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February 2, 2007 Edition

The Ultimate Indoor Games Book, by Veronika Alice Gunter

From Alligator to Zombie, this is a treasure chest of all kinds of games. Whether you need to work off some energy (Sock Wrestling), sharpen your brain cells (A What?), have room for a balloon toss (Foot Volleyball), or just a deck of cards (Subtraction War), youíll find something fun here. Got wrapping paper, oven mitts, and a pair of dice? Try All Thumbs! Fantasize about selling a sibling? You might enjoy Brother/Sister for Sale. The index makes it easy to find games by minimum number of players, and the whole first section is devoted to games that donít need equipment.

Panda: a Guide Horse for Ann, by Rosanna Hansen, photos by Neil Soderstrom

Ann, who is blind, is a high school teacher who has a little help getting around from Panda, a miniature horse. Miniature horses make great guide animals: they are smart, social, and trainable, and live nearly three times as long as dogs. Panda is only 29 inches tall at the shoulder, small enough to ride in the family van and to fit next to Annís desk in her classroom. Plenty of photos bring readers right into Annís life with Panda, showing them how Panda was trained, where she sleeps, and more. (for readers in elementary grades)

Switched On, Flushed Down, Tossed Out, by Trudee Romanek, illustrated by Stephen MacEachern

What really happens to your garbage once it hits the garbage truck? How can we get hot and cold water out of the same tap? And how does your voice travel in one end of the phone at your house and out the other end into your friendís ear? A curious boy succeeds in solving these mysteries and many more, and tells you all about it in this humorous, but factual look at the inner workings of houses. (for elementary school readers)

The Journey that Saved Curious George, by Louise Borden, illustrated by Allan Drummond

Told in an imitation of H.A. Reyís simple style, and illustrated with watercolors and pages from Reyís diary and other documents, this is the story of Hansí and his wife Margretís escape from Europe during World War II. Though both were born in Germany, they had lived in Brazil and become Brazilian citizens before returning to Europe on a honeymoon trip that stretched into several years. The last four months were spent traveling by bicycle, train, and ship to get to the United States, where they had family. One of the few possessions they escaped with was a story that became Curious George. Detailed enough to write a report with, but interesting enough to read for fun, this will captivate readers. (for older elementary school readers)

Onward, by Dolores Johnson

As a member of Admiral Pearyís North Pole expedition, Matthew Henson was equal to the other crew. The Inuit he met in the frozen north welcomed him as one of their own because of his skin color. But in America, his homeland, he was greeted with racial slurs, menial jobs, and violence. In this photobiography, though, he finally begins to get the recognition he deserves for his backbreaking work. Full of period photos that evoke the era he lived in, the geography he explored, and his own warm character, this is an amazing look at an amazing man. (for older elementary school readers)

The Art Book for Children, by the Editors of Phaidon Press

This intriguing book is filled with reproductions of famous pieces of art in many forms: paintings, sculptures, photos, furniture, and more. Each spread is accompanied by questions designed to help viewers really look at and think about the art, as well as explanations and backgrounds of the artists to help place things in time and culture. Browse through and enjoy mulling over questions such as: when you change your costume, do you change your behavior? (for all ages)

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