In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham, and friends to
enjoy them with, gets longer and longer. Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat is indeed
a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way.
I make it no secret that I am a fan of the original, Grimm's fairy tales.
So naturally, when I heard that the Common Core Standards were aiming to make Grimm's tales a must in their curriculum, my knee jerk response was, "Yay!".
However, what it might surprise many children to discover is that beyond the Disney versions of beloved tales such as, "Cinderella" and "Snow White", the original stories are, well, quite grim!
Love them or loathe them, it is good to at least be familiar with the source of these stories we grew up on, even if the versions we are familiar with have been candy coated. This becomes especially important when considering the tales that have inspired popular children's authors to pen their own takes on these beloved classics.
Here is a quick list of three tales to check out from our fairy tale collection, and a middle grade novel which corresponds to the original story.
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
is the story of twelve sister princesses who are doomed to spend their nights dancing with mysterious princes in an underground kingdom. This might not sound so bad at first, but I assure you that these princes are not all they seem! When the king discovers that his daughters' dancing shoes are worn out at night, he enlists the help of many noblemen to solve the problem. When they each fail their mission, a poor soldier approaches the king insisting he will be able to succeed.
|Then this!|The Thirteenth Princess
by Diane Zahler tells the original story through the eyes of Zita, the thirteenth sister of the famous twelve princesses. Raised as a servant, Zita remains naive about her royal heritage until she reaches the age of twelve. This is also when she discovers that her sisters are under an enchantment and Zita herself may be the only one who can break it!
is a fairytale about a miller's daughter whose father foolishly brags that she can do impossible tasks such as spin straw into gold!
When the girl is brought before the king, she is told that she must make good on all the things her father has bragged that she can do. If she fails, her life might be at stake! The girl reluctantly makes a deal with a strange little man who claims he can spin gold. However, his price might be too high to pay.
childhood. His motivations for helping the miller's daughter are explored, as well as the importance of his name.
For those of you who just can't keep to one tale, we have several collections of Grimm's fairytales
which contain both popular and lesser known stories. Feel free to grab one of these thicker books and explore each tale, or choose a few that interest you!
After you have become familiar with the tales, pick up, A Tale Dark and Grimm
by Adam Gidwitz. While Hansel and Gretel might appear to be the only story adapted for this novel, Gidwitz manages to weave many other Grimm tales into this first book in a series. It isn't a requirement to know all of Grimm before picking up this book, but it might enhance your enjoyment.
Posted by Miss Jessikah
During the month of January we are offering our first ever Winter Scavenger Hunt. This simple hunt can be completed by children (with some grown-up help for the younger kids) ages 3 1/2 through grade 5. Simply solve the secret code by locating the object in the photo and finding the clue (a letter) located nearby. Once completed, kids bring it to one of the librarians for a prize. A second prize can be obtained for knowing the answer to the Bonus Question.
Posted by Amy
We've had some fun and sun in the Children's Room this December-- check out these photos of our activities during the holiday break:
The One-Woman Show with a Cast of 75
Beach Bum Snowman
Happy New Year to all!
Posted by Sue Ann
Have you read Wonder by R.J. Palacio? It is a wonderful book about ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive. He goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. If you loved Wonder, here are some other books to try:
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper is about a girl who is considered by many to be mentally retarded. She is a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine is about Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.
Larger than Life Lara by Dandi Daley Mackall is about fourth-grader Laney whose writing relates how an obese girl new to the class changes the lives of those around her, despite being bullied by her peers.
Posted by Pam
As you might have heard, Disney's new animated feature, "Frozen" opened on Thanksgiving weekend!
The reviews have been very positive and the box office returns have agreed that Disney has once again succeeded in melting the hearts of its audience, even during a frosty holiday weekend.
While Disney has made a habit of adapting well known fairytales to film, "Frozen" may stump young viewers when they are asked to consider its origin.
"Frozen" is very (very, very) loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale, "The Snow Queen"
, in which the titular character is without a doubt, the villain of the story. As one may imagine from the trailers (or after having seen the film), this is not the case for Elsa, the Snow Queen character in "Frozen". Sure, she appears to be an antagonist, but her heart is far from frozen. In fact, her actions are based on fear for her sister Anna's safety as well as frustration at her powers being misunderstood.
This is not the first time Disney has adapted one of Andersen's tales. "The Little Mermaid"
is probably the best known tale which has seen success in an animated version. Once again, Disney changed this tale and gave the mermaid her "happily ever after". Something she absolutely does not get in the original Andersen tale.
