Monthly Archives: April 2011

Derby Ram, The

This is a fun book for kids with wild imaginations. The illustrations of the works to an Irish sounding song are wonderful.  It’s a short read, good for young children.

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Princess Posey and the First Grade Parade

This beginning chapter book is about Posey, a little girl who is days away from starting first grade. Being a little scared and unsure about this transition to being a big girl, she thinks it will be ok if she … Continue reading

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Space Shuttles

From the Blastoff! Readers, this book is all about space shuttles. It teaches students what space shuttles are, how space shuttles launch, orbit and land. There is also a glossary, to learn more and index. The book has a very … Continue reading

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The Case of the Mixed-Up Mutts

This is the second book in The Buddy Files series. It was a fun little chapter book about a dog, Buddy that is trying to solve two mysteries. First, he is still trying to find his first family and figure … Continue reading

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Dork Diaries

This book is a lot like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but from a middle school girls point of view.  There is alot of drama-such as one would find in middle school.  I think the kids will enjoy reading … Continue reading

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The Ugly duckling

This is a fun and different version of a well known story.  The art is colorful and interesting.  This duckling has fun encounters not only with other animals but humans as well.  The African setting lends a new flavor to … Continue reading

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What ever Happened to the Pony Express

This book is written as a rhyme.  it is a wonderful walk through history.  I enjoyed reading the family letters as they went back and forth across the country by different means as time moved forward. I think young readers … Continue reading

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Jane In Bloom

Jane in Bloom, is the story of a twelve year old girl, Jane, who loses her sister Lizzie to anorexia on the day of her twelfth birthday. This novel does not follow the typical story line of a battle with … Continue reading

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Positively

The book Positively is a gripping story of a 13 year-old girl who is HIV positive.  Emerson Price (Emmy) has been HIV positive ever since she was born.  The book opens with Emmy coping with the recent death of her … Continue reading

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The Wish Stealers

I was confused in the beginning as to what was happening.  I also didn’t understand (as the character Griffin didn’t know) how she was going to make the wishes come true.  I had to work at finishing the book.  I … Continue reading

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Caves

This book is all about caves. It is an amazing book with lots of information and great photographs. The book starts out discussing these landforms, before talking about the shapes and sizes and the three different types of caves (solution … Continue reading

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The Life Cycle of a Chicken

From the Life Cycle series, this book follows chickens from eggs to adults. The book starts out by introducing chickens, then discusses the egg, chick and adult stages. The book has a great, colorful layout with simple text that elementary … Continue reading

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Big Bouffant

This is a cute book about a little girl who wants to be different.  She wears her hair in a bouffant rather than braids and ponytails.  After all the other girls want bouffant hair.  She is bored with that and … Continue reading

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Feivel’s Flying Horses

This was a great book.  I enjoyed the historic part of immigrants coming and using their skills and talents to help this couontry be a great place. it is good for children to know about history and the part immigrants … Continue reading

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Lynn Visible

When Lynn Vincent dresses everyone stares at her.  Her fashions are ahead of their time. and it makes her weird.  Then she has a chance of a life time, to make it on the IT panel for GILTer GIRL-but disaster … Continue reading

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The Dragonfly Pool

I highly recommend this excellent chapter book to any student grades 2-8 in terms of content.  It is a rare story that is appropriate for and can appeal to such a wide age range, but this is definitely one of … Continue reading

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Out of the Deeps

This picture book tells the story of a young boy, Savino, who must quit school to go work with his father in the mines in the early 1900’s. The description of Savino’s first day in the mine, through the eyes … Continue reading

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The True Gift: A Christmas story

I loved this story about two children, Lily and Liam, who visit their grandparents on their farm in the country at Christmastime. As they pull up to the house, they see White Cow in the field and wonder where her … Continue reading

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Horse in the House

I enjoy the Cowgirl Kate books and they make wonderful early readers. The stories are fun and easy to read and understand and the illustrations are darling and colorful. In this story, the horse wants to explore and live in … Continue reading

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Superhero School

Kids love to read superhero adventure books and this one is about a class of superhero kids in training at superhero school. At first they don’t understand why their teacher is spending time on division, fractions and multiplication when what … Continue reading

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Encore, Opera Cat!

One of the things I like most about this picture book are the illustrations which are quirky, colorful and fun, depicted from sometimes interesting perspectives. I also appreciated the introduction to opera, with which many young children are unfamiliar or … Continue reading

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Lemur

This nonfiction book is all about the rain forest animal, the lemur. Starting with a table of contents of all the chapters, the lemur is identified, explained and photographed. Each set of facing pages are a chapter with facts and … Continue reading

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The Life Cycle of a Seahorse

From Scholastic, this book is all about the life cycle of the fascinating sea horse. With wonderful photographs and interesting facts, this is sure to be a hit in elementary libraries. The book starts out explaining what a sea horse … Continue reading

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Howard Thurman’s Great Hope

This lovely biography of Howard Thurman is a graceful and spiritually grounded depiction of an intelligent, determined and talented young man who grew into an inspiration for those who love peace and equality in the 20th century. I’m glad to … Continue reading

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But Who Will Bell the Cats?

This is a unique picture book about a poor mouse who lives under the floor of a castle where a princess and her many cats enjoy a life of luxury and splendor.   The mouse has the idea to bell the … Continue reading

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