Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Our Library by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Maggie Smith

When the local library has to close because of the deterioration of the building, or it is out of money, or the owner of the land wants to sell and they have to convince the town grump to let them move the library on his land, the community kids rally and overcome each obstacle to keep their beloved library. They learn how to do complete each task by reading library books!

What I Thought:
What a sweet book about how important a library is to a community! The "kids" in this book are depicted as a variety of animals: a raccoon, a squirrel, a beaver, etc. The setting is in a beautiful meadow. Wonderful illustrations! I especially loved how the kids took charge of saving their beloved library and use library books to learn how to complete a number of tasks, from roofing the building to earning money, even "How to Speak Wisely & Well to Grumpy Old Beavers."

A wonderful book to share when discussing libraries and communities.

Want to see more? Check it out on Amazon: Our Library by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Maggie Smith

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