Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Miss Spitfire by Sarah Miller

Annie Sullivan took the job nobody else wanted--the nearly impossible job of teaching a girl who was both blind and deaf. Helen had almost no way to communicate and was allowed to run wild on her parent's estate of Ivy Green. Armed with cake (Helen's favorite treat) and determination, Annie turned Helen's life around. The struggles, the frustration, even the missing teeth (that Helen knocked out of Annie's mouth) are worth it in the end when Annie makes that miraculous breakthrough and reaches Helen at last.

Miss Spitfire (the title comes from Annie's nickname as a child when she was in the orphanage) is a great story. You might know the story of Helen Keller, but this fictional telling breathes new life into it. Annie Sullivan, the orphan who grew up partially blind in a state home, is the girl you want for your friend, a girl who won't give up until she meets her goal. Even if you think you have no interest in the story of Helen Keller, give this a try--the story of Annie Sullivan and the wild girl she tames will draw you in and keep you hooked until the end.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Wombat Divine

Wombat Divine by Mem Fox is one of my favorite Christmas books. I love the story, and the pictures are so sweet that it's a pure pleasure to read this book out loud to little kids. This story is about a little wombat who wants to be in the Christmas play. He goes to the try- outs with hope in his heart. Too soon he finds out that he is too big, too small, too heavy, not quite right, and so on. But he is ever hopeful that there will be a part in this play for him; and there is! I think that's what Christmas is like too. We want to be part of something bigger than ourselves, we want to find our part to play. If we're lucky, and we have good friends like little wombat, maybe we'll find our part this year too.

Edward's Eyes

Like most people, I usually read the inside or back cover of a book to see what it's about and decide if I want to read it. Sometimes I even read the first page then decide if it's worth checking out. Not this time. With Edward's Eyes I jumped in and hoped I would be rewarded with a good story. Maybe it was the best selling, award winning author, Patricia MacLachlan, that I trusted would not disappoint me. Or it could have been the cover photo of a young boy looking up happily, expectantly with an open baseball glove on his hand, that drew me in. I wanted to find out what put that smile on his face and by page 10 I would learn that Edward is one of those rare individuals who is just born happy, finds goodness all around him and easily shares it with others. Edward's Eyes is a moving story about a growing family that learns some gifts live on and on.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas Gift Bringers

Do You Believe in Santa? Do you think that there really is a Santa Claus? Visit us for some classic stories that answer these questions and more. One of my all time favorite books on Santa Claus is a wonderful book called Christmas Gift-Bringers! " Santa, Santa, Santa, Phooey" declares big brother Sidney! With that, Father opens the book and begins the story of the Christmas Gift-Bringers, and a history of Santa Claus begins. We have many books of Christmas customs celebrated around the world waiting for you to check out for this most wonderful time of the year! So come in and check out Santa Claus.

Monday, December 17, 2007


Have you checked out the Youth Services Magazine collection? Did you know that we have nearly 3 dozen subscriptions on hand? Family Fun is an excellent magazine with wonderful ideas for family crafts, family vacations, family recipes. I guarantee you'll find something you'll want to try in any issue you read. Home Education is another magazine that is overflowing with information, helpful tips and relevant articles for the homeschooling crowd. The November/December 2007 issue contains articles on how to direct a homeschool play, the challenges of homeschooling boys, and how to make edible maps. And my all time favorite is New Moon,The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams. If you know a girl between the ages of 8 and 14, guide her to this periodical then sit back and wait for her to rave about it. She'll love the articles, drawings and poems all done by young girls and you'll love the advertising free layout. A word of warning, when she's done with her first issue, she'll want to get her own stories or artwork published!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Special programs this January!

Sign-up is now open for our January 2008 programs! These are one-time events with a limited number of spaces available for each, so email us or call us at (708) 474-2447 to reserve your place. Don't miss them--they won't happen again!

For ages 3-6:
Snow Much Fun Storytime!
Wednesday, January 2 at 11:00 a.m.
Celebrate winter with us! Hear some snowy stories and make a craft to take home.

For readers in grades 1-5:
Aunt Flossie's Hats
Saturday, January 12 at 1:00 p.m.
Join us for a special reading of Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later), then make your own hat to take home.

For readers in grades 3 and up:
Take the Cake! Cake Decorating
Thursday, January 3 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Come decorate a cake (or maybe two) in this fun, edible afternoon.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Holiday Display

'Tis the season to be jolly...
What better way to be jolly then to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and a good holiday book. The Youth/Teen services department has over 350 holiday books on display for easy viewing.
Come down and check out all of our beautiful decorations then check out a Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza book to take home and enjoy! Some things to look for in the Youth/Teen Department: How many Christmas trees do we have? What are the names of all the Youth Services staff? Can you find the purring kitten? What books are displayed with Aslan? What kind books will you find under the big Christmas tree? Where are many of the red cover books?

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


The Feast of Dedication or Hanukkah begins tonight at sundown. Hanukkah lasts for 8 days. This celebration is also known as the festival of lights. The story of Hanukkah began during the reign of Alexander the Great. Alexander conquered Palestine, but allowed the people to continue to observe their own religion. The trouble began when Antiochus IV took over control of the region 100 years later. He prohibited the practice of Jewish religion and desecrated the Temple. The conflict lead to an uprising that was headed by Mattathias the Hasmonean and his son Judah Maccabee.
They revolted against the oppression and fought against the assimilation of Jews into the culture of that time. The revolution was successful. And now Hanukkah is the celebration of the rededication of the Temple. I learned all this from a web site called Judaism 101. When I was in college, I lived in an international house. I had roommates from all over the world. One of my roommates was a Jewish girl from the United States. That was the first year I celebrated Hanukkah. For eight days we said the prayers and exchanged gifts. I learned how to play the dreidle game with pennies. I won some, I lost some. Mostly, I remember a shared time with friends learning about a new culture, singing songs in a language that I did not know and reciting beautiful prayers that my friends translated for me. This is one of my most cherished memories from college. So, I learned facts from the web site, but I "experienced" the celebration of Hanukkah with my friends.

