Strange Creatures, The Story of Walter Rothschild and His Museum
By Lita Jude
Theme: Love and care for animals, the environment, and nature
Plot: Walter, a shy boy, has spent most of his time alone, scouring the family’s enormous garden. His father wants him to take over the family banking business, but the boy loves animals and being in nature. This is a true story about the life and work of Walter Rothschild.
Theme: Jamie had just learned what to do if a stranger approached him, but when it came to applying his learning, things turned out to be more complicated the Jamie thought.
Plot: A short while after receiving his Super Safety Expert Badge from officer Crane for learning stranger safety, Jamie comes face to face with a stranger. Would he remember the rules, uphold his badge and stay safe?
Plot: Nancy has always been fancy, but now she tries to teach her parents and siblings the art.
(This is the first in a series of 80 titles featuring Fancy Nancy.)
We don’t know how old Nancy is(maybe 5 or 6?), but she is very fancy for her age. How do we know? Let’s take a look in her room. The room décor is astonishing: paintings and posters on the walls, flowers, garlands, mirrors, feathers, and artwork everywhere. Hats and purses hang on hooks, and laced shoes are peaking from under the bed. Continue reading Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor→
By Kendra J. Barrett, Jacqueline B. Toner, and Claire A.B. Freeland
Illustrated by Violet Lemay
Theme: Overcoming disability; school inclusion;
Plot: How a happy first grader, in a wheelchair, can make friends and enjoy her days at school and participate in ordinary school activities;
Moral: This story teaches us to have a positive attitude towards the people with special needs; instead of excluding them from daily activities, we should find activities suited for their condition; instead of turning a blind eye and pretending they aren’t there, we should see them for who they are and help them with their goals.
The takeaway: All over the world there are children that work from an early age to support themselves and their families. Most of them work without pay, missing school, and living in poverty. The characters in this book are fictional but the situation is real. Continue reading Pablo Finds a Treasure by Andree Poulin→
The takeaway: When something doesn’t feel right we are always quick to blame others. Instead, we should take a hard look at ourselves because often time we are the ones causing the problem. And, sometimes, just by changing a little detail we make it right again. Continue reading Something Smells by Blake Liliane Hellman→
The takeaway: When teachers must miss a day at school, a substitute takes over. But the sub cannot replace the beloved teacher and the class grows anxious. This book shows exactly what children feel when their teacher is gone for the day and helps them get through the day and even enjoy it. Continue reading Dear Substitute by Liz Garton Scalon and Audrey Vernick→
The takeaway: Through the eyes of a child, a funeral is not an ordinary day. There are many unfamiliar places, people behavior is sober, and the whole day has an unexplained solemnity to it. But the best part of the day is when you get together with your family, thus make it comfortable and welcoming. Continue reading The Funeral by Matt James→
The takeaway: Make yourself known before asking for understanding and friendship from others. Show them that the rough side of you is nothing else then a shield for your protection. And they have nothing to fear. Continue reading Elmore by Holly Hobbie→
The takeaway: Sometimes is hard to keep doing the right thing especially when others push you in the wrong direction. But as hard at it may be and long as it may take, doing the right thing feels good and sooner or later others will follow. Continue reading A Hen for Izzy Pippik by Aubrey Davis→
The takeaway: There are no big hairy monsters under the bed, or in the closet, or up high and down below…just creatures you haven’t meet yet, and things you are still to find out about. That’s all there is! And once you realize what made you afraid, you’ll see you had the wrong idea altogether. This is a book about being scared of (nonexistent) monsters. Continue reading Albert’s Tree by Jenni Desmond→
The takeaway: When you have a talent to share with the rest of the world, but you don’t have money to buy a pair of shoes…don’t give up. Show up every morning and knock on faith’s door and one day it will open for you. Continue reading The Thumbtack Dancer by Leslie Tryon→
This book is about not taking “no” for an answer. If you believe in something, you can do it. Just like little Fanny. When her mother said “no”, she doesn’t give up (which, to be realistic, should just be the exception from the rule, not the norm). When her friends say “no”, she also perseveres until they change their minds. Continue reading Fanny by Holly Hobbie→
About sixty years ago, the African American workers at the Wonder Bread, Awrey, and Tastee bakery factories were not allowed to work as bread mixers or bread handlers. As a matter of fact, there were a lot of jobs that were given to “whites only”. The Civil Rights act, passed in 1964, made it against the law to employ people based on their skin color. This book is based on a true story and is intended as a life and history lesson. Continue reading These Hands by Margaret H. Mason→