Books provide young and old with new ideas.
It’s next to impossible to have an interest in something you have never been exposed to. That’s one of the endless reasons books are instrumental in providing us, young and old alike, with new ideas.
Maybe some of those new ideas will be met with a moderate response of something like, “Wow, that’s cool.” But it could end there, and that’s OK.
On the flip side of the coin, learning about something new could spark a genuine interest in a child that could last a lifetime. The books reviewed today are interesting in three different ways. Take a look for yourself. Clearly it’s worth the small effort to help kids develop an interest in manythings. It begins with a book.
Books to borrow
The following book is available at many public libraries.
“The Whale Scientists: Solving the Mystery of Whale Strandings” by Fran Hodgkins, photos and illustrations, various credits, Houghton Mifflin, 64 pages.
Read aloud: age 9 and older.
Read yourself: age 9 and older.
Whales once were hunted so aggressively that these majestic animals almost vanished completely before humans learned to study whales rather than kill them. Science has taken us far in helping to understand whales, but one mystery that still remains to be solved is whale strandings.
Why would the world’s largest mammal do something that most likely would cause it to die? Are whale strandings caused by man-made noises in the ocean from sonar? Is the weather to blame? Is it pollution? Why do more whale strandings occur in New Zealand and Cape Cod than any other place on Earth? Scientists are trying to find the answers.
Complete with vivid photographs and diagrams, a glossary of terms and an index, this fascinating, fast-paced book will capture readers and perhaps act as the catalyst for future marine biologists.
Library: Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown.
Library director: Janet Yost.
Children’s librarian: Taylor Kutz.
Choices this week: “Smart and Spineless: Exploring Invertebrate Intelligence” by Ann Downer; “Happy in Our Skin” by Fran Manushkin; “Human Body Theater: A Nonfiction Revue” by Maris Wicks.
Books to buy
The following books are available at favorite bookstores.
“Anywhere Farm” by Phyllis Root, illustrated by G. Brian Karas, Candlewick, 2018, 32 pages, $16.99 hardcover.
Read aloud: ages 2 – 5.
Read yourself: ages 6 – 7.
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“Anywhere Farm” by Phyllis Root, illustrated by G. Brian Karas, is a fun, uplifting book that encourages kids to get into farming.
What is an anywhere farm? Where is an anywhere farm? What do you need to make an anywhere farm?
This delightful, rhyming story with its expressive illustrations answers those very questions and more in an engaging, fun way. An anywhere farm can be on an old, empty lot, a shoe, a crate, a box and many other places.
Plant an anywhere farm anywhere that you like.
All you need is soil, sunshine, water, and a seed.
You can plant one or many things, depending on how much space you have. You can grow flowers and vegetables. Your garden may even have your neighbors wanting to have an anywhere farm of their own.
Whether you live in the city, a town or the country, an anywhere farm can be everywhere.
“Where does it all start? What do you need? Just one farmer – you – and one little seed.”
A fun, uplifting book that encourages kids to get into farming, “Anywhere Farm” is brilliant.
“Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story” by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Jessica Lanan, Sleeping Bear Press, 2017, 32 pages, $16.99 hardcover.
Read aloud: ages 6 – 9.
Read yourself: ages 7 – 9.
Ever since Anna Comstock was a little girl in the mid-1800s, she was in love with nature. She went barefoot all summer long, climbed trees, observed every creature she could in the wild and taught herself about the natural world.
When she was old enough, she left home to attend college (something quite unusual at that time), and she continued her studies in the science of plants and insects.
In time, Anna made numerous important contributions to the world’s understanding of nature. She became known as a nature expert, and a fine artist for her vivid and accurate illustrations of many insects, wrote and/or illustrated nine nature books and began a nature study program for teachers and students to teach and actively engage students in nature, both through textbooks and in the outdoors.
About an amazing woman, and an amazing story, “Out of School and Into Nature: The Anna Comstock Story” is fascinating and inspiring in every way.
Nationally syndicated, Kendal Rautzhan writes and lectures on children’s literature. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.