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Celebrating a Storybook Year – August

We began the month of August with a night sky theme in mind. We read about the “Starry Messenger” Galileo Galilei, learned about the origins of Carl Sagan’s fascination with space in “Star Stuff”, and discovered a way to keep a star in your pocket for days when you don’t feel so shiny in Mary Lyn Ray’s “Stars”. We chased fireflies through the yard, soared into the night sky with a little girl who was determined to show the world she could fly, and went on an enchanting bed time journey in “The House in the Night”. We even found stars in places we didn’t expect, like on the cover of the book “The Wall” about growing up behind the Iron Curtain, or on the bellies of Dr. Seuss’ Sneetches.

Of course, there was plenty of other fun to go around this month. There were Morris Lessmore’s flying books, and historical tales about the Silk Road and the Nashua River. We took a timeless and familiar journey to Portsmouth Market with the Oxcart Man, and discovered a new and heartwarming journey on a “Train to Somewhere.” We ventured to London from darkest Peru, and our old friend Lentil reminded us that if we play the harmonica in the bathtub, the sound is improved 100 percent!

Taken as a whole, maybe you could call August our “Time of Wonder”, borrowing the title of an old favorite from Robert McCloskey about a family’s summer in Maine. I think that fits.