Notes From the Shire

Here Comes the Bunny

I recently picked up a book called The Rabbit’s Wedding by Garth Williams (of Little House fame). After reading, I knew it was a natural fit for my book shelf.

In the vein of Home for a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, William’s delightful images are soft and gentle as his text. And when you see how great friends the two bunnies are to the point of truly loving each other, well….make sure you have a box of tissues nearby! The story is sentimental, sweet and the perfect wedding or (as in my case) anniversary gift. (READ MORE)

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By Garth Williams, Garth Williams (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060264956
Availability: Backordered
Published: HarperCollins - April 30th, 1958

Starring an Owl, a couple of Penguins and other Surprises

With another movie based on a book that has come out to theaters, it has made me think of favorite books that have been also made into movies.

A favorite (if not odd choice) of How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell is one of my first memories of devouring a book and enjoying it. So, when the movie came out, I was more than a little intrigued. Would it hold up to my memories of laughing, eehwwing and cheering on our hero? Unfortunately, it lost a little something when transformed to the big screen for me. However, other books have surprisingly (for me at least) have had the honor of enjoyment in both page and screen.

I have been delighted by Hoot by Carl Hiassan in both movie and book form. Movie Hoot is a good adaptation to the Carl Hiaasen novel of the same name. The highlights of the book (the friendship between three unlikely people, alligators in the port-a-potty, the environmental message) are all there. At the same time, it is a great family movie. The including of Jimmy Buffett (as well as a nod to the author) makes this a movie your entire family will enjoy. Read the book and then watch the movie (then re-read the book)! Hiassan’s introduction to the world of middle and young adult readers was as flawless as his stories are powerful, funny and entertaining. Friendship stories are many, but there is only one Hoot. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780440419396
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Published: Yearling - December 27th, 2005

The House that Max Built

The other day I opened my email account at work. The amount of mail included some spam messages; some work related ones and a note from a friend and author, Karen Beil. This particular note was to tell me that she was going to make a quick stop at the bookstore to say “Hello”, sign books and shop. Almost before I could send a reply, she was here!

One of the benefits of working at the bookstore is you get to meet some amazing people. One such person is Karen. When the book, Jack’s House, came out a few years ago, she came for an official signing. I had been delighted by her other work and this was one salesclerk who could not wait to finally meet her. We talked and laughed like long lost friends; just like the words she penned. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780823422425
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Published: Holiday House - September 15th, 2009

Summer Reading

I never had a set summer reading list. However, that did not stop me from clocking in almost 80 titles one summer.  And I still enjoy a plethora of books during the summer months. If you are looking for books to read this summer, or for something to fill in the gaps in your own summer reading list, please come on down to the bookstore for one of these:

If I Stay by Gayle Forman: Mia has it all. She is close to her family, has a great boyfriend and her future is ahead of her. Then, one winter afternoon, Mia watches as her body is placed into the ambulance. Caught someplace between living and death, Mia must look at her life and answer, "Do I go? Or do I stay?" Powerful, emotional and even hopeful. Sequel: Where She Went.

Guardians of Ga'Hoole: The Capture by Kathryn Lasky: In book one, Soren, a young owlet, is pushed out of his nest; his journey takes him to the mysterious St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. Here Soren, along with some loyal new friends, learns things are not what they might seem at first. To help not only himself, but the other owls and the family he has left behind, Soren must find the legendary Guardians of Ga’Hoole. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780142415436
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Published: Speak - April 6th, 2010

Books to Share with your Older Sibling

A few months ago I was putting together books for a new baby gift. Two weeks ago, the little tike entered this crazy world. In his thank you note, he informed me that he was looking forward to reading all of his new books. And, being the generous little guy that he is, he had already let his big sister read them, too.

First on the list is Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. Which you might think is an odd choice for a baby, but clever Cousin Jae knows what she is doing (most of the time). I know that this book will be devoured on many levels (least of being the eyes; most being the mouth). So the board book has been added to his shelves. We all know the story of cheeky monkeys and their affection for a particular sellers hats, but in this easy to access edition will allow you to read to your youngster and he/she can hold it themselves without causing their own particular monkey business to come to the book.  This book is a great way to share this classic and since it will be a favorite for years to come you can grow with the needs of the child by adding the paperback and hardcover formats as they grow. Follow up with Circus Caps for Sale. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780061474538
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Published: HarperFestival - September 1st, 2015

And Tango Makes Family

As you know I am always on the lookout for something new and different. And many years ago I made the discovery of And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell.

Based on two real chinstrap penguins (called this because of the line of black feathers that are under their beaks), this picture book is a great way to introduce a unique idea. At the New York City's Central Park Zoo two male penguins become a couple and together raise an egg that another penguin couple would not be able to raise. Historically, these penguins would have two eggs, but only one would ever grow to maturity. So what did the zookeepers have to lose? This egg would eventually hatch and called Tango. Because it takes two to make a Tango. This is a beautiful book that hugs an amazing story inside. It is a great addition to the genre which includes such titles as Daddy's Room Mate by Michael Willhoite and King and King and Family by Linda De Haan and Stern Nijland. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780689878459
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - June 1st, 2005


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