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The Monkey's Heart

In this puppet show based on an Indian trickster tale, hungry Crocodile tries to eat Monkey's heart. Will Monkey be able to trick Crocodile and get away? Watch and find out!

Book Club Choices: May 2011

Has your book group tried our Book Club in a Bag kits? Each kit has 8 books, a resource guide with book discussion questions, author information, and articles relating to the book. A complete list of kits is available at: Book Club in a Bag. To reserve a kit for your group, contact the Adult Reference Desk at (734) 397-0999.

An unfinished life [Large print kit] by Mark Spragg

Water for elephants: [kit] a novel by Sara Gruen

Fairy Tale Fun Family Storytime

This family storytime is for princes and princesses of all ages. Bring your queen or king (mom or dad) to a royal storytime of fanciful fairytales on Saturday, December 4 from 2:00-3:00PM. We will read stories and make a fancy magical craft. Dress in royal regalia and enjoy being noble for a day!

Rapunzel hits the big screen

Disney's new animated movie, Tangled, is releasing next week for Thanksgiving. It happens to be based on one of my favorite fairy tales, Rapunzel. If your kids aren't familiar with the tale, now would be the time to check it out! For a more off-beat introduction, try Falling For Rapunzel. It's a loose adaption of the story, but the pictures, the rhyme and the humor appeal to all ages. For older readers there's Rapunzel's Revenge, a graphic novel authored by Shannon Hale, who also wrote Princess Academy. This retelling sets the tale in the Wild West, and spunky Rapunzel's hair makes a great lasso.

Fairy Tales

The Rose and the Beast: Fairy Tales Retold by Francesca Lia Block
Nine tales retold Blockstyle, in gritty magical realism.

Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins by Emma Donoghue
Daring retellings of thirteen tales featuring strong female characters.

Just Ella by Margeret Haddix Peterson
In this continuation of the Cinderella story, fifteen-year-old Ella finds that accepting Prince Charming's proposal ensnares her in a suffocating tangle of palace rules and royal etiquette, so she plots to escape.