Nominations for the December 20 Capitol Choices agenda will be due at 11:59 PM on Thursday, December 12. Nominations for the 2014 List will still be accepted for the January 17 meeting as long as the books were published in 2013. The last date for any nominations of 2013 books will be on January 9, 2014.
Flora, a pig with a heart born for adventure, gets more than her share as part of a shipwrecked expedition to Antarctica where her loyalty and determination to be part of a team turn out to be more important than her food potential. Charming, humorous fantasy about making your dreams come true, just right for readers who still have a place in their hearts for talking animals. This would be a great read-aloud. Seven to Ten. K. Isaacs
Piggie is distraught that a big guy took her ball and Gerald decides, in the interest of gallantry, that he will get to the bottom of it. He strides off ready to confront this bully and finds that the big guy is a whale and is REALLY, REALLY big and that actually it was his ball all along. Piggie had only found it. In addition, E&P both feel awful for the whale because he has no one to play with. Demonstrating the compassion we have come to expect of E&P, they invite him to play Whale Ball (even they don't know what THAT is!) with them. It was nice to see this rush to judgment turned on its head. Up to Seven. Joan Kindig
Dynamic cartoon illustrations capture Piggie's eagerness to play his new trumpet for Elephant. Piggie's response to Elephant's honest assessment of both his trumpet and his playing surprises in this easy reader.
Meet the Pygg brothers! That's what Wilfong the wolf wants to do, too . . . but in this clever, colorful early chapter book, it's not for the reason you'd think! Plenty of huffing and puffing, but riddles and surfing, too.