Friday, November 30, 2007

A very Narnian Christmas

Part of our decorating in Youth Services is our Narnian corner... reacquaint yourself with one of these great classics this December!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Giving Thanks

Yesterday, when I was driving around looking for an open food place, I really began to think about Thanksgiving. Every year I tell myself to remember that most places will be closed. And every year I forget. So, yesterday, when all the stores were closed, except White Hen and the Walgreen's (on every corner), I decided to count my blessings. Every place I passed was lit up on the outside but clearly closed. It got kind of spooky when all the places I passed, that I can usually go into, were closed. But then I got to thinking about how it was maybe the only day in the year when most people are home with their families. We celebrate labor day and memorial day and everything is still open. On Christmas and New Years day stores have big sales. Even on Sundays, stores are now open almost all day. So, I think that even though I ended up with a turkey sandwich from the White Hen, ( and it was a great sandwich) it was a good thing that the stores were closed. We need to be shut down completely from time to time. It makes you think about what's really important and what we really need to give thanks for. So, my list now includes all the grocery stores that are open at odd times. We have become so instant , so 24-7, that we need to stop and think and thank our lucky stars that stores can be open as much as they are. And that we can shop mostly whenever we want to. And that the stuff seems to be endless that we can buy. Yes, we need to be grateful for all of that. As well as our usual list that includes our friends and family that we love and can't do without.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Holiday Hours

The library will be closed on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22. We will be open from 9-5 on Wednesday, November 21; Friday, November 23; and Saturday, November 24. Please keep the shortened hours on Wednesday in mind when planning to drop off or pick up children.

Happy Thanksgiving from your Youth and Teen Services Staff!

Monday, November 19, 2007


BABYBUG magazine introduces babies and toddlers to the joys of language through simple stories, poems and whimsical artwork. We would like to share this delightful little periodical with all of our extra small patrons. BABYBUG is a monthly periodical with on-going stories about Kim and Carrots, and other favorites. Come in and check it out. Your babybugs will love it!

Penguins on Parade

The movie Happy Feet has sparked a big interest in penguins, especially singing and dancing penguins! Check out this fun animated movie and you can look forward to the changing seasons and be thankful you don't live in Antarctica! Your kids will surely want to learn more about the dancing, singing penguins and we have just the book: The Emperor Penguins. You'll learn about the behavior and physical characteristics of these birds that swim instead of fly. Other stories about these wonderful, waddling birds you might enjoy: Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Penguins Are Coming, and one of my favorite non-fiction stories, March of the Penguins. Their amazing journey is well documented and awe inspiring in this DVD.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Science Project Strategies

If you missed the presentation last Tuesday, we recorded the audio, and have made the slides available online! The audio is approx. 21 minutes.

Science Project Strategies Audio

Science Project Strategies Slides

Be sure to visit our Science Project page for links to websites with project ideas and more!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Homeschooling meeting

Tuesday, November 20 is our monthly "Homeschooling Huddle" meeting.
At 10:00 a.m. anyone who home schools their child is welcome to come and visit with other parents from the Lansing area who also home school. Share ideas, offer support, and make a new friend or two! Library staff will also showcase some new titles that may be of interest to parents and children.
Registration is encouraged; you can register online or by calling the library. Children are, of course, welcome--make a library field trip out of it!

Monday, November 05, 2007

November is...

November is National American Indian Heritage Month. As the proclamation says,

National American Indian Heritage Month is an opportunity to honor the many contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives and to recognize the strong and living traditions of the first people to call our land home.
Check out our display of great books on Native Americans this month! We have a mixture of fiction and non-fiction on display. From books featuring Native American scientists to picture books retelling various legends, you'll find something to enlighten everyone this November.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Pumpkin Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Katie M, the winner in our "Guess the pumpkin's weight" contest! Almost 300 people tried to guess how much the pumpkin weighed. It weighed 32 lbs and Katie guessed it exactly right. Enjoy!

And thank you again to VanDerGriend Farm Stand on Glenwood Lansing Road for donating the pumpkin for our contest!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett is one of the funniest, freshest, authors I have read. He can be found in the adult section of the library, usually under science-fiction or fantasy. Currently, I am reading the book titled The Truth. It's about turning lead into gold, printing the word or not printing, and making words out of little letters. As usual, Terry has a lot to say along the way about our civilization, or lack there of. He makes you think about things. Last week I read Carpe Jugulum.
It's about seizing the throat, not the day. And we get a healthy dose of (not) religion along the way. I think he's really a philosopher in disguise, but don't quote me. Read him for yourself. Then you can make up your own mind. Let me know what you think about Pratchett.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Science Project Strategies

It seems to be that time of year again-Science Fair. Don't stress out about your science project this year! On Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. the Lansing Public Library will be holding a program to help you find ideas for science projects, teach you how to research more efficiently using library materials, ways the internet can help with your project, and much, much more!

Both parents and students are welcome to attend and registration is encouraged. You can register online or call the Youth and Teen Services Department. (708-474-2447)

Monday, October 22, 2007

International Magic Week

It's International Magic Week, October 25th-31st! Anyone can be a magician with a little help from a library book. Magic, Step-By-Step teaches you how to do tricks using cards & coins or ropes & rings. You still have time to get ready for that Halloween party with Spooky Tricks or Halloween Magic. Wonder if you've got what it takes to amaze and dazzle your friends? Try 200 Magic Tricks Anyone Can Do, you'll be surprised to learn how easy most of the tricks are to perform, but not so easy to figure out! Don't forget the Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne. Kids love these fictional books where the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back in time to meet General George Washington (#22, Revolutionary War on Wednesday) or to the famous earthquake of 1906 (#24, Earthquake in the Early Morning) and even to the decks of the Titanic (#17, Tonight on the Titanic.) Abracadabra, alacastick, check out a book and learn a new trick!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Homeschooling Huddle

