Kids World

Charles Darwin’s Around-the-World Adventure by Jennifer Thermes

Charles Darwin's Around the world adventure: a boy in old fashioned clothes appears to be in the middle of a jungle with butterflies surrounding him. “He was beginning to have new ideas about how the earth was formed and how animals evolved in order to survive.”

This picture book depicts Charles Darwin as a young man when he sails the HMS Beagle in 1831. The five-year voyage would bring him to exotic places that would spark his curiosity about biology and geology. It teaches us that we should keep our eyes open because we never know what we can learn in the world!

Thermes brings Darwin to life with bright colors and detailed maps of his travels with a time-line of his journey in the front and back of the book. This biography is recommended for all elementary school students, especially those in the lower grades.

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Victoria, Kids World

Battle 4 Recap

Battle Scores: Union Ridge-88/280; Giles-85/276; St Eugene-84/261; St Monica White-86/257; Pennoyer-84/237; St Monica Blue-64/231; Leigh-56/214The leaderboard remains very tight. Congratulations to the teams for a fine battle.

Remember, warnings are given for not only how you behave to other teams, but how you behave to your teammates. Name calling and blame dispersal is not conducive to focused battle team. If you get a question wrong, just refocus on the next one.

There were many challenges issued to various questions. These challenges will be evaluated over the coming week. If any additional points are awarded, they will be handed out before Battle 5 commences and included as part of Battle 5's score.

We look forward to seeing every next week for the final Battle of the 2016-2017 Battle season. Good luck!

Remember Your Purchase Forms!

Ami Polonsky author photo with her two book covers: Gracefully Grayson and ThreadsWednesday is the last day to pre-order one of Amy Polonsky's books for the Battle Award Ceremony. Please turn in a check made out to Eisenhower Public Library District along with your Purchase Form to one of the Library staff before Battle commences or during the break between Round 1 and Round 2.

Additional Purchase Forms will be available by the door to the meeting room.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

ABC Yoga by Christiane Engel

ABC Yoga book cover: a child sitting outside on a mat placed upon grass with a butterfly and owl looking on“M - Moon. Crescent moon in the sky, Bend like me --- Watch clouds float by.”

A colorful ABC board book that doubles as a yoga primer. Each page offers an animal pose with a simple rhyme, inviting little ones to make the shape and be the animal. The poses are simple and convey the intuitive nature of yoga. Back material recaps the origin of each pose used here and explains “What is yoga?” for a young audience and their co-yogis.

This book is recommended for fairly limber caregivers who are stuck indoors with children age 8 and under. Offer the kiddos a new way to be active, entertained and possibly a bit more self-regulating.

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Mary Jo, Kids World

Battle 3 Recap

Battel Scores: Union Rdige- 72/192; Giles 74/191; St Eugene 62/177; St Monica WHite 57/171; St Monica Blue 69/167; Leigh 56/158 ; Pennoyer 76/153Congratulations goes to all the Battle participants for their effort on Wednesday.

Just a few reminders, Battle begins promptly at 4:00pm. If you intend to play in Round 1, make sure you are sitting in your team's square at that time.

Next week is the last week to purchase books before the Awards Ceremony. Turn in your Pre-order Purchase form and a check before Battle 4 begins or during the break.

See everyone next week!

Leave Me Alone! By Vera Brosgol

Leave Me AloneShe packed up her things in a big sack, and as she left she shouted back…LEAVE ME ALONE.

With her huge family in the way, their Grandmother can’t get one bit of knitting done before winter comes. So after making her bed, sweeping the floor, and packing her things, she sets out on a quest to be left alone to finish her work. Apparently this task is easier said than done, because each new group of distractions is more annoying than the last!

Young kids with their parents will enjoy yelling ‘Leave Me Alone’ together as they read the story aloud. Short and sweet but full of fun, I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

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Naomi, Kids World

One More Chance for Review

Before the first Battle, where scores will count, see if you can complete this crossword puzzle. The goal is to come up with the characters' names.

Hints:

  1. Click on the first tile in a title to start typing.
  2. If you typed a name correctly, the tiles will change into a pinkish/peachy color.
  3. The "A"s at the top will control the font size.
  4. The window image will make the puzzle full screen.
  5. The key image will provide the solution for the entire puzzle.
  6. Knowing the characters is the start of a great review. But, the next question you need to ask yourself, is why are these characters important to the story.
  7. Have fun!

Ready to try? Click on the read more link to play.

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy

I Dissent book cover: illustration of supreme court justice Ruth Bader ginsburg"Step by step, she has made a difference... one disagreement after another."

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also known as the Notorious RBG, was the first Jewish woman on the United States Supreme Court and, at nearly 84 years old, she still serves on the Court today. Learn about Ruth's childhood and the injustice she personally faced as a woman and as a Jewish person and how this inspired her to break barriers and stand up for not only herself, but for others facing injustice as well. To become the change you wish to see in the world, there is no better place to start than with Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Hand this title to readers of all ages, particularly those in elementary school, who have a strong voice, a passion for justice and politics, or who want to learn more about one of the most important female figures of modern times.

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Brittany, Kids World

Practice Battle Today

clipat image of a sword through booksWe are so excited to officially open the Battle of the Books for the 2016-2017 Season!

Practice Battle will be held in the Library. Please try to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early. We will begin promptly at 4:00pm.

Please go to the 2nd floor.

We look forward to seeing everyone.

Snow White by Matt Phelan

Snow White book cover: a red cover with a black silhouette of an apple"An apple for a pretty thing?"

Most readers are familiar with the story of Snow White, so there will be no real surprises in plot here. However, knowing what is coming just adds to the artful suspense in this graphic novel. Phelan frames his retelling of Snow White in New York City during the late 1920s/early 1930s. Here, Snow White is the daughter of the "King of Wall Street," and the evil stepmother a "Broadway Queen."

Fans of Phelan's Storm in the Barn will find this a tad more sinster in tone.  Deliciously dark, the art leaves much of the acts of violence to the imagination, depicting the omnious results, and is all the more powerful for it.  The fantastical fairy tale is enriched by its historical dressings. The magic mirror has become a stock printer, which is not only a great introduction with the technology of the time, but an ingenious metaphor. Tuberculosis, the stock market crash, the display windows all feature prominently in the plot line. The art stays true to the time period as well, depicting appriopriate room furnishings and clothing.

True to Phelan's style, there is not a lot of text bogging up the pages of this graphic novel, and many panels rely solely on the art to move the story along. A sly "quick" read that invites multiple re-readings to pore over subtlies in the evocative art. This graphic novel is recommended for grades 4 and up.

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Celeste, Kids World

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