Monday, April 14, 2008

Non-Fiction Monday: Trout and Cemeteries

I like to have age variety in my Non-Fiction Monday posts, as I know a lot of my readers have children or are librarians and their main audiences span a large range. This week, I have a choice for the beginner reader through about age seven and I also have a choice for the older middle grader reader. Both are on very different topics and hopefully at least one will appeal to you or your reader!

Trout Are Made of Trees, written by April Pulley Sayre and illustrated by Kate Endle, is definitely for the younger crowd, but still manages to provide a pretty decent amount of useful information. Offering a simplified explanation of the life cycle of trout, the book plays into the always curious mind of a child when it comes to animals and wildlife. Each page has subtle illustrations, done in appropriate earthy tones, accompanied by one or two sentences of text. The reader learns exactly how trout are made of trees, as well as how even people are made of trees. There is an excellent page in the back going more in-depth into the trout's life cycle, for those that are interested in knowing more. There is also a page explaining how the reader can be a stream hero, keeping streams healthy and full of fish, as well as a listing of additional resources. Overall, I was very pleased with this book and can see it being checked out quite a bit at the library. Also perfect for an upcoming Earth Day display!

My selection for the older reader is more on the scary side...always a winner at our library! Spooky Cemeteries, written by Dinah Williams, takes the reader on a creepy journey through eleven cemeteries, said to be the spookiest in the world. From the Robinson Woods Indian Burial Ground in Chicago, Illinois, to the home of six million skeletons in the Catacombs, located in Paris, France, the reader definitely is given a wide variety of scary places to learn about. Each page tells a bit about why that specific cemetery is famous, along with lots of photographs. The back of the book also includes a glossary of bolded words throughout the text, a resource list, and a map of where all the cemeteries are located around the world.

Kids at my library love anything that has to do with being frightened, so I know this will be a hit. It is written quite well and happens to be part of a series that includes 5 other "creepy" titles, including Ghost Towns and Haunted Houses. Perfect for a Halloween display or just for those kids that want to be scared!

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