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Books for children - Sept. 1

Kendal Rautzhan

Publication: The Day

Published September 01. 2013 4:00AM


"Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle" by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, Mary Nethery, photographs by various credits, Little, Brown, 2009

Read aloud: age 6, 7 and older

Read yourself: age 8 to 10

In the desert of western Iraq, Marine Major Brian Dennis and his 10 Marines find a pack of wild dogs, and the leader of the dog pack befriends Brian. Brian names the dog Nubs, and the two become fast friends. Nubs has no way of knowing Marines aren't permitted to have pets.

Nubs tries to never be too far from Brian, but when Brian and his Marines have to relocate 70 miles away across the desert, Nubs follows. The path is treacherous, with little to eat and almost nothing to drink. When Nubs limps into the Iraqi battalion headquarters where Brian is working, Brian can hardly believe it. Their reunion is wonderful, but Brian knows he has to quickly find a way to save Nubs and get him to his home in America.


Library: The Stonington Free Library, 20 High St., Stonington

Library Director: Margaret Victoria

Children's/Teen Librarian: Maris Frey

Choices this week: "14 Cows for America" by Carmen Agra Deedy; "Eleven" by Patricia Reilly Giff; "Trouble" by Gary Schmidt


"Chamelia and the New Kid in Class" by Ethan Long, Little, Brown, 2013

Read aloud: age 3 to 6

Read yourself: age 6 and 7

Chamelia loves being the center of attention. On the first day of school, Chamelia performs a song and dance routine about her summer vacation. Her classmates enjoy her performance until their teacher introduces the new student, Cooper. Suddenly Cooper is the center of attention, and Chamelia is not very happy about that.

With each successive event, Chamelia becomes more and more jealous of Cooper and his talents. When she finally decides to take action to recapture her audience, Chamelia understands how unkind she is being and decides to try another tactic - kindness and friendship.

"Mario Makes a Move" by Jill McElmurry, schwartz & wade, 2012, 32 pages, $16.99 hardcover

Read aloud: age 4 to 7

Read yourself: age 7

Mario is a squirrel who likes to invent acrobatic moves. His family is always impressed with Mario's abilities. Much to Mario's surprise, when he executes his best move for his friend, Isabelle, she isn't as impressed as Mario expects. When Mario challenges Isabelle to try his "Amazing Amazer" move, she does, and manages it quite well. This really throws Mario into a tailspin. What will he do now?

A wonderful, funny story about friendship and problem solving, "Mario Makes a Move" is spot-on.


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