New (Old) Books: 11/14/2014

I added the following classic books to the Meriadoc Homeschool Library database at librarything. None of these books is available in the entire Houston Public Library System.

Snipp, Snapp Snurr and the Reindeer by Maj Lindman. Snipp, Snapp, and Snurr are triplets who live in Sweden. In this episode of their picture book adventures, they meet a Laplander family and are rescued by a reindeer.

Snipp, Snapp, Snurr and the Yellow Sled by Maj Lindman. The three boys work hard to save up the money to buy a yellow sled, but what will they do when a poor little boy wants the same sled that they have been working to earn?

Silver Chief: Dog of the North by Jack O’Brien. Set in the Canadian wilderness. Silver Chief, half dog and half wolf, becomes the helper and protector of Canadian Mountie Jim Thorpe. Published in 1933.

A City for Lincoln by John R. Tunis. Don Henderson first came to Springfield as basketball coach for the Wildcats, but now he’s running for mayor. Can Don and his supporters make Springfield into a city that will honor the name of its most famous citizen, Abraham Lincoln? First published in 1945.

Emmeline and her Daughters: The Pankhurst Suffragettes by Iris Noble. In this nonfiction history book, Emmeline Pankhurst and her genteel daughters Christabel, Sylvia, and Adela become fiery radicals in their campaign for women’s suffrage in England.

Hans Christian Andersen: Immortal Storyteller by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery. A fairly easy to read, third or fourth grade level, biography of the author of favorite Danish tales such as The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling. You can also check out several versions Mr. Andersen’s fairy tales to read along with this biography that shows where the tales came from—Hans Christian Andersen’s wonderful imagination.

Frederic Chopin: Son of Poland Later Years by Opal Wheeler. Ms. Wheeler’s series of books about famous composers is a treasure. In this one, Chopin moves to Vienna and then to Paris, but he never forgets his native country, Poland. Published in 1949.

Long Ago When I Was Young by E. Nesbit. Introduction by Noel Streatfeild and illustrated by Edward Ardizzone. An short childhood autobiography of the author of such books as Five Children and It, The Treasure Seekers, and The Railway Children. These classic fiction books and others by E. Nesbit are also available at the Meriadoc Homeschool Library.

November 7th–Happy Birthday

b.1728 – James Cook, English captain, navigator, and cartographer (d. 1779) We have two books in Meriadoc Homeschool Library about Captain Cook:
For younger readers, we have Captain James Cook (Adventures in Discovery) by Ruth Harley.
For more advanced elementary readers, there’s the World Landmark book, Captain Cook Explores the South Seas by Newbery Award winning author Armstrong Sperry, who shared Captain Cook’s birthday, b.1897, d. 1976. Sperry’s Newbery Medal winning book was Call It Courage, the fictional story of Mafutu, a Pacific Islander boy who is afraid of the sea but must learn to face his fears. This book is also available for check out at Meriadoc Homeschool Library.

“I had been afraid that perhaps in Call It Courage, the concept of spiritual courage might be too adult for children, but the reception of this book has reaffirmed a belief I have long held: that children have imagination enough to grasp any idea, and respond to it, if it is put to them honestly and without a patronizing pat on the head.” ~Armstrong Sperry

b.1867 – Marie Curie, Polish chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1934).

b.1918 – Billy Graham, American evangelist and minister.

“Make sure of your commitment to Jesus Christ, and seek to follow Him every day. Don’t be swayed by the false values and goals of this world, but put Christ and His will first in everything you do.”