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Books for children - Oct. 6

Kendal Rautzhan

Publication: The Day

Published October 06. 2013 4:00AM


"Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge" by Mem Fox, illustrated by Julie Vivas, Kane/Miller, 32 pages

Read aloud: age 4 and older

Read yourself: age 7 and 8

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge lives with his parents in a house next door to an old people's home, and Wilfrid Gordon knows every person who lives there. As much as he likes everyone at the old people's home, his favorite person is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper. He calls her Miss Nancy and tells her all of his secrets. One day Wilfrid Gordon overhears his parents talking about Miss Nancy; they say what a pity it is that she has lost her memory. Wilfrid Gordon doesn't understand what a memory is, so he asks his parents and all the people at the old people's home, and every time he gets a different answer. Suddenly Wilfrid Gordon has an idea, and he rushes home to look for some new memories for Miss Nancy.


Library: Waterford Public Library, 49 Rope Ferry Rd., Waterford

Library Director: Roslyn Rubinstein

Department Head of Children's Services: Christine Tkaczyk

Choices this week: "Lost and Found" by Oliver Jeffers; "Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell; "The Tale of Despereaux" by Kate DiCamillo


"Mysterious Traveler" by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham, illustrated by P.J. Lynch, Candlewick, 48 pages

Read aloud: age 5, 6 and older

Read yourself: age 8 and older

Five riders and their six camels are desperately trying to outrun the men hunting them. Suddenly a great desert storm descends upon them and swallows them all up - except one camel with its precious cargo: a baby girl wearing a gold necklace.

Elsewhere, desert guide Issa senses something is wrong. When he sets out after the storm passes, he finds the baby and the camel. Issa names the girl Mariama and raises her as his own.

"Africa is My Home: A Child of the Amistad" by Monica Edinger, illustrated by Robert Byrd, Candlewick

Read aloud: age 7, 8 and older

Read yourself: age 9 and older

Sarah (as she came to be known) is only 9 years old when she is taken from her home in West Africa. She and other captives travel to Cuba, where they are sold and placed aboard the sailing vessel Amistad. Fearing the worst, the Africans revolt and take command of the ship. Eventually, the ship is captured off the coast of New England, and the Africans are jailed and put on trial. The trial makes it way all the way to the Supreme Court where John Quincy Adams rules that the Africans are to be freed and sent back to Africa. Based on the true story of the Amistad.


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