Another new cart of books…more new favorites!
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Gingerbread for Liberty: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution, by Mara Rockliff, Pictures by Vincent X. Kirsch
Once there was a baker who lived in Philadelphia. He was a big man, with a booming laugh, and a recipe for delicious gingerbread. He also loved his country. So when the American Revolution started, this baker knew he had to help somehow. And he did!
This is a short picture book based on the life of Christopher Ludwick, a German baker who is an forgotten hero of the Revolution. There is a brief author’s note in the back that gives a few details of his life, and what he did after the Revolution. He was a very interesting person, and I wish there was more information about his life.
The illustrations are wonderful–they look like gingerbread cookies! And the book also includes Christopher Ludwick’s recipe for gingerbread.
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When Otis Courted Mama, by Kathi Appelt, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry
Before Otis, Cardell had a mostly wonderful life. He had a perfectly good mama and a perfectly good daddy who adored him. Also a perfectly nice stepmama, Lulu, and a perfectly cute stepbrother, Little Frankie, who also adored him.
The only problem is that his perfectly good daddy and perfectly nice stepmama and perfectly cute stepbrother live on the other side of the desert. And his perfectly good mama, who is wonderfully busy, is quite impressed when their new neighbor, Otis, comes visiting. With flowers.
A perfectly adorable story about a growing family, with Cardell right in the middle of a lot of love. And the illustrations are wonderful!
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Hot Dog! Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic, by Leslie Kimmelman, Illustrated by Victor Juhasz
Eleanor Roosevelt loved hot dogs! But as the wife of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, her parties usually featured fancier dishes.
In 1939, the King and Queen of England were coming for a visit…the first British royalty to visit the United States since the American Revolution! Eleanor promptly decided to host an all-American picnic…with hot dogs!
This story of two special couples and their memorable picnic is both enjoyable and true. An afterword provides more details, along with the information on a 50th anniversary celebration that took place in 1989.
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Winnie: the True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh, By Sally M. Walker, Illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss
When Harry Colebourn looked out the train window and saw a baby bear on the station platform, he had to investigate! He bought the bear for twenty dollars, named her Winnipeg, and took the baby bear with him to his military training camp at Valcartier, in Quebec.
Harry and Winnie had a wonderful time playing games at the camp with each other and the other soldiers in training while Harry took care of the horses. When the captain received orders that the troop was to go to England, Harry couldn’t leave Winnie behind, so she joined the regiment on their long trip to England.
But a bear couldn’t be brought on the front lines, and Winnie was left at the London Zoo, where she met a boy named Christopher Robin. And a story was born… With an afterword on the lives of Winnie and Harry, and photographs!
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A Million Ways Home, By Dianna Dorisi Winget
Poppy Parker was a perfectly ordinary girl living with her grandmother. Then Grandma Beth ends up in the hospital after a stroke, and Poppy ends up in foster care. Poppy has a plan to spring Grandma Beth from the nursing home, so the two of them can go home and stay in their apartment, where Poppy can take care of her.
But Poppy’s big escape ends in disaster when she’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. Suddenly, the police have put her in protective custody, staying with Marti, the mother of Officer Brannigan, the policeman who helped her. Living with Marti is much better than the foster facility. Poppy meets a new friend, finds a dog in need of even more help than she is, and tries to come up with another plan to rescue Grandma Beth.
This is a quick read about a plucky girl. There’s a lot going on, and the resolution, while not completely happy, is very hopeful. A great middle-grade book for dog lovers and kids who like adventure and family stories.
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Other new books in this release that people will enjoy (but that I haven’t read…yet.)
Lila and Myla, the Twins Fairies, by Daisy Meadows
A Rainbow Magic Special edition.
Jack Frost has stolen Myla And Lila’s twin magic…and Kirsty and Rachel have to help them!
Sleeping Beauty Dreams Big, by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
Grimmtastic Girls #5
Daredevil Sleeping Beauty–or Rose, to her friends–knows that she has to avoid sharp objects after her 12th birthday. But at Grimm Academy, that’s not as easy as it sounds!
Big Nate’s Greatest Hits, by Lincoln Peirce
Just what it says–Big Nate’s most popular episodes, collected together for the first time!
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As always, if you would like to find one of these books, click on the title for a link to the Minuteman Library Network Catalog, or stop by the library! In the meantime, read, read, read!
On Monday, the American Library Association will be announcing the winners of the biggest book awards for kids and teens: the Caldecott, the Newbery and the Prinz Awards, along with the Coretta Scott King, the Schneider Family Book Award, the Seibert and several more. We’re looking forward to it!