Monthly Archives: August 2011

Top 50 Reasons to Care About Tigers: Animals in Peril

Reason # 14 –  A tiger’s tail helps it balance, Reason # 19 – Tigers can live in many climates,  and Reason #26 Tigers have families are a sample of the 50 reasons why students might care about tigers. The … Continue reading

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Mischief in the Forest: A yarn yarn

Grandmothers knitting sweaters is cliche, but it adds to this simple story in a simple style. Grandma lives alone in a forest knitting sweaters. When she returns from visiting her grandchildren in the city her large supply of yarn has … Continue reading

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Spain

“Spain is the third most popular country for people to visit in the world. Around 57 million tourists come to Spain each year.” This is just one of the “Did you Know?”  trivia pieces placed throughout the book.  Rachel Grack … Continue reading

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Pakistan

“Pakistan was  part of India until 1947.”  The text does not tell why Pakistan became independent 64 years ago, but tells about the wildlife, the people, daily life, going to school, working, playing, food, holidays, and the Faisal Mosque, usually … Continue reading

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Sincerely: Sincerely, Sophie; Sincerely, Katie

Two books are bound together as one in this pen pal story between sixth-graders Sophie and Katie.  “Sincerely, Sophie” is first, featuring Sophie from New York City, struggling when her life-long friend, Jessie, ditches her for a more popular, boy-crazy … Continue reading

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China

CHINA offers a tidbit of information to whet the appetite of students yearning to begin their exploration of the world and its many cultures. A country as large and diverse as China is not easily put into 29 pages. Short … Continue reading

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Do Animals Migrate?

Faith Hickman Brynie has written a book which supports the National Science Education Standards for K-4. The standard states for: “Organisms and their environment Organisms’ patterns of behavior relate directly to the environment (kinds and numbers of other organisms, the … Continue reading

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No Ghost Under My Bed

Jake the Penguin is trying to sleep, but there are strange sounds coming from somewhere in his room.  His dad comes in to try to find the ghost, but there is nothing there!  Van Genechten’s penguins are lovingly illustrated, and … Continue reading

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Hogwash!

Good, no-nonsense read-aloud fun.  Farmer wants to give his animals bath, but naturally the pigs resist!  With humorous rhyming quatrains and bold, bright illustrations, Wilson’s story takes the Farmer through a process that results in him learning to love a … Continue reading

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The Bear With the Sword

Intricate mixed media illustrations accompany this environmental fable first published in Italy.  A proud bear has a sword, which he uses to cut through everything in his path.  To prove that his sword is the sharpest in the land, he … Continue reading

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Sunday Chutney

Sunday Chutney’s parents move a lot, and as a result she’s always the new kid in school.  Sometimes, it bugs her that she doesn’t get to stay in one place, but her imagination and love of new experiences keeps her … Continue reading

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Me…Jane

By the creator of the comic strip, “MUTTS”, Me…Jane is an exquisite example of a picture book biography.  Detailing the young life of Jane Goodall, this gorgeous book explores the magical connection between a young child and the world around … Continue reading

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Peek-a-Poo: What’s in Your Diaper?

At first glance, this adorably designed picture book is cute and fun.  A small mouse peeks into each of his animal friends’ diapers to see what’s inside, and readers have the opportunity to pull down the diaper and see for … Continue reading

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Money for Food

Mary Elizabeth Salzmann jam-packed more information about money, nutrition, and value than I would have thought possible in a 24 page book meant for school children. This kid friendly interactive book takes the reader in small steps along with the … Continue reading

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Many Creatures: A Song About Animal Classifications

Laura Purdie Salas has chosen the Florida Everglades for the setting of this book, but explains these animal ” groups live all around the world.” The nine verse song is sung to the melody of “Clementine.” Six animal groups: reptiles, … Continue reading

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Three Claws the Mountain Monster

Young readers are first introduced to Three Claws by illustrator Dennis Messner’s visual of Three Claw and his mountain home’s floor plan.  Then, Cari Meister elaborates on how Three Claw uses his claws. But every good story needs a problem … Continue reading

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