Thursday, July 24, 2014

SIX MONTHS LATER

SIX MONTHS LATER by:  Natalie D. Richards

This is a Young Adult book.  It looked interesting so I picked it up.  I really enjoyed it.  The premise was interesting and the plot kept you guessing. The main character wakes up and realizes six months have passed and she has no idea what happened to her in those months!  If you want a fast, entertaining read pick this book up today at the Genoa Branch Library!
Reviewed by: Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Monday, July 21, 2014

THE OWL WHO LIKED SITTING ON CAESAR

THE OWL WHO LIKED SITTING ON CAESAR, LIVING WITH A TAWNY OWL
By:  Martin Windrow

This entertaining book, written by Martin Windrow, is written about his life with his adopted Tawny Owl named Mumble.  He and Mumble lived together for 15 years.  In this book he details their relationship and information he learned about Tawny Owls from interacting with Mumble.  This really is a rather extraordinary book and I found their relationship quite remarkable. 
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Monday, July 14, 2014

HAATCHI & LITTLE B



HAATCHI & LITTLE B: THE INSPIRING TRUE STORY OF ONE BOY AND HIS DOG
By:  Wendy Holden

This book tells the true story of one remarkable little boy and one amazing dog.  The beginning of this book is a little hard to read as it details the terrible injuries suffered by Haatchi, a Anatolian Shepherd when he was a 5 month old puppy.  Because of his injuries, likely done on purpose, the poor dog lost his tail and one of his hind legs.  When he was well enough to be adopted he was adopted by a woman dating a man whose son was born with a rare genetic disorder.  Haatchi is the dog and Owen is the little boy.  Owen had become very self conscious as he began to realize how different he was from other people.  He was very shy and tried to make himself invisible in public.  As soon as Haatchi came into the household things began to change.  First of all, it was love at first sight for Haatchi and Owen.  They were always together.  As Owen saw how Haatchi bravely dealt with his disabilities and surgeries, Owen began to get braver too.  With Haatchi by his side, Owen also became much more outgoing.  The bond between these two is wonderful to behold.    This book is a testament to the comfort that animals and humans can provide to one another.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

THE WATING



THE WAITING by: Cathy LaGrow with Cindy Coloma

Minka DeYoung grew up very sheltered.  She didn't go to high school so she could help on the family farm.  However, her step-father made certain that neither she nor her sister saw any of the reproductive lives of the farm animals.  Minka had always been told that babies were brought by storks and even at age 16 believed this myth.  The summer she was 16 she went to a picnic put on by her sewing group.  She and another girl were walk in a woods by the lake at the picnic when they were accosted by two unfamiliar older men.  The men raped the young girls.  Because Minka had no idea what had happened to her, she just kept the secret bottled up inside her.  Eventually Minka's mother noticed something wasn't right with Minka and Minka spilled out her secret.  Minka was sent away to a home for unwed mothers and in 1929 gave birth to a baby girl.  Minka spent six weeks with her baby girl before the baby was adopted out.  Minka fell in love with the baby she named Betty Jane.  For almost 80 years she never stopped thinking about and praying for Betty Jane.  When Minka reached her 90's she prayed to God for a miracle.  Read the book to find out the ending to her story.  This book is very well written and the story of Minka's bravery with everything she faced over the years is a true testament to the human spirit.  I thoroughly recommend this book!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Thursday, July 3, 2014

SERGEANT STUBBY


SERGEANT STUBBY by: Ann Bausum

This book not only tells the amazing story of a hero dog who participated in WWI but also give a lot of information about WWI.  Originally Stubby met up with his owner, James Robert Conroy, at  an Army training ground at Yale University.  Later when Conroy went overseas to France as part of the 102nd  Infantry Regiment, he smuggled Stubby on board the ship.  Stubby became the mascot of this regiment and went on to perform many tasks including alerting soldiers to impending gas attacks, helping medics locate survivors on the battlefield  and offering solace to injured soldiers.  This is a very interesting book and I enjoyed learning more about various facet of WWI.
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa  Branch Library.

Monday, June 30, 2014

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB


THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB by: James Bowen

James Bowen has followed up his first book about his cat Bob with this second book.  Readers are invited along on more adventures of James and Bob.  Bob seems like a truly amazing animal.  He is very smart and inituitive!  James life has totally turned around since Bob came into his life.  This book is heartwarming and Bob is so endearing.  You won't want to put this book down!
Reviewed by Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

FICTITIOUS DISHES


FICTITIOUS DISHES by: Dinah Fried

This is a very fun concept for a book.  Dinah Fried took descriptions of meals from famous books and  recreated the meals and then photographed them.  Dinah states in the introduction that some of her fondest memories from books are the meals the characters ate.  The author says one of her favorite parts of creating this book was setting the table.  She had to diligently search for many of the props because she was so intent on presenting the meals exactly as described in the various books.  She gives facts about many of the foods in the book and she has a synopsis of each book in the back of her book.  This book is delightful!
Reviewed by: Mimi @ Genoa Branch Library