Monthly Archives: May 2011

Mouse and Mole, A Winter Wonderland

This is a charming beginning reader book with darling illustrations! This story has Mouse and Mole set in a wintry scene in the woods where there are many activities for them to participate in and has the story ending with … Continue reading

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The Telephone

This nonfiction book gives detailed information about cell phones and communication history.  It contains a great timeline, starting in 1746 with Jean Nollet proving that electrical signals move fast, and then progressing on to 1837 with the invention of morse … Continue reading

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Mr. Putter & Tabby, Clear the Decks

Another great beginning reader chapter book by Cynthia Rylant and her charming characters Mr. Putter, Tabby and Mrs. Teaberry and Zeke. This adventure takes the four of them out on a cruise aboard a wooden ship, complete with a white … Continue reading

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Mathemagic

This is a great book with real mathematic tricks!  A great hook for intermediate math students.  The table of contents includes mind games, calculator magic, dice, magic numbers, etc.  The directions are stepped out so that a teacher or student … Continue reading

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Golden Retriever

This glossy paged book is noted for the colorful photographs throughout every page.  There are great photo’s of humans interacting with dogs in positive ways.  The table of contents include choosing a puppy, taking care of your retriever, grooming, clipping … Continue reading

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Small Acts of Amazing Courage

It’s 1918 and 15-year old Rosalind, who is British, is living in India with her mother.  When WWI ends, her strict father returns, unhappy with Rosalind for her spunkiness and interest in India gaining its freedom from the British.  Rosy … Continue reading

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I Want TWO Birthdays!

This book is about a Little Princess and her greedy appetite for birthdays! The Little Princess discovers she isn’t happy with just having one birthday a year, so she asks for another and then another and then another. Pretty soon … Continue reading

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Apples, Apples Everywhere! Learning about Apple Harvests

This is a nonfiction book about harvesting apples in a picture book style. The book reads along like a story with drawn illustrations, but teaches children about apples and their harvest. A family travels to an apple orchard and partakes … Continue reading

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I Love Christmas

This book is about a little zebra named, Ollie. Ollie loves everything about Christmas. The book talks about all the things he loves at Christmas time, like crinkly paper, tinsel and string. This is just a cute book that is … Continue reading

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Michael Phelps

This biography would best fit middle schools, although I will place it in my elementary library.  This isn’t a typical hero worship type of biography.  Michael Phelps is looked at objectively, regarding both his big Olympic wins and his trouble … Continue reading

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The Pumpkinhead Mystery

In this installation of the Boxcar Children, the Aldens are gearing up for Halloween by doing some decorating.  That grandfather of theirs has many friends, one of which owns a pumpkin farm and needs help to solve a mystery.  It … Continue reading

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The Maltese Mummy

The Maltese Mummy is the second installment of the graphic novel series Chicagoland Detective Agency, a new agency made up of a computer nerd, a teen girl who considers herself a haiku poetry expert and a talking dog.  Business is … Continue reading

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Henry and the Bully

There’s a new kid in town; actually, it’s a new second-grader named Sam, who doesn’t play well with others.  Sam is a large imposing force to be reckoned with and a bully to the first-graders who begin to fear recess.  … Continue reading

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Lively Elizabeth!

Elizabeth is a lively, happy, and curious child who loves to play and dress up.  Her exuberance causes her to bump into another child, knock him, who in turns knocks over someone else, and so on.  Just like dominoes. The … Continue reading

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The Cupcake Caper

This installment of Gertrude Warner’s Boxcar Children, very much focuses on Benny’s love to eat–especially cupcakes!  Who doesn’t?  Mama Tova’s cupcakes are so good and so unique, she opens up her own store and sells nothing but cupcakes.  They are … Continue reading

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Aunt Matilda’s Almost-Boring Party

This is a story of a little boy who has to be at his aunt’s charity party.  He is sleepy and finds an armchair, when he falls asleep and has a wonderful dream that makes the party fun and exciting. … Continue reading

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Cookies

A jun rebus story.  The story is simple, fun, and has yummy pictures.  It is an easy read for beginning readers.  A great book to get children involved in reading.

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I Repeat, Don’t Cheat!

This was a wonderful story dealing with problems most children face at times.  it was fun to read, and teaches how too deal with cheating.  the pictures are full of character, and are fun to look at.  This is a … Continue reading

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Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg: Baseball Pioneer

Meet Hank Greenberg, two-time MVP for the American League, five-time all star, first Jewish Hall of Famer, 4-time World Series player.  This biography will appeal to baseball fans who will find themselves cheering on the young Jewish baseball player, playing … Continue reading

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The Clue in the Recycling Bin

The Alden children get involved in the community recycling center by volunteering and trying to figure out who keeps breaking in.  But things aren’t what they seem.  The break-in must be linked to the recent burglary at the local jewelry … Continue reading

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All Things Bright and Beautiful

Good story?Poem with great color in illustrations.  Religious in nature.  Good for Sunday School or Christian school.

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I repeat, Don’t cheat

Good story with a lesson to learn about cheating and friendship.  Great pictures and illustrations.

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Derby Ram, The

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

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Pepi Sings a New Song

Pepi the parrot belongs to a boy named Peter. Pepi loves to sing to Peter, but Peter gets tired of his song. Pepi goes on an adventure to learn a new song. He goes to the bakery, the music studio, … Continue reading

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Bedtime Bunnies

In this cute little book, bunnies are getting ready for bed. They scamper into their tree house, chomp their dinner, sip their drinks, scrub their teeth, splash in the tub, snap on their pajamas, snuggle in for stories, bounce on … Continue reading

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