Monday, 17 February 2014



The Blooming Age of Explorations II

From our library:

Christopher Columbus, by Charlotte and David Yue How exactly did Columbus do it?  How were the ships built; how did he assemble the crew and how did he use the common instruments of his time (compass, sand glass, sounding lead, astrolabe, and others)?


Navigation: A 3-Dimensional Exploration, by Anne Blanchard The history of navigation in a pop-up book!


They Put Out to Sea, by Roger Duvoisin A wonderful book about discoveries and the story of the map!


Daniel Duluth, by David Abodaher Bio of one coming from Old France to New France and joining the legendary coureurs de bois. This eventually earns him the trust of the Governor of New France: Count Frontenac.


Sir Walter Raleigh, by Adele DeLeeuw An easier biography of the well-known English explorer.


North, South, East and West, by Franklin M. Branley Colourful book in the  Let's-Read-And-Find-Out series.


Sense of Direction, by Vicki Cobb "Some of the methods explorers used in discovering new lands can help you find your way in case you are ever lost. You can learn how to follow directions to get to places you have never been. (...) All you need is a compass, a map, when one exists, and some information about using them that you can get from this book."


Compass, by Paula Hogan Where it was invented, how it was first used on ships to sail the seven seas and how it eventually evolved into our modern compass.


Prince Henry the Navigator, by Leonard Fisher A picture biography of the Portuguese with a great vision who lived at a  time when no one even knew about the size and shape of Africa.


Man Who Made Time Travel, by Kathryn Lasky Beautifully illustrated picture biography of the man who invented longitude.


By Star and Compass, by Jack Coggins What is dead reckoning; how do you navigate by Polaris and what is meant by shooting the sun? This is the story of navigation.


Atlas in the Round, by Keith Lye "Our Planet as You've Never Seen It Before".


Map Is a Picture, by Barbara Rinkoff Simple introduction in the Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science Book series.


Whole World in Your Hands, by Melvin and Gilda Berger How do you read a map? 


Wooden Ship, by Jan Adkins Shows how a sailing ship was being built in the 19th century.


Craft of a Sail, by Jan Adkins A primer on sailing for kids in grade 4 and up!


And finally one of the reasons why so many set out in the first place:


And Everything Nice: The Story of Sugar, Spice, and Flavoring, by Elizabeth Cooper Yes, there even is a children's book on the history and uses of spices! Did you know ... "that at one time pepper was so rare a man could buy a piece of land, a jewel, or even a wife for so many pounds of peppercorns?"









The Blooming Age of Explorations I

From our library: 

If You Were There in 1492, by Barbara Brenner What was going on in the world when Columbus discovered America?


Pedro's Journal, by Pam Conrad Fictional journal of a cabin boy that accompanied Columbus to the New World.


Great Atlas of Discovery, by Neil Grant Beautifully illustrated book that shows the many facets of world exploration.


French Founders of North America, by Sabra Holbrook This is a great, readable overview for high school students!


Voyages of Captain Cook, by Jason Hook About the many discoveries Captain Hook made - from Tahiti to the Sandwich Islands.


Seven Great Explorations, by Celia King Pop-up book shows many explorations!


Who in the World Was the Forgotten Explorer? By Lorene Lambert
Covers life of Amerigo Vespucci, from boyhood to his days as an explorer.


Settlers on a Strange Shore, by Edith McCall This predominantly covers the French, the Spaniards at St. Augustine, Roanoke Island, Jamestown, and Plymouth.


First Book of New World Explorers, Louise Rich Narrative that begins with the Vikings, then on to Columbus, the Spaniards, Magellan, and the French.


Christopher Columbus, by Peter and Connie Roop "In Their Own Words: Christopher Columbus tells the exciting story of Columbus's life using the journals he kept while travelling to the New World. Hear Columbus's story as if you were really there."



And don't forget the exciting adventures of all the explorers!

~ Henry Hudson, by Dorothea Snow


~ Balboa: Finder of the Pacific
~ Cartier: Finder of the St. Lawrence
~ De Soto: Finder of the Mississippi
~ Francisco Coronado and the Seven Cities of Gold

All by excellent writer Ronald Syme!





Thursday, 13 February 2014




Simply delicious!

From our library:

Some science ... 


Gulf Stream, by Ruth Brindze A very well-written and colourful introduction to this river in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!


Parrotfish and Sunken Ships, by Jim Arnosky About the underwater life and treasures that are hidden in a coral reef.


Birth of an Island, by Millicent Selsam A volcanic island is born and is soon teeming with life!


What Does the Tide Do? By Jean and Cle Kinney What a boy eagerly observes about the changing of the tides.


