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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hold Fast to Your Dreams

Have you ever been told you couldn't do something? Few activities in life come easily at first, and it helps to be encouraged over the early rough bits. But our instant gratification society places a premium upon immediate results, and so we are often faced with what are perceived to be insurmountable challenges, either by ourselves (and so we give up) or by others (sadly, including those instructing or evaluating us), who tell us to give it a rest. Either way, we try, we encounter obstacles (or do not achieve success straightaway), and so we move on to the next flavor of the moment.

This scenario applies to youngsters, too. Olympic and world champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi drives home this point with good humor and grace in her children's picture book, Dream Big, Little Pig! (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, Juvenile Fiction/Picture Book, 2011) (ISBN 9781402252754). The illustrations by Tim Bowers capture the moods beautifully. Poppy's disappointment with the difficulties she encounters when she explores different types of personal expression, as well as the disappointment she feels when discouraged by others, are poignantly felt. Finding one's talent niche isn't easy for anyone, especially for a pot-bellied pig, but Poppy perseveres, until she ultimately triumphs in discovering her passion and skill. The plot is ably summarized in this book trailer by Janet Buckley, a librarian who volunteers at our Library.  Janet is Head of Technical Services at Greenwood Public Library.  The soundtrack music was written by Danny Buckley, the MPL Composer.

The book is available in our online Evergreen Indiana catalog.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wonderful Feline Poetry

Whiskers & Rhymes, by Arnold Lobel (HarperCollins, 1988) is a cat-lover's delight. Recommended for readers ages 4 and up, it is the kind of early readers' book that you youngsters will read yourselves (or your folks will read to you), and then, when you're grown-up, you will read aloud to your children, and, years later, to your grandchildren, and, even more years later still, to your great-grandchildren. It is witty, funny, engaging, and simply wonderful.

The Library's new Young Adult Librarian, Rachel Montgomery, M.L.S., has made a book trailer that will tell you all about this charming book. This book is available in our online Evergreen Indiana catalog.

Monday, January 23, 2012

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake (MPL Book Trailer)

The Library now has a book trailer for If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, by Laura Numeroff (Felicia Bond, illustrator).  Like all of the books in this series, the story is funny and filled with surprising twists and turns. The pictures are wonderfully colorful and cute.  It is a fabulous readaloud, which grown-ups will enjoy as much as preschoolers.  It is also an excellent book for early readers on their own.

Just click the graphic above to play the video.  The dinosaurs will make sense once you read the book.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Like Attracts Like

Opposites may attract in electro-magnetism and certain other physics phenomena, but like attracts like in the world of wandering souls.  Such is the premise of the novel The Keeper of the Bees, by Gene Stratton-Porter.

This was Gene Stratton-Porter's final novel, which was published posthumously in 1925. Stratton-Porter (1863-1924) probably wasn't expecting this to be her last published work, but it is a fine example of her naturalist writing, with plenty of her moral and ethical perspective infused in the text to satisfy fans. For anyone else, it is a magnificently crafted, superbly written tale of the restorative powers of the human spirit. Once again, her descriptive capabilities, which were typical of her other novels, were the distinctive feature of the story and were unsurpassed here.

Do we have the title available in our online Evergreen Indiana catalog? Naturally. (Get it? Stratton-Porter was a naturalist, so, naturally . . .)

William R. Buckley
MPL Indiana Room Historian
& Reference Coordinator, Adult Services