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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library by Linda Bailey

The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek LibraryEddie is a green bug who lives in Room 19 at Ferny Creek Elementary School with all his 20 brothers and sisters.  When his Aunt Min disappears, he goes to find her.  She loves books so much that she makes the dangerous journey from their home in the classroom to the library.  On the way, he barely gets away from the "squishers" who trample the floor with big, heavy feet in the hallway.  He finds her in the library with a broken leg.  While she is healing, Eddie does acts of "buggy" bravery such as going to the teacher's lounge for food, getting away from a spider, staring down a mouse, getting his feet out of carpet fibers, and finding the safest hiding spot.  
When Ms. Laurel, the current librarian has her babies, Miss Grisher is hired to take charge of the library.  By that, she means taking away books such as graphic novels and fairy tales.  If that's not bad enough, she kicks the rocking chair where the librarian usually reads to the students.  Will funny and wonderful books ever be shared with the students again? 
Eddie and Aunt Min have to save the library!  With the juice of one blueberry, three small sticky notes, and determination, Eddie writes a word on three sticky notes and places them where the students, Miss Grischer, and Principal Steadman can spot them.  This is the start of a support for the Ferny Creek Elementary Library from both students, parents, and former students who learned to enjoy a book! 
This book is a sweet, literary treat that will remind readers of Charlotte's Web by E.B. White where the spider solves the problem with the most perfect words woven in her web.  For fans of author Geronimo Stilton, Mouse Overboard! will entertain readers as the mouse family follows the path that Vasco da Gama took as he made his exciting discoveries.  These books prove that even if you are small, you can make big changes in this world.  All of the read alike titles are ideal for grades three to five as both independent reads or read aloud stories. 

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