Booktalk: Set in Pittsburgh in 1952, Franny Katzenback is recovering from polio. She falls in love with the brand-new book Charlotte’s Web. Bored and lonely and yearning for a Charlotte of her own, Franny starts up a correspondence with an eloquent flea named Fleabrain who lives on her dog’s tail.
Snippet: When Franny read a book, the waiting stopped. Pittsburgh time slipped away when she was reading, and only the hours of other worlds were true. Being a wide and fast reader, she could finish a book in two days. One, if the books were short.
Booktalk: America’s National Parks are protected places and have become living museums for as many as 270 million visitors per year! In addition, researchers are able to perform long term studies of a wide number of subjects from salamanders the size of thumbnails to gigantic geothermal geysers. These parks are natural laboratories for scientists.
Snippet: Taking care of the parks in the responsibility of the National Park Service. NPS depends on scientists to study the best ways to preserve and protect the landscapes and life forms under its care. Park scientists track numbers of bears, eagles, and sequoia trees. They monitor volcanoes, measure glaciers, and look after caves. Scientists in parks collect weather information, restore habitats, and oversee animal populations.
Booktalk: Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo’s classic novel of love & tragedy during the French Revolution now appears in a new manga adaptation of Les Miserables. (So read from right to left…)
Booktalk: A little girl and her family find 101 things to do with their new baby in this gentle graphic novel-style picture book. (The sticker on the cover says: 30th Anniversary of a Picture-Book Classic.)
Booktalk: A profile of 16 courageous women journalists who risked their lives to bring back scoops from the front lines. Without exception, these war correspondents share a singular ambition: to answer an inner call driving them to witness war firsthand, and to share what they learn via words or images.
Snippet: Peggy [Hull] may have dressed to fit in, but the fact was that any girl reporter would cause a ruckus among thousands of soldiers. Even General Pershing knew her name. Peggy had ridden out to meet the general as he led his soldiers back from Mexico, and their picture ran the next day in the Morning Times. Pershing was not pleased to see himself upstaged by Peggy, whose place in the photo made it seem as if she had led the parade.