Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Science and kindness

Vicki Cobb has been writing fun, informative science books for kids since - whew! - 1972. She's back with a series on the human body's defense systems called Body Battles published by Millbrook Press (c2009). Cobb describes how the human body reacts to such indignities as a broken bone, a cold, and earache, a cavity - each in a book of its own. The books are illustrated with a combination of photographs (or photoMICROgraphs, in some case) and colored illustrations. Cobb includes a glossary, a list for further reading and interesting websites related to each topic. The books will intrigue almost anyone but third graders and up will be able to read the books by themselves. Most can be found at J 616 COB or nearby.

Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah, a native of Kenya and a member of the Masai tribe, was in New York City on September 11th, 2001. He was horrified by what he saw and wondered what he could do to help America heal. When he went home to Africa, he asked permission to "give" his cow, the most precious thing he owned, to America. Other members of his tribe offered to do the same when they heard the story of what had happened. 14 cows were dedicated to helping Americans heal from the tragedy of 9/11.
14 Cows for America is Wilson's story, told by author and storyteller, Carmen Deedy and illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez. It is a beautiful story about compassion and how even the smallest group of people can offer comfort in times of need. The story is very short and beautifully inllustrated.
14 Cows for America will touch your heart. Find it at J 327.67 DEE.

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