Sargasso Sea, by Francine Jacobs "Ever since ancient seafarers dared to enter its weedy waters, the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic Ocean has been shrouded in myth and mystery." Science, but written as a lively, absorbing story. You will also find out why this sea is called an ocean desert.


The First Transatlantic Cable, by Adele Gutman Nathan Another wonderful Landmark history book. Have you ever wondered about just how they did it?


Earth's Crust, by Irving and Ruth Adler A simple, straightforward introduction, wonderful for kids in grades 3 to 7.


Geography From A to Z, by Jack Knowlton A colourful and fun overview about such terms as geyser, key, fjord, dune, butte, cape, mountain pass - and many more!


Journey Into a Black Hole, by Franklyn M. Branley "The gravity of a black hole is so strong that nothing can escape from it, not even light." 
Fascinating, easy intro. 


... and some history


Ancient Greece, by John D. Clare A book in the Living History Series. A great series, in which re-enactors show what life was like during a specific time period!


One Day in Elizabethan England, by G.B. Kirtland Spend a day in Shakespeare's time!


Story of Edith Cavell, by Iris Vinton Edith Cavell was a nurse - and arrested as a spy during World War I. This great biography in the Signature Series will just sweep you away!


and maybe some history in the making?


How to Be an Inventor, by Harvey Weiss "If you've ever had an an idea for an invention - even a vague idea or a wacky one -- but haven't known what to do next, then this books is for you. The author of many popular how-to books, Harvey Weiss, is at his inspiring best in this unique guide to the process of invention."









7 Reasons Why You Should Be Obsessed With Reading to Your Kids

Inspiring!




Saturday, 8 February 2014



From Our Library: Choo -Choo Trains (and Electric Ones, Too!)



  Little ones (and older kids, too!) who are interested in trains,                       might take delight in the following books:



For the younger ones:

Trains, by Anne Rockwell A nice first book for the youngest ones as it introduces children to all kinds of trains, from toy to freight and subway trains.


The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper 
The complete, original edition is a must-have! Such colourful, lovely illustrations! Kids will come away with an appreciation for hard work and perseverance. A classic.


Trains, by Angela Royston Colourful photos introduce various trains and words highlight the various parts.


Mr. Putter & Tabby Take the Train, by Cynthia Rylant This is such a delightful series for kids from Kindergarten to third grade! Very engaging and funny, by a beloved author.


Express Train to Trouble, by Robert Quackenbush 
"On an express train to Cairo, trouble comes in the form of one George Ruddy Duck, who makes life miserable for some of the passengers. Then Ruddy Duck disappears..." A fun mystery/detective story.



                                      For the older ones:


Steam, Smoke, and Steel, by Patrick O'Brien This beautifully illustrated book takes readers on a guided tour back in time, covering several generations of one family's history on the railroad.


A 19th Century Railway Station, by Fiona MacDonald Cutaway views of station and trains. Snatch a ride back into the Victorian era!


Boy Electrician, by Alfred P. Morgan Not only for boys! Contains a straightforward project on building your own electric railway!





Wednesday, 5 February 2014


I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.

~ Jane Austen

Saturday, 1 February 2014


Just Added



Winter at Valley Forge, by F. Van Wyck Mason
Another in the great Landmark history series: The fateful winter of 1777 - 78 led to strengthened courage among Washington's men.


Why Does It Rain? By Chris Arvetis
A Just Ask book, a great series for introducing children to all kinds of science topics. We have collected about 24 titles so far, topics like: What Is a Desert? A Mountain? River, Rainbow, Star, Ocean, Wave, Space Shuttle, Butterfly? What Is Electricity? What Is the Moon? What Makes Day and Night? Why Do Animals Sleep Through Winter? Why Does It Snow? Why Do Birds Sing? Why Does It Float? Why Does It Fly? Why Is the Grass Green? and ... the Sky Blue?


Iliad of Homer; retold by Alfred J.Church
Wonderfully readable!


Happy Hollisters and the Merry-Go-Round Mystery and The Mystery at Missile Town, by Jerry West


The Story of George Washington, by May McNeer
Charming illustrations.


George Washington's Cows, by David Small
Funny!

New Ways in Math, by Arthur Jonas
Ah, this wonderful little math book, the liveliest introduction to binary numbers I have seen! This is a very readable short overview of the history of math and an introduction to its higher levels: "Algebra is the basis for more advanced mathematics. If you understand this chapter, you will be good in algebra and enjoy it." Grade 3 and up.
Illustrated by Aliki.


Division (Discovering Math), by David Stienecker
Learn division with interesting projects.


Maria's Comet, by Deborah Hopkinson
Lovely first biography about astronomer Maria Mitchell.