Goldilocks had trouble with more than porridge, chairs, and beds!
When she wandered into the bears’ library, she couldn’t find the right book. One was too easy; the next was too hard. What’s a young reader to do?
At any Central Rappahannock Regional Library branch, there is a solution:
1. Look for spine labels at the bottom of the book that have a yellow glow in the juvenile fiction (chapter book) collection.
2. Notice the size of the print, the white space on the pages, the fun pictures, easier words, and length of the book.
3. Choose one to read!
It is 1941, and the German Army occupies The Netherlands. A young Dutch boy named Piet has been given the task of escorting two neighborhood children to safety in Brussels. The Greatest Skating Race: A World War II Story from the Netherlands, by Louise Borden, is the exciting story of Piet Janssen. He live in the town of Sluis in the Netherlands. His town is on the border between The Netherlands and Brussels. During the winters there, it is so cold that the canals freeze and the ice is thick enough to skate on. In fact, skating is a form of transportation for many people in the Netherlands.
Piet loves to skate. He also idolizes a skater named Pim Mulier who once skated through eleven towns. Many Dutch have skated through towns, but the route that Pim took has its own name, the Elfstedentocht (the Eleven Towns Race). Piet has been training to duplicate this race and finish just like his idol Pim Mulier. But in December of 1941, many of the Dutch were concerned with much more than a race along the canals. Their country was occupied by Germany. Because of the war, many fathers were gone. They had joined the Allied forces in England.