Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Children's Book Review from Miss Alison

This chapter book is a good fit for kids in grades 2-4 who may be struggling to keep their emotions in check. It comes with a worksheet you can duplicate at home to help your child recognize and work with their moods.

Lucy the Good by Marianne Musgrove, illustrations by Cheryl Orsini.

Seven-year-old Lucy van Loon lives in Australia with her parents and brother, and she is pretty sure she’s a good girl. Every now and then, something unexpected will happen, though, and Lucy is unable to control her temper. When Tante Bep comes from Holland for an extended visit, she is concerned about the lack of discipline in the household, and Lucy boils over with rage. She becomes nervous when her great aunt tells her about Sinterklaas (the Dutch Santa Claus) and his friend Zwarte Piet, who spirits bad children away to Spain forever. She panics about all of the misunderstandings she has been caught up in and decides to be only “Lucy the Good.” When Lucy’s dad finds her in the creek, testing to see if she will float like a bad egg or sink like a good one, all of the child’s troubles come tumbling out. A tender story for readers who have a hard time controlling their emotions, this easy chapter book hints at ways for kids to manage their feelings, and the satisfactory conclusion will be reassuring. Orsini’s artwork complements the well-paced story and gives visual representation to some of the Dutch items.–

Friday, November 05, 2010

New book review from Miss Alison

As some of you know, our Children's Librarian, Alison Donnelly, also writes book reviews for School Library Journal. Here's her latest. If you like the sound of the book, please let us know and we would be happy to order a copy for you.

DE GUZMAN, Michael. Henrietta Hornbuckle's Circus of Life. ISBN 978-0-374-33513-7. Suitable for Grades 4–6.

Henrietta Hornbuckle, 12, lives, works, and breathes the circus. With her parents MoMo and Hortense and her extended family, she travels with Filbert's Traveling Clown Circus, a small company that often has to improvise to get the show on the road. Henrietta is a bold, quick thinker who is extremely loyal and proud of her background and way of life. When her father is killed in a hit-and-run accident, she is made to think about life outside her comfort zone of clowns, striped outfits, and pie throwing. The peripheral characters are a supportive family of misfits who join together as one when the need arises. This is a sweet story that doesn't end as readers might imagine.—

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

The Blum Is Haunted!

Nelson Kennedy and Adam Merseal from the St. Louis Ghost Hunter's Society found evidence of paranormal activity at the Blum House. They spent the night recording various "activities" in the Blum House this past summer. The ghost hunters presented their evidence on Friday, October 29, at an event sponsored by the Collinsville Public Library. Taking place after a bonfire and scary storytelling session, spooky voices, cold spots, and an investigator getting pushed off a tote were examples of evidence presented at the event. Attendees also got a chance to authentically investigate the Blum House into the wee hours of the morning as Nelson and Adam showed the participants real investigative techniques that were being used live on Friday night.

The library is not responsible for any exorcisms needed as a result of coming in contact with paranormal activity!