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Find a listing of the latest arrivals of books, audio and video items at the Wauwatosa Library, as well as information on upcoming events and staff suggestions for timely information you can use every day on the library's blog.

Jack & the Beanstalk


There are many kings, queens, princes and princesses in fairy tales, but who is the most famous common man or boy?  It is Jack, as in
Jack & the Beanstalk or Jack the Giant Killer.  Joseph Jacobs wrote the first English version of this oral tale as one of the stories in his book, English Fairy Tales (1890).  The “Jack tales” go back hundreds of years in Europe.  This everyman is called Hans in German, Juan in Spanish and Jean or Jacques in France, all variations on the name or nickname for John.  Juan migrated as Juan Bobo to Hispanic lands, in particular Puerto Rico.  JeanPetit is a popular trickster in Cajun stories.  The English Jack and German Hans spread to Appalachia, where Jack becomes an “all-American farm boy".    

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Our Daily Paper

       The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee’s own daily morning newspaper, is the largest newspaper in Wisconsin.  It was first printed on Sunday, April 2, 1995 after the consolidation of the local afternoon paper, the Milwaukee Journal and the morning paper, the Milwaukee Sentinel.  However, the roots of the paper go back to 1837.

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Books Make Great Gifts

Books always make great gifts.  The following books are recommended by the library staff and Little Read Book in Wauwatosa for the special people on your gift list.  All these books and more are on display in the library so you can take a look at them.  Happy holidays to you and yours!

     And Another Thing-- by Eoin Colfer
(6th installment of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne

Born to Run: a Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Ever Seen 
by Christopher McDougall

Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keillor

  Dirt-Cheap Green Thumb: 400 Thrifty Tips for Saving Money, Time, and Resources as You Garden by Rhonda Massingham

Matchless: A Christmas Story: an Illumination of Hans Christian Andersen's Classic "The LIttle Match Girl" by Gregory Maguire 

1-2-3 Money Plan: the Three Most Important Steps to Saving and Spending Smart by Gregory Karp

Pleasures of Cooking for One by Judith Jones

     Promised Land: Thirteen Books That Changed America by Jay Parini

NYT Practical Guide to Practically Everything

Two Coots in a Canoe: an Unusual Story of Friendship by David E. Morine

Uncommon History of Common Things by Bethanne Patrick

What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell

     When Everything Changed: the Amazing Journey of American Women, From 1960-To the Present by Gail Collins

Wisconsin Barns by Nancy Schumm-Burgess

Children's Books

     Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greek Myths, Retold by Cynthia Rylant

Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, illustrated by Brett Helquist

Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson

Emily Post's Table Manners for Kids by Peggy Post

     Goldilocks by Ruth Sanderson

Lego Star Wars: the Visual Dictionary by Simon Beecroft

Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

     Mama Says: a Book of Love for Mothers and Sons by Rob D. Walker

Mitten : a Ukrainian Folktale by Jan Brett (20th anniversary edition)

Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore, retold and illustrated by Rachel Isadora

Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis

What Bluebirds Do by Pamela F. Kirby

     When the World is Ready for Bed by Gillian Shields

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead


 

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