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Teresa Cardenas
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Oloyou is a Caribbean creation story. It tells of how God, as a child, creates a companion. This is the first creature of earth, a cat, named Oloyou. They exist in a time when almost nothing in the world, except the sea, has been created; most of the world is in darkness. One day while they are playing, Oloyou accidentally falls into the unending darkness. Falling through the darkness he crashes into the sea. The ruler of the sea keeps Oloyou in his territory, and decides he does not like the cat. Oloyou must escape the sea and return to God. Oloyou discovers that the old Sea has a daughter, a mermaid, he keeps hidden away in his underwater palace. Kandili, the daughter of the Sea and Oloyou fall in love. With the help of Kandili,  Oloyou escapes the sea and is able to return to the god child. Kandili chooses to leave the sea to be with Oloyou, and she becomes the night sky. Finally, God sees their love for each other and allows Oloyou to join Kandili as a bright, playful comet.


John Agee
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In Terrific, Eugene wins a trip to Bermuda, but he’s not very excited about it. His ship sinks and he is the only one not rescued. He finds a deserted island, and on this island there happens to be a talking parrot. Eugene is not very excited. The parrot helps Eugene make a boat to escape the island. On their way back to land they crash into a fishing boat, which happens to be the same boat the parrot came from. The parrot, Lenny, only talks to Eugene, so when Eugene tries to get the parrot to talk to the fishing crew he refuses. In the end, through all of Eugene’s experiences, he found a new friend.


Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion
Chris Barton and Victo Ngai
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This book is a great introduction to something you’ve probably never heard of–Dazzle Ships! It sounds like something straight out of Hollywood, right? Actually, it was the name given to thousands of British and American ships during WWI painted in wild colors and patterns in order to confuse enemies and prevent attacks. Why did they do this, and who came up with the idea? You will find out in this short but fascinating book filled with amazing illustrations and photos. Recommended for readers in second grade and up.

Lexile: 990

–  Jean

The Story of Ferdinand
Munro Leaf
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A classic story written in 1936 and soon a motion picture (don’t mess it up, Blue Sky Studios!), The Story of Ferdinand is a tribute to all the people who march to the beat of their own drum.  It also is a fine allegory for people who forget to slow down sometimes and smell the roses.  The historians out there may even notice this as a simplified 20th century children’s biography on the Ancient Greek philosopher, Diogenes of Sinope.

– Dan

Big Bad Bubble
Adam Rubin
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In this book, both the narrator and the reader urge the main characters to face the thing that most terrifies them.  If you want to get really philosophical you could say that this book is about recognizing your own gifts and abilities and using them to fight your fears.  Or perhaps it’s about having the courage to face your fears because sometimes there’s no reason to be afraid at all.  Or it might be about giving something a second chance, even if you had a bad experience previously.  Or you could just say that Big Bad Bubble is a silly story about monsters who are afraid of bubbles.  Personally, I find the idea that my greatest fear may be no more harmful than a fragile ball of soap and air to be a very lovely thought indeed.

–  Julie

Readers Advisory Staff

Looking for something new for your child to read? Are you a teacher looking for something to read to your children The Villa Park Public Library has a fantastic Readers Advisory staff that is happy to recommend all sorts of genres and titles. Whether you’re looking for new authors similar to old favorites, or you’re ready for something completely new, our staff is here to help. They organize fun programs like Toddler story and song time to help make reading a more social experience. These folks know their stuff!

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heidi gHeidi
Favorite Genres:
Historical Non-Fiction, Fairy Tales
jean j_finalJean
Favorite Genres:
Books about animals that lose their hats, Mysteries
Favorite genres:
Fantasy, Science Fiction
nancy gNancy
Favorite Genres:
Literary Fiction, Regional American History