Are you a parent who homeschools your child? If so, consider stopping by our Homeschooling Huddle on Tuesday, October 23 at 9:00 a.m. in the library's Community Room. It's a time for parents to talk to each other about homeschooling--you pick the subjects to discuss. Librarians will also showcase some new books in a brief booktalk... you might find something useful or interesting! Your children are welcome to come and use the library while you join the group for coffee and conversation. Registration isn't required (but if you would like to let us know by registering online it would help us prepare seating) so we hope to see you this Tuesday!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

1 2 3 A child's First Counting Book

1 2 3 A Child's First Counting Book by Alison Jay is a wonderful book to read out loud or with one child. The pictures for each number are small slices of fairy tales that contain many ways to count the number . In one illustration the number 7 is magic beans, and the picture has seven cows, seven bees and seven lady bugs. Maybe you will find seven other objects that I didn't see. The illustrations are a fresh interpretation of an old style "Americana". Each number can be used as a jumping off place to read or tell the fairy tale that it's based on. I can't wait to share this book with a child. And I am going to add it to my collection of best loved children's picture books. Check it out for yourself and share it with a child that you love.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Do you sometimes find yourself bored and tired after walking around your entire sub-division collecting candy from every house? Come and take a break and watch Scooby Doo with us at 6 pm on Halloween night.

Are you sick of going trick-or-treating and getting stuck with the gross candy that you will never eat? Well some kids actually like that nasty candy that just goes to waste in your bag or pillow case! From 6:30 to 7:30 pm there will be a candy swap and you can trade candy with your fellow trick-or-treaters.

WARNING: This is not a candy check point. We will not be making sure all candy is safe before the swap.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact a youth services librarian.

Guess the weight of the pumpkin!

The Youth Services Dept. is holding a "Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin" contest for the month of October. The VanDerGriend Farm Stand on Glenwood Lansing Road was generous enough to donate a very LARGE pumpkin and one lucky winner will get to take it home at the end of this month. Simply stop by the YS reference desk and complete your entry, one guess per patron please. The contest is open to all ages including high schoolers! The lucky winner will be announced Halloween night at our Candy Swap.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs, How They Guard Sheep

Brave Dogs, Gentle Dogs, How They Guard Sheep by Cat Urbigkit. This delightful book, which happens to be about two of my favorite things in the world, dogs and sheep is also one of the Monarch Children's Choice Book Award nominations for this year. The book tells the tale of these special dogs. Unlike so many other working breed dogs, their job is not to herd or move livestock, but solely to guard. These guardian dogs are known as Great Pyrenees. They are bred to protect livestock from predators such as wolves and bears. The bond between these dogs and their sheep begins from the time they are born. When new puppies are born, sheep wool is used in their bedding area to get them used to the smell of the sheep. I hope as you open the cover of this book you will be as delighted and enlightened as I. This book is a gentle reminder of why I love non-fiction books.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Happy Birthday David Shannon!

Friday, October 5th is David Shannon's birthday! Author/illustrator Shannon is more widely known for his children's book No, David! When Mr. Shannon was 5 years old, he wrote and illustrated his first book and on every page were these words: No, David! as well as a picture of David doing things he was not supposed to do. The pictures are bright and the colors cover every inch of every page. Kids really enjoy this story and I always like happy endings, even in children's books. In honor of Mr. Shannon's birthday, check out some of his books and you'll probably want to add his name to your list of favorite author and/or illustrator.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Banned Books Week is here!

It's Banned Books Week! Treasure your freedom to read this week and visit our display of books that have been challenged or banned. The reasons the books were challenged are attached to the covers. For example, did you know that two school districts removed Little Red Riding Hood because there is an illustration with a bottle of wine in Little Red's basket? Take home this book (or one of our many others) and decide for yourself if the books should be banned.

If you check out any book off the display you can enter to win a banned book of your very own! Check your books out at the lower lever circulation desk to be eligible.

Friday, September 21, 2007

National Hispanic Heritage Month / September 15th - October 15th

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th, this day marks the anniversary of independence for five Hispanic countries; Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico achieved independence on September 16th, and Chile on September 18th. More than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Spanish speaking, on the U.S. 2000 census form. The Lansing Public Library has a wonderful selection of bilingual fiction and nonfiction books. Come down to the Youth Services Department on the lower level and check-out our display of bilingual books. I'm sure you'll be delighted with our collection! The celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th - October 15th.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Why did the chicken cross the road? Usually the punch line is, "to get to the other side." However, in this book, the punch line is whatever the writer says it is. There are 14 artists' answers in this book. Each one has a full page spread that they have drawn and illustrated with their own punch lines to this age old question. It's sort of like the question, which came first, the chicken or the egg? Maybe that question could be answered in another book. That's another story alltogether. In this book, Why did the chicken cross the road, the answers are in picture form or as few words as possible which makes this book a perfect one to share with non readers and readers alike. How would you answer this question? What picture would you draw to illustrate your punch line? This book shows just how wild and wacky that answer can be. Why did the chicken cross the road? by Marla Frazee et al, is a wonderful, colorful addition to any collection. And it's a great way to meet artists you may not have read before.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

New Collection on Display in Youth Services

troll: [trohl] -noun

1. (in Scandinavian folklore) any of a race of supernatural beings, sometimes conceived as giants and sometimes as dwarfs, inhabiting caves or subterranean dwellings. [from]

Can you guess what our new collection on display for the month of September is? But of course... trolls! Come and see over 60 troll dolls of various sizes and hair colors, courtesy of Kyle and Megan D.

In a trollish mood now? Check out some books on trolls from our collection!

Share your collection with us! Ask for a form at the Youth Reference desk and your collection could be in our display case next!

