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Tales from the Rim (of the Food Bowl)

The Summer Reading Program is up and running and I can't believe how busy it is!  It is like a Hamster Feeding Frenzy around here sometimes, even though it is not about food - it's about books and summer reading and  friends.  It reminds me when my Uncle Herb brought a gigantic carrot into our yard, and every Hamster for miles came running.  But that's another story.  Speaking of carrots, I had a fabulous carrot yesterday that I am still dreaming about today...

You know, things are going to the dogs around here.  Last week, lots of kids came to the library to meet dogs - real dogs.  I couldn't believe it!  One of my correspondents took some great pictures I'll share here.   Check them out!

Besides seeing all of the visitors to the Children's Department, the next best thing about being here is discovering some new books.  I love roaming through the bookcases at night, flipping through pages and getting lost in the words.

One of my new favorite books is Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett Krosoczka.  It is a graphic novel about a Lunch Lady that secretly fights crime when she is not working as a lunch lady.  Her assistant invents all kind of fabulous tools for her to do her work, in a lab entered through a hole behind the deep freeze.  I haven't laughed so hard in a long time, especially when she used her suction-cup rubber gloves to stick to the ceiling.  I think 2nd through 4th grade hamsters will really enjoy this book.

For longer books, I recommend Lindbergh: the Tale of  a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann.  It is about a cousin of mine who took to the air.  The illustrations are AMAZING and what make this book extra special.  This is a great read together book for kindergarten through second grade, and read-alone for older hamsters. 

Oh, and I don't want to forget to mention The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine.  Ever since one of my ancestors saved a lion from a trap (see Jerry Pinkney's The Lion and the Mouse)  I've been partial to lions - so that is why I first picked-up this book.  This is a chapter book set in the year after the Little Rock Nine integrated Central High School.  The author thought she was going to write a book about the Little Rock Nine, but when she started interviewing people, all they wanted to talk about was the year after, when all of the high schools were closed so no one could go to school.  The story is told from the perspective of Marlee, a white girl who becomes good friends with a girl named Liz who is passing for white at the white school.  When people find out that Liz is really black, Marlee is forbidden to have contact with Liz.  But neither Marlee nor Liz listen.  And that is when the trouble starts.  This book would be great for 5th through 8th grade hamsters.

Speaking of napping, it's time for my nap.  These daytime hours are for the birds!  I much prefer napping and nibbling in my igloo.  So that is where I shall go. 

Until next time,

Yours Faithfully,

Furball (as told to Elaine B.)

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