Tales From Outer Suburbia (Bobby Gross)


Infinity and Me

LIBR 237 LMC Materials

Author: Kate Hosford
Illustrator: Gabi Swiatkowska
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (2012)
ISBN-10: 0761367268
ISBN-13: 978-0761367260

Uma looks up at the night sky and wonders how many stars are in the sky. The impossibility of counting makes her feel very small in relation to how big, how infinite the universe is. The next day, wearing brand new red shoes, Uma asks her schoolmates, her grandmother, the cafeteria cook, and her music teacher what infinity means to them. She finds that each one has a different perspective on infinity, but not one has noticed her amazing new shoes. What Uma learns is that infinity may be a concept too large to truly understand, except when it comes to understanding the infinity of love that she shares with her beloved grandma who in the end compliments Uma on “the most beautiful shoes she has ever seen”. Infinity and me

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The Most Magnificent Thing teaches kids perspective

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the most magnificent thing The Most Magnificent Thing , by Ashley Spires. Kids Can Press (2014), $16.95, ISBN: 9781554537044

Recommended for ages 4-8

One day, a girl and her dog set out to make the “most magnificent thing” – the girl draws up schematics (her dog is the assistant), gets materials, and sets up on the street, getting to work. When she’s finished, she takes a look at it – it’s not really what she had in mind. She tries again. And again. And again. She just can’t make her vision come to life, and she gets MAD. At this point, her assistant suggests a walk, where she starts to feel better; she finds she has regained self-control and even more, perspective, allowing her to go back and look at her previous creations with a refreshed eye.

Ashley Spires, who some may know from her Binky the Space Cat series, looks at the frustrating process of…

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Review: A Perfect Day for Digging

Advice from a Caterpillar

PerfectDayDigging-coverA Perfect Day for Digging
Written by Cari Best
Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Two Lions Publishing
March 2014
32 pages

Nell and her dog Rusty love digging in the dirt. But their friend Norman hates to get dirty so he hangs out and watches them. One by one, Nell and Rusty unearth a variety of interesting treasures. How long will Norman remain on the fence sitting on his hands before he is overcome by the excitement of digging in the dirt? Christine Davenier’s vibrant watercolor illustrations combine the right amount of mayhem and humor to draw young readers into the fun. A Perfect Day for Digging is the perfect book to celebrate the arrival of spring. However if you happen to find yourself digging in the dirt after reading it, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Copyright (c) 2014 by Peggy Tibbetts

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Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad

LIBR 237 LMC Materials

Author / Illustrator: Henry Cole
Publisher: Scholastic Press  (2012)
Hardcover: 40 pages
ISBN-10: 0545399971
ISBN-13: 978-0545399975

A wordless book with detailed black and white pencil drawings on tan colored paper that set the mood for this story about the underground railroad. Unspoken begins on the dedication page, with a quilt hanging over a split rail fence. Next, a young girl leading a cow watches as soldiers on horses; the Confederate flag signals the time period. The girl continues doing chores, feeding chickens when her mother appears with a basket. The reader sees her enter the root cellar. As she gathers vegetables, she hears a noise behind the corn and sees an eye peering out from behind the dried leaves. Her fear is palpable as she runs from the root cellar. Later at the dinner table, with her mother and grandparents, praying, her attention goes back to the root…

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