Spring Blossoms

5th Aug 2015

“An ode to the beauty of the season, this book is a catalogue of flowering trees that will charm children. Written in rhyming couplets, Gerber’s spare text leaves plenty of room on the page for Evans’s luscious bursts of color, including all the fresh pinks and greens one would witness on a fine spring day. . . Given the new Common Core priorities, this book is a real plus.” – School Library Journal, August 2013

“The third in a seasonal series by Gerber and Evans, this picture book presents 10 different spring-blooming trees. Two young girls hold hands and skip out into a new spring day. “Spring is bursting out all over. / The sun is up. It’s warm. Let’s go! / Trees, so bare and plain in winter, / are dressed up for their yearly show.” Gerber’s gentle and informative text moves gracefully through the pages, providing descriptions of flowering trees. . .” – Kirkus Reviews, Feb. 2013

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Winter Trees

5th Aug 2015

Selected for the 2008 John Burroughs Young Readers List. “Winter Trees is an excellent addition to the distinguished books that have been added to the list in the past. The books selected for the list have to meet a demanding list of criteria that require that the book deals with nature with: Reality, Respect, Accuracy, Engagement, Enthusiasm, Beauty, and Magic. The Jury found that your book met all of those criteria.” – John Burroughs Association Young Readers List

Selected as a NSTA/CBC Outstanding Tradebook for 2009. “The uniqueness of the subject and the high quality of the text and illustrations have made this one of the NSTA/CBC Outstanding Tradebooks for 2009. This book would be a wonderful addition to any classroom or school library.” – Jose Rios, National Science Teacher Association

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Tales Of Old Columbus

18th Aug 2015

Published by the Columbus Historical Society, Through Children’s Eyes is the first new Columbus history book for children published in 40 years. Within its 58 pages are seven historical fiction stories researched and written by the author. Each is told from the perspective of the main character, an 8-year-old child. Topics include a child’s experience with the Underground Railroad, Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Columbus, the birth of the first African American child in Franklin County, and others.

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Firefly Night

18th Aug 2015

From Booklist: “In this lovely story, inspired by lines from Longfellow’s ‘The Song of Hiawatha,’ a young Chippewa girl asks the wah-wah-taysee (firefly) to use its light to guide her home through the forest. . . . Lyrical rhyming stanzas are rhythmic and soothing; enchanting, luminous watercolor-and-pencil art, richly detailed, captures the magic and wonder of nature and its inhabitants.” FINALIST, OHIOANA AND OKLAHOMA BOOK AWARDS

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Blizzard

18th Aug 2015

From Booklist: “Using short, rhyming phrases, a little boy contrasts the wintry weather outside with the cozy comfort he’s enjoying indoors: ‘Outside the snow is piling up./Inside, hot cocoa fills my cup./Outside the snow surrounds a tree./Inside, a soft quilt covers me./’ Children will enjoy the short, rhyming phrases, which create familiar, concrete images. Accessible to very young children, yet still satisfying to older ones, this appealing picture book will be a good choice for reading aloud for story hours with a winter theme.” COOPERATIVE CHILDREN’S BOOK CENTER RECOMMENDED BOOK.

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Arctic Dreams

18th Aug 2015

From Bookwatch: “Carole Gerber’s Arctic Dreams is cast in the form of a free-verse poem in which an Eskimo mother spins a story that takes her sleepy child on a journey through the Arctic. The mother’s vivid descriptions prompt the Eskimo child to imagine that he is part of every scene, experiencing the grandeur of this vast region with all his senses, before falling quietly asleep, surrounded by the animals he encounters along the way. Gerber’s rhythmic text is vividly and memorably illustrated by Marty Husted’s superb watercolors. PICK OF THE LIST, GREAT LAKES BOOKSELLERS’ ASSOCIATION

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Hush! A Gaelic Lullaby

18th Aug 2015

From School Library Journal: “Gerber’s lyric quatrains in Hush! A Gaelic Lullaby smoothly tell the story of getting baby to sleep as a storm rolls in on a coastal Irish farm. Sister takes down the wash, brother gathers peat, mother brings it in, grandpa brings in the sheep, father fastens the shutters, grandma builds the fire, and when everyone sits around it to talk, baby finally falls asleep. In all, a darlin’ choice for bedtime collections.”  Parent Council Award of Excellence.

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Jessica McBean, Tap Dance Queen

18th Aug 2015

Jessica is tired of being teased about her size – skinny – and her hobby – tap dancing – by two boys in her class. She gets the last laugh when she teams up with her beagle, Elvis, and her bus driver, Ralph Zizzmore, and surprises everyone at her school talent show. Chapter Book, Blooming Tree Press

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