Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Case of the Missing Moose

Milo and Jazz, best friends and detectives, are away at summer camp, one on each side of the lake.  Jazz was having fun, writing every other day to Milo.  Milo was also having fun, except for one kid.  Isn’t it … Continue reading

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The I’m Not Scared Book

I think of Todd Parr as a contemporary Mr Rogers. His books gently deal with issues important to kids’ mental and social health. This newest title speaks to what can frighten children, acknowledges those fears and offers ways to deal … Continue reading

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J.R.R. Tolkien

Abdo’s Checkerboard Biography Library has a wonderful Children’s Authors series, which includes this title. What I love about it, is that it is a clearly written, and engaging text with interesting anecdotes to give the reader insight into the life … Continue reading

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Tutus Aren’t My Style

Emma enjoys romping adventures outdoors and is very surprised when her Uncle Leo sends her a Ballerina outfit.  Taking advice from her mailman, neighbor and brother, she tries to be a proper ballerina but can’t quite get it down.  When … Continue reading

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Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution

This picture book is a fun way to introduce the concept of New Year’s resolutions to young children.  The main character, Squirrel, travels the forest trying to think of a resolution for the New Year.  Along the way, she runs … Continue reading

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Everything but the Horse

This is a story about a young girl named Holly who moved out into the country when her family  bought an old run-down farm.  They fixed it up and Holly quickly fell in love with country life.  Many of her … Continue reading

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Just Desserts

Reminiscent of Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, Just Desserts is a sweet little novel about an 8 year-old character nick-named Dessert.  Dessert is the oldest of 4 children in her family and feels tormented by her younger siblings.  Finding that her … Continue reading

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Complete History of Why I Hate Her, The

Older teenager, Nola, travels from Massachusetts to Maine for a summer job.  Nola is seeking to find herself because she has been the caretaker of her little sister who has cancer.  On her way to Maine, she meets another girl … Continue reading

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Rain School

This is an amazing story!  Reading this story with children from countries where they go to beautifully furnished, comfortable buildings is an eye opening experience.  They learn of children in a country where their school is built by the children … Continue reading

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A Book For Black-Eyed Susan

This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a pioneer family traveling in a covered wagon to the Oregon Territory.  The main character is young Cora whose mother died on the trail in childbirth.  Cora’s father asked the baby’s aunt … Continue reading

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Mr. Aesop’s Story Shop

This delightful version of  popular Aesop fables was fun to read and easy to understand.  The author, Bob Hartman, retold these fables in a way that emphasized the moral lesson without lecturing.  The writing flowed well and the story shop … Continue reading

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Iguanas Cool Pets!

I learned a LOT about iguanas by reading this little non-fiction book.  Topics include size, diet, where they live, physical features, how they reproduce, and the history of keeping iguanas as pets.  The focus of this book, however, is the … Continue reading

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The Three Bully Goats

This contemporary story, based on the tale called,  The Three Billy Goats Gruff, has a contemporary twists which is congruent with it’s contemporary illustrations.  In this tale the goats are the antagonists who are rude and intimidating to the cute … Continue reading

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The 3 Little Dassies

Jan Brett has done a wonderful job with this African version of The Three Little Pigs.  The vibrant and detailed illustrations bring the story alive and include Ms. Brett’s characteristic inset illustrations which peek the reader into other settings of … Continue reading

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Tarantula Spiders

This little non-fiction book about tarantula spiders gives a digestible amount of information for 3rd to 5th grade students who are studying this topic for a report or simple interest.  Each chapter is two pages in length and features large, … Continue reading

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Tina Fey: TV Comedy Superstar

Filled with engaging photographs, this biography of Tina Fey does a nice job bridging Tina’s youth to the hard-working, talented celebrity she is today.  We got a nice glimpse of her personality in middle school (studious, obedient, and active in … Continue reading

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You and Me and Home Sweet Home

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Zero, Zilch, Nada Counting to None

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Spells

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Rhyming Dust Bunnies

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Family Pack

Sandra Markle hits another home run with this nonfiction book about the inner workings of a healthy wolf pack.  The illustrations by Alan Marks enhance the experience of this well written book.  This is a contemporary story told from a … Continue reading

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Liar

Micah is lying to you.  340 pages of lies. Will there be one ounce of truth?  She is a compulsive liar, a fact she admits on the first page.  Romance, murder, werewolves, and teen drama.  This book has it all … Continue reading

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Theodore Boone: The Abduction

Strattenburg’s very own 13-year-old lawyer is back again for the second installment in John Grisham’s very first series for children.  This time, Theo’s best friend April has vanished, and no one in town knows where she has gone.  Was she … Continue reading

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Sable Quean, The

A band of vermin are stealing children from Mossflower Wood under the command of Zwilt the Shade and the mysterious Sable Quean.  Two young hares from the mountain stronghold of Salamandastron are sent to the peaceful Redwall Abbey and along … Continue reading

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Fearless: The story of racing legend Louise Smith

I found this picture book about female racing legend, Louise Smith, to be interesting and exciting.  The text is descriptive enough without being too detailed for young children.  Race car sounds are sprinkled throughout.  The illustrations are vibrant and action-packed, … Continue reading

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