Sunday, March 24, 2013

This Week in the Library...

Spring is in the air, so this week we'll be reading about gardens!

Third grade will be reading My Garden by Kevin Henkes:

The girl in this book grows chocolate rabbits, tomatoes as big as beach balls, flowers that change color, and seashells in her garden. How does your garden grow?

Watch this video to learn more about Kevin Henkes and his illustrations:

Fourth Grade will be reading And Then It's Spring by Julie Fogliano:

Following a snow-filled winter, a young boy and his dog decide that they've had enough of all that brown and resolve to plant a garden. They dig, they plant, they play, they wait . . . and wait . . . until at last, the brown becomes a more hopeful shade of brown, a sign that spring may finally be on its way.

Here's a great book trailer for And Then It's Spring:

Fifth Grade will be listening to a book talk about The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett:

(This classic book has had so many different covers, that I couldn't choose just one! Isn't it interesting to see all the different ways the story has been illustrated?)

What secrets lie behind the doors at Misselthwaite Manor? Recently arrived at her uncle's estate, orphaned Mary Lennox is spoiled, sickly, and certain she won't enjoy living there. Then she discovers the arched doorway into an overgrown garden, shut up since the death of her aunt ten years earlier. Mary soon begins transforming it into a thing of beauty--unaware that she is changing too.But Misselthwaite hides another secret, as mary discovers one night. High in a dark room, away from the rest of the house, lies her young cousin, Colin, who believes he is an incurable invalid, destined to die young. His tantrums are so frightful, no one can reason with him. If only, Mary hopes, she can get Colin to love the secret garden as much as she does, its magic will work wonders on him.

Here's a trailer from a movie version of the book:

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