Children & Teens Books of the Week

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Five-Minute True Stories: Animal Rescue Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338200065
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - March 27th, 2018

From a homeless dog that wandered onto the Milwaukee Brewers’ practice field, to an undersized orphan rhino, to a cat born without eyes, Aubre Andrus presents us with Five-Minute True Stories: Animal Rescue ($12.99, Scholastic)—twelve heartwarming and uplifting tales of animals in need of help, and the humans (and animals) who gave it to them. Loaded with beautiful photographs and colorful backgrounds, Andrus’ stories describe a wide variety of lovable animals, and provide the reader with lots of fascinating information about them. Conveying messages of friendship and compassion, these short tales make for fun mid-day story breaks, as well as delightful bedtime stories. Ages 4-8. Marc Villa

Blast from the Past
Ella Cover Image
ISBN: 9780395272695
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - October 11th, 1978

Ella (HMH, $9.99), a talented circus elephant, is the star of the show—and she makes sure everyone knows it. But when her group accidentally leaves her behind in the countryside, a greedy farmer kidnaps her and forces her to plow his fields, mow his lawn, and pick his apples. Ella wants to leave this miserable life, but the farmer thwarts her escape attempts at every turn. Will Ella ever be able to return to her circus friends? Bill Peet’s detailed illustrations, done with a pen and colored pencils, clearly communicate poor Ella’s plight. His effortless, rhyming verse makes this suspenseful picture book a great read-aloud. Ages 4-7. Elli Bloomberg

YA Pick
The Elephant Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544668300
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

Young elephants play together like puppies, "dusting, sparring, rolling in the mud, and cavorting in the water." Even adult elephants lose their composure when reuniting with old friends or when a baby is born. They will "trumpet, scream...flap their ears and embrace with their trunks...they'll even pee and poop as part of the celebration." Caitlin O'Connell’s The Elephant Scientist (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99 HC/$9.99 PB), gives us unique insight into these majestic creatures as we follow her, following them, at Etosha National Park in Namibia. As a field biologist, O'Connell needs ingenuity and persistence to test her theory that elephants communicate through vibration, much like the tiny planthopper insect she had studied earlier in her career. O'Connell and her husband, fellow elephant scientist Tim Rodwell, have taken stunning photographs that accompany this latest entry into the brilliant Scientists in the Field series.  Ages 8-14.  Emily Ellerbe