too far, Stan knows what he has to do - he leaves.

Stan takes a job with a traveling carnival, first as a helper to Dostoyevsky and his "Hook-a-Duck"stall, then as the "next in line" to legendary Pancho Pirelli, the man who swam with piranhas. Stan trained hard, yet what he needed to learn most was to believe in himself.

"Every Day After" by Laura Golden, Delacorte Press/Random House, 2013, 224 pages, $15.99 hardcover

Read aloud: age 8 and older

Read yourself: age 10, 11 and older

Eleven-year-old Lizzie has a great life - loving and supportive parents, a terrific best friend and top grades in school. When the Great Depression strikes, Lizzie's world quickly unravels - her father loses his job and abandons the family, and her mama becomes so depressed she can't take care of herself, Lizzie or the house. Lizzie is determined to keep everything afloat, but she finds that more difficult than she had thought. With the nasty new girl, Erin, determined to see Lizzie's mom sent to a mental institute and Lizzie in an orphanage, Lizzie realizes she must make her bravest move of all - ask for help.


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