Maybe forgotten though is "The Emperor's New Groove",
which points a finger towards Andersen's "The Emperor's New Clothes
". In the original, a haughty monarch is tricked into buying non existent clothing which is passed off as "so fine, that only those who fit their posts can see it". Naturally the Emperor does not wish to call attention to the fact that he does not see the fabric, lest he be considered not kingly, so he addresses his subjects dressed in nothing at all. While most of his kingdom is too afraid to point out to the Emperor that he is nude, a little boy calls it out into the crowd leaving the monarch embarrassed at the folly that has befallen him. "The Emperor's New Groove"
, retains Andersen's premise of an arrogant Emperor, portrayed as a bratty young man named Kuzco. When an evil sorceress named Ymza seeks to dethrone him, she accidentally turns him into a llama. With the very reluctant help of Pacha, one of Kuzco's subjects, the Emperor learns some humility on his quest to recover his throne and his human form.
Big changes there!
If you ever find yourself curious about the tales that proceeded these films, we have ever volumes of Andersen's tales available in our library! However, be aware that unlike most of the Grimm's tales which end happily enough (for the heroes at least), Andersen's often find a joyous conclusion to be optional.
-Posted by Jessikah
Wednesday, November 20th is the birthday of Edwin Powell Hubble. He was born in 1889 and was one of the greatest American astronomers. He believed in the great expanse of the universe.
In honor of Mr. Hubble's contributions to space, the Hubble Space Telescope was named after him on April 25, 1990. The Hubble Space Telescope was taken into space aboard the U.S. shuttle, Discovery. Sending the telescope into orbit allows astronomers to explore the universe better than any telescope used here on earth.
While a trip to space is still far off into our future we can get a glimpse of our universe by visiting the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium.
Be sure to reserve your museum pass from our website
We had a great turn out for our Veteran's Day Special. Nick the Balloonatic did an outstanding job with his award-winning balloon performance. Here are a few pictures taken from the show.
posted by Josephine
We hope you all had a fun, candy-filled Halloween. Your Syosset Children's Librarians sure did!
I wonder what we will be next year??
Posted by Amy
Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins.
Before the first leaf hits the ground we know Fall is on the way. Can you tell by the slight nip in the air on an evening in late August? Do you prefer to measure the season by how many days you have left before a new school years begins? Or does your Autumn just roll in to your mind in the shape of a big round pumpkin?
Yes! Pumpkins are a popular symbol of the Fall. In recent years pumpkin flavor has invaded everything from the frosting on your donuts to the flavors of coffee the adults in your life sip to warm up.
Pumpkins! They're not just for pies anymore.
|For those who want to carve pumpkins!|
Of course, there are many other things people do with pumpkins in the fall. They carve them! Of course, this too has become a changing trend. While traditionally*, Jack O' Lanterns were simply toothy grins carved into our round orange friend, some really talented folk have taken their pumpkin carving skills to an entire new level.
Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns is a great exhibit that hits the Old Westbury Gardens every fall. This is not your usual romp through the Gardens, but a trail which displays over 5,000 hand carved pumpkins that range from detailed faces to all out sculptures. This exhibit runs every year and will still be up through this coming weekend. If you have not gotten tickets, now is the time!
|For those who want to grow pumpkins!|
For those who are interested in size more than art, Hicks Nurseries in Westbury has been holding a contest for the last 11 years to determine the largest pumpkin on Long Island.
This year, the winning fruit weighed 1,456 lbs. That's a lot of pie!
While these are great pumpkin themed events that are fun to visit and read about, I thought they might inspire some young readers to carve or grow their own pumpkins. Be sure to stop by the library were we have several books on this seasonal staple and jump on the pumpkin wagon!
*Actually, traditionally a Jack O' Lantern was actually carved from a beet, a turnip and even a potato since pumpkins did not grow in Ireland or Scotland where their lore was born. However, in the United States, a Jack 'O Lanterns are most definitely always associated with pumpkins.
-Posted By Miss Jessikah
Today is the start of World Origami Days, a 2 1/2 week event from October 24th through November 11th. October 24th is the birthdate of Lillian Oppenheimer, who founded the first origami group in America, and November 11th is Origami Day in Japan where the paper crane has become a symbol of peace. Let's get the world to fold!
I got into the "spirit" and made these two creations for an upcoming popular holiday:
And here are just a few of the origami books in the children's room to help get you started on the joys of paperfolding:
Posted by Sue Ann.
Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline The Graveyard Book
and Chu's Day
says libraries are important! Reading fiction and reading for pleasure are the most important things one can do. Imagination is key for the developing mind of a child. Fiction builds empathy (helping people to work together), fiction can show you a different world, and fiction helps us to navigate the world.
Libraries are about freedom - freedom to read, freedom of ideas, and freedom of communication! Libraries provide entertainment, a safe space and access to information.
Posted by Miss Pam.
