Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New Books for summer reading!

The Tales of Beedle the Bard- The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers' attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger's new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J.K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales.

Ivy and Bean Take Care of the Babysitter- When Bean's parents leave her in the care of her older sister Nancy for the afternoon, she enlists her neighbor and best friend Ivy to come over and teach Nancy how to be a really good babysitter.

Gregor and the Code of Claw- When twelve-year-old Gregor finally learns the ancient prophecy, which foretells his death, he must gather his courage to defend Regalia from the army of rats, take his mother and sister home safely, and fight his own dark side.

The Diamond of Darkhold- When a roamer trades them an ancient book with only a few pages remaining, Lina and Doon return to Ember to seek the machine the book seems to describe in hopes that it will get their new community, Sparks, through the winter.

Frog Hunt- A group of children set out on a summer morning to catch a frog and along the way they observe a muskrat, minnows, and a fish as well.

Pirate Attack - A brief, simplified retelling of the episode in "Treasure Island" during which Jim Hawkins tries to keep a treasure map safe from Long John Silver and his pirate band.

Recorded Books!

Froggy Plays T-Ball - Jonathon London- Froggy looks forward to playing in his first T-ball game but finds it hard to remember the rules.

Library Mouse- Sam, a shy but creative mouse who lives in a library, decides to write and illustrate his own stories which he places on the shelves with the other library books but when children find the tales, they all want to meet the author.

The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County - A young farm girl tries to catch her favorite chicken, until she learns something about the hen that makes her change her ways.

Bats at the Library - by Brian Lies- Bored with another normal, inky evening, bats discover an open library window and fly in to enjoy the photocopier, water fountain, and especially the books and stories found there.

Bats at the Beach- by Brian Lies- On a night when the moon can grow no fatter, bats pack their moon-tan lotion and baskets of treats and fly off for some fun on the beach.

Max's Words- by Kate Banks - When Max cuts out words from magazines and newspapers, collecting them the way his brothers collect stamps and coins, they all learn about words, sentences, and storytelling.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New DVD's

Quigley - On the brink of making an announcement that would forever change the lives of his employees, Archie experiences a tragic accident that takes him to the gates of Heaven where he is sent back to redeem himself ... as a Pomeranian.

Thomas & Friends: Thomas' Sodor Celebration! - Hop on board as Thomas learns to navigate a difficult bend on his new route. See Thomas and Percy work hard to achieve their goal of being the cleanest engines, and more Thomas adventures.

Strawberry Shortcake: Spring for Strawberry Shortcake -
It may be the first day of spring in Strawberryland, but it's cold, and there's frost on the ground. Strawberry Shortcake and her friends Orange Blossom and Ginger Snap go in search of Spring, a young girl who just doesn't want to do her job this year, to convince her that everyone needs her.

Strawberry Shortcake: Moonlight Mysteries -
In the first episode Strawberry & Friends go on an overnight campout, and Ginger Snap doesn't want them to find out she's afraid of the dark! Then, there's someone ... or something strange and the kids imagine the worst.

The Powerpuff Girls: Powerpuff Bluff - Meet Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup, three of the cutest evil-busting crime fighters to ever wear a dress! They're not your average kindergartners ... these pint-sized superheroes are kickin' butt all over Townsville! Busting up baddies! Knocking out no-gooders! Ripping up ruffians ... and doing it all before bedtime!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Great New Books!

The Lion's Share-
Ant is honored to receive an invitation to lion's annual dinner party, but is shocked when the other guests behave rudely and then accuse her of thinking only of herself.

Luke on the Loose- young boy's fascination with pigeons soon erupts into a full-blown chase around Central Park, across the Brooklyn Bridge, through a fancy restaurant, and into the sky

Emma Jean Lazarus Fell in Love- Seventh-grader Emma-Jean Lazarus uses her logical, scientific mind to navigate the mysteries of the upcoming Spring Fling, her friend Colleen's secret admirer, and other love-related dilemmas.

The Time Book - This book explores what time means and how it has been measured, from the waggles of a honeybee to the workings of an atomic clock.

Plink and Plunk - Houndsley likes canoeing and his friend Catina likes bicycling, but each has to help the other learn to enjoy these activities in order to do them together

Red Sings from the Treetops - The names of colors are woven into unrhymed poems that celebrate the seasons.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Blossoms and Brunch

Ladies dressed in their princess finery enjoyed brunch along with crafts.


Sparkly Peppermint Playdough Recipe

2 Cups of Water

2 Cups of Flour

1 Cup of Salt

4 teaspoons cream of tarter

4 Tablespoons of Oil

4 Teaspoons of Peppermint Oil

glitter (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until mixture thickens and pulls away from the sides of the pan. Form dough into a ball, sprinkle with glitter, place on waxed paper and cool completely. Store in Ziplock bags.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Muffins with Mom

Kids with their moms enjoyed muffins, chocolate milk, puppets and a story!