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August 2013 Children's Story Time

Magic in the Garden

Reading new books and old favorites on August 4 and 18

Looking for a fun, free and easy-to-coordinate activity? Join us for Family Fundays on Sundays. Start with Storytime in our cozy children's book nook with comfy kid-sized cushions, stuffed animals and lively readers. Then get outside for a guided family garden walk! Wander out to the Children's Garden between noon and 3pm to enjoy nature craft activities and much more! Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. FREE (admission required for docent walks following story readings) This event is suitable for children aged 4-8. Held on the first and third Sunday of every month at 10:30am, Storytime lasts approximately 30 minutes. The tour leaves the Library at 11am. The Library also has an excellent collection of books for children on plants, natural history, general science and nature-related myths and stories.

Anansi and the Magic Stick. Kimmel, Eric A. New York : Holiday House, c2001.
Anansi the Spider steals Hyena's magic stick so he won't have to do gardening chores, but when the stick's magic won't stop, he gets more than he bargained for. Early readers.
(j) SB453 .K571 2001

Anansi and the Magic Yams: A West African Folk Tale. Troughton, Joanna. London : Blackie Children's Books, c1994.
Retelling of the Ashanti folktale about a trickster spider who greedily takes the special magic yams from the Spirits' garden. Early readers
(j) SB211.Y3 T757 1994

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. Van Allsburg, Chris. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1979.
When the dog he is caring for runs away from Alan into the forbidden garden of a retired dog-hating magician, a spell seems to be cast over the contrary dog. Pre-readers.
(j) SB455 .V263 1979

James and the Giant Peach: A Children's Story. Dahl, Roald. New York : Knopf ; 1996, c1961.
A giant peach grows on a tree, rolls away, and takes James and his friends on a wild adventure. Advanced readers.
(j) SB371 .D137 1961

June 29, 1999. Wiesner, David. New York : Clarion Books, c1992.
For her science project, Becky decides to study the effect of extra-terrestrial conditions on vegetable growth and development--with unexpected results. Advanced readers.
(j) QK54 .W637 1992

Peter in Blueberry Land. Beskow, Elsa Maartman. Edinburgh : Floris Books, 1999, c1982.
Peter gets involved in a magical adventure that happens while he is out looking for blueberries and cranberries. Early readers.
(j) SB386.B7 B463 1982

The Runaway Garden: A Delicious Story that's Good for You, Too! Schatzer, Jeffery L. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Mitten Press, c2007.
When a young girl gets tired of working in the garden and threatens to run away, her grandfather tells her a story about the night the vegetables left the garden. Early readers.
(j) SB321 .S338 2007

Scarlette Beane. Wallace, Karen. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2000, c1999.
When family members give five-year-old Scarlette a garden, she succeeds in growing gigantic vegetables and creating something wonderful. Early readers.
(j) SB321 .W155 2000

Weslandia. Fleischman, Paul. Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, c1999.
Wesley's garden produces a crop of huge, strange plants which provide him with clothing, shelter, food, and drink, thus helping him create his own civilization and changing his life. Early readers.
(j) SB453 .F638 1999

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