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Kendal Rautzhan: Your library is packed with free information

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Kendal A. Rautzhan  |  Special to The Canton Repository

Many years ago, the American Library Association had a clever poster to encourage reading and patronage of libraries. It read “Free Information: Bring Your Own Container.” The container, of course, would be your brain.

Your public library has mountains of free information to offer – fiction and nonfiction books, magazines, newspapers, videos, and often computers. What a great place to feed the mind while having fun.

Children grow quickly, and their tastes and interests change just as rapidly. The public library can accommodate their changing interests. Curious minds need to be fed, so make the commitment to go to the library frequently. It’s a good habit to establish and one that a child can take advantage of for the rest of their life.

Books to Borrow

The following book is available at many public libraries.

“Crocodile Listens,” by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by JoEllen McAllister Stammen, Greenwillow, 24 pages

Read aloud: age 4 and older.

Read yourself: age 7 – 8 and older.

Crocodile lies in the sand beside the river. Many animals pass by, but Crocodile just looks and listens. She hasn’t eaten in weeks, but she must stay close to this spot for she has a secret hidden in the sand.

Suddenly, under the ground, baby crocodiles are hatching. They cry to their mother for help. This is what Crocodile has been waiting to hear. She begins to dig, scoop, push and scrape at the sand. By morning, Crocodile’s babies are free, but danger lurks. A mongoose is close, eager for a tasty morsel of meat that a baby crocodile can provide. Crocodile is watching closely, though, and quickly scoops up her babies in her mouth and carefully carries them to the Nile River and safety.

Beautifully written and illustrated, “Crocodile Listens” provides fascinating insight about this fearsome creature and the tenderness and devotion she provides to her babies.

Librarian’s Choice

Library: Stark County District Library, Lake Community Branch, 565 Market Ave. SW, Uniontown

Executive Director: Mary Ellen Icaza

Senior Director of Public Services: Jen Welsh

Branch Manager: Julie Burley

Choices this week: “Princess in Black,” by Shannon Hale; “Pumpkin Circle,” by George Levenson; “Winnie,” by Sally Walker

Books to Buy

The following books are available at favorite bookstores.

“The Curse of the Mummy: Uncovering Tutankhamun’s Tomb,” by Candice Fleming, photos and illustrations various credits, Scholastic, 2021, 285 pages, $18.99 hardcover

Read aloud: age 8-12.

Read yourself: age 9/10-12.

More than thirty-three hundred years ago, during ancient Egypt’s New Kingdom era, the boy pharaoh Tutankhamun ruled Egypt and died at the young age of eighteen. As was customary, his tomb was filled with all the things he’d need in the afterlife, including vast treasures. His tomb was sealed and eventually buried beneath the sands of the Valley of the Kings.

It was considered a violation of sacred beliefs to enter a pharaoh’s tomb, and that doing so would infuriate the ancient gods. Tutankhamun’s tomb was thought to be cursed, but as no one could locate it, those old ideas seemed to have vanished. Thousands of years passed until Europeans took an interest in the priceless antiquities that lay in the Valley of the Kings. In 1922, a wealthy British earl financed an expedition to find and excavate the tomb of the boy king. Headed by an archaeologist who was not formally trained but was thoroughly determined and exacting in his approach, ten long years later the work in Tutankhamun’s tomb was complete. But was there any truth to the curse said to exist for disturbing and looting the pharaoh’s tomb? What could account for the numerous illnesses, accidents and deaths that followed?

A fast-paced, thrilling and accessible chronicle of the search for and discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, author Candice Fleming has once again proven her weight as an outstanding nonfiction writer in this, her latest offering, “The Curse of the Mummy: Uncovering Tutankhamun’s Tomb.”

“189 Canaries,” by Dieter Böge, illustrated by Elsa Klever, translated by Laura Watkinson, Eerdmans, 2021, 48 pages, $17.99 hardcover

Read aloud: age 6-10.

Read yourself: age 7/8-10.

In the Harz Mountains of northern Germany, a yellow canary sits in his cage in a cozy room. His job is to accompany the silver miner when he goes underground. The canary sings until the air starts to run out, and that’s when the miner know he and his canary must leave the tunnels for fresh air.

Today the canary has the day off and he will sing for his family. That evening a bird dealer comes, pays the people a few coins, and takes the canary in his little wooden cage out of the house and carefully adds the canary in his cage to his rack. He is transporting one hundred eighty-nine canaries in their individual cages a long way, on trains and steamships, across the Atlantic to the canary’s new home and new friends.

A charming story of the little-known history of the much-loved songbird, the Harz Roller canary, “189 Canaries” is as warmly illustrated as it is told.

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