The Book Shelf – Jan. 2
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The Book Shelf – Jan. 2

Stratford Gazette

Cold Snap

By Eileen Spinelli,

32 pages

@ SPL:  JP Spine

The snow and the temperature in Toby Falls were falling quickly. A cold snap was on the way! After school, children happily made snowmen and snow angels, threw snowballs and tobogganed down T-Bone Hill.

The next day, it was colder – and the next day, still colder. Each day that week was colder than the one before. The children no longer played outside because they were inside, trying to stay warm.

On Friday, the temperature hit a new record low. It was SO VERY COLD!  People walked quickly, a bitter wind nipping at their noses. Children wore their itchy woolen socks instead of complaining about them. Dogs refused to go out for their usual walks. The mayor wore his toasty pink bunny slippers inside as he fielded complaints from his office about the freezing weather. The doors of the train froze shut and passengers had to be rescued through the windows.

Everyone in Toby Falls was grumpy and down in the dumps. The cold snap was chasing away all the usual warmth of the tight-knit town. Was there anything at all that could warm it up again?

Fortunately, the mayor’s wife had the perfect answer, one which could warm the spirits of every resident of Toby Falls!

A perfect choice of a read-aloud bedtime story, this cozy picture book, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman, will warm the spirits of young listeners.

** Recommended for ages three to six.

Vicks the Polar Bear Cub

By Mack van Gageldonk,

30 pages.

@ SPL:  JP Mack

In 2011, thousands of people followed the first year of a polar bear cub, Vicks, at the Royal Zoo in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, via a webcam feed. They became enchanted with the little cub.

Vicks was born in December of the previous year to Olinka, an attentive and protective mom. He made his first public appearance on the webcam in March 2011, and from then on he was a celebrity, capturing the attention and hearts of people around the world.

Mack van Gageldonk’s photo picture book chronicles the adventures of Vicks’ first year as he learned to walk, swim, catch fish, and climb rocks, growing quickly from a small, helpless, fluffy newborn to a large, strong polar bear.

Did you know that baby polar bears are born blind and deaf, that these bears actually have black skin under that thick white fur, and that they are excellent divers? This book’s interesting factual content will engage as well as inform young readers with its fascinating facts and many wonderful photographs.

** Recommended for ages three to six.

–Sally Hengeveld, librarian

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