Saturday, March 21, 2009

Listen, Talk, Connect

Listen, Talk, Connect is a dvd and booklet discussing, deployments, homecomings, and changes.
In recognition of the contributions made by the United States Armed Forces, Sesame Workshop presents this bilingual educational outreach initiative designed for military families and their young children to share.

New non-fiction

Volcanoes -A close-up look at volcanoes of the past and present, examining the scientists who study them and explaining how and why they erupt.
Going Along with Lewis and Clark-Topic by topic, visual treatment of the Expedition. Lighthearted, attention-grabbing design with dozens of color maps, sketches, paintings, and photographs covering "Who They Were," "People They Met," "What They Ate," and more.

Elizabeth and the Armada- Follow the story of Elizabeth I, one of our best-loved monarchs and the first English ruler to give their name to an age. Over 90 stunning illustrations, mostly in colour and contemporary with the period, show in detail all of the major events of her reign.

New Fiction

Ghost Horse Emily Clark just moved. She doesn't like her new house. She doesn't like her new town. Then one night she wakes up to find a horse in her backyard-a ghost horse! Where did he come from? And why is he haunting Emily's backyard? Only by solving the mystery can Emily set the ghost horse free.
Ray and Me -
The ball hit me. It sounded like a bomb going off in my head. Everything went dark. The last thing I remember was hearing somebody yell, "Call 911!"When Stosh gets hit in the head with a baseball, he's lucky to survive. Then he learns about another player who wasn't so lucky-Ray Chapman, the only player in major league history to get hit by a ball and die. If only they'd had batting helmets back then . . .Get ready to go back in time as Stosh travels to 1920 to try to save Ray-and meets Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, and even Harry Houdini. This baseball card adventure is a wild ride to a moment that changed baseball history forever!

Star Wars Clone adventures Volume 2 - In the rolling asteroid rings above a remote planet, General Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker play a deadly game of cat and mouse against Separatist droid fighters, and a squadron of highly skilled human pilots who have pledged their guns to Count Dooku. Find out why Anakin is known as the greatest pilot in the galaxy! Also in this volume, Jedi Master Luminara Unuli and her Padawan Barriss Offee race against time to evacuate farmers and their families before the droid forces of General Grievous overrun their village. When Barriss and her squad of clone troopers are caught in the path of the enemy army, only fast thinking and steel resolve can save the day! Incredible action, hot art, and lightning-fast pacing are coming your way in this new take on the Star Wars galaxy!

Stella the Star Fairy- Rachel and Kirsty must help Stella, the Star Fairy, find the missing Christmas ornaments before Jack Frost and his goblins find them and make Christmas miserable for everyone.

Mulan-In ancient China, girls were not supposed to fight in battle, but to save her aged father, Mulan disguises herself as a man and takes his place in the army. When she is wounded, however, Mulan can no longer hide her secret. Still she finds a way to defeat the enemy and become a legend.

Beginner Readers

Pearl and Wagner One Funny Day-April Fools' Day is not a happy one for Wagner the mouse because his best friend, Pearl the rabbit, and other children and adults at school keep tricking him.

Five Silly Fishermen- A retelling of the traditional tale in which five silly fishermen, unable to count properly, are convinced that one of their group has drowned.

Cork and Fuzz - Finders Keepers- Although Cork the muskrat is short and likes to find things and Fuzz the possum is tall and likes to keep things, the pair remain best friends even after Fuzz finds Cork's lost stone and decides to keep it.

Bolt- My Hero-Bolt the dog and Penny, his master, star in a television show as heroes, with Bolt always keeping the bad guys away from Penny, but Bolt does not understand that what happens on their show is only acting.

Dance with Me! - When Strawberry Shortcake and her friend Ginger both want to do the ballet solo in the dance show, they decide to do a duet instead so they do not have to compete against each other.

Buttercup the Clumsy Cow- An accident-prone cow is ostracized by the other farm animals until her clumsiness saves the day. Includes vocabulary words and discussion questions.

Just like Me-Roo becomes friends with a Heffalump named Lumpy and learns that they are very much alike after all.

Eloise Decorates for Christmas- Eloise, a mischievous six-year-old who lives in the Plaza Hotel, slips away from her nanny and helps decorate the halls for Christmas.

Jonathan James "Let's Be Friends"- Jonathan the rabbit discovers that he can be friends with many kinds of people, from a boy in a wheelchair to a missionary who tells people about Jesus.

Surprise Party -A surprise party is given for Kate by the other animals.

New DVDs!

Percy take the Plunge- DVD -Come journey to the Island of Sodor and share in the fun-filled adventures of Thomas and his friends. See what happens when Percy is up to his funnel in water and how Edward finds a way to make Trevor feel useful again.

Chrissa Stands Strong- DVD-n her first day at her new school, Chrissa is seated with three girls who greet her with teasing and tricks. They bully Chrissa in class, on the bus, online, and even at swim club. When the taunting goes too far, Chrissa must find a way to stand strong.

Friday, March 13, 2009

All aboard for board books!!

Here Come the Trains

Rainbow Dash and the Hot Day

A Square? A Rectangle!

Goodnight, Thumper-Thumper and his sisters are at their most endearing as they learn to count and do their best to avoid going to sleep.

Dear God Kids Series- Annie Fitzgerald's popular art and Ken Abraham's expert insights give kids answers to the real questions they most want to ask God.
This beautifully written and uniquely illustrated series helps to answer the profound and sometimes complex questions children want to ask God about themselves, their world, and God himself. The answers are written to help children understand and to help adults engage kids in meaningful discussion.

