Monthly Archives: January 2011

Walt Disney

Simple in formatting and color choices, the series Buddy Books First Biographies by Abdo Publishing offers Walt Disney as one of seven American who might be of interest to children.  Name recognition alone will probably carry children over the bland … Continue reading

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Secret Saturdays

Secret Saturdays takes place in the Red Hook Projects of Brooklyn,  New York,  the home neighborhood of the author, Torrey Maldonado.  His intimate familiarity with the location resonates throughout the book.  The language of the book  has a genuine, honest … Continue reading

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Soccer World: South Africa

Ethan Zohn and David Rosenburg have an amazing book series on their hands if they continue the journey to other countries in Soccer World.  Soccer is a world-wide sport that can open conversations to learn about a country’s culture.Rosenburg’s beautifully … Continue reading

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Outbreak: Disease Detectives at Work

First the bad news.  There are ugly diseases, from Ebola virus to bubonic plague, still lurking in many parts of the world.  The good news is that the hard work of “disease detectives” can keep most of us safe from … Continue reading

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Stephenie Meyer Twilight Saga Author

This short biography tells the story of Stephenie Meyer, the shy Arizona housewife who wrote Twilight and became an international celebrity author in a matter of months.  Meyer’s life is a great example for kids.  Her parents read to their … Continue reading

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Base Jumping

From the Xtreme Sports  series, this book is all about base jumping. The book discusses BASE jumping. BASE stands for the places where a person may jump (building, antenna, span or earth). The book then goes into detail about the … Continue reading

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Coral Reefs

From the Blastoff! Readers series, this book is from Learning About the Earth series and focuses on coral reefs. The book explains what coral reefs are, how they are built, the types of reefs and about them being alive. The … Continue reading

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EVOLUTION: How We and All Living Things Came to Be

Loxton is the editor of a children’s science magazine, The Skeptic. Although I’ve never heard of nor seen  this magazine, this book, Evolution, has caused me to want to search out this magazine and read more articles written by Loxton.  … Continue reading

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Penny and the Punctuation Bee

This story is almost pun-ishment to read. The characters are tempra painted punctuation marks: Penny on the school safety patrol is a period, Elsie the cheerleader is an exclamation mark, and Quentin is a question mark. Some schools have Spelling … Continue reading

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If You Were a Plural Word

Multi-layered cut paper pictures help give examples of the various rules for making plural words, from singular words – ” One snake pushes a block. Three snakes push three blocks.”  (‘s’ unlined) Graphic examples of 8 plural forms: singular noun … Continue reading

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Top Job, The

The children in Mrs. Feeny’s primary grade class are telling about their parents’ jobs for Career Day: astronomer, a jeweler, a NASCAR driver, and a dad who changes light bulbs. “Anthony Swister said, ‘Booooooring!’ and laughed…” Then the student continues … Continue reading

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Youth Destroyed – The Nazi Camps: Primary Sources from the Holocaust

This is a superb resource for students grades 7 – 12.  Excellent organization and layout makes for easy use.  Primary source text is in bold font and illustrations are outline in bold color.  Maps, charts, time line, glossary, bibliographic sources … Continue reading

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The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette

A wonderful addition to her Young Royals series, Carolyn Meyer reveals a new tender side to Marie-Antoinette in The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette.  Once Austrian Princess Antonia Hapsberg, she was the 12th child of a commanding mother … Continue reading

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Advice About School: Claudia Cristina Cortez Uncomplicates Your Life

What’s to be worried about when you’re starting middle school?  Lots, according to Claudia, who volunteers to escort her readers as they begin the perilous journey.  Dress comfortably; don’t be afraid to ask teachers for help; go over your notes … Continue reading

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Pony Island

Rhyming text tells kids about the chincoteague ponies and the firemen who caretake these wild animals.  The language is simple and is aimed at the younger set of picture book readers, though the illustrations can tend to be abstract and … Continue reading

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The Cats of Roxville Station

Cat lovers, here is a book for you.  That is, if you’re a fancier of feral cats.  Naturalist Jean Craighead George’s interest in cats began years ago when her daughter’s cat presented her kittens, rather formally, to the family.  For … Continue reading

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Miss Fox’s Class Earns a Field Trip

Cute story about a class trying to raise money to go to a theme park.  Fun way to learn about addition and subtraction and working as a team.

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The Spanish Missions of California by Megan Gendell is the most detailed of the 3 books in A True Book series I’ve read.   Focused more on the who, what, why, when, and how of the people living and working … Continue reading

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Spanish Missions

With an elementary audience in mind, Spanish Missions by John Perritano would work well in secondary libraries for ELL and struggling readers.  Perritano’s 3 -4 page chapters cover the beginning of missions, Texas missions, California missions and the closing of … Continue reading

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Westward Expansion

A very good elementary resource and usable at any level for ELL students, Teresa Domnauer’s Westward Expansion is intended for upper elementary audiences.  Covering the entire movement across the United States, from Beyond the Appalachians to Pathway to the Pacific, … Continue reading

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Snowmobile Racers

This book comes from a Kid Racer series. This book is all about snowmobiling, racing and all that goes into it. Upon looking at the table of contents, I found it to be a bit overwhelming! There are 20 chapters! … Continue reading

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The Life Cycle of a Butterfly

This book is from the Blastoff Readers! in the life cycle series. This book follows ladybugs as they transform from eggs to adults. Start with an explanation of ladybugs, it then explains the egg, larva, pupa and adult stage. With … Continue reading

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Mathew Brady “The Camera Is the Eye of History”

The story of Mathew Brady’s life is an important addition to school libraries because photographs taken by Brady and his staff are history’s major record of the Civil War.  This biography, by Don Nardo, is full of photos, from the … Continue reading

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The 1990’s Decade in Photos: The Rise of Technology

Geared for middle school students, these books in the Amazing Decades in Photos series would be fine for upper elementary as well as useful for ELL high school students.  Each book authored by Jim Corrigan has identical formats, providing highlights … Continue reading

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The 1980’s Decade in Photos: The Triumph of Democracy

Geared for middle school students, these books in the Amazing Decades in Photos series would be fine for upper elementary as well as useful for ELL high school students.  Each book authored by Jim Corrigan has identical formats, providing highlights … Continue reading

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