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April 8, 2012

It is springtime at last

It is springtime and the trees and plants are bustling with new life and color. As the air gets warmer, the sun shines brighter while birds serenade us with melodious songs. Yes, this is the time to welcome some new arrivals in the Children’s Dept of the Muskogee Public Library.

“Mia’s Baker’s Dozen” by Coco Simon is one of the Cupcake Diaries series. Mia and her friends in Maple Grove have a cupcake business where they design cupcakes for special occasions. When Mia’s parents divorced she went to live with her mom and step dad. Her best friend, Ava is coming from New York, to visit and needs cup-cakes for her birthday party. Little do Mia’s new friends know Mia is the only one to get an invitation? Mia has other dilemmas in her life right now. Like how to get a passing grade in Spanish especially since she is Latino. Sure she can speak and understand it pretty well, but her parents insist she must write it too.

There are some new fairies at the Muskogee Public Library. This bit of Rainbow Magic is the “Magical Animal Fairies.” One book in this series is “Sophia the Snow Swan” by Daisy Meadows. Rachel and Kristy are at outdoor adventure camp when by moonlight they spot a snow swan on the lake. They believe that the swan may be magical. Of course everything wonderful happens when fairies are involved.

Patricia MacLachlan, a Newbery Medal winner, has a new book called “Kindred Souls.” Set on a farm in the Midwest, Billy walking with his grandson Jake, a dog appears. Billy decides to keep her and names her Lucy. Billy has many memories of his old sodhouse farm of which he has kept an old brick. He decides his grandson will build him a new one. Jake is not sure that he can do this, but Billy believes in him because they are “kindred spirits.”

In the “Tygrine Cat” written by Inbali Iserles a young cat Mati, wanders away from familiar surroundings and is befriended by a clan of felines. Mati finds that he is being pursued by an evil assassin Mithos. Mati will have to rely on the pillars of survival, and his new found comrades to defeat this evil plan to conquer and rule over all felines. This book weaves together history of cats, Egyptian mythology and fantasy offers another title after you have read “Warriors” series by Erin Hunter.

Fans of Eva Ibbotson will enjoy her latest book “One dog and his boy”. Hal wanted a dog more than anything in the world. His mother had refused because it would wreck and ruin their beautiful home. Hal’s birthday rolls around and he is even more disappointed with his gifts, party, and even attacks the “entertainer”. Later Hal’s dad arrives from a business trip to find a forlorn son. He gives in and gets Hal a dog from the Easy Pet Store. Little does Hal know this dog is for rent not for sale?

Some new books in the nonfiction category are “ESP” by Michael Martin which explores a number of subjects that pertain to the mysteries of the mind. “Super Simple Magnets,’ features crafts with magnets that you can make at home. While “Super Simple Balloon: Things to do with Balloons” has some amazing fun and experimental things to do with balloons. A new great graphic novel is “Trickster Native American tales” which features twenty-one authors and beautifully illustrated legends you will never forget.

No need to be bored this spring with “Rotten Ralph Helps Out” by Jack Gantos. Yes that crazy cat is back and this time in a’ My Reader’ leveled reader. Sarah has a project due on Egypt and Ralph tries to help! In “Louise the Big Cheese: and the Ooh-la-la Charm School” written by Elise Primavera, Louise is pursuing another big dream on her path to becoming a VIP. When her new friend returns from Paris, France decides to open up a charm school, Louise is her first student. Read this hilarious scheme to see if Louise ends up a B.I.G. cheese. Mayer Mercer has yet another book “Little Critter’s Bedtime Storybook “three tales to delight any little kid and make it easier to drift off to dreamland. It’s the same lovable critter in laughable illustrations and situations that everyone will enjoy.

We have new things popping up daily at the Muskogee Public Library. Touch-a-Truck is right around the corner. Stop by; pick up a page for the coloring contest and weekly activities as we prepare for the big day April 28.

Liz Hanley is the childrens librarian at the Muskogee Public Library.

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