Wednesday, July 20, 2016

1868 July 20th "whiskey river bridge"

This post is borrowed from Kelvin Crow the Combined Arms Center: Historian. You may remember or refer to the celebration of the opening of the Whiskey River Bridge on Fort Leavenworth (back in April).  The bridge across the Missouri River from Fort Leavenworth was a landmark of the post from its approval on this date to its construction in the late 1860's to its opening in 1872 and finally to its demolition in 1964. The first picture is from 1900. The next one is from June 1920 and you can see the bridge faintly crossing the river.  The last picture is from 1963 and shows all three bridges that existed at the time.  The only one left is the center bridge, the Centennial Bridge, which you can use today.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Books for Young Adults

How can a war save someone’s life?  War is a place where people are hurt or killed, correct?

In this Newbery Honor book, author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley tells the fiction story of a young disabled girl and her healthy brother.  They live in the top floor of an apartment building in London during WWII with their mother.  Like so many British children of the time, they are evacuated to the country when the bombing begins.

In the country they both find a much gentler and sweeter life when they find a home with an older single woman.  This is also a story of a young girl with a serious disability who finds acceptance and compassion with a stranger who is much different than her own abusive mother.  How she comes to view herself because of her very different surroundings and her new relationships with others is a story worth telling and reading. 

Get on the waiting list for “The War that Saved my Life”—soon. 

A teacher gives 14 year old Joan Skraggs a book in which to write her thoughts.  It is that gift of a diary that allows this young cleaning woman of 1911 to dream and to imagine.  Life is hard for a hired girl on a Pennsylvania farm where the work never ends.  Joan seeks adventure and a better life for herself.  As she pours out her heart to her diary, she begins to see herself with a different future.
Laura Amy Schlitz has written a book that has been chosen by the Junior Library Guild. It is also the winner of the 2016 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction and winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.
Written in the first person, one travels the journey with this young lady.  Will she find love?  Will she find her own home someday?  Will she live her life with dignity?  You can find out by reading, “The Hired Girl”.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Picture books for Young Readers

Have you ever been blamed for something that you did not do?  You are innocent, but you are unable to prove your innocence?  Then, you will want to read “The Bear Ate Your Sandwich” by Julia Sarcone-Roach.  Mr. Bear is a loveable and curious creature.  Miss Julia’s colorful pictures will entice you and draw you in.  You will fall in love with Mr. Bear and his adventure! Enjoy your next sandwich—if it does not disappear--- and this book!!! 

Told by Lindsay Mattick, the great-granddaughter of Captain Harry Colebourn, “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear”, this cozy book describes the decision a young veterinarian made in 1914 when he got off at a train stop in White River, Canada. Trained to care for horses, this Canadian captain bought a baby bear for $20.00 that became part of his regiment.  He named the bear, Winnie, short for Winnipeg, Canada, his home.

When the time came to cross the Atlantic Ocean to England and the war, Winnie came along with the troops and 7, 500 horses. When it came time to fight, the captain made a difficult decision---to take Winnie to the London Zoo, to avoid the fighting and the war in France.  It was hard for the Captain to part with Winnie.  However, that is not the end of the story.
One day a young boy came to the London Zoo.  He fell in love with this bear!  He called her Winnie–the-Pooh.  His father, Alan Alexander Milne, wrote books about them.  And, you may know what happened after that. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall, this charming story is a winner.  Come by and check it out soon!!

A small boy named Antonio lived in a hotel with his mother at the edge of a forest.   One day an incredible thing happened that brought all the people in the hotel and all the animals in the forest together.  It was an incident that he never forgot. He was 5 years old.
“Out of the Woods: a True Story of an Unforgettable Event” by Rebecca Bond. She is the author and the illustrator.  The beautiful artwork enhances the story.  Don’t miss this one.



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