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February in the Library
February in the Library

by Nell Stewart, Librarian

We have quite a few new additions to the Library collection!

We now have the fun Payback on Poplar Lane by Margaret Mincks, which I wrote about in a previous blog.

Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher is an older book (first published in 1916) which very much belongs in a Montessori school library, as Fisher was a big proponent of Montessori education and the story of Understood Betsy reflects those values. Nine-year-old Betsy goes to live with relatives on a farm where for the first time she leads an active and independent daily life.

The One Day House by Julia Durango is a vibrantly illustrated (by Bianca Diaz) story about fixing up a grandmother's dilapidated house. The grandson imagines and sketches the various repairs that will be done "one day," and then at the end a group of people come make it all happen. This is a positive, caring, and practical story.

Abracadabra: Magic with Mouse and Mole by Wong Herbert Yee is another in the Mouse and Mole series, and this one is interesting from a Montessori point of view. Mouse and Mole attend an exciting magic show but then see afterwards how all the tricks were done, and Mole is terribly disappointed. So Mouse goes about creating an alternative magic show for Mole that shows the wonders or "magic" of natural, real elements such as fireflies and the moon. This story is creative and clever.

And lastly I want to note that Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder (illustrated by Emily Hughes) just won the prestigious Geisel Award, which is for an American book for beginning readers. We just got the sequel Charlie & Mouse & Grumpy in the library and it is equally as good as the first!