Summary: With the help of her grandfather, a little girl makes a house for a larva and watches it develop before setting it free, and every summer after that butterflies come to visit her.
Summary: Davey is dubious about having a new adopted brother from Korea, but when he finds out that his parents still love him, he decides that having a baby brother will be fine.
Summary: A raccoon and his friends go to great lengths to make sure they will always have a library from which to borrow books.
Summary: Billy is disappointed when his father doesn't show up to help him catch a frog for the frog-jumping competition at school, but the one he and his mother catch wins the championship and Billy begins to accept his father's absence.
Today we celebrate Emily Dickinson since its her birthday!
Emily was born on December 10, 1830 in Massachusetts. She spent much of her life in her home, rarely venturing out.
"Dickinson's poems are unique for the era in which she wrote; they contain short lines, typically lack titles, and often use slant rhyme as well as unconventional capitalization and punctuation. Many of her poems deal with themes of death and immortality, two recurring topics in letters to her friends.
Although most of her acquaintances were probably aware of Dickinson's writing, it was not until after her death in 1886—when Lavinia, Emily's younger sister, discovered her cache of poems—that the breadth of Dickinson's work became apparent" (according to Emily Dickinson Wiki) Sadly, Emily passed away in 1886, seeing very few of her own poems published.
"My Uncle Emily" by Jane Yolen (2009) Summary: In 1881 Amherst, Massachusetts, six-year-old Gilbert finds it both challenging and wonderful to spend time with his aunt, the reclusive poet Emily Dickinson, who lives next door.
"My Wars are Laid Away in Books" by Alfred Habegger (2001)
Summary: Emily Dickinson, probably the most loved and certainly the greatest of American poets, continues to be seen as the most elusive. One reason she has become a timeless icon of mystery for many readers is that her developmental phases have not been clarified. In this exhaustively researched biography, Alfred Habegger presents the first thorough account of Dickinson’s growth–a richly contextualized story of genius in the process of formation and then in the act of overwhelming production
"Secret Life of Emily Dickinson" by Jerome Charyn (2010) Summary:What if the old maid of Amherst wasn't an old maid at all? The poet dons a hundred veils, alternately playing wounded lover, penitent, and female devil in this extraordinary adventure that will disturb and delight.
Happy birthday to past Marceline resident Walt Disney!
"Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago Illinois, to his father Elias Disney and mother Flora Call Disney. After Walt's birth, the Disney family moved to Marceline Missouri, Walt lived most of his childhood here," according to justdisney.com
Walt is best known for his iconic character, Mickey Mouse, his first feature length movie, "Snow White" and building the Walt Disney theme-park.
Disney passed away on December 15, 1966 in Florida. His work lives on through his studios and his company continues to create movies in his honor.
In celebration of children's author Jan Brett's Birthday, I thought we would share her books today on the blog.
But first, a bit about Ms. Brett from her website: "With over thirty six million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books.Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.
As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, 'I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real.' "
The books below are just a small sampling of the books that Jan Brett has done and continues to write. All of these books are available at Little Dixie Regional Libraries...stop by or check out our website for more information!
Summary: When Bo spots what he thinks is a "rip-roarin', rootin'-tootin', shiny red armadillo," he knows what he has to do. Follow that armadillo! Bo leaves his mother and three brothers behind and takes off for a two-stepping, bronco-bucking adventure. Jan Brett turns her considerable talents toward the Texas countryside in this amusing story of an armadillo on his own.
Summary: Hedgie, the hedgehog, helps Henny, the speckled hen, trick the Tomten who has been eating all of Henny's eggs for breakfast.
Summary: A band of trick-or-treaters and a mother cat and her kittens spend a very scary Halloween.
Summary: In an underground den on Mount Baldy, a family of trolls longs for a dog. When young Treva heads up the mountain with her skis--and her dog Tuffi--her troubles with trolls begin. Beautiful landscapes filled with snow-laden trees reveal the underground home of this mischievous troll family.