Friday, August 31, 2007

Colin Thompson

Most of you already know that I'm a big lover of picture books. I'm usually attracted to a book by it's cover first. The story is secondary. However, when a book has a great cover and a great story, I'm in a book lovers heaven that only true book lovers understand. Colin Thompson is a writer and illustrator. I love his books. The latest one that I found in the library is How to Live Forever. The pictures are so detailed and so much fun to look at, that they tell a story of their own. This book contains worlds within worlds. There are little people living in this book. And there is a boy on a quest to find the book about living forever. When he gets to the end (or beginning) he has some surprising decisions to make. And when I got to the end I wanted to read it all over again. This is a book that I'm going to add to my own collection , then I can read it whenever I want.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Share a pop-up book with your child!

On display until the end of August are some wonderful pop-up books from the library's storytime collection. Come enjoy the talents of Robert Sabuda, Jan Pienkowski, and many others. The books are on display in the Youth Services Department near the Activity Room. Because the books can be so easily torn they are for in-library use only. Come discover the magic of folded paper!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Fall Storytimes

This time of year, families start thinking about new school supplies ($$$), new school clothes ($$$), book or bus fees ($$$) and waking up early every morning. The Lansing Public Library has a program that is free and your child will want to return every time: Storytime. Children are never too young to enjoy a good book and the warm, loving feeling they get while being read to and sitting on a loved one's lap.

Baby Talk, Mondays, sign-up required
10:30 birth-12 months
11:30 13-24 months
*Note: During Week 2 only, storytimes scheduled for Monday September 17th will meet on
Tuesday, September 18th at the usual times.

Baby Talk, Wednesdays, sign-up required
11:30 13-24 months

Toddler, Thursdays, sign-up required
10:30 24-36 months

Pre-School, Thursdays, sign-up requested
11:30 3-5 year olds

Please call or visit the library the week of August 27th (708, 474-2447) to sign-up your child. Storytime sessions begin the week of September 9th and end the week of October 18th.

Friday, August 17, 2007


The book Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson is a small gem. Small only in size, not content. This book contains some wonderful insights that can be and should be discussed by many age groups. This is a book that needs to be read and shared with as many people as possible. The book cover caught my eye first. There was one feather floating in the sky. Then I picked it up and read the back of the book. And I was hooked. I just had to read this book. It's winter, and a new boy comes to join the sixth grade class . He's called "Jesus Boy" and he says he's black. And that is just the beginning. I read this little book in about three days. I wanted to savor it. This is just a great little book to read and ponder and discuss and argue and talk about. I just had to pass it on. And I did. I gave it to a friend to read so that we could discuss it, and she could pass it on. If you read books with your kids, this is one of the ones you should add to that collection. I bet that you will want to pass this one on to your friends too.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Our Tree Named Steve

Our Tree Named Steve is a most wonderful book! This book is one of twenty titles that have been nominated for the Monarch, k-3 Children's Choice Book Award for 2008. The author of the book is Alan Zweibel and it is illustrated by David Catrow. The book has been called "sweet and funny and charming" by one of my favorite comedians, actors, and author, Billy Crystal, and believe me it is all of the above! It is a classic tale of life ever changing, but with the promise of all things new, being good too! Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful and then again most wonderful!

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Homeschooling Breakfast

Lansing Library is pleased to host its first breakfast for homeschooling families! Thursday, August 9 at 8:00 a.m. please join us! Along with breakfast you'll have a chance to meet and visit with other homeschoolers. We'll also tell you a little bit about some of the services the library can provide for you, such as our reader's choice awards, special collections, research materials, online databases, and more. We also have a few freebies to give away! Your children are welcome to come and use the library while you attend breakfast. No registration is required--please use the back entrance on the lower level.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Harry Potter

It's hard to believe that Harry Potter is all over. I just finished the last book, and I have to tell you, I still want to know things about Harry. For me it isn't over quite yet. I read the last book as fast as I could. I didn't want anyone to tell me what was in it. I didn't want anyone to ruin my fun. Now that I'm done, I can't believe it's all over. I want more. Seven books aren't enough for me. I think that 9 or 12 is a better number of books for the series. Ya know? Maybe one just about all those other Hogwarts students. I even thought about reading the last one twice, but then I thought it was too soon to do that. So, I'm reading them all again. This time I won't have to wait for the next one to come out, because I have the next one already. I just finished the first one. And I discovered that I had forgotten a lot of things that happened in that book. So, for those of you who haven't gotten enough yet, or those of you who want a little more, I suggest that you go back and read them again. You can't go wrong. And you just may learn something that you didn't "get" the first time. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling is a wonderful series to read again and again.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Teacher's Breakfast

It's time once again for our Teacher's Breakfast. This is an annual event sponsored by the Youth and Teen Services Department. The breakfast will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 2nd. Please use the lower level entry near the back parking lot. We provide a delightful breakfast with time to visit, exchange some ideas and of course, talk about books. Our Scholastic Book Fair will also be open for shopping! All teachers (pre-k-12), who live or teach in Lansing are invited. We hope you'll come and join us once again as we prepare to help you as educators, kick off another successful new school year.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Thunder From the Sea

You don't have to be a dog lover to enjoy this book, Thunder From the Sea. The setting is 1929, Newfoundland and young Tom Campbell has spent the last 10 of his 13 years in an orphanage. He's happy and scared that his chance to join a real family, the childless couple Fiona and Enoch Murray, has arrived and he sails south to join them. Shortly after his arrival, while out fishing with Enoch, a storm blows in and Tom fishes a black Newfoundland dog out of the sea. A loving relationship between Tom and the dog he names Thunder quickly develops. After Thunder saves the lives of a neighbor girl, Fiona and later the whole town, even the Murrays want to keep Thunder around. But where did Thunder come from? Is his real owner looking for him? And when the childless Murrays learn they are expecting a baby, will they still want Tom? Thunder From the Sea is a 2008 Rebecca Caudill nominee and I enjoyed the themes of loyalty, loneliness and love running through this story.

