Lone Stars

by Mike Lupica

 

 

Clay is a quarterback’s dream. When he zips across the field, arms outstretched, waiting for the ball to sail into his hands, there’s no denying him the catch. Like most Texans, Clay is never more at home than when playing football. And his coach, a former star player for the Dallas Cowboys, is just like a second father.  But as the football season kicks off, Clay begins to notice some odd behavior from his coach—lapses in his memory and strange mood swings. The conclusion is painful, but obvious: Coach Cooper is showing side effects of the many concussions he sustained during his playing days. As Clay’s season wears on, it becomes clear that the real victory will be to help his coach walk onto that famous star logo in the middle of Cowboys Field one last time—during a Thanksgiving day ceremony honoring him and his former Super Bowl-winning teammates.

I usually don’t read a lot of sports books that are geared towards boys. I know I should but just never seem to pick them up. I’m trying to change that and I did with Lone Star. I know this author is very popular with upper elementary and middle grade readers. The main thing I really liked about this book is that the author uses it to shed light on head injuries in football. This is a very serious topic and one that young football fans and players should know about. However in Lone Star  the reader get’s to see how this head injury affects a loved one. Clay’s beloved football coach is suffering for the many years of getting hit in the head and receiving concussions while playing football when he was younger. Coach Monty has lots of help and support with his team and this is a heartwarming read. I liked that it had positive role models and that the kids were so willing to help out their friend in need. They were really more than just a football team, they were family.

Thank you Random House and Philomel Books for sending me a copy of Lone Star. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the free book. 

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Making New Friends storytime

Starting Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten or just first day of school jitters can be a scary thing.  You have to make new friends, you’re experiencing new things and everything is so new. Whether it’s a new school or your old school but your starting a new grade or in a new hallway.

Sometimes reading books about making new friends the first few days of school or leading up to school starting helps ease kids minds and make it a less scary thing.

I found 2 great books that are perfect for story time, or bed time.

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Ribbit!

by Rodrigo Folgueira

illustrated by Poly Bernatene

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A sweet story with a great little message, and the illustrations just are so cute and pretty.

One morning a group of frogs shows up at their pond. You wouldn’t believe what was sitting in the middle of that pond on their rock, none other than a little pink pig. When they ask what that pig is doing it says “Ribbit!” Well they don’t know what to do, they ask other critters what to do. They decide to go find wise old beetle what  he thinks about this situation.  Wise old beetle says maybe he/she just wanted to make a new friend.

Peanut Butter & Cupcake!

by Terry Border

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Peanut Butter and Cupcake! is an adorable book that is sure to delight kids!

Hello I’m new here, and I’d like to play Maybe now, maybe later-or even all day. I’ll make you chuckle deep down in your belly, And we’d go together like Peanut Butter and ….

Peanut Butter has just moved into town and his mom tells him to go out and meet some new friends. Peanut Butter has a great little line he springs on each new friend he meets along the way. However most of the kids { cupcake, spaghetti and meatballs, soup and spoon, french fries, etc…} tell him no thanks and that they are busy. Peanut Butter is sad all he wants is to play ball with a new friend. Making friends can be a hard task. However when the right friend comes along you just know it. Lucky for Peanut Butter, Jelly wants to play and knows how to play ball too. Before long all those kids that wouldn’t play with him are playing and they are one big happy friend group!

Adding Ribbit! and Peanut Butter and Cupcake! will make for a great story time that will hold the kids attention. Both of these books have wonderful, sweet messages and will break the ice those first few days of school.