Thursday, January 07, 2010

Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day - January Book of the Month

Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls is a fictional series geared toward elementary school aged girls. It is written by New York Times best selling author, Meg Cabot. Allie is not happy when her parents announce that they will be moving to the other side of town to an old Victorian house that her mother wants to restore. She will have to leave her comfortable, split-level, carpeted house and modern suburban school for a creepy house with wooden floors and a rundown, old-fashioned school. Not to mention she will have to leave behind her friends and become "the new girl." How will she cope? Allie Finkle is a fourth grade girl who is not afraid to tell it like it is. Each chapter explains a new "rule" such as Rule #1 Don't Stick a Spatula Down Your Best Friend's Throat. Or Rule #8 Don't Put Your Cat in a Suitcase. This is a funny, light-hearted series that moves quickly and will leave the reader eagerly waiting for Allie's next book and adventure!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

January 2010 Book of the Month

The Mitten is a Ukrainian folktale about a boy named Nicki who wants his grandmother Baba to knit snow-white mittens for him. She warns him that a white mitten will be hard to find if he loses it in the snow. We all know what happens next . . . Nick loses one of his white mittens in the snow. First a mole moves into the mitten to get warm, then a rabbit, a hedgehog, an owl, a badger and a fox. The animals are all packed tightly in the mitten. Along comes a bear but the bear doesn't care so in he crawls. Finally, when a tiny mouse squeezes in, her whiskers tickle the bear's nose and he sneezes. All the animals go flying out of the mitten and it sails through the air. Nick finds the mitten in the snow and takes it home to show his smiling grandmother that he still has his snow white mittens.
Jan Brett has adapted and illustrated this well known folktale. Her special signature in her detailed artwork is the intricate borders seen in this book. The birch-bark panels with mitten shaped pictures offer insights into the story line.
This is a great winter-time read. So get cozy with some hot chocolate and a great book!
Please feel free to comment on this month's selection or tell us what book you would like to see as the next book of the month.