Monthly Archives: June 2011

Little Wheels

Four trucks, 2 big and 2 small, with headlights for eyes and bumpers for mouths start their day. ” ‘I will help you! ‘ says Blue Truck”, but his offer is turned down twice by the big trucks. Discouraged and … Continue reading

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Little Lizard’s First Day

Gary Lizard has been marking the days off on his calendar until his first day of school. Mom and Dad Lizard help send him off with (new) clothes, backpack, sack lunch, and by taking his picture before climbing onto the … Continue reading

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Seabird in the Forest: The Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet

This nonfiction book tells the story of the mystery behind a little seabird, called the marbled murrelet in a picture book format. The murrelet makes its home in the ocean until it is time to lay it’s egg. This bird that is … Continue reading

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Stanza

Stanza, the dog is a thug and a rotten dog that prowls the streets with his rotten brothers by day. But by night, Stanza writes poetry that would only come out of a sensitive hound. He lives in fear of … Continue reading

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Shawn Michaels

This nonfiction book is all about the life and career of pro wrestler, Shawn Michaels. The book discusses Shawn winning the World Championship, Shawn proving himself with his small size, his life growing up, Shawn losing his friendship with Marty … Continue reading

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The World’s Greatest Football Players

This nonfiction book goes over the achievements and career statistics of some of the greatest football stars, such as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Randy Moss. Each chapter has facing pages with a photo of the star, their personal information, … Continue reading

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Twinkle Star of the Week

In this picture book, all the stars at school will get a turn to be star of the week. All the stars are so excited to be chosen and share something special. Twinkle knows right away she wants to sing … Continue reading

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The World’s Smartest Machines

This nonfiction book is from the Extreme Machines series and is all about smart machines. The book first teaches students about smart machines that are in the ocean. There are underwater vehicles that teach scientists about the ocean and robots that go … Continue reading

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Spiky, Slimy, Smooth: What is Texture?

In this nonfiction book, students are presented with the concept of texture. Texture is the way something feels. The entire rest of the book is about different textures in our world. From things that are soft and fluffy (furry slippers) … Continue reading

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Other Goose Re-Nurseried!! and Re-Rhymed!! Children’s Classics

In this fun book, J. Otto Seibold has taken the popular Mother Goose nursery rhyme classics and rewritten them to his style. This book is supposedly written by a real goose unlike Mother Goose who is not really a goose. These … Continue reading

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Freestyle Motocross

This nonfiction book is all about freestyle motocross, which is a type of dirt bike race held on an outdoor course. The book discusses the basics of the sport, tricks and motocross freestyle stars affiliated with the sport. The book also … Continue reading

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Xtreme UFC: Georges St-Pierre

This nonfiction book is all about the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title holder, Georges St-Pierre. The books discusses this fighter and his stats, his UFC record, early career, fight training and his career highlights. The book is nicely laid out … Continue reading

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How Heavy Is Heavy? Comparing Vehicles

This nonfiction book is all about measuring weight. The books starts out explaining weight and measuring weight. The author then explains about the weight of vehicles and then starts comparing weights of vehicles. The book compares vehicles such as, toy … Continue reading

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Astronauts Working in Space

This nonfiction book is all about astronauts working in space. The book discusses blasting off into space, what it is like going into space, floating and gravity, eating, taking a bath, sleeping, walking and communicating with Earth all while in space, … Continue reading

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Wildfires: The Science Behind Raging Infernos

This nonfiction book is all about wildfires. It starts out telling about a devastating fire in California that was started by a boy playing with matches. The book then teaches students the science behind fires, including what causes them, the … Continue reading

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Robert Pattinson

This nonfiction biography is all about the Twilight star, Robert Pattinson. The book discusses this rising star, his family ties, growing up, starting out, his big break, the actor as a  singer and songwriter and what it is like to be … Continue reading

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Emperor Penguins: Animals of the Snow and Ice

This nonfiction b00k is all about emperor penguins. The book starts with a table of contents and then a words to know page. I liked that the words to know is at the beginning of the book so students can … Continue reading

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The Highest Places on Earth

Well the cover says The Highest Places on Earth but it is clearly the book, The Driest Places on Earth inside in the same series. The book has the wrong cover. This is a bummer. I was excited about this … Continue reading

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Buzz Beaker and the Outer Space Trip

Adventure should be Buzz Beaker’s middle name! Young Buzz keeps a notebook handy for recording his inventions.   “So far, none of his inventions worked” (p. 11)  but he continues to dream of making a space ship. Illustrator, Bill McGuire gives … Continue reading

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Opossums

Emergent readers will enjoy straight forward facts with strong visual support about opossums. Written in large font with two sentences per page opposite a color photo. If it weren’t for the cover photo and the one opposite, “It shows its … Continue reading

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Chaucer’s First Winter

Chaucer is a bear cub who is friends with a fox and a squirrel. When his parents begin to hibernate,  friendly and inquisitive Chaucer decides to stay awake with his non-hibernating friends and experiences  the beauty of snow, the fun … Continue reading

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Desert Days, Desert Nights

Roxie Munro’s panoramic 9″ X 20″  pen-and- ink and watercolor illustrated vistas of  North America’s Chihuahuan, Death Valley, Great Basin, Mojave, Painted , and Sonoran Deserts once by day and once again by night take the reader on a search … Continue reading

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Tucker Took It!

In this picture book, Tucker is naughty goat that will eat anything. But what Tucker really loves is corn and he is tired of waiting and waiting. It is almost ready, but he just can’t take it so he runs … Continue reading

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Prudence & Moxie A Tale of Mismatched Friends

This is a cute, little story about two friends that are opposites. Despite their differences, they are the best of friends. Prudence is quiet, timid and scared of many things. Moxie is loud and not scared of anything. Moxie is … Continue reading

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The U.S. Air Force/La Fuerza Aerea Dr EE.UU.

This is a nonfiction book from the Pebble Plus series. I love these over sized books. In this particular book, the readers will learn all about the Air Force. The Air Force’s purpose, jobs, tools and machines are all explained … Continue reading

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