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December 1, 2012
The Mining Journal

What's New at

Peter White Public Library

Snow days, whipping winds, time to grab a good book and stay inside that is. If you're looking for a cozy read, here are a few juvenile books you might want to grab, along with a blanket and cocoa.

A Warm Winter Tail by Marquette author Carrie Pearson offers a delightful new twist on how animals stay warm in the wintertime. When baby animals ask their mothers how human's stay warm in the wintertime, their youthful naivety expects that human kids do it the same way they do, like a fox using its tail to wrap up on cold nights. So it is that the "human" reader learns how animals keep warm, in an informative and fun way. The rhyming text gives the story rhythm and makes it easy for beginning readers to tackle.

Did you know, Winter is the Warmest Season? For some, the season draws thoughts of snow, ice and playing outside. For others, including author Lauren Stringer offers a "glass-half-full" approach to wintertime fun. She highlights the warmth of winter clothes, winter foods and winter blankets through the eyes of a young boy. The warm reds, oranges, yellows and greens splashed throughout the illustrations bring the message to life, as the cold outside is banished by the warmth inside.

In No Two Alike by Keith Baker, New York Times Bestseller of "LMNO Peas," two birds explore the forest, discovering that everything, including nests, trees, homes and friends are unique.

Baker's charming illustrations capture the birds playful spirit and offer a soft glimpse of several woodland creatures in the winter time.

Busy tails and clever contraptions set the stage for Adam Rubin's Those Darn Squirrels. Old Man Fookwire, who doesn't like pie, puppies or anything but birds, is old and grumpy. When the birds fly south for the winter, he devises a system to keep the squirrels out of his feeders. But the squirrels, some of the cleverest creatures of the woodland animals rise to the challenge, launching themselves toward seed victory. Then, realizing how lonely the old man becomes without his birds, they offer gifts of friendship that only these geniuses could pull off.

Mouse and Mole, A Winter Wonderland by Wong Herbert Yee is the tale of two friends on a snowy day. Mouse gets dressed to enjoy the day, but Mole wants to stay in bed and hopes the cold goes away. So Mouse sets off alone, enjoying winter play by himself. Both soon realize how lonely they are for their friend, concluding that it's more fun to enjoy the winter wonderland with a friend than by yourself.

In Mr. and Mrs. Bunny- Detectives Extraordinaire by Mrs. Bunny, translated from the Rabbit by Polly Horvath, two country rabbits longing to live in the big city move to Rabbitville. On Hornby Island, Vancouver, Madeline's parents are missing. Madeline thinks she saw a fox speeding in a car away from her house.

When her code-deciphering uncle falls into a coma, she turns to Mr. and Mrs. Bunny to help her solve the mystery, which includes a file card covered in code. The trio take on sly foxes, a wily marmot named The Marmot and the dreaded Bunny Council to try and solve the disappearance. These extremely humorous characters are so enjoyable,

I hope Polly Horvath translates another book soon.

- Jenifer Kilpela, Youth Services



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