More Great Non-Fiction~

The Anne Frank Case by Susan Rubin- In 1958, in Linz, Austria, demonstrators interrupted a performance of The Diary of Anne Frank, claiming that Anne Frank never existed. Determined to prove otherwise, Simon Wiesenthal, a Holocaust survivor, set out to find the Gestapo officer who arrested the Franks years before.

Bubble Homes and Fish Farts - by Fiona Bayrock- Bubble Homes and Fish Farts offers accurate, real-world science with tongue-in-cheek humour, on a topic with natural kid appeal.Real-world science meets tongue-in-cheek humor to describe how animals make bubbles, ride bubbles, breathe bubbles, and even live in bubbles. Discover the truth about popping shrimp, nesting frogs, and gas-passing fish.

Book Fiesta a bilingual book by Pat Mora- Children read aloud in various settings to celebrate Children's Day, in this bilingual story. Includes facts about Mexico's annual celebration of children and the book fiestas that are often included.

Money Madness by David Adler-What's all this madness about money? Long ago, people traded rocks or sheep for the items they wanted, but rocks were heavy and sheep ran away. This beginning guide to economics will have readers thinking about the purpose, and not just the value, of money.

Recycle Every Day! by Nancy Wallace- When Minna has a school assignment to make a poster about recycling, her entire rabbit family spends the week practicing various kinds of recycling and suggesting ideas for her poster.

Pyramid by James Harpur- See inside the world of the pyramids.

If you were a Plus Sign by Trisha Shaskan- If you were a plus sign, you would add things together. You could add people and animals. You could add up and down or side to side. What else could you do if you were a plus sign?

Top Ten Cats for Kids- by Dana Rau-There are many types of cats. Each one has special needs. What type is best for me? This book can help you pick the best pet for you and your family. The top 10 cats are approved by the American Humane Association and are listed alphabetically.

Spring in to check out these new books!

A Penguin Story- by Antoinette Portis-Edna the penguin only knows the three colors that surround her: white ice, black night, and blue sea. She is convinced there is something more out there. So she sets out on a quest-a quest for color. When she finally finds what she's been looking for, it's everything she hoped for and more. But that doesn't mean she will ever stop looking.

The Great Texas Hamster Drive- by Eric Kimmel- When Pecos Bill's daughter gets two pet hamsters, they soon multiply into the hundreds, so Bill decides to take them all to Chicago where lots of boys and girls want pet hamsters.

The Wacky Substitute by Sally Derby- When Mr. Wuerst, the substitute kindergarten teacher at Merryvale School, drops his glasses into the frying pan one morning, he ends up wearing a dish towel to school instead of his scarf and he mistakes the class gerbils for fur caps.

The Louds Move In! by Carolyn Crimi- When the Loud family moves into the neighborhood alongside Mr. Pitterpatter, Miss Shushermush, and Miss Meekerton, things begin to change.

Birds by Kevin Henkes- Fascinated by the colors, shapes, sounds, and movements of the many different birds she sees through her window, a little girl is happy to discover that she and they have something in common.

The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing- In the style of Clement Moore's familliar Christmas poem, tells of a family's last minute preparations for summer vacation.

Winnie the Pooh's Thinking Spot features books on buoyancy, amimal camouflage, rain, gravity, helpful insects, fog, body sounds, evaporation, animal communication, growing, planting and animal talents!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

New Books Under The Tree!

We have had so many new Christmas books lately, we couldn't put them in just one post! Here are the rest.

Donald's Christmas Gift by Sheila Sweeny Higginson - Join Mickey and Donald as they journey to the North Pole, to help Santa fix his broken sleigh. Find out whether the Clubhouse crew saves Christmas in this new storybook based on the hit DVD.

A Very Krusty Christmas by David Lewman - Christmas is coming, and it's time to decorate! SpongeBob follows Mr. Krabs's order to decorate, and starts putting up light after light after light-until the power goes out!

The Christmas Snowman by Chris Angelilli - A snowman watches "his" family's preparations for something new to him called "Christmas."

Twelve Hidden Days of Christmas by Macky Pamintuan - A cumulative counting verse which invites the reader to find the items given in the traditional carol, as well as other objects, hidden by Santa in the illustrations.

Santa's Snow Kitten by Sue Stainton - Snow Kitten, who lives in Santa's wardrobe, goes exploring on Christmas Eve and ends up joining Santa on his sleigh as he makes his deliveries.

Santa Mouse, Where Are You? by Michael Brown - When Santa Mouse falls from Santa's sleigh he is lost until the bright lights of a Christmas tree show him the way to a household.

Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner - On Christmas Eve, snowmen hold a party in the center of town and celebrate with food, music and dancing, and presents.

Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett - Lonely Gingerbread Baby, having set out to find a friend, enters a bakery where he tries to talk to different cookies and other figures, but winds up leading a crowd back to his house on a chase similar to the one in the familiar tale.

The Christmas Tractor by Jane Aumann & Cindy Ladage - The Christmas Tractor is a 30 page children's story about a little girl maped allie who wants to dely the family restore the family tractor that they bought at as auditor allie finds her own way to help by making a journal for her dad about the tractor. She ball her journal the christmas tractor. The whole family is invited-uncles/aunt/grandma/grandpa.