Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday Morning Introductions

Welcome to our new / revamped column announcing books recently received for review.  Check them out, and then come back to our site, Feathered Quill Book Reviews, in a week or two to read the reviews.

Prairie Storms Where the land is flat, the sky's dome becomes a blank canvas for storms. In this lyrical book, experience a year of prairie storms from the point of view of native wild life who must shelter, hide, escape, disappear, endure and withstand those storms.

Animalogy: Animal Analogies Compare and contrast different animals through predictable, rhyming analogies. Find the similarities between even the most incompatible animals . . . bat is to flit as eagle is to soar; dog is to bark as lion is to roar. Comparisons include sounds, physical adaptations, behaviors, and animal classes and are so fun, readers learn without even realizing it! Animalogy is to fun, as animals are to nature.

The Cave Monster Oh no! L. Joe Bean, Lima Bear's cousin has been captured by the Cave Monster. When Lima Bear and his friends enter the dangerous Black Cave to save L. Joe Bean, the Cave Monster attacks! Will they save L. Joe Bean in time? And will they save themselves? The message of the story is: Friends, individually afraid, find courage acting together. In the series entitled The Lima Bear Stories, each has a distinct personality that shines through in every story. While the children have no idea what twists and turns the story may take, they come to know the characters and have a pretty good idea of how they are likely to act in different situations and settings. Each story carries an important overriding message (such as courage, tolerance, honesty), and we believe that knowing the characters creates a better understanding and appreciation of the message.

Sweet Betsy from Pike When the Rev. Elias Potter refuses to let his eighteen-year-old daughter, Betsy, marry nineteen-year-old Ike McNab, the two young lovers take matters into their own hands. With a baby on the way, the two decide to leave Louisiana, Missouri, in 1849 and journey to California to join the Gold Rush.

Horse Bible: The Definitive Source for all Things Horse The Original Horse Bible contains everything a horse owner would want or need to know about horses, their care, and their activities. It will be the most comprehensive horse reference tool available. It will contain topics such as horse keeping, horse safety, dressage, Western riding, English riding, jumping, veterinary care, histories on the many breeds of horses, and much, much, more. The Original Horse Bible will be the one-stop information source — every horse owner should have one!

Dear Bully You are not alone. Discover how Lauren Kate transformed the feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel, how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the “funny guy” into the best defense against the bullies in his class. Today’s top authors for teens come together to share their stories about bullying—as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators—in a collection at turns moving and self-effacing, but always deeply personal.

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