Are you and your kids tired of the rain? We got a book to see the sunny side of things when it doesn't look like it called "Rain Brings Frogs." You follow a little boy named Nate that points out all the good things from every situation. When Dad says, "Mud. Mud. Mud." Nate says, "Rainbow! Rainbow! Rainbow!" Nate can always find something positive in of all his family and friends' unhappy situations. A great short story to share when things are looking gloomy everywhere.
From the poem The Beauty of a Horse (found on www.horseforum.com):
The thunder clap of hooves
The wind in their mane
The thrill of flight
And the birth of a spring ride
In some parts of San Jose you will still find homes with enough land to accommodate raising horses. They are rare now - most of us live in suburban areas and some in the urban downtown – but a few aficionados still make it work, keeping stables and corrals and raising these beautiful animals. If you love horses, whether it’s riding or betting on a race or just admiring their beauty, San Jose Public Library has loads of beautiful pictorial books on horses for you to enjoy.
Spring is almost here -- it's time to dust off your gardening shovels and gloves and get back to the soil! The Santa Teresa branch library has many resources on the subject. We have books on starting a garden from scratch (Great Growing at Home : The Essential Guide to Gardening Basics by Allan A. Swenson), growing in small spaces (Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces by Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet) and perfecting your Heirloom tomatoes (The Complete Guide to Growing Tomatoes : Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply--Including Heirloom Tomatoes by Cherie H. Everhart). This is just a sampling -- come on down to the library to browse the collection!
When I first heard about Nick Bantock's books I was intrigued. Not only does the story capture you within the first few pages, but the way in which it is written and illustrated takes you to an entirely different world.
In the first book, "Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence" you explore Griffin and Sabine. Who are they? How do they know each other? Do they really know each other? Do they exist? It leaves you wanting more, and more.
Mr. Bantock obliges with the next installment titled "Sabine's Notebook". This gives you much more insight as to who Sabine is, but still leaves you wondering "is she real?" (Unfortunately, this title is not in our collection, but you can get it through Link+ here.)
To end the trilogy "The Golden Mean" deepens the quest into who these two individuals are, where their journey will take them, and if the answer to "how do I know you?" is answered.
There are three other books that follow up on the correspondence between the two artist destine to find the answers to the mystery before them. "The Gryphon", "Alexandria" and "The Morning Star" each take a turn telling a little bit more of this curious tale.
Even after I read all 6 of these titles, I found myself wanting more. Written in personal note and postcard format, these stories are fascinating! Every turn of the page and opening of the envelope grants you access to this bizarre, yet tantalizing story. Here's hoping the wonderful imagination of Nick Bantock isn't finished in the world of Griffin and Sabine!
Divergent is set in Chicago in the future. Society has split into five different factions that all have different beliefs as to what caused the downfall of the world as we know it today. The Candor believes the fault lies with deceitfulness, and believes in always telling the truth, no matter the consequences. The Erudite believes the faults lies with ignorance, and are always striving to be educated. The Amity blames conflict, and always strives to keep the peace. The Dauntless blames cowardice, and always try to be brave. And the Abnegation believes it was selfishness that was to blame, and so they put the needs of other before their own.
Beatrice Pryor has to make a decision that will forever change her life. Should she stay with her family in her faction and remain a member of the selfless Abnegation, or should she leave behind the lifestyle that she struggles to achieve for something different. She has always been fascinated with the displays of courage by the Dauntless, but is that the right place for her?