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Savvy by Ingrid Law

Aunt Stina, July 6, 2012

Teens and tweens discovering their own talents will adore the Beaumont family. Each member of the family is gifted a "savvy" on their thirteenth birthday. Some get sweet savvy like the ability to capture a song or a tune in a jar for enjoying years later. Others have such chaotic savvy that the family lives a fairly solitary life. Mibs is turning thirteen, and is finding out what her savvy will be . . . and learns not only how to work with her savvy, but how to assist others by using her gift. This is one of those stories that will provoke the questions, "What gift, talent, or "savvy" do I have? How am I using it?" It's also a terrific story of family unity, loyalty and love.
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The Birthday Pet by Ellen Javernick
The Birthday Pet

Aunt Stina, July 6, 2012

Danny wants a turtle for his birthday, but everyone gives him the pets best suited for them. Danny endures one pet after another until his family finally listens to him and provides him with the pet he knew suited him best. This is a book easily used in a pet story time, but could also be used in a lesson on listening and on giving consideration to the needs of others. The illustrations portray Danny in his own darling "turtle-mode" as he keeps expressing his desire for a turtle.
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How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague
How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Aunt Stina, July 6, 2012

This book by Mark Teague has illustrations that are charming as Wallace Bleff tells his teacher and classmates about his summer vacation. On his way to his aunt's, Wallace is captured by cowboys and becomes a buckaroo. The most intriguing illustration is the boy's staredown with a bull. The brief and concise postcard to his aunt telling of his delay had parents and children giggling at storytime. At the end, the threat of what he might bring for show and tell has me hoping Wallace Bleff has more tales to tell in the future!
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How Do You Wokka-Wokka? by Elizabeth Bluemle
How Do You Wokka-Wokka?

Aunt Stina, June 28, 2012

Great story time book for movement and rhythm! In a small group, children are comfortable showing off their "wokka-wokka" walks: we had a cowboy, a tin man, a bit of marching, and a lot of skipping. The play with real and almost real words encouraged rhyming, and the beat of the text feels like a poetry slam for children. Delightful and quickly one of my favorite children's books!
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Chester by Melanie Watt

Aunt Stina, April 11, 2012

Chester is the cat most of us know if we've ever "owned" a cat! He has attitude, everything is about HIM, and he is going to do things HIS way! While author Melanie Watts writes her story, Chester scribbles his red "editing" on top to write his version of things. The battle of wills and writing is humorous and fun for preschool-aged and older children. Toddlers may not understand why Chester can write in Melanie's book, and they cannot. However, this cat is a favorite, and there are other picture books about Chester that followed this introductory book.
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