Friday, December 19, 2014
I couldn’t resist the cover image of a brown-tabby cat, poking her head and paw out of a girl’s backpack.
Written by Angela Cervantes (Scholastic, 2013), Gaby, Lost and Found centers around volunteer efforts by a young girl and her classmates to help abandoned animals find homes. But while Gaby’s animal profiles bring in adoptive caregivers, Gaby herself feels like a stray. Her mother was deported to Honduras and her father rarely has time for her.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
|Ashland elementary librarian Lauren Hall reads ‘If I Ran the Dog Show’|
to a group of first-grade students at Bellview Elementary School.
/ CYNTHIA M. PARKHILL
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Eating is easily the most difficult sensory task I face. In childhood, I easily fit the profile of a “problem eater,” as described in this book. I accepted few foods, had strong adverse reactions that included gagging and was reluctant to even touch new foods.
My difficulties didn’t have the benefit of a book like this, however. Instead, adults labeled me “picky,” “spoiled” and “bad” because I could not eat what was served to me.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
|My beautiful cat Starfire examines|
Rob Laidlaw’s book Cat Champions
For the assignment, I couldn’t resist returning to a recent favorite.
Cat Champions, Caring For Our Feline Friends by Rob Laidlaw (2013) addresses issues related to the care of abandoned or feral cats. It places special emphasis upon young “cat champions” who care for these cats.
Monday, December 8, 2014
I posted a review of Crunch by Leslie Connor (Katherine Tegan Books, 2010) in December 2013.
More recently, I recommended the book across one of the listservs I subscribe to. My recommendation was in response to a request for books with an environmental theme.
Set in present-day, Crunch depicts what happens when gasoline supplies abruptly disappear.
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