|Young Fredle by Cynthia Voight|
Young Fredle has spent his short life in the cozy,
dim nest behind the kitchen pantry - sleeping in with his
family, listening to Grandfather's stories, foraging at night for
bits of bread and the odd pea. But one night, Fredle breaks
the single most important rule of mice - keep safe - and
finds himself thrown to an unimaginable place: outside.
The young mouse already knows about cats (Patches
stalks the kitchen) and mousetraps, too. But in the face
of new and unthinkable dangers-owls and snakes and something
called raccoons - Fredle longs for his family (Kirdle, Kortle, Axle-
do they miss him too?) And this wishing makes him
hopeless and hungry and sad, and a new feeling, too: lonely.
But then come the surprises of outside: twinkling lights
in the night sky; water drops glistening on the green stalks; and,
one morning, a bright peel of orange left by his side, a gift.
And Fredle suddenly feels just a bit less alone.
|Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg|
I had a bad August.
A very bad August.
As bad as pickle juice on a cookie.
As bad as a spiderweb on your leg.
As bad as the black parts of a banana.
I hope your August was better.
I really do.
Eleanor is not happy. Her beloved
babysitter, Bibi, is moving away. Suddenly,
the things that she used to enjoy, like eating
pizza and riding her bike, aren't fun anymore.
Everything reminds her of Bibi.
To make matters worse, Eleanor has a new babysitter
who just isn't the same. But as the new school
year looms ahead, so do new beginnings. And Eleanor
learns some special things about herself, friendship,
and the bittersweet process of growing up.
|Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems by Kristine O'Connell George|
I wish grownups would quit saying
I'll bet you're a very good big sister.
Sometimes Jessica is a very good big sister.
But Emma isn't always a good little sister.
Emma messes up Jess's room. She leaves
the caps off all her markers. She makes a
spectacle of herself at a soccer game, and she
wants to tag along whenever Jess has a friend over...
How can Emma be so lovable and so maddening?
Does Jess have to be good all the time?
Explored here in perceptive, lively poems and tender,
funny illustrations, Jess's Emma dilemma is a puzzle
that every big sister knows all too well.
|Project Seahorse by Pamela S. Turner|
Seahorses, some of the ocean's oldest yet most
charming fish, are in trouble. Over the past twenty years,
seahorse populations have declined sharply. In Handumon, a
community in the Philippines, villagers and conservationists have
joined together to protect the seahorse and the coral reefs where
these quirky fish live. Amanda Vincent and Heather Koldewey,
founders of Project Seahorse, work tirelessly with Filipino
colleagues and local fishers like Rodrigo "Digoy" Paden to
protect both Handumon's seahorses and the livelihood of
the local fishing families.
Pamela S Turner's Project Seahorse explores how committed
conservationists, community organizers, and caring neighbors
are restoring the luster of a damaged coral reef. Scott
Tuason's brilliant photography will give you a fish's-eye
view of Amanda and Heather's seahorse research and
allow you to swim along on a midnight fishing trip with Digoy. Most
important of all, you'll learn what's being done-and what you can do-
to help the seahorse.