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Book of the Week Archive for 1999
2000 Archive
Crickwing
"'Crickwing' never set out to be a bully--all he wanted was to create his art in peace. But it's not easy being different. A cockroach with a cricked wing and a flair for sculpture is a ready target for the bigger creatures in the forest."

Janell Cannon, author of "Stellaluna" again captures truth through fantasy in this beautifully illustrated adventure which is perfect for dialogue on bullies, cooperation, anger, being yourself and art. MORE OF JANELL CANNON

The Giving Box
THE GIVING BOX
By "Mr." Fred Rogers

Create a Tradition of Giving with
Your Children
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Joey Pigza Loses ControlIn 1998, Jack Gantos introduced us to "Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key" in which hyperactive Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts feeling wired. "I’m a good kid! I just got dud meds!" When Joey gets worked up, all his good intentions and all the rules set by his mother and teachers go right out the window.

In 2000, Jack Gantos brings us "Joey Pigza Loses Control" where Joey meets his dad for the first time in a very long time. Joey's mother was right. His father IS a grown-up version of Joey. His father has just gotten himself together (or so he thinks) and feels that Joey can do the same and convinces him to stop taking his "meds."

Reading the "Joey Pigza" stories is a powerful and moving experience. I highly recommend beginning with "Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key," with an immediate dose of "Joey Pigza Loses Control." READ MORE

Gathering Blue
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Fishing in the Air
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The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin
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It's Raining Pigs & Noodles
Ridiculously delicious, Jack Prelutzy and illustrator, James Stevenson are at it again. Here's a sample:

"Purple orangutans hurtle through space,
Silvery unicorns gallop in place,
Onions run races with noodles and spoons,
Monkeys emerge from enormous cocoons...
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Miss Alaineous
Tuesday is Vocabulary Day at Webster School. Sage has been sick and calls her friend Starr for the week's list. Starr hurriedly spells all but the last word, which is unfamiliar to Sage. She scribbles Miss Alaineus. Instead of using the dictionary, she writes her own creativedefinition for the last word. READ MORE about this GREAT book!
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Wemberly Worried
Some children are excited about their first day of school. Some children, as well as grown-ups, suffer from perpetual What-If Syndrome. Some children don't have a care in the world. And then, there's Wemberly. SHE worries about everything. Everything! And the first day of school is her biggest worry so far. READ MORE
Henry Huggins
Beverly Cleary's classic and wacky adventure and misadventures of young Henry Huggins who lead a rather dull life until he finds a stray dog (Risby) and shares his ice cream.
50th Anniversary Edition

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THE WIZARD OF OZ - 100TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
August 1, 2000 marked the 100th Anniversary of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. ETC is celebrating the First Hundred Years. Make it an OZ year.
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A Collection of Summer Activity Books
TOYS : AMAZING STORIES BEHIND SOME GREAT INVENTIONS

Ages 9 and Up

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Who Is Baseball's Greatest Hitter?
WHO IS BASEBALL'S GREATEST HITTER?
by Jeff Kisseloff

Ages 9-12
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This book shows you how to make histroical comparisons, so that you can match your wits against the experts. It is loaded with stats, stories and details of thirty-two of the game's great sluggers.
So? Who IS Baseball's greatest hitter?

Dad & Me
DAD & ME

Peter Catalanotto’s illustrations and text are powerful and loaded with symbolism. It is an important message about the relationship between fathers and sons. Ages 4-8
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CELEBRATE DINOSAURS

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Open Wide: Tooth School Inside
OPEN WIDE: TOOTH SCHOOL INSIDE

Welcome to Tooth School. Dr. Flossman is taking role: Omar Incisor? Here. Penelope Premolar? Here. Wendy Molar Wisdom Tooth? READ MORE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants

Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants
Ages 9-12
4th book in the "Captain Underpants" Series
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Ricky Ricotta's Giant Robot

Ricky Ricotta's Giant Robot
Ages 4-8
Good bully story.
First of a new series.
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GIRLS: A HISTORY OF GROWING UP FEMALE
IN AMERICA
Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America
When author, Penny Colman began gathering material for this book, she asked people what they wanted to know about growing up female in America. "The answers I got ranged from 'anything and everything!' to questions such as: What sports did girls play? What kind of books did girls read? What was considered appropriate behavior for girls?" READ MORE.
YOU FORGOT YOUR SKIRT, AMELIA BLOOMER!
In 1851, a very feisty and free thinker by the name of Amelia Bloomer from Seneca Falls, New York found MANY things silly! She thought proper ladies were silly and she thought it was silly that proper ladies were not allowed to work...or vote! Even sillier than that, Amelia could not understand what was SO proper about wearing those long, heavy, tight corset pulled dresses that made women look like walking broomsticks. READ MORE.
Zooman Sam
It's Future Job Day at Sam's school, and Sam knows exactly what he wants to be when he grows up-a zookeeper, just like Zookeeper Jake in his favorite picture book.
Ages 9-12
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Gargage!
What happens to garbage? How much garbage comes from fast food meals? Can you imagine not having a dump or trash collection in your neighborhood? READ MORE
Let's Read Together
Ellen Gordon and Eileen Zweig wrote LET'S READ TOGETHER so that parents can begin to help their children improve reading skills at home. They are also the co-creators of OPERATION BOOKWORM, a unique volunteer reading program used in several New Jersey School Schools.READ MORE
Storybooks for Tough Times
Events, questions and tragedies occur for which we struggle to find just the right words to explain them to our children. [Abuse, Adoption, Aging, Death, Disabilities and Differences, Families, Fears, Feelings, Growing Up, Homelessness, Illness, Moving, Siblings, Susbstance Abuse and War].
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THE TALE OF GILBERT ALEXANDER PIG
Based on the traditional tale of "The Three Little Pigs" and inspired by the legendary career of Motown jazz trumpeter Gil Askey, "The Tale of Gilbert Alexander Pig" is an exceptional and highly entertaining story of courage, conflict resolution and the power of music.

It doesn't get better than this!!! READ MORE

Prison-Not Me!
Through the eyes of children, PRISON - Not Me! describes what happens in a child's life when a child faces a crisis; revealing family secrets; effects upon families, when we make bad choices and pointers for making good choices in life. This is written by a fifth grade class. READ MORE.
My Self, My Family, My Friends
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THROUGH MY EYES by Ruby Bridges is her personal story of her first-grade experience as the first black to enter the all-white William Frantz Public School.
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13 interrelated poems introduce us to the young weaver Aneesa Lee who she herself is woven of black and white and Japanese, "a blend that sometimes led to teasing." Aneesa learns through her weaving; "a herringbone of sadness, threads of anger and gladness..." The emotionally expressive poetry enhanced with Ashley Bryan's vivid paintings is a beautiful metaphor.
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Sara learns that as long as the presents come from deep inside they can be the best presents of all. READ MORE.
A tall, skinny young boy finds courage and inspiration in the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln.
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