Friday, July 20, 2007

The Last Dragon

The Last Dragon by Silvana De Mari is a book that can be read on many levels. It can be read as a simple fairy tale about the last elf and the last dragon and the adventures they have. It can be read as a political statement about what happens when people lose their freedom to choose for themselves. And it can even be read as dark vs. light, or good vs. evil. This little book contains some wonderful images about what it is like to be a little elf, born lately, and the two humans who don't understand him, but try their hardest to help him. Common knowledge is that elves have caused all the rain and misery that humans now experience. This book is about cause and effect. The question is this, does the elf really cause all the bad weather? Does he have the power to make the world a sad, dark place? Or perhaps is something else going on? As the little elf travels and grows up, so does our understanding of the world and what is really at play in this story. The story is enchanting, the lessons are thought provoking, and the translation from the Italian to English is praise worthy. This is a book to read, ponder and share with others.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Big is beautiful!

Do you have a struggling reader? Then try one of our LARGE print books! Sometimes all that small print can be a turn off for a struggling reader, they feel like they'll never get to the end of the page! Think of tax forms and legal documents, all that fine print can a big turnoff for adults, the same is true for some kids. According to the April 2007 School Library Journal, "the use of large print may unconsciously help students return to their earlier learning experiences, when they perceived reading as easier and more enjoyable." Some of our LARGE print books are on display in the Youth Services Department so please check them out. If you're looking for a particular book in large print, any reference librarian can help you.

Friday, July 13, 2007

NoveList and Harry Potter

NoveList has some great stuff up for Harry Potter fans awaiting book seven. You can find a summary of books one through six (so you don't have to re-read them all by next Saturday) or a great list of other books you may like if you're a Potter person. You'll need your library barcode to enter NoveList, so get it ready and click here to prepare yourself for more Harry!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

It's Not over till it's over!

So many books to read ... So many prizes to receive!
I hope I can remember them all! We have already given away outer space sticker sheets and stickers, DuPage Children's Museum passes and alien eggs for the teens. Summer bowling passes, Mission Read 2007 pencils and Steak and Shake milk-shake coupons for the teens. Old Country Buffet coupons, glow in the dark pinwheels and alien parachutes for the teens. My personal favorite prize is this week, but you'll just have to come in and find out for yourself what the prize is!!!
It's not too late! You can still sign-up for our summer reading program. We haven't run out of books or prizes yet, and there are still plenty of programs and events to attend. So come in and sign-up, there's nothing to it and your summer vacation won't be complete without a trip to the library! See ya soon. Don't forget that tomorrow, Wednesday, July 11th is our Blast off to Space program, from 2:00p.m.- 3:00p.m. in the Community Room. Commander Wrong-Way McBragg blasts off from mission control to tell tales of his mis-adventures in space. No sign-up required and all ages are welcome.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Books by David Wiesner

I love David Wiesner's books for two reasons. The pictures are awesome, and for the most part there are not so many words. As you may know, I love pictures books. And Wiesner's books have some of the most imaginative stories and pictures that I have ever seen. In the book June 29, 1999, the vegetable seedlings that have been launched into the sky grow to enormous sizes. Or do they? The ending of this book is a great laugh- out-loud surprise. In the book Tuesday, around 8 0'clock the frogs start to hover and fly around town on their lilly pads. This book is a great one to read to a little kid because there are not many words and they can make up their own story as you go along. And the pictures of the frogs, warts and all are totally worth the price of the book. I have given away many copies of Tuesday to family and friends. Sector 7 has no words at all, and conveys a very important message about friendship, imagination, and ecology. In Flotsam, it is apparent that Wiesner has become one of the best non-verbal story tellers around. The colors , the perspective of the pictures, the detail, and layout are wonderful. Right now, this one is my favorite book by him. But, I also have to say that Tuesday will always be the one I love the best.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Owen and Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

In December 2004, a baby hippo is separated from his family by a devastating tsunami in southeast Asia. After a difficult rescue, the baby hippo, now named Owen is sent to an animal sanctuary called Haller Park. Here, baby Owen adopts as his mother, an old tortoise, who for years has been a loner. Mzee the tortoise accepts the baby hippo as his own and they are now inseparable. This book is about a special friendship that has captured hearts everwhere. I really enjoyed the story of Owen and Mzee and I hope that you will also. This book is also one of twenty nominees for the Monarch Award: Illinois' k-3rd grade, Children's Choice Book Award.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Whatever you do,
don't miss
the best party in town!
The Cosmic Costume Gala
Lansing Public Library
Wednesday, June 27th
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Come in your best outer space costume.
You could win a prize!
Costume judging at 7:00 p.m.
Games, activities & more!
No sign-up required
Be there or be square!

Saturday, June 23, 2007

books on hold

There is something really great about being able to put a book on hold. When I like a particular author, or book series, I want to read them all as soon or as fast as possible. And when I can't get one, I put it on hold. Then I go on and read the books I have already. And wait rather impatiently for the one I really want to read. Most times I'm reading so many other books that I forget about the ones I've put on hold. So, when I get that call or that note in my box that I have a book on hold, it's like getting a really great surprise. A book is a present just waiting to be opened and read. Today, I got a note in my box. It said that my book had come in. That just made my day. So, the next time you can't find the book, or it's checked out, put it on hold. Then your surprise will be just a phone call away too.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Block Party 2007

Photos from the Block Party are posted on our photo page!

Lathering up!

Dad gets ready for his "shave" at the Date with Date program last Saturday.

View more photos from this event and other library events on our photo page!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Super sleuth is hitting theaters

Nancy Drew, everyone's favorite teenage girl detective, is starring in a new movie. That is, Emma Roberts is starring as Nancy Drew in a new movie. If you can't make it to the theater Friday, June 15 for opening night we have a few titles to help you get your mystery fix.

Did you know we have different Nancy Drew series? A few of them are:
The Nancy Drew Notebooks
The Nancy Drew Mystery Stories (this includes the original 56 titles as well as some newer ones)
Nancy Drew, Girl Detective series
And one of my personal favorites, the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys Super Mysteries (I just love it when characters from different books "meet.")