Bring your best friend, your teddy bear, to school or work on Wednesday October 7th to celebrate:
National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School Day.Check out the history of the bear and how it got it's name at the National Museum of American History.Come visit our library and check out some fun books about our fuzzy friend.
posted by: Rosemarie B.
As summer is coming to an end, everyone seems to be going to Hershey! We all have chocolate on our minds! You can bring some books with you to read in the car! Even if you aren't lucky enough to go to Hershey, you can get some books that might help satisfy your sweet tooth!
The Story Behind Chocolate
by Sean Price shows the history of chocolate from ancient times to present!
From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate by Robin Nelson shows the process of making chocolate starting with the cocoa bean!
Chocolate by Hershey
by Betty Burford is a biography of Milton S. Hershey and how he founded the chocolate empire.
Posted by Pam
There’s still 3 weeks left to summer and your children are bored and looking for something new and fun to do. Try some simple outdoor activities that require nothing more than a ball, chalk or their feet. Many of these games you may remember fondly from your own childhood days.
Go Out and Play – Each page is dedicated to one activity which keeps things nice and simple. Most games are for children 5 and up and then 8 and up. They have most of the classic games like Red Rover, Hopscotch, Duck Duck Goose, and Simon Says along with easily explained newer activities.
Run-Jump-Hide-Slide-Splash and Get Out! – These comprehensive books have over 200 activities to try. From the sidewalk, backyard or pool both books offer easy instructions, color photos and diagrams.
Let’s Play – This almost reads like a storybook with the color illustrations and trivia facts about some of the games. It has a nice section on clapping games, hand games, Jacks and marbles which may be a fun way to include grandparents.
Enjoy the rest of summer!
Posted by Rosemarie
Submitted by Dylan S.
A big thank you to all of our participants.
posted by Amy
I recently had the pleasure to view the exhibit The ABC of It at the New York Public Library. It is a showcase of children's books and related artifacts to demonstrate the importance of children's literature and -- like any good children's book, appeals to adults and children alike. The exhibit is open till March 23 (and is free); if you are in the neighborhood, it's worth a trip. Here are some photos from my visit (including a life-size reproduction of the bedroom in Goodnight Moon):
Posted by Sue Ann
Have you been feeling blue since the ending of the "Harry Potter" series? Well, turn that frown upside down because J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. studios have just made an exciting announcement.
No, we will not be seeing a continuation of Harry's adventures outside of Hogwarts, but we are getting a new film series set in Harry's wizarding universe.
The new films will follow a young Newt Scamander and begin in New York City about 70 years before the start of Harry's story. Rowling has been clear that this is not a prequel to "Harry Potter", but an original story set in the world that her fans have grown so fond of. Therefore, all the laws and customs of the wizarding world will remain in tact.
Rowling herself has agreed to relinquish her quill in order to write the screenplay which will be the first in a series based on the "Harry Potter" companion book, "Magical Beasts and where to find them." Fans of the series will note that this text was written by Rowling halfway through the series and was attributed to Newt Scamander, a naturalist wizard who literally "wrote the book" on the many fantastic creatures Harry and his friends study. According to Rowling, Newt passes on his love of magical beings to his grandchildren, one of which (Rolf), goes on to marry Luna Lovegood (Rowling's favorite character) from the original series
I think we can all agree that this is very exciting new indeed! It might even make Professor Snape smile!
Posted by Miss Jessikah.
Thursday, October 3 is "Read for the Record
" day. On this day, millions of adults and children across the country will come together to celebrate literacy and support Jumpstart
in its efforts to promote early childhood education and their to work towards the day that every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed.
This year everyone participating will be reading Otis
by Loren Long.
Hopefully we can set a new record this year!
Posted by Amy
This week kicks off "Banned Books Week," sponsored by the American Library Association. This is an annual celebration, started in 1982, celebrating the freedom to read anything without censorship. Throughout the week, libraries and bookstores around the country highlight these challenged and/or banned books by displaying them and hosting events about the issues. Since 1982, more than 11,300 books have been challenged in both libraries and schools.
Classic children books that have been banned:
Where's Waldo? by Martin Handford
Why: the book was banned and reprinted because it featured a topless woman on the beach.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Why: This popular childhood book was banned for being “sexist.” It was also challenged by several schools because it “criminalized the foresting agency.”
Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh
Why: The book was banned from several schools for being "a bad example for children."
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Why: The book was banned for “profanity, disrespect for adults, and an elaborate fantasy world that might lead to confusion, and using phrases “Oh Lord” and “Lord.”
Here are a few Challenged books of the 21st Century :
Captain Underpants by Dav Piley
Why: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
and Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Why: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Why: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint
posted by Josephine
View Next 25 Posts