Monthly Archives: September 2011

Titanic Disaster, The

This is a very informative book.  The pictures and facts are wonderful.  A 4th or 5th grader could read this book for a report and have plenty of information. It is an interesting and complete story about the Titanic; This … Continue reading

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The PS Brothers

This book is about two friends who come from poor homes.  The boys are crazy about dogs and really want one.  They find rottweiler puppies for sale but they don’t have any money.  They decide to start a business of … Continue reading

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The Hermit Crab

This is a cute book about a hermit crab who doesn’t want to be noticed.   He finds a new  shell that he could call home.  He happens to save the life of the flounder but doesn’t want to be a … Continue reading

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A Sam and Friends Mystery: Witches Brew, book 4

Sam is a big sheep dog whose owner, Jennie, understands what he is saying and vice versa.  Jennie has new neighbors who seem mighty suspicious.  They have strange pets and cook strange foods.  Jennie, Sam, and Beth (Jennie’s best friend) … Continue reading

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Escape from Pompeii: an Isabel Soto Archaeology Adventure

In this graphic version of a Pompeii adventure, Isabel Soto, a time-traveling archaeologist, travels from India during the construction of the Taj Mahal to present day Italy, at a location formerly known as Pompeii.  Pompeii was a thriving city with … Continue reading

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Winter’s Knight

A young blacksmith’s son, in the time of the Crusades, finds himself suddenly promoted to the level of squire.  Andrew’s dream of becoming a Templar approaches with every adventure until he finally is accepted into the Order.  The enemies he … Continue reading

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The Basilisk’s Lair

This is book 2 in the Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist series.  I enjoy this series and read aloud the first one in the series (Flight of the Phoenix) to my second grade library class each year.  They LOVE it and clamor … Continue reading

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Ivy + Bean: What’s the big idea?

Our young readers tend to enjoy books like Ivy and Bean with fun characters, descriptive illustrations throughout and relevant topics for kids.  My only criticism is the seemingly random scene mid-way through the book when a rather menacing character, Katy, … Continue reading

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Pond Circle

Pond circle is a fiction picture book written about the ecology and food chain in a freshwater pond.  The illustrations are vibrant and colorful, rich and detailed.  So much so that the animals sometimes seem to be leaping off the … Continue reading

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Seabird in the Forest: The mystery of the marbled murrelet

This is a well-researched non-fiction picture book about a species of seabird called the marbled murrelet.  This little seabird migrates deep into the forest canopy of North America to nest,  lay its eggs and raise its chick.  The author’s sources … Continue reading

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting Larvae: A Guide for Insect Parents (and Curious Kids)

The question-and-answer format used in this information books is remarkably thorough, interesting, and concise.  The major questions of how, where, when, why, and who are all answered in a direct manner, accompanied by an illustration.  The pros and cons of … Continue reading

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Jumping Spiders

Wow!  The magnification and clarity of the photographs are amazing and is what makes this book a must-have for libraries.  The information and spider fact match what the photo is showing.  Especially remarkable is the fact/photo of a jumping spider … Continue reading

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A Cheeky Chiller

I’m still not sure how this book got the title, A Cheeky Chiller.  I had to look up the adjective cheeky to see if I was missing something.  Of course, it’s British slang meaning impudent or impertinent.  And chiller refers … Continue reading

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Sparrow Road

This tender story of twelve-year-old Raine crawls right into your heart and settles there  from the very first page.  Raine’s mother mysteriously picks up and moves the two of them from Milwaukee to Sparrow Road for the summer, where they … Continue reading

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Kubla Khan: The Emperor of Everything

Over eight hundred years have passed since Kubla Khan dominated Asia and the Middle East, and still his legend lives on.  Due to his focused concentration of improvement, many positive policies and practices were implemented; such as education for all … Continue reading

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Tiananmen Square Protests

Nicely printed with color photos, sidebars with deeper explanations, and a fair portrayal of this highly politicized event in history, Tiananmen Square Protests allow students to learn that this was not a one day event.  It was not about one … Continue reading

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Rapture of the Deep

Jackie Faber just keeps going on the adventures, this time traveling to the Carribean in search of a sunken ship full of gold in Rapture of the Deep by L.A. Meyer.  But it was not her first plan.  She was … Continue reading

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The Painted Boy

Fantasy super star Charles de Lint will impress his fans and create a new following with The Painted Boy.  A tale of shape-shifting clans, gang-banger hoodlums, teen love, angst and rock and roll,  the main character, James Li,  is on … Continue reading

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In Our Mothers’ House

This is another terrific book of loving family relationships by Patricia Polacco.  The first of three adopted children tells of the love and special moments in their non-traditional family with two mothers.  Every page is filled with expressions of warmth … Continue reading

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Reading, Rhyming, and Rithmetic

Dave Crawley’s cheerful and lively poems focus on schools, cafeteria food, homework, new kids, rules, class pets, and finally, vacation!  They are lighthearted and many have interesting twists.  Liz Callen’s ink and watercolor illustrations are bright and a good match … Continue reading

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Big Red Lollipop

Sibling rivalry is a universal theme.  Rubina is invited to a birthday party and her younger sister, Sana, wants to go, too.  Being new to America, her mother does not understand the custom and insists Rubina takes her.  Sana is … Continue reading

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The Gym Teacher from the Black Lagoon

As in many of the popular Black Lagoon books, Hubie’s imagination get away from him.  A new gym teacher, Mr. Green, is coming from the junior high school and rumors start flying.  Coach is big, hairy, and scary.  It is … Continue reading

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Romania

Books in this series have detailed maps on the end-pages – a large country map in the front and the country’s location in Europe in the back.  The land that is known as Romania has had a wide and varied … Continue reading

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Bulgaria

Books in this series have detailed maps on the end-pages – large country map in the front and the country’s location in Europe, in the back.  The book on Bulgaria begins with an abbreviated history, regions, and physical features.  Several … Continue reading

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Poland

The front end pages contain a large map  of Poland.  The back end pages contain a map of Poland and surrounding countries in Europe.  The book begins with a brief history and geographical features.  Several cities are highlighted.  The people … Continue reading

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