Nancy Drew has been around since 1930 and has undergone many different makeovers since then. One site by a Nancy Drew fan (no, not me) that's busy but fun to peruse is The Nancy Drew Sleuth Unofficial Website. There's pictures, history, info about the other movies, collectibles, and more. Warning: there's a lot of pictures and information so it might take time to load.

So what's your favorite Nancy Drew book? Mine is still The Secret in the Old Attic. Those troublesome black widow spiders and a skeleton in the closet, stolen musical manuscripts and silk chemical formulas, an orphaned child, a ditzy maid, and a villain named Bushy... classic Nancy Drew!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Got a date with your dad?

Lansing Library is celebrating Father's Day this Saturday! Kids in grades K-4 are invited to our "Date with Dad" program Saturday, June 16 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.. Bring your dad (or brother, or grandfather, or uncle, or your favorite father figure) and we'll play games, make a small project to take home, and have some root beer floats to top it off. Sign-up is limited so call the library at (708) 474-2447 to reserve a space for the two of you.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

timing is everything

There's a little "cook" book called Timing is Everything: The Complete Timing Guide to Cooking by Jack Piccolo. The great thing about this cookbook is that there are no actual recipes in it. It's all about timing. And life is like that too. It seems to me that everything is mostly about timing. It's the timing of events which concern most of us. Our birthdays are on a certain exact date, and yet we may still get cards, (a little late) or gifts (maybe a lot late-if you're me) or even well wishes (later still, cause they just plain forgot). But you still celebrate it all, maybe not as enthusiastically as you did at first, but it still counts. So, the next time you think that it has to be exactly so, or it doesn't count, think again and go ahead and do it. Wish that person a good day, or a great vacation. It's not a recipe that you can mess up, it's life and every good wish counts. Oh, and by the way that little cookbook is one great gift for the soon to be graduate. Even better, tuck it in the suprise box for the kid who is going away to school. You can't mess this one up. It' s the perfect recipe.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Blast off this summer!

Youth and teen services here at the Lansing Library are counting down the days until our summer reading program begins! We've been planning since January and can't wait to get started. Our first big event is the Block Party this Friday night, June 8th, where we'll have games with prizes and start sign-up for all our summer programs. some of the fun things to look forward to: costume party, lunch bunches, blast off baking, knitting knots, book discussions, space bingo, the 1/2 price Scholastic Book Fair and so much more. I'm sure if you make some time to visit the library, you'll find something to your liking.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Summer Story Times

Just a Heads-up!

Sign-up for our summer story times begin on Monday, June 4th.
You may sign-up in person or over the telephone. 708-474-2447
Baby Talk (Birth - 12 months with caregiver)
Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
Sign-up is required.
Baby Talk (13 - 24 months with caregiver)
Mondays at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Sign-up is required.
Toddler Storytime (24 -36 months with caregiver)
Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Sign-up is required
Pre-K Storytime (Ages 3 - 5)
Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.
No sign-up required!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Tipping Point

Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell is a book about little things that end up making a big difference. You know the old saying, the straw that broke the camels back, this book talks about the turning points that make the big events happen. Why or how did something become such a big deal? How did an event became a plague? Why did that one thing (vote) tip the scales? This author also wrote Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. The information in this one just boggles my mind. There is an explanation of how the body and brain work in high stress situations that is just fascinating. There is even a bit about a man who spent his whole life studying facial expressions and what they might mean. Did you know that you can cause a "feeling" of a certain emotion simply by making the "face" that corresponds with it? My brother told me about Tipping Point, and I found Blink on my own. We disagree on which one is better. I say, check them both out and you can decide for yourself.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Henry Winkler can sign your book

Henry Winkler, author of the Hank Zipzer series, will be in the Chicago area tomorrow. You can meet him Wednesday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Street in Naperville. For only $10 you'll get to hear a reading, ask questions, and get your book autographed (the $10 price includes a book too). This program is sponsored by Anderson's Bookshops--visit their site to get all the details.

If you go, let us know what you thought by leaving a comment!

Or visit the World's Greatest Underacheiver's website by clicking here.

Saturday, May 12, 2007


Cookies , Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a charming book for children about behavior. I can't say that it's just about proper behavior. It's about how to behave with others in a caring, cooperative way. But even that does not really capture the true essence of this book. If I have to sum it all up, this is a sweet look at the words we use to describe what certain behavior is and how it affects other. There is a lot of heart in this little book. It is a perfect book to read aloud to a child on your lap. The illustrations by Jane Dyer, are the reason that I picked up this book in the first place. The reason I love this book is that it is the perfect blend of wonderful pictures and an excellent story, with little bites of the lessons along the way. I am going to add this one to my personal collection of story books. It is a true keeper.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Guardians of Ga'Hoole

It was to the Sea of Hoolemere they flew. In the middle of that sea was an island, and on that island there was a tree called the Great Ga'Hoole Tree. In this tree lived an order of owls, and this is where their story begins. This fictional fantasy series was written by Kathryn Lasky and it is full of interesting owl facts that I really enjoyed. As Soren, Gylfie, Twilight and Digger face challenges they never imagined, They will soon become true Ga'Hoolian owls. . . honest, brave, wise and true! I really enjoyed this series of books and I am looking forward to the latest edition that will be coming out July, 2007, The River of Wind. Come in and check this series out for a good summer read!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Listening for Lions

Most of us have never been to Africa but after reading Listening for Lions, I can better imagine the beauty of the country as well as the dangers that lurk around every corner. Young Rachel Sheridan is born and raised in Africa by her missionary parents and knows no other life. Then one day everything changes. Her parents die when influenza strikes her village and Rachel becomes entangled in a criminal scheme that takes her all the way to England, away from her beloved Africa. Does she end up in an orphanage? Why does she hide her true identity? Will she ever return to Africa? Read Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan to learn the answers and you'll also find a truly enjoyable story about a strong, determined and loyal 13 year old girl named Rachel.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Chicken Boy

Chicken Boy by Frances O'Roark Dowell is one of the nominees for the 2008 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award. Don't read it just because it's on the list. Read it because it's one great book. It just might win the award next year, because you just might like it so much that you will vote for it. This book has a little bit of everything in it. Tobin McCauley is from a family that puts the "dis" in dysfunctional. His siblings are known for being "bad". And the teachers keep wondering how "bad" Tobin will be in their classes this year. Seventh grade is quite a trial for Tobin. He gets into fights, refuses to dress out for P.E. , and makes a new friend. Henry is Tobin's only friend , mostly because Henry won't take no for an answer. Tobin has a lot to learn about friendship, chickens and the meaning of life. And he learns most of it from Henry and his brother. So, if you want a great new book to read , check this one out. Let me know what you think.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

"Oh, hang spring cleaning!"

"Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing."

How many children's books written today start out like that? You'll find this on the very first page of The Wind in the Willows, first published in 1908 by Kenneth Grahame. It's a lovely book, but not exactly a rip-roaring adventure, or a book whose heroes struggle with huge problems or fight against an evil galactic empire. Mole and Rat become friends, as Mole learns to appreciate a new life above ground. Mole and Rat get lost in a snowy woods, and are rescued by the formidable but kindly Mr. Badger. Toad, all money and no brains, has a new and ridiculous hobby every few weeks. There are beautiful scenes describing nature in summertime, and beautiful scenes describing a cozy life at home, with little mouse children singing Christmas carols and having mulled ale afterwards. If you'd like a book to really relax with, this classic from another era -- almost another world -- may be for you.

Monday, April 09, 2007



You're Invited To


*On April 12th*

In honor of Beverly Cleary's birthday

invites families, friends, and communities

to come together for 30 minutes and read!

RSVP to spread the love of reading!
Help families across the country make time for reading on
National Drop Everything and Read Day, April 12th!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Rex Zero and the End of the World

It's summer time in Canada, in 1962 when the cold war is still going on between Russia and the United States. Rex Zero and the End of the World, by Tim Wynne-Jones, is almost a trip down memory lane for me. I was about the same age Rex Zero is when this story takes place.
However, I didn't have 4 sisters and a little brother to contend with. And I didn't have any really interesting monsters to hunt down either, just 2 brothers. But, that's a different story. Rex Zero is a boy with a mission. He wants to live in one place long enough to have a best friend. He wants to go to a regular school where he won't have to wear a tie. And he wants to know if the world will really end on October 23rd. Well, you know that I'm not going to tell you what happens. You'll just have to read the book to find out for yourself.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Behold The Bold Umbrellaphant

September, 2006, beloved poet Jack Prelutsky was named the "First Children's Poet Laureate" by The Poetry Foundation. Generations of children have learned to love poetry through Jack Prelutsky's work. Come in during April, National Poetry Month and check out his newest book, "Behold The Bold Umbrellaphant." If you love poetry, or are checking it out for the first time, you won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last book in the series, will be released July 21, 2007. Place your hold by clicking here!

While you're waiting for the book to be released, check out Scholastic's website. They have a discussion board, close-up views of the new cover, trivia, and more!

They also have podcasts you can listen to discussing "the world of Harry Potter, how it changed with Book Six, and what... might happen in Book seven." You might learn something new!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Chicks and Salsa

Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Paulette Bogan, is a burst of rich color and the flavors of salsa. The chickens are bored and tired of the same old thing day in and day out. The rooster solves the problem with tomatoes and onions and ole, the birds are happy once again. That's just the start of a farm wide revolution in eating tasty food not on the regular diet of farm fare. We have cilantro instead of fish, we get to eat hot peppers instead of pig slop. And we get salsa instead of chicken feed. There is a suprise ending, but you'll just have to read the book to find out what happens. I'm going to share this one with my story time. I know they'll get a kick out of it.

Monarch Winner!

The votes from more than 120,000 children from kindergarten through 3rd grade across the state of Illinois have been tallied and they've picked their favorite book of the year: Superdog, The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner and illustrated by Mark Buehner. Superdog is the story of Dexter who is so little that other dogs forget to invite him to play and the tomcat bullies him. Dexter decides to change things for himself. He works really hard, even when he's so tired all he wants to do is curl up on the rug and go to sleep, and eventually makes his dreams come true. This cleverly written and beautifully illustrated story is truly enjoyable and you'll quickly find yourself believing Dexter can do anything. "Dexter has determination, spirit, and heart as he proves, above all, that no matter how little you are, you can still do very big things."
See for yourself what kids across the state already know, "Superdog, The Heart of a Hero" is a thumbs-up, award winning, number one book to read.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The story of Mr. March

If someone were to write a story about the month of March, March would probably be a very moody man. Like the month, he would blow hot and cold; maybe he would have a big beard to keep his face warm in the late winter gales, but have a penchant for Hawaiian shirts because he liked to dress for the coming spring. He would like hot cocoa on cold days and iced tea on warm weekends. He would go out and start digging in his garden too early, and then when there was a March snowstorm, he would get impatient and stomp his feet and go indoors.

Maybe he would call his friend (Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone, March 7, 1876), and ask to borrow a pair of earmuffs for the cold (Chester Greenwood patented earmuffs, March 13, 1773). But before walking to his friend's house, he would realize that his pants were all dirty from stomping in his garden. So he would ask his wife to wash them (Nathaniel Briggs patented the washing machine, March 28, 1797 (!!). She would remind him that washing machines are really easy to operate and she would hand him instructions that she had written just for him (Hyman Lipman patented the pencil with eraser attached, March 30, 1858). Mr. March would say "oh ALL RIGHT," and then he would do a whole load of laundry just to be nice, and by the time his pants were clean the March weather would have changed, and he would call his friend to say he wouldn't be needing those earmuffs after all. He might even say,

"Happy March!"

Exploring Spring, by Sandra Markle
My Spring Robin, by Anne Rockwell
Why Won't Winter Go? by Lissa McLaughlin

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

why did the chicken cross the road?

