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Little Mouse’s Big Valentine – Thacher Hurd

This is my favorite Valentine’s Day book in our collection. Little Mouse has a very big valentine that he wants to share, but none of his friends are interested because it is just too big. As he ponders how to solve his dilemma, Little Mouse makes a new friend and together they come up with a solution that allows everyone to enjoy a Valentine’s Day treat.

Little Mouse's Big Valentine Book Cover Little Mouse's Big Valentine
Thacher Hurd
Juvenile Fiction
Harper Collins
December 20, 1991
32

Secrets of Stargazing: Skywatching Tips and Tricks – Becky Ramotowski

This little gem is the perfect guide for beginning stargazers of all ages.  It is filled with details about selecting the right telescope and how to use it.  It also provides guidance for successful stargazing.  This book is the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys astronomy!

Secrets of Stargazing Book Cover Secrets of Stargazing
Becky Ramotowski
Nature
Sky Publishing Corporation
2007
98

The Library Book – Susan Orlean

The Library Book is a fascinating book.  It details the terrible fire that consumed the Central Branch of Los Angeles Public Library in 1986, but it also serves as a love letter to libraries.  It introduces the reader to a variety of different librarians from the past to the present and provides insight regarding how libraries work behind the scenes.  I love this one!

The Library Book Book Cover The Library Book
Susan Orlean
History
Simon & Schuster
October 16, 2018
336

Way Back Wednesday ~ Word of Mouse – James Patterson

This is still a special favorite!

Word of Mouse is a terrific book which features Isaiah the Mouse.  Although Isaiah is scared about just about everything after being raised in a laboratory, he is very smart and has a will to succeed.  Through a very special friendship with a girl he meets after escaping from the laboratory, Isaiah discovers that he has the power within him to make the world a better place.

Word of Mouse Book Cover Word of Mouse
James Patterson
Juvenile Fiction
jimmy patterson
December 12, 2016
304

Me and Marvin Gardens – Amy Sarig King

Today a special guest blogger (my daughter) is sharing details about her favorite Bluebonnet Award nominee.

Me and Marvin Gardens is a book about friendship and a love of nature.  This book introduces us to Obe, who is a boy who loves the outdoors and goes out to their family’s patch of land almost every day. Then he meets Marvin Gardens, who eats plastic, lives on his family’s patch of land, and leaves toxic poop that erodes anything and everything. When Marvin Gardens becomes too much to handle, Obe turns to his science teacher for help.  Can they help Marvin Gardens?

 

 

Me and Marvin Gardens Book Cover Me and Marvin Gardens
Amy Sarig King
Juvenile Fiction
Arthur A. Levine Books
January 31, 2017
256

The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God’s Goodness Around You – Shannan Martin

The Ministry of Ordinary Places is a beautifully written call to action.  We don’t have to travel to far off lands to show God’s love to others.  We have the opportunity every day in the lives we are living.  The Ministry of Ordinary Places is a wonderful reminder of the impact and influence each one of us can bring to this world.  Through our words and actions within our own homes and neighborhoods we each have the potential to make a positive difference.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishing, no other compensation was given. All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

The Ministry of Ordinary Places Book Cover The Ministry of Ordinary Places
Shannan Martin
Religion
October 9, 2018
240

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace – Erwin Raphael McManus

Erwin McManus explores the path to inner peace using a biblical framework.  Each chapter focuses on a specific element of the the warrior’s code.  Although written in an easy conversational tone,  the subject matter is of depth.  I found myself needing to pause to think and reflect upon the thoughts and ideas presented.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.

The Way of the Warrior Book Cover The Way of the Warrior
Erwin Raphael McManus
Religion
WaterBrook Press
February 26, 2019
224

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is hilarious and heart-breaking.  I really enjoyed this book.  Eleanor is one of the most interesting book characters I have encountered in a long time.  The continual unraveling of Eleanor’s real story as a sub-plot throughout the book makes for a suspenseful story that begs for you to keep reading.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Book Cover Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman
Fiction
Pamela Dorman Books
2017
336

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