Parent Magazine St. Johns October 2019 | Page 16

Welcome to the Book Nook! Grades K-2 A First Book of the Sea by Nicola Davies Grades 3-5 The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster Ours is a blue planet. The oceans cover more than two-thirds of its surface and constantly calls to us to play, explore, and dream. Our fascination with the sea is as endless as our means of enjoying it — whether building sand castles, navigating by the stars, or observing strange and beautiful marine creatures. In a volume brimming with information, Nicola Davies and Emily Sutton capture the magic and majesty of the ocean with stunning words and pictures. Poems about manta rays, flying fish, and humpback whales mingle with verses about harbors, storms, and pearl divers. Glimpses of life in the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans flow into spreads about tropical islands, coral reefs, and ancient shipwrecks on the seabed. Teeming with colorful details, this treasure trove of knowledge will be pored over by adults and children alike, and its exploration of the vast mysteries of the sea will captivate readers for years to come. For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams. . . . Stellaluna by Janell Cannon Knocked from her mother’s safe embrace by an attacking owl, Stellaluna lands headfirst in a bird’s nest. This adorable baby fruit bat’s world is literally turned upside down when she is adopted by the occupants of the nest and adapts to their peculiar bird habits. Two pages of notes at the end of the story provide factual information about bats. 16 | S T. J O H N S parent M A G A Z I N E The Last Egret by Harvey E. Oyer III The Last Egret is a Tom Sawyer–style narrative of a journey by Charlie Pierce and his friends through the late 19 th century Florida Everglades. In those days, the vast South Florida wilderness was twice the size it is today and swarmed with snowy egrets, roseate spoonbills, green herons and other wading birds. These birds were the target of plume hunters, who shot them to get their feathers for the ladies’ hat industry. At first, despite a warning from Charlie’s father that plume-hunting was a dishonorable way to earn a living, no matter how desperately their family needed money, they eagerly seek to make a fortune by killing birds for their feathers. But in the course of their adventures in the pre-air conditioning and pre-mosquito repellent Everglades, they realize that plundering nature for human vanity and greed is wrong.