Monthly Archives: January 2012

Sean Combs

The American dream for Sean Combs has taken him from his Harlem childhood to fame and fortune as a rapper, fashion designer, record company executive, and multimillionaire philanthropist. Born in 1969 to an aspiring model and a hustler dad, and … Continue reading

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Paper Crafts for St. Patrick’s Day

This book is all about St. Patrick’s Day.  There are many fun art projects that can be done in the class room or at home with children.  It starts off with the history of St. Patrick’s Day.  with each craft … Continue reading

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Ha-Ha Holiday Jokes to tickle your funny Bone

This is a great book with fun jokes for each holiday.  These are very funny jokes and tongue twisters and there are fun facts about holidays and other  random things.

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The Lying Carpet

David Lucas has been named one of the ten Best New Illustrators in the UK and his enormous talent is seen in his creation of  “The Lying Carpet.”  This book is somewhat of a fairy tale, but does not contain … Continue reading

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Emma Dilemma, Big Sister Poems

Most sisters will relate to the relationship between outrageous Emma, who looks approximately 3 years old, and her older and responsible sister whose perspective this collections of poems is from.  Darling illustrations, poems which are not too long or complicated, … Continue reading

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The English Roses, American Dream

This book by Madonna is a hit with my fourth and fifth grade female students.  The main characters are five girls who appear to be approximately 11 or 12 years old.  The setting is England and in this book, two … Continue reading

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Boa Constrictors

Straight forward facts are presented under 9 headings: boa constrictors, sizes, colors, where they live, where they are found, senses, defense, food, and babies. There are “many boa constrictor subspecies… They live in a wide variety of habitats.. rain forests… … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween

Simple charming art work adorns this simple story of a little girl on Halloween. First carving a pumpkin with her father, then deciding on a costume to wear to her friend’s Halloween party, and finally the party itself with games, … Continue reading

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Night of the Pumpkinheads

This year the farm pumpkins have decided to have a carved pumpkin contest. They want to see if they can be scarier than the trick-or-treaters. This leads to the brainstorming for ideas. Professional pumpkin carver- Hugh McMahon provided over 15 … Continue reading

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One Sheep, Two Sheep: A book of collective nouns

Author Patricia Byers and illustrator Tamsin Ainslie have collaborated to bring young people 9 visual representations of singular, plural, and then the collective name for the noun group. Examples: sheep, sheep, flock :   goose, geese, gaggle:   elephant, elephants, parade:   butterfly, … Continue reading

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Spies, Double Agents, and Traitiors

This is a well written book about spying and double agents.  There is a lot of information for such a small book.  You learn what it takes to become a spy.  Why people become double agents.   What espionage is and … Continue reading

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Spoiled

If you like the reality shows such as Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Real Housewives, Run’s House, or others that show off the wealth of pop culture icons, then Spoiled is just up your alley.  Authors Heather Cocks (former producer … Continue reading

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The Absolute Value of Mike

14-year old Mike, who is afflicted with dyscalculia, (a math disability) is being raised by a brilliant father who continually tries to cultivate Mike’s love for math and engineering.  While he goes off Romania for work, Mike’s father sends him … Continue reading

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True Wilderness Rescue Stories

I enjoyed this book with the rescue stories, but after the Thirtymile Fire story the others seemed not so exciting.  I liked the survival facts that were given.  They would be of great help if put in those situations.  Each … Continue reading

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Children Make Terrible Pets

This is a very cute book about a bear, Lucy, who wants to keep a child as a pet.  Mother bear tells Lucy that children make terrible pets.  But Lucy is allowed to keep the pet, Squeaker.  Lucy and Squeaker … Continue reading

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The Magnolia League

The South has its own fantastical, mythological history, from debutante balls to African-American folklore.  When the two mix, one great story can emerge.  Twists and turns ripple the story in Katie Crouch’s The Magnolia League.  Alexandria Lee is the nail … Continue reading

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A is for Arrr! A Pirate Alphabet

A is for Arrr! is an ABC book telling all about pirates using photographs (they don’t look too scary and may even be from some movies they’ve seen), illustrations, and drawings.  The author was able to use every letter of … Continue reading

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The Clueless Girl’s Guide to Being a Genius

This is the story of two 13-year-old girls, each on different ends of the spectrum.  Aphrodite, “Dytee,” is a genius and at the age of 13, has already graduated with a master’s degree from Harvard in math.  Mindy, also 13, … Continue reading

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Boy Wonders

This book has a lot of play-on-words, which are great!  Some of them are a bit over the heads of children but are great for adults.  It might be fun to explain the meaning of the different play on words.

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Dung Beetles, Slugs, Leeches, and More: the yucky animal book

There seems to be quite the trend these days to capitalize on children’s fascinations with the gross and disgusting.  Many of the books I’ve read in this line have either failed to live up to being as icky as it … Continue reading

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The Good, the Bad and the Very Slimy

Bernie Bridges attends Rotten House Boarding School, and he is definitely rotten. However, Bernie has decided to change his ways to impress April May June, the coolest, hottest girl in school that gave Bernie one week to be a better … Continue reading

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Near-Death Experiences

The problem with trying to write a book about the unexplained is that when you’re writing about something about not much is known, you don’t have much to say.  So what’s the point?

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Deciduous Forests

This book packs in a lot of information, and does so in a well-organized manner.  The font and the layout and the plenitude of color photos keep the information from becoming overwhelming for young scholars.  The words from the glossary … Continue reading

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S Is for Score: a sports alphabet

A topic of high-interest to many, this book draws on a wide variety of sports to complete its alphabet.  Some of the words selected are specific to one sport or another; others are general terms that apply to many sports. … Continue reading

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Two-Minute Bedtime Stories

There’s always time for one of these brief folk tales.  Each of the ten stories begins by telling the tradition from which it comes.  It is then re-told in an engaging yet compact manner.  Besides the time benefits of these … Continue reading

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