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Books for children - Jan. 26

Kendal Rautzhan

Publication: The Day

Published January 26. 2014 4:00AM

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote: "The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him."

Emerson's words apply as much to the relationship we develop with our children as to any others. Kids need to hear more positive reinforcement. They need to know that you believe in them and should be reassured that it's okay to be wrong; everybody makes mistakes. That's how we learn.


"Sarah, Plain and Tall" by Patricia MacLachlan, Harper & Row Publishers, 58 pages

Read aloud: age 8 and older

Read yourself: age 10 and older

Caleb and Anna's mama died the day after Caleb was born. When Mama was alive, their home on the prairie was always full of songs and happy times. Since she has been gone, there have been no songs.

Papa places an advertisement in an East Coast newspaper for a wife. He receives a reply from Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton of Maine. They each send letters and learn something about one another. After a few correspondences, Sarah decides she will come visit for a month.

Caleb verbalizes what all three of them are anxious to know: "Will she like us? Is our house too small? Will she be nice? Does she sing?"

The answers to these and many questions are discovered as Sarah, Papa, Anna and Caleb tenderly, and sometimes painfully, establish the early roots of their relationship.


Library Director: Lois Hiller

Choices this week: "The Relatives Came" by Cynthia Rylant; "Granny Torrelli Makes Soup" by Sharon Creech; "The Canning Season" by Polly Horvath


"Mouse and Mole: Secret Valentine" by Wong Herbert Yee, Houghton Mifflin, 2013, 48 pages,

Read aloud: age 4 and older

Read yourself: age 7 and 8

It is soon time to celebrate Valentine's Day, and Mouse and Mole are preparing by making cards for all of their friends. They cut and paste, glue glitter and create special messages for each friend.

In four short chapters, author/artist Wong Herbert Yee offers another charming "Mouse and Mole" stories that is sure to warm the hearts of young readers this Valentine's Day.


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