Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff
For this month's picks, we have a bit of a grab bag.
Below are our favorite books about St. Patrick's Day, being green, lions and lambs, wind. . . and one family by the name of March!
Clever Tom and the Leprechaun: An Old Irish Story
retold and illustrated by Linda Shute
EASY J 398.2 CLEVE
Can a leprechaun outsmart clever Tom Fitzpatrick and keep him from getting the pot of gold?
Russell the Sheep
written and illustrated by Rob Scotton
Russell the sheep just can't get to sleep-- and he's tried everything!
Fin M'coul: The Giant of Knockmany Hill
retold and illustrated by Tomie de Paola
EASY J 398.2 FIN
An old Irish folk tale, said to be part truth and part fiction. A great tale to share and celebrate the great Irish heritage of storytelling with children.
by Louisa May Alcott
Set in New England during the Civil War, this novel follows the adventures of the March sisters-- beautiful Meg, artistic tomboy Jo, doomed Beth, and selfish Amy-- as they struggle to pursue their dreams.
I Face the Wind
by Vicki Cobb
EASY J 551.518 COBB
Know why you can feel the wind, but never see it? You will! Renowned science author Vicki Cobb makes scientific principles easy for even the youngest kids to understand.
Rachel Carson, Environmentalist: A 20th Century Life
by Ellen Levine
J 570.92 CARSO
An interesting portrait of how the biologist's early influences and love of nature led her to a life as an environmental pioneer.
The Show-and-Tell Lion
by Barbara Abercrombie, illustrated by Lynne Avril Cravath
It’s show and tell day at school, and Matthew desperately wants to tell his class about something exciting. “I have a lion!” he blurts out. Eventually, when a classmate demands to go and see this so-called lion, Matthew panics. Then, he has a great idea. . . This simple, sweet story is a testament to the power of a child’s imagination. Cravath’s faux-childlike renderings of Matthew’s drawings of Larry the Lion are particularly cute.
Nory Ryan's Song
by Patricia Reilly Giff
Giff has pieced together remnants of her own Irish heritage to create this powerful saga of “The Great Hunger” and the ensuing wave of emigration. Details are so vivid that readers smell the stench of rotting potatoes and feel the hunger that drives the starving to eat grass. An unforgettable story of raw courage and ultimate hope! Historical fiction for grades 6 and up.
Check this page monthly for recommendations from our staff! Each month will focus on a different category of books.
We'll pick our favorites, and tell you all about them! Each book cover is a hyperlink to that item in the catalog, so click there to place a hold.
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