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Ask Me What I'm Reading

Weekly write-ups of books recently read by the Youth Department staff.



Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry
Collected by Jane Yolen; illustrated by Polly Dunbar — j 811.008 Her

A delightful volume takes readers through a toddler’s day, from morning sun to good-night kiss.  Family and friends, favorite foods, indoor comforts, and outdoor joys are all part of this wonderfully happy collection. (PS)

Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914
by John Hendrix — j Hen
Illustrated Historical Fiction

On Christmas Eve in the winter of 1914, German, French, and English soldiers make a truce for a day.  They shake hands, sing “Silent Night” together, and then help each other bury the dead. Based on a true story. (EM)
Bear Sees Colors
by Karma Wilson — E Wil
Picture Book

Join bear and his friends as they discover the colors around them. Help bear spy many colors from blue to brown and every color in between.  Filled with colorful images and rhyming text, this story is a rainbow of fun. (KAW)

Digby O’Day: In the Fast Lane
by Shirley Hughes — JE Red Hug
Early Chapter Book

Digby and Percy are car-driving, car-loving friends. Digby’s fancy-schmancy neighbor Lou Ella also loves cars — fast and sleek ones. In the famous car race from Didsworth to Dodsworth, it takes friends, shortcuts, some luck and some pluck to win. So who wins? The illustrations in this book are half the fun! (AE)

The Map Trap
by Andrew Clements — j Cle
Contemporary Fiction

Alton loves maps! He collects and makes regular maps, but also “secret” maps that, if made public, could be embarrassing or hurtful to some people in his school. When his secret maps are stolen, Alton teams up with an unlikely ally—the most popular boy in school– to recover the maps before the “mapnapper”/blackmailer exposes Alton’s secrets. (MK)

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos
by Stephanie Roth Sisson – JE921 Sagan

Adults will remember the immensely popular TV show COSMOS that Mr. Sagan hosted. A child, however, will enjoy following Carl from his young years when he first became passionately interested in the cosmos at the 1939 World’s Fair and on to his rise to fame. (RD)

Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm
by Joy Cowley – E Cow
Picture Book

The animals don’t want a bath, so they run away to the city.  There’s no place to eat or rest, and they end up in the animal jail.  Mrs. Wishy-Washy comes to their rescue!  Now the animals can’t wait for a bath! (KW)

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