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Recent Book Reviews

Horten's Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure
Lula Bell on Geekdom, Freakdom & the Challenges of Bad Hair
A Mutiny in Time
Starry River of the Sky
Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School
Iron Hearted Violet
Jake and Lily
Paris Pan Takes the Dare
Me and the Pumpkin Queen
Read All About It!
The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Nerd Camp
The Classroom
Smells Like Dog
Mission Unstoppable
On the Road to Mr. Mineo's
The Mark of Athena
A Whole Lot of Lucky
Alien on a Rampage
One for the Murphys

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World Elephant Day

August 12, 2020 is World Elephant Day!  The first step in protecting elephants and their habitat?  You guessed it -- reading books about these amazing creatures!  Here are some of my favorite newer titles.

Beyond Words: What Elephants and Whales Think and Feel by Carl Safina (2019)
The Elephant by Jenni Desmond (2018)
The Elephant Keeper: Caring for Orphaned Elephants in Zambia by Margriet Ruurs (2017)
Elephant Rescue: True-Life Stories by Louisa Leaman (2017)
The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence (2017)
How to Be an Elephant by Katherine Roy (2017)
If Elephants Disappeared by Lily Williams (2019)
Natumi Takes the Lead: The True Story of an Orphan Elephant Who Finds Family by Gerry Ellis (2016)
I Wish I Was an Elephant by Jennnifer Bove (2018)
A Passion for Elephants: The Real Life Adventure of Field Scientist Cynthia Moss by Toni Buzzeo (2015)
The Truth About Elephants by Maxwell Eaton III (2018)

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Throwback Thursday: Magic School Bus

Today was originally supposed to be the first day of school for Hoover City Schools.  Today is also Thursday.  So it is the perfect opportunity to write a school-inspired Throwback Thursday post!  And, of course, I went with the most obvious choice -- Magic School Bus!

Ms. Frizzle, the red-haired teacher with the amazing fashion sense, took field trips to the next level in Joanna Cole's Magic School Bus book series.  The first book, At the Waterworks, came out in July 1986, the summer after my Kindergarten year.  My favorite title, Inside the Human Body, came out in 1989.  I was still living in Germany, so I didn't get to read it until we moved back to the States in 1990.  The series debuted as a TV show on PBS in 1994, and it was revamped on Netflix in 2017 -- The Magic School Bus Rides Again.  And, of course, the books have kept coming the entire time!  Newer spin-offs have included chapter books and nonfiction books that feature stunning photos as well as the character illustrations.  (And, yes, you can find all of them at Hoover Public Library!) The original author, Joanna Cole, had much to be proud of.  Unfortunately, as I was preparing to write this blog, I learned that she passed away on July 12, 2020.  With more than 93 million copies in print across 13 countries and a live-action film in the works, she definitely left a legacy. Well done, Ms. Cole.  Well done.

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National Underwear Day

August 5, 2020 is National Underwear Day.  I know you're eager to start planning your celebration, so I'll be brief.  HA!  Here are my fave books about always-funny underpants!

A pool party is the classic way to celebrate the end of summer.  All of my favorite summertime pool memories took place in Germany.  There was an outdoor pool that my family could walk to in a neighboring German town.  The pool was big and filled with both Americans and Germans.  Kids could tell who was who easily because most of the young German children swam naked.  This was completely shocking to my little sister the first time she noticed it. (A German boy she was playing with was holding a water pail in front of his swimsuit.  Except, when he moved the pail, there wasn't a swimsuit.)  But by the next pool visit, she didn't even blink an eye.  We were too busy having fun!  And eating!  That pool had the best pommes frites (french fries) and an amazing selection of gummi candy.  We also could hop in the car and take a short drive to the Schwimmbad in Kirchheimbolanden.  It was an indoor pool complex with lots of bonus features, like slides and waterfalls.  I Googled it while I was writing this blog, and it's still in business.  The website is in German, but you can still look at the pictures.  Cool, right?  If you want to celebrate the end of summer reading with a pool party of your own, I'm here to help!  Here are some ideas to enjoy the cool of the pool . . . even if you don't have a pool.

This is my final post in this summer Throwback Thursday series.  And it's different from the others . . . in more ways than one.  Fantasia came out in 1940, Disney's third animated feature after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio.  This collection of animated interpretations of great works of Western classical music was my childhood introduction to the orchestra.  It combined the conducting prowess of Leopold Stokowski, his Philadelphia Orchestra, and Disney's artistic animators.