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Friends Book Sale offers wide selection of children’s books

SoVaNow.com / February 25, 2013
Bring your children to the Friends of the Library Book Sale since there’s plenty at the retired Halifax school for the mind to explore. There’s bedtime reading for all ages right there on the shelves.

For the young there’s “Baby Einstein in The ABC’s of Art.” Art is featured on the page opposite an alphabet letter with questions below this letter. Artists are named beneath their art. Very creative and versatile, this book has a page at the back called “Ideas for Parents.”

Another tale, Joyhn Steptoes “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” is an African tale a lot like Cinderella. One sister is kind, gentle and loving. The other is hateful and mean. Nyasha loves the land and all living things, including snakes to whom she talks. There is a local king looking for a bride. At this point, the plot thickens, and a rich imagination can figure out what might happen. “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” has beautiful illustrations.

On your visit to the book sale, look for Curious George on all the children’s shelves. Hilarious, he’s everywhere and looking for mischief. Take George home for many laughs at bedtime or any time.

Remember the “Ox-cart Man?” It’s the story of a man who packs his ox-cart with all the goods he and his family have put together for the past year. He packs honey and honeycomb, potatoes, apples, goosefeathers and brooms, for starters. Loaded with rhythm and repetition children find appealing, the emphasis is on the calendar year, clean living and hard work. There’s respect in the family and all members work for the father’s trip to town in the oxcart. Children love this sing-song story. It won the Caldecott award.

We all love “The Snowy Day,” a classic by Ezra Jack Keats, a wonderful illustrator. It’s all about Peter’s day in the snow. It’s a perfect book for pre-schoolers. A wonderful small person narrative with delightful illustrations. Of all the books a mother reads to her child, she will probably never forget “A Snowy Day.” This book is also a Caldecott Award winner.

Don’t forget the chapter books when you come to the sale.

A story of honesty and family honor, “And Now Miguel” has a young hero growing up in New Mexico on the family sheep ranch. Miguel has a secret wish — he wants to join his family when they take the sheep up in the mountains of the Sangre de Cristo. He imagines they will need him this year. He shares his wish with his siblings and is convinced that he is old enough to make the trip. Kicking and tossing a stone is an activity shared by family members, probably to show a working together of the members solving their problems. “And Now Miguel” is a Newberry Award winner. It emphasizes respect, honor, honesty and love in the family.

Come find these books and many others at the Friends of the Library Book Sale on Thursday, April 18 from 2-7 p.m.; on Friday, April 19 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See you there.


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