Monthly Archives: November 2011

Mission to the Moon

200 stunning photos from the NASA archives help document the missions to the moon, explain the space race, phases of the moon, and even myths and legends of the moon.  The accompanying DVD contains footage of the Neil Armstrong’s first … Continue reading

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Illyria

Forbidden love begins as soft lapping waves, building and building until it is tidal in nature, only to wash out to sea, leaving behind memories and nothing more.  So is the terse story of Illyria, where two cousins fall madly … Continue reading

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Our Earth: Keeping it Clean

Earth gives us air, water, and soil to live. “But people do things that hurt Earth.” (p. 8)  Author Peggy Hock stays objective as she mentions air pollution from power plants which burn coal and car exhaust, water pollution from … Continue reading

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Spanish Missions of New Mexico

“Spanish missionaries set up missions to spread Christianity to Native Americans. Even if the Native Americans did not want to become Christian, the missionaries forced them to follow Christian religious practices.” (p. 21)  The Spanish were not friendly in their … Continue reading

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Palomino Horses

“Palominos are not a true breed. Instead, they are a color type… occur in many different horse breeds… most are classified as light horses.” Since palominos are not a breed, the book gives general information on “Care”, “Feeding”, tack, growing … Continue reading

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Kiber the Cruel

Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, meets up with his father, in Africa, after 30 years apart, only to have him snatched away by scientist- Frederick Kiber who’s been working on teleportation. Tony is able to rescue his father, save the … Continue reading

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Don’t Let the Barber Pull Your Teeth! Could You Survive Medieval Medicine?

This book is fascinating!  Bredeson has done a terrific job in explaining health, disease, and medical practices done during the Middle Ages.  The explanations are short, to the point, in easy to understand language, and totally entertaining.  The accompanying illustrations … Continue reading

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How Do You Get an Egg Into a Bottle? and Other Questions

The subtitle for this book is “Bizarre, weird and Wonderful Puzzles with Science,” which pretty much describes the random acts of science questions throughout this book.  Example:  “You are in a room filled with 100% methane gas.  What would happen … Continue reading

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How Do You Walk on Fire? and Other Questions

Why does a tea kettle go strangely quiet just before the water begins to boil?  Which two liquids, commonly found in your home, when poured together will not mix? These and other science questions are posed, with the answers at … Continue reading

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Abyssinian Cats

Abyssinian cats are a recognized breed of the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA). Abyssinian cats get their name from the former name for Ethiopia from which they were once thought to have originated. “Unless they are eating or sleeping, these busy … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Basketball

Eight two-page spreads explain basketball terminology ( jump ball, dribbling, passing and stealing, foul, air ball, jump shot, slam dunk, and basketball scoreboard) in three or four sentences with an action basketball photo. Rules of the game are not covered. … Continue reading

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Our Earth: Clean Energy

Clean sources of energy are briefly introduced using water –dams, wind – wind farms/turbines, and sun – solar panels in 3 or 4 sentences per 2-page spread next to an accompanying photo. Subtle, factual, and not preachy. Includes: Word Hunt, … Continue reading

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Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker

Judy Moody’s  2nd grade younger brother, Stink, has earned a $5.00 gift certificate by helping in a college study.  After using his gift certificate to buy a Super-Galactic jawbreaker, Stink writes a letter to the jawbreaker company to state, “It … Continue reading

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An Awfully Beastly Business: The Jungle Vampire

In this book we find adventure, mystery, and intrigue.  All wrapped up with a werewolf, a couple of ghosts and some creatures.  It’s a fun book.

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How Do You Measure Length and Distance?

The large, up close photographs are a wonderful way to  illustrate the measuring concepts presented in this primary text.  Will Sue use her foot or her nose to measure how tall her newly sprouted flower is growing?  It is obvious … Continue reading

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Lions and Tigers and Graphs! Oh My

Using animals in the zoo, the author explores the use of different graphs to organize and understand data.  Each two page spread explains  specific graphs such as pictographs, tallies, bar graphs, pie graphs and line graphs.  With clear, uncluttered graphics, … Continue reading

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Goyangi Means Cat

Soo Min, a young Korean girl, is adopted by an American Family where most everything is new and different for her. She makes a friend in the family cat, but her world is turned upside down when the cat goes … Continue reading

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The Really Groovy Story of the Tortoise and the Hare

This well loved fable will be loved even more! Although the concept stays true, it is told in rhyme with great modifiers and verb choice! The illustrations are are fun and bright.

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Change is Okay with Kacie Shay

Kaycie Shay has a fairy tale childhood. However, her life is about to change when young Kacie Shay is told that her dad will be moving to another neighborhood. The issue of divorce is handled very well with statements of … Continue reading

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The Curse of the Cat People

This Garfield graphic novel is based upon the characters created by Jim Davis. It contains 3 stories that are simple and nonviolent. Garfield lovers will appreciate the same humor in these stories as they would find in the comics and … Continue reading

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Fish to Fry

This Garfield graphic novel contains three stories based upon the characters created by Jim Davis. The stories are nonviolent, simplistic, and last from 6-11 pages each. Readers will find the same humor in this book from this lasagna loving cat … Continue reading

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Earth Day

This 24 page book contains very basic facts about our earth and the pollution that plagues it. Each page has 1-2 sentences of information with a color photograph to enhance the message. This book is written so simply that it … Continue reading

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UFOs

Dave Wencel takes a look at unidentified flying objects and reports  from those who claim to have seen them.  This 24 page book defines UFOs and provides data about accounts of sightings.  Other books in the Unexplained series are: The … Continue reading

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Miss Smith Under the Ocean

Miss Smith returns with her Incredible Storybook in this ocean-based adventure.  he class goes on a field trip to an aquarium.  The high-seas voyage comes to life as Miss Smith and the class are transported with the Owl and the … Continue reading

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The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School

Laurie Halse Anderson is a well-known author of award winning chapter book.  This story of Zoe’s wild hair is one of her picture books.  Zoe’s beautiful red hair has a mind of its own.  It opens cookie jars, plays with … Continue reading

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