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Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

November 2008


Another grab bag with an autumn theme--

books about enjoying the season, celebrating our veterans, and even cooking up a warm meal!


Take a look:



In November

In November

by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Jill Kastner



This lovely book, full of beautiful paintings and poetic language, reminds us of the traditional and seasonal activities that we all enjoy in November.



Lucky Leaf

Lucky Leaf

written and illustrated by Kevin O'Malley



A boy tries to catch the last leaf on the tree as it falls, thinking it will bring him good luck.


-Mrs. Kennedy




Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

by Michael Morpurgo


An ironically named soldier, Private Thomas Peaceful, spends a sleepless night recalling his boyhood in rural England and his beloved brother Charlie. Exquisitely written vignettes explore bonds of brotherhood that cannot be broken by the physical and psychological horrors of the First World War in a novel that comes to a shattering, unexpected conclusion. A 2005 American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and a Perrot Library Young Critics' Choice for 2004/2005.

-Mrs. Mac


Leaf Jumpers

Leaf Jumpers

by Carole Gerber, illustrated by Leslie Evans



Before all the leaves have fallen from the trees, read this lovely book that beautifully illustrates the many colors and types of leaves we see all around us. Then go outside, take a walk, and collect some leaves for yourself!





Thanksgiving at the Tappletons'

Thanksgiving at the Tappletons'

by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Holiday E SPINE

After a few accidents with their food preparation, the Tappletons realize that Thanksgiving is about much more than a turkey dinner!


Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes

Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes: A Cookbook for Preschoolers and Up

by Mollie Katzen and Ann Henderson, illustrated by Mollie Katzen

J 641.5 KATZE

Being a big Mollie Katzen fan, I can’t resist her cookbooks for kids, Pretend Soup, and its companion, Salad People. The recipes are simple and healthy, and the books include tips and activities to get kids engaged in the cooking process. The recipes feature simple, step-by-step pictures that help kids understand what to do and when to do it! Not to be missed are lists of “Kids’ Own Rules,” which include such chestnuts as, “Don’t put your face in the pan or you’ll be burned and your face will get an owie,” and “I think you have to be six to like spicy food.” Also try Katzen’s cookbook for older kids (ages 8 and up), Honest Pretzels.



Blue Moon Soup

Blue Moon Soup: A Family Cookbook

by Gary Goss, illustrated by Jane Dyer

J 641.913 GOSS

Soup recipes for each season of the year, as well as several related recipes for bread, salads, snacks, and croutons. Jane Dyer's fanciful watercolor paintings appear throughout the book, offering visions of dancing squash, sunbathing tomatoes, and other food-related fantasies.

-Mrs. K.

 Check this page monthly for recommendations from our staff! Each month focuses on a different category or theme.

We'll pick our favorites, and tell you all about them! Each book cover is a link to that item in the catalog, so click there to place a hold. 

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