Creating havoc around 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday evenings, first frogs and then pigs (and, who knows what will be next?), tease with their nearly-harmless pCreating havoc around 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday evenings, first frogs and then pigs (and, who knows what will be next?), tease with their nearly-harmless pranks...changing TV channels, pestering dogs, and floating on air-borne lily pads.
In this nearly wordless picture book, Tuesday takes the reader on a hilarious adventure through town. The imagination will be peaked, humorous scenarios take place, and gorgeous illustrations will take one's breath away. ...more
Losing their mother after being hit by a car when chasing after their dog, Biscuit, Grover and Sudie are living with grief, guilt, and sadness every dLosing their mother after being hit by a car when chasing after their dog, Biscuit, Grover and Sudie are living with grief, guilt, and sadness every day. Their father has engulfed himself in his work as director of the Thomas Wolfe House, an author who made their town in North Carolina famous in a way. Grover, on the other hand, has lost himself in his artistic work in the "Bamboo Forest", an empty lot behind their house where he weaves magnificent tapestries to satisfy his need for solace.
Many events converge to help this frail family overcome the grief that has consumed their lives. A new family moves in across the street, a resonating realization that things happen for no reason, and bonding over the imminent destruction of the bamboo forest all bring this once-close-knit family back together again. What is most satisfying is that they eventually do find their way back to one another and begin to see the beauty and joy in life once again.
What I Came to Tell You reads as a children's novel, yet in a few parts it takes on a very adult-like conversation between father and son, which makes it inappropriate for elementary or even tween shelves in school. Too bad since its methodical and cathartic journey could speak to that age group. ...more
Teddy Madden loves football. And, together with his friends Jack, Gus, and Cassie he has realized a dream of his...to be competitive and athleticallyTeddy Madden loves football. And, together with his friends Jack, Gus, and Cassie he has realized a dream of his...to be competitive and athletically fit to play the game. It's been just Teddy and his mom for as long as he can remember, being that he's had a dad who's been removed from his life, showing up only a handful of times in his life. His dad was a quality football player, but suffered a game-changing injury that ripped him apart from his dream of playing in the big time.
Unexpectedly, Teddy is forced to step into the role of quarterback for his team, after Jack is injured and out for the season. He studies, practices, and drills himself into quarterback shape. Yet, a big surprise is waiting for him. His dad shows up unexpectedly and decides to worm his way into his life and plant himself as assistant coach for his team, The Wildcats. Teddy, of course, wants nothing to do with .
With subtle encouragement from his mom and blatant conjouling from his friends, Teddy admirably tries to let his dad back into his life and accepts the coaching his dad has to offer. The Wildcats are the better for it as winning is what they do. But, as the final game appoaches, his dad takes off again, leaving Teddy feeling humiliated that he let his dad into his heart again. Will they ever find their way back to each other again? As with football, the game is never scripted, you have to go out there and make it happen...and making it happen is what Teddy Madden is all about. Will it be enough?
The Extra Yard is a story about acceptance of family for who they are, forgiveness, and making those extra ten yards. A very readable tale for not only those who love football but also those who love storytelling that gives us reason to pause and think about what's truly important in life. ...more
In this second installment of the Goddess Girls series, Persephone feels she is phony since she goes along with everything everyone else wants to do,In this second installment of the Goddess Girls series, Persephone feels she is phony since she goes along with everything everyone else wants to do, even when she has no interest in it. She just want to make everyone happy and have friends! But, when she meets Hades, guardian of the Underworld and sparks fly, she is confused by her friends' reaction to him. Nobody likes him just because he lives in a dank, dreary place of death. Come on, now! Everyone has faults (well, except for Aphrodite maybe).
So...no more Miss-Nice-Girl. Persephone disobeys her mother and ditches her friends to meet up with Hades...and he sends her home! Godness! Persephone is as confused as ever. What to do, what to do? A surprising source comes to the rescue of Persephone and Hades friendship and makes things right...and just in time to attend the Harvest Hop. ...more
So...who's not ready for the 1st day of school? Oliver and his dad have had loads of fun all summer long...playing, laughing, singing, reading. Then,So...who's not ready for the 1st day of school? Oliver and his dad have had loads of fun all summer long...playing, laughing, singing, reading. Then, that fateful day arrives. School is starting! Packing lunches, organizing backpacks, driving to school...Oliver is excited! Poor daddy, his tummy really hurts...who's not ready for school?
Every parent will understand the emotional tugs that go with sending off a child to school. The role reversal in this delightful picture book will resonate with kids and parents. Great book for read-aloud or storytime as school starts. Adorbs! ...more
All the steps a good "reader" of picture books already knows, but fun for those beginning (or those reading to beginners) readers. Adorable illustratiAll the steps a good "reader" of picture books already knows, but fun for those beginning (or those reading to beginners) readers. Adorable illustrations...yet, for me, it was just "meh..."
