Tuesday, August 13, 2019

STRETCH TO THE SUN: From a Tiny Sprout to the Tallest Tree on Earth by Carrie A. Pearson.  Illus. by Susan Swan.  Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge, 2018.  32p.  ISBN 978-1580897716 hc. $16.99    Gr. K-3    JNF 634.9

New growth sprouts from the trunk of a fallen giant redwood tree.  With rain, sunlight, and nutrients from the forest soil, it grows to its full height of more than two hundred feet.  Over the centuries, the forest remains a home to numerous animals and birds. It faces danger from storms, fire, and in the twentieth century, from loggers with huge metal machinery.  Thanks to the efforts of conservationists and the National Park Service, the Redwood National Park protects 120,000 acres of redwood forest in northern California.  Swan's illustrations, created with digital collage, add color and motion to each page.  There's plenty of action as bright hues accent the trees and plants, while allowing readers to find the muted wildlife half-hidden around the edges.  Pearson, author of A WARM WINTER'S TAIL (2012) and A COOL SUMMER'S TAIL (2014), identifies her books as "informational fiction" because, although they are well researched and full of facts, they are presented in story form.  See the resource pages in the back for even more information.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

SUBSTITUTE TROUBLE by Karen English.  Illus. by Laura Freeman. New York: 
Clarion Books, 2013. 108p. ISBN: 978-0-547-61565-3 hc. $5.99   Gr. 1-4   JUV

Deja is distressed when her teacher has an accident and a substitute teacher 
takes over.  The first substitute teacher struggles with some students who 
decided to create chaos in the classroom.  Deja and her friend Nikki have to 
decide whether they are going to join in, just sit back and watch, or find a 
way to help the substitute teacher.  They decide to help and it goes awry.  
The second substitute teacher is more authoritarian and the chaos is contained.
The book ends abruptly when Deja's teacher returns to school. This is book 6  
in a series of books about Nikki and Deja - two African American friends.  
Jolene Hetherington, Teacher, Munising School Public Library, Munising, MI