Books for children - Jan. 6


"The Snow Goose" by Paul Gallico, illustrated in color by Beth Peck, Alfred Knopf, 46 pages

Read aloud: ages 8, 9 and older

Read yourself: age 10 and older

Philip, a lonely hunchback artist, lives in seclusion in an old lighthouse by the English Channel. Frith, an innocent, shy village girl, befriends Philip, and slowly but with certainty overcomes her fear of Philip's grotesque shape and learns to see the beauty of the person within.

The snow goose, saved from death by Frith and nurtured back to health by Philip, proves to be the truest and most courageous of friends. It is the snow goose who aids Philip in his rescue of Allied soldiers stranded on the beaches of Dunkirk during World War II - a moment of tremendous courage and fulfillment for Philip, Frith and the snow goose.

Nothing short of a masterpiece, "The Snow Goose" is suitable for all ages, meant to be read many times over.


Library Director: Kathryn Taylor

Head of Children's services: Helen Mochetti

Children's Librarian: Krystal Laharty

Choices this week: "The Paperbag Princess" by Robert Munsch; "Phineas Gage" by John Fleischman; "The Boys Start the War" by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor


"Duck & Goose: Goose Needs a Hug" by Tad Hills, Schwartz & Wade, 2013, 20 pages, $6.99 board book

Read aloud: age 2 and 3

Read yourself: age 5 and 6

Goose is feeling sad and knows just what he needs to feel better-a hug! Goose tries to tell Duck and his other friends what he needs, but before he can, they come up with all sorts of ideas to cheer Goose up. Despite their efforts and good intentions, Goose is still in sore need of a hug from a good friend, and when Goose is finally able to tell his friends what he needs, they gladly comply.

"Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty? And Other Notorious Nursery Tale Mysteries" by David Levinthal, illustrated by John Nickle, Schwartz & Wade, 2012, 36 pages, $17.99 hardcover

Read aloud: age 5 to 8

Read yourself: age 7 and 8

A fun, sophisticated twist on five nursery tales, these hilarious versions of popular stories are bound to have kids smiling on every page.

Binky the frog cop lives in the forest where he diligently solves crimes. His first case of the day involves the Bear family who are quite upset when someone breaks into their house. After a quick survey of the house Binky realizes, "It could only be one dame: Goldilocks!" Binky quickly closes the case after nabbing Goldilocks as she tries to make her getaway.


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