Friday, August 26, 2011

A few good books

JACKIE'S GIFT by Sharon Robinson with beautiful illustrations by E. B. Lewis (Viking 2011) is the true story of the Robinson's move to a new home. There they met Steve Satlow, a huge fan of Jackie's. Steve's family was Jewish and when he told Jackie that the family did not have a Christmas tree, Jackie made it his priority to get one for the Satlow family. This story is funny and poignant at turns. <416>

Amelia Bedelia is back and still taking things entirely too literally in GO WEST, AMELIA BEDELIA by Herman Parish with illustrations by Lynn Sweat (Greenwillow 2011). Tenderfoot Amelia learns about punching cows and ten gallon hats in a story that will make young readers chuckle. <417>

GIANT STEPS TO CHANGE THE WORLD (Simon & Schuster 2011) by Spike and Tonya Lewis Lee with illustrations by Sean Qualls tells readers to get striving against the odds. References are made to famous people who had to struggle to achieve and succeed including Barak Obama, Mother Teresa, and Albert Einstein. <418>

CHRISTMAS IN THE TIME OF BILLY LEE by Jerdine Nolen with illustrations by Barry Moser (Disney 2011) is the story of one girl's determination to bring snow back to her town with the help of her invisible friend Billy Lee. Moser's illustrations bring to life this story of wonder and belief and abiding love. Ellie makes three wishes that come true this magical Christmas. <419>

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