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Bee informed, bee entertained with Newsbee’s Picks. They can be found at Washington Public and Scenic Regional Library, and its branches, as well as at Neighborhood Reads in Downtown Washington.
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“Little Fox in the Forest,” by Stephanie Graegin.
Reviewed by Adeleide Rodrigues, kindergarten, Immaculate Conception School.
“This book takes place in her house, school and the woods. The book teaches us to share. The little girl loves her stuffed animal fox. She took it to her school for show-and-tell. A real fox stole it. The little girl looks for the fox to get her stuffed fox back.
“I wish the book had words. The book writer showed how to share and give. I liked that the fox learned to give.
“I am like the girl because she has a beautiful face. This is not like other books I've read because it didn't have words. I don't know how to read so I really liked it. This book would be good for preschoolers or for anyone who has a stuffed animal.
“I give this book five out of five beehives.”
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“The Youngest Marcher,” by Cynthia Levinson.
Reviewed by Cecilia Piontek, third grade, Immaculate Conception School.
“Audrey Faye Hendricks was a civil rights 9-year-old girl, and always made “rolls baptized in butter.” Martin Luther King had an idea that they would fill up the jails. So (that African-Americans) could do what white people could do.
“None of the adults would go to jail, so the kids did. And Audrey was the first one to go to jail. The jail got all the way filled and no more people could fit. King’s plan worked for black people.
“I feel funny that parents would let their children go to jail.
“My favorite part was when Audrey was standing up and going to jail.”
Reviewed by Nicnolis Bollinger, third grade, Immaculate Conception School.
“This story made me feel kind of sad because white men put children in jail for marching. Some fireman sprayed them with powerful hoses, and the marchers got back up and kept marching until they got put in jail.
“I would recommend this story to anyone.”
Reviewed by Ryan Stowe, third grade, Immaculate Conception School.
“This story is about Audrey Faye Henricks; it is a true story. Audrey realizes that black people are not treated as well as white people. She thinks that black people are as good as white people, so one day her minister asks who of the adults wants to go to jail so that they can fill Birmingham’s jails. But no one will go.
“So then they asked what kids would go and Audrey stands up. Then they filled up the jails, so blacks could do what whites can so. Personally, I liked this story.”
Reviewed by Lucan Pieske, third grade, Immaculate Conception School.
“I liked Audrey Faye Hendricks. I liked how she went to jail for other people. My dad is a cop and he is not like the white back then, and he’s white.
“I want to be a cop one day just like my dad and save the world. I also would like to try ‘hot rolls baptized in butter.’
Reviewed by Moran Krimmel, third grade, Immaculate Conception School.
“Audrey Faye Hendricks was a young civil rights activist. She was very brave. In church she walked up that aisle and said she wanted to go to jail, to fill the jails.
“I recommend this book to my mom so she can try to make those ‘hot rolls baptized in butter.’ I think she would enjoy this book very much.
“I like this book because Audrey stands up and is brave. This is a true story. I like the illustrations.”
Reviewed by Ella Espowe, third grade, Immaculate Conception School.
“I recommend this book to everyone who wants to stand up for their rights. Everyone should be treated fairly. In this story Audrey’s dad worked and when he came home he had Audrey’s favorite, ‘rolls baptized in butter.’ When they would eat they would talk about wiping out segregation laws that kept black and white apart.
“Audrey could not help herself to stay still so she said she wanted to eat ice cream at Newberry’s Shop. And her mom said she shouldn’t talk like that in from of businessmen.
“The next morning they went to church. Her dad was talking and he said they should fill up the jail, and every grownup said they wouldn’t disobey the law. So Audrey thought why couldn’t kids fill up the jail, so she begged her mom and she was the only one out of her whole school to go up.
“So the kids marched and Audrey was the youngest one to be put in jail, a jail that was filled with children. They ate old oily crumbs and slept on hard beds for a week. Audrey went home and had ‘rolls baptized in butter.’”
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“The Goldfish Boy,” by Lisa Thompson.
Reviewed by Emma Thomas, sixth grade, Clark-Vitt Elementary School.
“If you like a good mystery, you might enjoy ‘The Goldfish Boy.’
“Matthew Corbin, a 12-year-old boy with obsessive compulsive disorder, blames himself for his little brother’s death. He spends his days cleaning his room and taking notes about what is happening in his neighborhood.
“Teddy Dawson, a neighbor’s grandson, is kidnapped while playing in his grandfather’s roses. The last person to see him is Matthew, who watches from his bedroom window. He and Melody Bird, another neighbor of Matthew’s, try to figure out who took Teddy.
“While on the case, they learn that who they suspect of taking Teddy is not the culprit. The person they least expect turns out to be Teddy’s kidnapper. Read this book to get all the details, and see if you can figure out this whodunit.
“I give ‘The Goldfish Boy’ five out of five beehives.”