Monthly Archives: February 2011

Howling Hurricanes

This is a 32 page Heinemann Info Search non-fiction book all about hurricanes for grades 4 and up.  This book explains the formation, movement, hazards and weakening of  hurricanes and typhoons or cyclones.  There are case studies included which highlight specific … Continue reading

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Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book

Our students love graphic novels and they are wonderful for introducing these students to the classics in a very accessible and non-threatening way.  I often have students ask for the original text of a classic after reading the graphic novel … Continue reading

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Simplicity How to Use a Sewing Machine

This 144 pg book is a wonderful addition to our non-fiction sewing section.  It is thorough and clearly-written with pictures and diagrams to demonstrate throughout the text.  The chapters include: choosing a machine; knowing your machine; using your machine; sewing seams; … Continue reading

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Soldiers of the Civil War

This 48 pg non-fiction book about Civil War soldiers is well-written and interesting with well-placed and helpful text boxes, photographs and maps.  The information is clearly presented with human interest stories throughout.  I also appreciated the thought provoking questions sprinkled in to … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson King of Pop

This biography is from the series, Lives Cut Short and chronicles the short life of Michael Jackson. The book talks about Michael’s life – the good and the bad. It discusses Micheal’s life growing up, the Jackson 5, going solo, … Continue reading

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The Elsewhere Chronicles – Book Four: The Calling

This is book 4 in the popular graphic novel series, The Elsewhere Chronicles. The main characters, Max, Rebecca, Noah and Theo are back trying to return to their normal lives after escaping from the Master of Shadows. When Rebecca falls … Continue reading

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Transformers Revenge of the Fallen – Volume 3

This is a graphic novel from the Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers movie. This novel is Volume 3 of the official movie adaptation. The Transformers war continues on Earth in this book as the Autobots work to end the terrible … Continue reading

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Mom, There’s a Dinosaur in Beeson’s Lake

Appealing to a 4th-6th grade audience, this zany little chapter book is full of comical observations and situations.  Scattered throughout are little text boxes with the main character’s notes, lists and facts.  The illustrations support the text in a similar … Continue reading

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Zinc Alloy – SuperZero

This is a graphic novel from the Zinc Alloy series. This is the story of Zack Allen. Zack is a nerdy boy that loves reading comic books about superheroes. Unfortunately, he is always being picked on by bullies at school … Continue reading

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What’s the Difference Between a Butterfly and a Moth?

This nonfiction book explains the difference between a butterfly and a moth. This book is from the series, What’s the Difference. The book describes the similarities and differences in physical characteristics, diet, behavior, and habitat between these two insects. While … Continue reading

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President Barack Obama

This is one of the Pebble Plus over sized nonfiction books from Capstone Press. This book is all about the current President of the United States, Barack Obama. This is a great book for the younger grades. Simple text explains … Continue reading

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If I Were President

This is a cute, picture style book that looks at being president of the United States through the eyes of a child. In the book, the main character is a child that talks about all things he would do if … Continue reading

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An ABC of Pirates

This is a fun alphabet book with a theme of pirates. Each letter has its own page with a pirate scene depicting the letter. The illustrations remind me of the Rugrats characters. I like how each letter is in its … Continue reading

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Seed Soil Sun: Earth’s Recipe for Food

It is important that students, today, understand the natural world.  They will inherit and care for it in the future.   If they understand how it works, and appreciate what it provides for us, they will feel more inclined to … Continue reading

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Snowmen All Year

The husband and wife team , Caralyn and Mark Buehner sure know how to capture a child’s imagination and put it in a book!  How many kids have wished their snowman, a creation of grunting sweat, ingenuity, and maybe some … Continue reading

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In the Garden with Dr. Carver

Packed with gems of wisdom about plants, and the interconnectedness of nature, the reader is taken back to the days of George Washington Carver.  Told from the point of view of an elementary school aged girl, Sally, this fictionalized account … Continue reading

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Bullying and Me: Schoolyard Stories

Author, Ouisie Shapiro, has gathered 13 stories ( 8 from boys and 5 from girls) of schoolyard bullying. The stories convey the message to students that they are not alone in being bullied. There are no real solutions given because … Continue reading

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Green Queen of Mean, The

In this sequel to the graphic novel series – Princess Candy- Sugar Hero*, Halo once again transforms into Princess Halo – Super Hero to help her classmate, Doozie Hiss, escape from the SuperVillain Green Queen’s revenge for Doozie’s littering. Don’t … Continue reading

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Sugar Hero

As Halo NIghtly rides in her Grandmother’s taxi cab she is given a mysterious 11th birthday gift from her Aunt Pandora.  Bottles of candy pills : “fuego” and “agua” to name just two which transform Halo into Princess Halo – … Continue reading

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Bus Ride Bully

Gavin does not like his school bus or the boy, Max, who bullies him on it daily. Things change for Gavin after “Max had a bike accident.” (pg 16) Max’s days as a bully end once Gavin visits Max at … Continue reading

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Shih Tzu

Here is a dog book that has kid appeal written all over it! First of all there is page upon page of large adorable glossy photographs of Shih Tzu’s in different scenarios…a visual feast!  Each two page spread answers a … Continue reading

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Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

Nearly 200 years ago, in South Carolina, there lived a potter named Dave.  Dave was a slave whose owner allowed him a rare opportunity for a black person at that time… and that was to develop a skill. (Usually owners … Continue reading

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The Chiru of High Tibet

From the author of “Snowflake Bentley” comes a true story of environmental compassion and risk-your-life courage.  Sheep can be sheared for their wool.  But the one-of-a-kind Tibetan chiru, looking like a small antelope and related to wild goats and sheep, … Continue reading

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The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough

Maria Luz and her family represent part of the two billion people around the world who are not “food secure”…which means they do not grow enough food to feed themselves and make extra money for medical needs, education, and clean … Continue reading

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43 Old Cemetery Road: Dying to Meet You

The story cleverly unfolds as you turn each page to read either a letter, document, newspaper article, etc. All of the aforementioned were written over the course of one summer relating to quite unusual events which occurred in a large … Continue reading

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