Did you ever wonder just why the chicken crossed the road? That is an age old question, just like the one that asks which came first the chicken or the egg. This time you actually get an answer. In fact you get 14 different answers in the book Why did the chicken cross the road? How about the idea that the chicken was going to a better chicken coop with lots of sunshine? Or the answer that features chicken zombies? This book has to be seen and looked at with lots of kids or adults who are kids at heart. This book is one to share with others so that you can make up your own answer and draw your own conclusions. Draw your own pictures to tell the world what you think the answer should be. I have my crayons ready. Anybody want to join me to draw an answer? I'm ready and waiting to see what you think the answer should be.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Who was Nathan Hale?

Nathan Hale is famous for saying, "I regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." But who was he?

He was a young schoolteacher from Connecticut who joined General Washington's army in the excitement of the first days of the American Revolution in 1775. After a year of drilling with other soldiers and one hair-raising escapade, in which he rowed out and captured a British boat full of weapons in New York City's East River, Nathan Hale learned that Washington needed a volunteer. A large British force was camped on Long Island and Washington needed to know the strength of this force and its general's plans. The only way to get this information was for someone to go to the camp, pretend to be a passing civilian, and take notes and draw sketches of whatever was important. What was needed, in fact, was a spy.

Nathan Hale volunteered to do this even though at this time spying, in any army, was considered disgraceful, especially for officers (he was a captain). He walked into the British camp posing as a schoolteacher, and wandered there several days quietly drawing maps and taking notes in the Latin he had learned at Yale. Why or how he was caught remains a mystery; someone recognized him and when he was brought before the British general, he admitted what he had been doing. He was hanged the next day, on September 22, 1776, not having been allowed to see a minister or read a Bible for comfort beforehand. The last letters he wrote were torn up as he watched. His last words were the famous quote that he regretted he had only one life to give for America. He was 22 years old.

To learn more about Nathan Hale, stop byYouth Services and check out:
Nathan Hale: Patriot Spy, by Shannon Zemlicka (2002) or (for a very leisurely, old-fashioned read), Nathan Hale: A Story of Loyalties (1932) by Jane Darrow.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Glass, horses, apples ....

No, it's not a new version of the old rock-paper-scissors game. It's a series of Easy Reader books that have recently come into the Youth Services department, explaining how everyday things or animals are made, or grow. A tree becomes paper, sand becomes glass, maple tree sap becomes syrup, a foal becomes a horse ... it's amazing how little we know about the simplest things all around us, especially since most people are no longer farmers or craftsmen. These new books will help introduce young people to lots of new/old things. You might like:
From Sea to Salt
From Wheat to Bread
From Milk to Cheese
From Iron to Car
... and many of the 24 others in the set.

Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony

This book has some real surprises for Artemis Fowl. And you know that Artemis is hardly ever surprised. The Lost Colony refers to the population related to faries that are known as the 8th Family or demons. These demons exist outside of normal time and space. This would be all right if they would just stay there. However, the magical spell is failing that keeps them in place and time. Now Artemis Fowl must do all he can to help the demons, save the faries and the earth as we know it. This book is the 5th in the series about Artemis Fowl's adventures. It was so much fun to read that I did not put it down until I had to go to work (bummer). Be sure to check it out when you want something new to read. Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer is a real winner.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Being Muslim

This book could be a useful introduction to the Islamic faith for young people who don't know much about it, but author Haroon Siddiqui disappoints by not telling us nearly as much about the religion as he does about his own political views. (He is a well-known Canadian political columnist for the Toronto Star.) Only a short section in the middle of the book concerns Muslim holidays, beliefs, and traditions; but a good deal of Being Muslim blames the United States and other Western countries for problems in the Muslim world, and there are times when the author completely sidesteps important matters. He says, for example, that when Islam was an expanding faith "the majority of people ruled by Muslims remained non-Muslim," (p. 131) without exploring what this might have meant to those being "ruled." He also implies that the freedoms Western countries enjoy came from Islam: in a famous sermon, he says, the Prophet "Muhammad proceeded to lay down a series of rules, which have since evolved into the basic prnciples of many civil societies today -- the right to life, liberty, and security of person ... and the right to private property" (p. 87).

Being Muslim will tell you a lot about Haroon Siddiqui, but some more informative and interesting books in the Youth Services department about the many epic centuries of Muslim faith and history are:

The Sword of The Prophet, by Richard Suskind;
Islam, by Matthew S. Gordon;
Muslim Holidays, by Faith Winchester;
Muslim Mosque,
by Angela Wood; and
Salaam: A Muslim American Boy's Story, by Tricia Brown.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Dr. Seuss's Birthday

Mark your calendars for Monday, March 5, 2007, here at the Lansing Public Library to join the fun as we celebrate Dr. Seuss's 103rd birthday! You can pin the daisy on Mayzie, make your own Seuss hat, complete the library questionnaire to win prizes, watch Seuss movies, listen to Seuss stories read by Chief of Police Dan McDevitt, enjoy Seuss treats and of course check out Seuss books! The fun begins at 6pm with the Chief's story time and lasts until 7:30pm. Don't miss out on this fun-filled evening for the whole family! Door prizes and games for kids up to 3rd grade.

Friday, February 09, 2007


Epossumondas Saves the Day, written by Coleen Salley and illustrated by Janet Stevens is an explosion of color, wit and creativity. Epossumondas is a little possum who seems to get himself into all kinds of predicaments. This is the third book about Epossumondas that I have read. And currently it is my favorite. Epossumondas is going to celebrate his birthday but first his mama needs some "sody sallyraytus" to make a special shortcake. And that's how the story starts. We meet a nasty snapping turtle, Epossumondas' friend: Baby Gator, and a store clerk: Mr. Leslie. They all have a part in this tale about going to the store to buy sody sallyraytus to make the birthday shortcake. If you have read any of the other books about Epossumondas you will absolutely want to read this one too. The story is funny. Not just "funny", but laugh out loud funny. And the pictures fill the page with color and movement and galumping and stomping aunties and mama's. It's a great book to read out loud to a group of kids. And a wonderful book to share with that one special kid too.