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Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder

Wonder

Like most 10-year-olds, August Pullman is nervous about starting middle school, especially since he’s been homeschooled for his whole life.  But being the new kid in school isn’t his biggest worry, not by a long-shot.  August was born with a severe facial deformity and says, “I won’t describe what I look like.  Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.” Auggie’s parents give him the option of going back to being homeschooled if public school doesn’t work out, but he is determined to join the world and be an ordinary kid, even if it means enduring the stares, teasing and pity of his classmates. He’s a bright, funny, charming kid with a lot to offer, but will his peers be able to see past his shocking appearance? 

This is an excellent story of courage, kindness and friendship that will leave you thinking about how you might treat someone who looks different than you.

By bcorrigan

By MPPL on May 27, 2013 Categories: Books, Youth

El caballero de la armadura oxidada por Robert Fisher (Spanish JF)

 

El caballero de la armadura oxidada

El caballero de la armadura oxidada

El caballero de la armadura oxidada

¿Cuáles son las cualidades de un caballero verdadero? Cuando un día un caballero distinguido se encuentra atrapado en su armadura de batalla, empieza una misión para librarse de esta. La solución no es nada fácil y el camino se le presenta con muchos obstáculos.  No es su capacidad de rescatar damiselas, ni su carrera de matador de dragones que le salvará, sino el conocimiento de su “yo” verdadero.

Presentada como una historia de la edad medieval este cuento de autoayuda ofrece observaciones y consejos para el caballero(a) en cado uno de nosotros.  Con 98 páginas, no es una lectura muy larga pero está llena de reflexiones profundas sobre el ser humano y es recomendable para cualquier edad.

 

Por Allison S.

By MPPL on May 13, 2013 Categories: Adult, Books, Fiction, Youth

I Survived “Hurricane Katrina 2005

I Survived “Hurricane Katrina 2005” by Lauren Tarshis

This is a historical children’s fiction book based on the story of Barry, an 11 years old boy and his family living in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina.

The first chapter of this book starts with Barry clinging to a tree trying to save his life. This introduces us on how intense is this book.  Read along to discover if Barry is going to be able to meet again with his family?

This book is part of a popular series “I survived” The sinking of the Titanic, 1912 , The shark attacks of 1916, The bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941, The San Francisco earthquake, 1906, I survived the attacks of September 11, 2001, and I survived the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863.

 

By hmarroquin on April 22, 2013 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth

100 People Who Made History by Ben Gilliland

“Meet the people who shaped modern world” says the cover of this book, and inside we will discover why!

Enjoy a full array of peculiar topics such as Daring Discoverers, Leading Leaders or Clued-up Creatives, as we learn about inventors, explorers, philosophers, etc. 100 People Who Made History is a book that has a fantastic presentation with pictures as well information.

If you like 100 People Who Made History you may also like Over 100 Fantastic Facts

By hmarroquin on March 29, 2013 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Youth

Jim Gill sings Do Re Mi on his toe leg knee

Jim Gill sings Do Re Mi on his toe leg knee

Jim Gill sings Do Re Mi on his toe leg knee

Do your kids enjoy coming to storytime for the books and the music?  With Jim Gill’s Do Re Mi, you can take some of your child favorite songs home.  Jim Gill sings Do Re Mi on his toe leg knee is a fun and high energy auido cd  were your child can spend hours and hours listening to.

 

You may also like: Monkey Town by Recess Monkey; other CD’s by Jim Gill

By jperez on March 1, 2013 Categories: Music, Youth

Hot Diggity Dog:The History of the Hot Dog

Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog

Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog

Calling all dogs! Did you know that in the United States hot dogs are also called red hots? Read all about the fascinating history of the hot dog in Hot Diggity Dog.  From its 1860’s arrival in America to extreme eating contest, reading this book just might make you hungry. 

 Books you may also like: Science Experiments You Can Eat by Vicki Cobb, The United States Cookbook: fabulous foods and fascinating facts from all 50 states

By jperez on December 1, 2012 Categories: Books, Food and Drink, Nonfiction, Youth

Hot Diggity Dog:The History of the Hot Dog

Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog

Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog

Calling all dogs! Did you know that in the United States hot dogs are also called red hots? Read all about the fascinating history of the hot dog in Hot Diggity Dog.  From its 1860’s arrival in America to extreme eating contest, reading this book just might make you hungry. 

 Books you may also like: Science Experiments You Can Eat by Vicki Cobb, The United States Cookbook: fabulous foods and fascinating facts from all 50 states

By MPPL on Categories: Books, Food and Drink, Nonfiction, Youth

ME LLAMO… Juan Pablo II por Jan W. Góra

Una de las más tiernas historias del Papa Juan Pablo Segundo contada como autobiografía. Esta historia nos lleva desde su infancia, su lugar de origen, su nombramiento como Papa, su momentos más importante y los difíciles hasta su muerte.

Este libro cuenta con hermosas ilustraciones al igual que una tabla cronológica que permite identificar acontecimientos de la historia relacionados con la vida y época del Papa Juan Pablo Segundo.

ME LLAMO… Juan Pablo II  es un libro de la serie ME LLAMO… una colección juvenil de biografías de personajes universales.

By hmarroquin on October 11, 2012 Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Youth

ME LLAMO… Juan Pablo II por Jan W. Góra

Una de las más tiernas historias del Papa Juan Pablo Segundo contada como autobiografía. Esta historia nos lleva desde su infancia, su lugar de origen, su nombramiento como Papa, su momentos más importante y los difíciles hasta su muerte.

Este libro cuenta con hermosas ilustraciones al igual que una tabla cronológica que permite identificar acontecimientos de la historia relacionados con la vida y época del Papa Juan Pablo Segundo.

ME LLAMO… Juan Pablo II  es un libro de la serie ME LLAMO… una colección juvenil de biografías de personajes universales.

By MPPL on Categories: Books, Nonfiction, Youth

The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

The world according to Humphrey

The world according to Humphrey

Humphrey has a pretty good life as a class pet in Room 26.  He gets to learn right along with the students and he gets to go home with each of them on weekends.  All is good until classroom teacher, Mrs. Brisbane, returns from a long absence and declares her dislike of small, furry creatures.  Uh oh!  Humphrey’s situation is in jeopardy unless he can show Mrs. Brisbane what a likeable, helpful creature he is.

 

By bcorrigan

By MPPL on September 19, 2012 Categories: Books, Fiction, Youth