A Canine Cure: Dr. White

Wednesday, February 25, 2009.

Dr. WhiteAuthor: Jane Goodall (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Julie Litty (on JOMB)
Published: 1999 North-South Books (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0735818681

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Gentle, realistic illustrations and intriguing text tell the true tale of an adorable stray dog that restored health to critically ill children in a London hospital and hope to those who cared for them.

You can take a closer look at our long awaited (and long resisted) new family member, Phaedra, here.

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You can listen to our to vain attempt get our doggie dose through children’s books here.

HOTLINE VOICES: Katrina Morse of FamilyReading.com explains how one of her favourite books, the 1948 classic Blueberries for Sal (by Robert McCloskey), shows that children can have more common sense than grown-ups.

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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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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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Be sure to make Esme Raji Codell’s Biography Break blog a regular stop on your great book gathering rounds.

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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Of Fibre and Friendship: The Story Blanket

Wednesday, December 17, 2008.

The Story BlanketAuthor: Ferida Wolff (on JOMB), Harriet May Savitz (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Elena Odriozola (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Peachtree Publishing (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1842706942

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Sparingly sprinkled with plump, porcelain people, folky knitwear and hushed goodwill, this gentle tale of creativity and compassion feels just like a cozy winter classic.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Toni Patten shares a few of her family’s favourites including anything by Dr. Seuss, poetry books by Shel Silverstein, and books Goodnight Moon and There’s a Monster in My Closet.

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Hands-on Holiday Helping: Give A Goat

Wednesday, December 10, 2008.

Give A GoatAuthor: Jan West-Schrock (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Aileen Darragh (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Tilbury House Publishers (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0884483010

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Friendly, conversational narrative and breezy humour-splashed illustrations take us from the book-triggered birth of the goat-giving idea, through brainstorming, planning, implementation, bookkeeping and celebration in this inspiring, true tale of fifth graders who decided to make a difference.

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You can learn more about books that help children see the power and possibility of relatively small, tangible gestures, by listening to (or reading) Andrea’s contribution to Vivian Vasquez’s CLIP Podcast, here.

HOTLINE VOICES: Daniel Johnson Jr. (blog and podcast) and his daughter, Keisha, help make it a great day by sharing one of their favourite books, Judy Blume‘s Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great.

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Ritual, Respect, Regret & Reflection: The Unknown Soldier

Wednesday, November 5, 2008.

The Unknown SoldierAuthor: Linda Granfield (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Scholastic Canada (on JOMB)
ISBN: 043993558X

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Accessible narrative, detailed annotations and a thought-provoking collection of photographs, postcards, pins and poems shed light on the ceremony, symbolism, chronology and controversy commemorating our global family’s losses to war.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Author Alison McGhee shares the reasons why Swiss Family Robinson (by Johann D. Wyss) is one of her childhood favourites.

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Mettle, Mitvah & Remembrance: The Diary of Laura’s Twin

Saturday, November 1, 2008.

The Diary of Laura's Twin (A Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young Readers)Author: Kathy Kacer (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Second Story Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1897187394

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Musings and melodrama of a modern twelve year old, careful chronicling of a young prisoner of the Warsaw Ghetto and dozens of potent photographs stitch together the present and the past in this engaging and educational look at bullying, bigotry and backbone.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Thank you to a former education instructor at University of Victoria for sharing her high opinion of Shimmerdogs (by Dianne Linden).

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November 2-9th, 2008 is the 28th Annual Holocaust Education Week. Coordinated by the Holocaust Centre of Toronto, UJA Federation, the event will offer more than 100 timely and thought-provoking educational and cultural programs, including a series of compelling, first-hand testimonies from survivors. For more information, click here.



Happiness Even After: Angel Girl

Saturday, October 25, 2008.

titleValAuthor: Laurie Friedman (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Ofra Amit (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 CarolRhoda (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0822587394

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Dark, heart wrenching yet beautiful images and aching, intimate first person narrative tell the true fictional tale of holocaust prisoner Herman Rosenblat and the young girl who saved his life, twice.

HOTLINE VOICES: Thanks to author/illustrator Lee Edward Fodi for telling us about Strange Happenings: Five Tales of Transformation (by Avi).

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Of Horror and Heroism: The Donkey of Gallipoli (A True Story of Courage in World War I)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008.

The Donkey of Gallipoli (A True Story of Courage in World War I)Author: Mark Greenwood (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Frané Lessac (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Candlewick Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0763639133

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Deceptively simple looking folk art illustrations, uncluttered narration and sparse, intimate utterings deliver some of the dark, disturbing details of war in this eye-opening, true tale of courage, carnage and camaraderie.

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HOTLINE VOICES: Bobby (a grade two teacher in Phoenix, AZ) describes a difference of opinion between he and his fiancée (a grade one teacher) and asks the question, what is the best way to read books to a group of children?

Structure, Strengths, Strategies and Stretching: Clementine’s Letter

Friday, July 18, 2008.

Clementine's LetterAuthor: Sara Pennypacker
Illustrator: Marla Frazee (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Hyperion (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0786838841

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In the voice of a creative and easily distracted third grader and brimming with insight and humour, this clever and thoroughly entertaining novel is as touching as it is funny as it is educational.

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If you have an interest in ADD, ADHD, dyslexia and other learning differences — or in the fascinating field of learning — check out Whitney Hoffman’s LD Podcast.

Heeding Homelessness: Lily and the Paper Man

Wednesday, July 9, 2008.

 Lily and the Paper ManAuthor: Rebecca Upjohn (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Renne Benoit (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Second Story Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 189718719X

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Fall rain surrenders to vividly blustering snow as a young girl thinks her way from fear through curiosity, empathy and finally into action in this heartwarming tale of hardship and humanity.

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Contagious Creativity: Willow

Friday, June 20, 2008.

WillowAuthors: Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan
Illustrator: Cyd Moore (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Sleeping Bear Press (on JOMB)
ISBN: 1585363421

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Seething stringency and constant condemnation prove no match for good-natured self worth in this uplifting story of creativity, individuality and respect. Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks!

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