‘A MATTER OF FACT MAGIC BOOK: THE TROUBLE WITH MAGIC’
BY RUTH CHEW
For decades, Ruth Chew’s chapter books about matter-of-fact magic have enchanted early readers. Now a new generation of fantasy fans can discover the magic in these Stepping Stone books. Young readers will love getting lost in Chew’s adventures full of witches, wizards, magic, and time travel.
In “Trouble With Magic,” Barbara and Rick Benton find a wizard named Harrison Peabody in an old bottle, and quickly discover that magic isn’t as simple as it looks. But even tricky magic is better than no magic, and soon the Bentons fly around Prospect Park with a large black umbrella and befriend a sea serpent in the lake.
How can they keep Harrison a secret, though, when he’s living in their attic?
‘I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE’
BY PAT MORA AND LIBBY MARTINEZ
The first collaboration between award-winning author Pat Mora and her daughter, Libby Martinez, “I Pledge Allegiance” tells a story inspired by Libby’s real-life great-aunt Lobo,. Charmingly illustrated by Patrice Barton, this enchanting picture book depicts patriotism across the generations as a little girl and her great-aunt learn the Pledge of Allegiance together.
Young Libby’s great-aunt Lobo is from Mexico, but the United States has been her home for many years, and she wants to become a U.S. citizen. At the end of the week, Lobo will say the Pledge of Allegiance at a special ceremony.
Libby is also learning the Pledge this week, at school — and at the end of the week, she will stand up in front of everyone and lead the class in the Pledge.
Libby and Lobo practice together — asking questions and sharing stories and memories — until the day when they both stand tall and proud, with their hands over their hearts.
A significant, kid-friendly picture book that captures classroom and family dynamics, conveying emotion, humor, and warmth, “I Pledge Allegiance” is the perfect story to teach preschoolers and kindergarteners important themes of citizenship, immigration, and patriotism, with an intergenerational relationship at its core.