However, an appropriate one during storytimes for little-beginner-readers. ...more
When Athena finds out she is really a goddess, not merely a mortal on Earth living with her best friend Pallas and her family, she is taken aback. ButWhen Athena finds out she is really a goddess, not merely a mortal on Earth living with her best friend Pallas and her family, she is taken aback. But, of course, she had a sneaking suspicious that her intelligence and brainy ways were a little over the top.
She gets a message from her father, Zeus (yes, the king of gods!), who also happens to be the principal at Mount Olympus Academy. He's invited her to attend school with other godboys and goddesgirls and mingle with her own kind. Feeling bad leaving Pallas behind, yet excited for new adventures and learning opportunities, she quickly makes new friends at the school...Aphrodite, Athena, Pandora, etc. And, she also figures out who her enemies are. Yikes!
Goddess Girls: Athena the Brain is the first book in a series of lighthearted, whimsical offerings of Greek Mythology. A quick, fun read for enthusiasts of the genre. ...more
Sara Olson, 10 and her sister Anna, 12, are living virtually on their own since their mother up and left them. Their father, while he struggles with hSara Olson, 10 and her sister Anna, 12, are living virtually on their own since their mother up and left them. Their father, while he struggles with his conscience and wants to do the right thing by them, finds that his alcoholism and long stints out-of-town with his band prevent him from being a parent who provides shelter, food, and constant love and care. Sara, although younger, watches out for her sister and steals the food they need to survive until their father shows up again. Sadly, they survive on eating paper towels which fills their bellies, but does little for nutritional value.
When their father is arrested and sent to jail, social services shows up and the girls run. Luckily, they have bonded with a kindly older couple who take them in and keep them off the streets for a bit. Yet, when Mrs. Craig, the caseworker calls and shows up at their door, the girls fear the worst...being ripped apart from their parents and sent to foster care.
Eventually, we learn about Anna's anger issues although we don't know fully where it all stems from. However, we are fearing the worst and subtle clues tells us she has lived through some horrific days, from both foster parents and her own mother. And, this anger is the catalyst that rips the two girls apart from each other, as Anna needs to be in rehabilitation care to deal with anger management and Sara is sent to a loving home. Of course, Sara feels guilty and wonders why she cannot see her sister...but how can the adults explain it when they don't fully understand everything themselves?
Sara, Lost and Found is based on some of the author's experiences with foster care, mental illness, and parental abandonment. It is horrific, depressing, and unfathomable. Yet, in this case, Sara finds love and encouragement, yet there are still so many unknowns in her life. This is a story that needs some adult direction and guidance, however, it is a story that must be told and will certainly speak to some children. ...more
Kenny Sakamoto has always lived in the shadow of his brother, Mickey...the hero-athlete on the Vancouver Asahi baseball team. Kenny knows his brotherKenny Sakamoto has always lived in the shadow of his brother, Mickey...the hero-athlete on the Vancouver Asahi baseball team. Kenny knows his brother is destined for greatness with his sweet swing, eagle eye, and deft maneuvers. Kenny longs to play too, but a possible heart murmur is keeping him from the game.
But as WWII is becoming increasingly dangerous and enemies are encroaching on Allied land, whispers and rumors are making it difficult to keep worry away. Everything changes in the blink of an eye when Japan attacks Pearl Harbor and the United States and Canada are pulled into the war on an ever-increasing scale. Yet, most distressing to the Sakamotos and other Japanese-Canadian families is the mistrust and prejudice shown to them by their own countrymen. They are loyal to Canada and are Canadian citizens, yet their heritage is making life difficult. Kenny's father is ripped away from the family and sent to a work camp in the Interior. Subsequently, Kenny's siblings and mother are also relocated to an internment camp, far away from the place they once called home.
They are forced to live in make-shift cabins, without running water, electricity, or any other standard amenities. Mickey almost immediately creates a scene, destroying government property and breaking his hand in the process. He is sent away to heal, but has also caused the camp, but especially his family, shame. Now it is up to Kenny to head up the household and help out in any way he can. Life seems bleak...eventually though, Kenny and his mom find a way to make the best of a horrific situation as they wait patiently for Kenny's brother and father to make their way home.
Kenny uses his instincts and skill to organize the camp's young people to help families by gathering supplies and building much needed storage. More importantly, though, he finds a way to convert a dusty field into a baseball diamond so the boys have an outlet for pent up energy. In his own way, Kenny is a champion.
The Heart of a Champion is a fictionalized account of the atrocious treatment of Japanese Canadians during WWII as they were sent to live in internment camps. There are quite a few novels based on the treatment of Japanese-Americans and/or Japanese Canadians during WWII. This storyline follows some of them without offering any new insights. Yes, undeniably, the atrocities were unfathomable, but for me, it would have been beneficial to read and learn about another aspect of the times.
Some other books on the subject: Diamond in the Desert Baseball Saved Us Under the Blood-Red Sun House of the Red Fish Thin Wood Walls The Lucky Baseball
Thank you to LibraryThing Early Reviewers, Tundra Books, and Ellen Schwartz for this ARC. ...more