Friday, December 28, 2012

Two New Favorite Picture Books

As usual, these books may not be new in the publishing world, but they are new to the library, and to me.
This first one was published in 2010, and I don't know how we missed it.
The Boy Who Changed the World
Andrews gives a very concrete example of the butterfly effect, describing choices made by a string on young men, going back to George Washington Carver's adoptive father, and ending with Norman Borlaug, who developed a 'super seed' that is credited with saving 2 billion lives! The gentle but pervasive message is that our actions, no matter how small, can make a huge difference down the line. That's certainly a message it would behoove all of us to remember.
Tough Chicks
Sometimes I look over a new book and think, "I need to take this one home to my kids." This time, I finished reading it, and thought, "Heck with that, this is one we need to own!" From the minute mama hen's chicks are born, the other farm animals - and even the farmer - are telling her to "make them be good!" Wise mama hen realizes, however, that her spirited, smart, curious little ones are being good - and when the time comes (as you know it will), they save the day.


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