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Are you the youngest? The youngest sibling, cousin, friend? Well then you know very well that hand-me-downs have a story, a history, some carry a novel within them. You didn’t know that? Well then maybe this book will change your mind. All old clothes have been somewhere else before and withstood many adventures. In Mary Ann Hoberman‘s story, a brother and sister have fun imagining the adventures these clothes have been on, imagining adventures for them to have, and also imagining who will have the clothes next. Do you still think that your hand-me-downs are boring?
Not only do the clothes in this book have a story, but so does the story itself. Mary Ann Hoberman originally published I Like Old Clothes in 1976 with different artwork. Now, Patrice Barton‘s illustrations bring a new life to the story, showing different styles and fun in the clothes.
I Like Old Clothes by Mary Ann Hoberman; illustrated by Patrice Barton; Alfred A. Knopf; hardcover;$16.99; ages 3-6
Rebecca Stead might just be gearing up to win yet another Newbery Award. Her new story follows seventh grader Georges, named after Georges Seurat (or as he pronounces it: Sir Ott). When his father loses his job, the whole family has to move from their house into an apartment down the street. Georges quickly meets Safer, a 12-year-old with an eccentric view of life, who enjoys all things spy-related and being quite mysterious himself. The boys have met at the right time, for Georges, a friend is greatly needed among the bullying at school and his mom working extra shifts at work, and for Safer, he could really use another spy to help him track the mysterious Mr. X who always wears black and carries suitcases in and out of the building at odd hours.
I really enjoyed reading this book. Rebecca Stead has created a middle schooler than most can relate to. He’s living for Fridays when he’s at school, like most kids (and adults!) I love Safer’s family, from the kids having named themselves (in a way) to each of their different personalities. Safer’s little sister Candy especially had me laughing; I loved her extensive knowledge of when and where to buy different types of candy in New York City. And I couldn’t help but think that she would love The Sugar Cube here in Old Town. I would recommend this book to anyone 5th grade and up; I even handed it to my 13-year-old brother when I was done reading it.
Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead; hardcover; Random House; $15.99; ages 10+
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce; $25.00; Random House.
When I asked everyone to remember their learning-to-read experience, staffer Leah said, “there was a time I didn’t know how to read?,” and it sure is hard to believe, when you’ve pored through thousands of books, that there was a time when you had to sound out “b-o-o-k.” Yet there was a time when all of us had to learn to read, or when someone had to read books to us, and we book-lovers look to those memories fondly.
Hooray for Books! owners Ellen and Trish have spent a lot of time around books: reading books, reviewing books, and handing their favorites to young readers here at the store. When asked to share their favorite beginning reading story, it was tough to pick out just one especially with all their favorite books and book memories. They were eventually able to narrow it down and share a story for all new and old readers.
Ellen remembers being read to in her kindergarten class. Everyone probably remembers their teacher asking the class to gather around for the daily picture book reading. Her kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Galbraith, used to read Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson to the class. Ellen one day realized that, even though Harold was a made-up character, he was creating a marvelous and amazing world and adventure. Ellen says this was “the moment when the book literally came alive for me.” I’m sure she didn’t mean the pun when describing the book, but if any picture book were to “come alive”, Harold is perfect.
Trish remembers moving to the D.C. area from Tennessee in the 2nd grade and discovering Landmark Biographies. She would go to pick out a new biography every week at her school library. Like many of us, Trish swears that even though she must have learned how to read, it’s more likely that she had just always known how, because she does not remember where or when she started to read! While most of the Landmark Biographies have gone out of print, we still have some of them (as well as other biographies from other series) here in the store.
Whether it’s being read to you or you’re reading it on your own for the first (or 100th) time: happy reading,
Rocket is using his knowledge from when he learned to read to piece together his very own story. Rocket finds words everywhere, from the world around him, and from his teacher, the yellow bird. When Rocket gathers together enough words, he tries to to write down his story, yet nothing is inspiring him like the books he reads. When his walks keep taking him to a tall pine tree with an empty nest on its tallest branch, Rocket finds the inspiration he was looking for, as well as an unlikely new friend and reader.
This book is great for kindergartners or 1st graders who are beginning to write stories of their own, especially if they’re having trouble finding their inspiration! Rocket teaches that inspiration can come from anywhere when you least expect it.
Auggie Pullman was born with a severe facial deformity and has always been homeschooled, because of all the surgeries and medical problems that have come along. This year, Auggie and his parents have decided it’s time to give school, with actual teachers and students, a try. Despite Auggie’s fear of how people will see him, he heads into school and succeeds in the most
Wonder chronicles Auggie’s entire first year at school, from the point of view of several different characters. The reader is able to hear from several of Auggie’s classmates, his sister, his sister’s boyfriend, and others, including Auggie himself. The chapters are short and the writing is both uplifting and totally inspiring.
Friends, this book is amazing. One that every single one of you reading this blog must get a copy of right away. It’s one of the most honest, powerful books I’ve ever read, while still being completely enjoyable. I laughed, cried, and got angry…all of the emotions I believe the author wanted us to feel.
Auggie is a character that will stick with you for a long time. I know I’m still thinking about him.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio; $15.99; Random House Children’s Books; Ages 10+
Jennifer Holm is the author of several award winning books, but Penny from Heaven is my favorite. It’s lovely book about a boisterous Italian family, an overprotective mother, and a girl longing to stay young for a little longer.
Penny, a half-Italian girl living with her mother and grandparents in New Jersey, longs to know more about what happened to her father. Her died when she was very young and her mother never speaks of him. The only time Penny is able to hear his name mentioned is when she is over at her Italian grandparents house, where her myriad of Aunts, Uncles, and cousins never fail to talk about her dad. Penny loves spending time in this boisterous household where food is always delicious and life is never dull!
Set in the 1950′s, this book is about so much more than just the problems a family goes through. It has exciting baseball games, friendships, and a mystery of buried treasure. The characters are incredibly real and lovable (my favorite was Uncle Dominic). A true gem!
Find it in our Newbery section!
Penny from Heaven by Jennifer Holm; $6.99; Random House Books for Children; Ages 10+
Hattie loves horses. She’s grown up around them and now works at a stable in her free time and feels completely alive while she’s there, especially when spending time with her favorite horse, Speed. When the owners of the stable decide that the elderly horse needs to be put down, Hattie knows she can’t allow that to happen.
Trish read tons of books this year (as every great bookstore owner should), but a few are new favorites! These are her top picks for 2011:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern; $26.95; Knopf; Adult Fiction
The Conference of the Birds by Peter Sis; $27.95; Penguin Publishing Group; Adult Fiction
Bigger Than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder; $16.99; Random House Children’s Publishing; ages 8+
King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently; $17.99; Penguin Publishing Group; ages 3+
Trish has a lot more titles that she loves, so be sure to ask her about them the next time you’re in the store. She’ll be happy to help you find the perfect gift or a great read for yourself!