Captivating Conservation: Animals at the EDGE (Saving the World’s Rarest Creatures)

Saturday, February 7, 2009.

Animals at the EDGE (Saving the World's Rarest Creatures)Authors: Jonathan Baillie (on JOMB) and
Marilyn Baillie (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Maple Tree Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1897349335

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Fabulous photos of scarce, strange and, often, sweet-looking animals and intimate glimpses of the young scientists who are working to save them make this exciting look at work of the Zoological Society of London’s EDGE of Existence Program an engaging introduction to the science of conservation.

HOTLINE VOICES: Mrs. Incredible talks about the poetic devotion she and her three year-old son share for A Light in the Attic (by Shel Silverstein).

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Far-Out Friendship: The Way Back Home

Wednesday, January 21, 2009.

The Way Back HomeAuthor: Oliver Jeffers (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Published: 2007 Harper Collins (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0007182325

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Cheery, matter-of-fact narration and gorgeous fridge-door worthy art give us a mind’s eye view of one whopping lunar adventure in this beautiful tale of space travel, spunk and solidarity.

HOTLINE VOICES: Victoria Long fondly remembers her mother reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond) to her.

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Rhyme and Measurement: On the Scale, a Weighty Tale

Friday, January 16, 2009.

On the Scale, a Weighty TaleAuthor: Brian Cleary (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Brian Gable (on JOMB) & how can I resist this?
Published: 2008 Lerner Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0822578514

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Saucy cartoon-style illustrations and catchy rhyme make this gritty ditty so much fun it just may etch examples and relative sizes of ounces, grams, pounds, tons and tonnes into unsuspecting little minds.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Sarah Hatfield of No Whey, Mama shares her thoughts about Blueberries for Sal (by Robert McCloskey)

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Of Curiosity and Creationism: One Beetle Too Many (The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin)

Friday, January 9, 2009.

One Beetle Too Many -- The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles DarwinAuthor: Kathryn Lasky (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Matthew Trueman (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 076361436X

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Wonderfully wonky, earth-toned images and casual, lilting narration treat us to the antics, adventures, achievements and apprehension of Charles Darwin, the curious young collector who changed our view of the world.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Michelle Brownlow of My Semblance of Sanity tells sings the praises of Hooway for Wodney Wat (by Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger)

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Meteorological Madness: The Snow Show with Chef Kelvin

Saturday, November 22, 2008.

The Snow Show -- wih Chef KelvinAuthor: Carolyn Fisher (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Carolyn Fisher
Published: 2008 Harcourt (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0152060197

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Hoopla, bloopers and the rantings of temperamental talent turn a lesson in the science of snow into a boisterous blast of behind-the-scenes TV-making lunacy — who knew deposition, sublimation, sectored plates and radiating dendrites could be so much fun?

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HOTLINE VOICES: Author and Professor of Library Science at Texas Woman’s Universit, Sylvia Vardell explains why Diamond Willow (by Helen Frost) is one of her current favourite books.

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Feast for Phantoms: One Witch

Friday, October 24, 2008.

One WitchAuthor: Laura Leuck
Illustrator: S. D. Schindler (on JOMB)
Published: 2003 Walker Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0802777295

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A ghastly cast of grinning graveyard neighbours pool revolting resources to concoct (and consume) an oozing, gurgling, gruesome stew in this superbly illustrated Hallowe’en counting rhyme.

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A Captivating Chronicle: If I Die Before I Wake (The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor)

Friday, October 10, 2008.

If I Die Before I Wake (The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor, 1918)Author: Jean Little
Published: 2007 Scholastic (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0439988373

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Beautifully bound in a soft unevenly edged journal and told with humour, innocence, intimacy and affection, the daily entries of a fictional twelve year old disclose the spellbinding details of life during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918-19.

Our daughter Lucy (9) also contributes to the discussion of the book, which she tells us is part of her current favourite series.

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Sterility is the Smother of Invention: Inventor McGregor

Wednesday, September 10, 2008.

Inventor McGregorAuthor: Kathleen T. Pelley
Illustrator: Michael Chesworth
Published: 2006 Farrar, Strauss and Giroux (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0374336067

Snappy storytelling and lively illustrations convey how disorder and diversions inspire an oasis of creativity while a sterile environment can be like a desert for an inventive mind.

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Creative Vision: My Travelin’ Eye

Wednesday, August 6, 2008.

My Travelin' EyeAuthor: Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
Published: 2008 Henry Holt (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0805081690

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Funky paint and collage artwork and breezy first person narrative provide an eye-opening peek at a young girl’s experience with amblyopia and strabismus in this upbeat tale of personality, patches, perspective and pride.

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Roamin’ Numerals: Missing Math (A Number Mystery)

Friday, July 11, 2008.

Missing Math (A Number Mystery)Author: Loreen Leedy (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Loreen Leedy
Published: 2007 Marshall Cavendish (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0761453857

Shocked expressions, rhyming clamor and high contrast chaos create a dazzling disguise for this sneaky introduction to the importance of numbers.

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Cat Chance: A Very Improbable Story

Friday, June 27, 2008.

A Very Improbable StoryAuthor: Edward Einhorn (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Adam Gustavson (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Charlesbridge Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1570918716

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What’s the likelihood that a crusty feline sticking stubbornly to a boy’s skull expounding statistical concepts would not only be strangely engaging but would clearly communicate what probability is, what it’s not, how to pronounce it and how to use it to improve soccer scores? In this case, 100%

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A Catchy Coral Chorus: Over in the Ocean (in a Coral Reef)

Friday, May 16, 2008.

Over in the Ocean ... in a Coral ReefAuthor: Marianne Berkes
Illustrator: Jeanette Canyon
Published: 2004 Dawn Publications (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1584690623

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Brilliantly peppy polymer clay sculpture and enticing, educational details transform the traditional “Over in the Meadow” toddlers’ tune into a celebration of sea life that has captivated our whole family.

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You can learn more about 2008 International Year of the Reef here.

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