Monthly Archives: May 2012

Seriously, Cinderella is So Annoying!

The author retells the Cinderella tale as told by the Wicked Stepmother.  In this version, Cinderella is a very talkative child.  She must miss the Prince’s Ball because she has lost her voice, and must stay at home to rest.  … Continue reading

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Getting Around in the Past, Present, and Future

Cars, airplanes, motorcycles, trains, bicycles, ships, trucks, and buses are each given a two-page spread. The left side contains a photo from the early 1910s or 1920s labeled “Yesterday” and a photo of a 2010s vehicle labeled “Today”, while the … Continue reading

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The Morgan Horse

Horse lovers will enjoy reading about this original American horse breed.  Known for their calm temperament, strength, speed and endurance, these horses descended from a horse owned by Justin Morgan in the 1790s.  The book tells of a variety of … Continue reading

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Pythons

Pythons are constrictors and can be among the largest of all snakes.  This book shares where they are commonly found, their physical features, their preferred habitat, and how they locate prey.  Eating, moving, and reproduction are discussed next.  Finally, one … Continue reading

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Charlie and Kiwi: an Evolutionary Adventure

Charlie needs to do a report and chooses to do it on a kiwi.  His classmates laugh and tease so Charlie does more research.  His kiwi stuffed animal encourages him to seek help from his great, great… Grandpa Charles (Darwin).  … Continue reading

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South Africa

South Africa — next to the United States, it probably has the biggest mix of people than any other country.  As pointed out, there are 11 official languages, nine of which are African, at least seven different tribes, a variety … Continue reading

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Hannah’s Way

During the Depression, Hannah’s family moved to a small mining town in northern Minnesota to find work.  Her class at school was having a picnic on Saturday, but being Jewish, Hannah was not allowed to travel on the Sabbath, the … Continue reading

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Nathan Blows Out the Hanukkah Candles

Jacob’s older brother, Nathan, is autistic and his continual repetitions and sometimes unusual behaviors irritate Jacob.  When new neighbors move in, Jacob looks forward to making a new friend.  As Jacob’s family begins to celebrate Hanukkah, he is embarrassed when … Continue reading

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The Three Trees: a Traditional Folktale

As three young trees grow, each has dreams for its future.  One dreams to be a chest to hold the finest treasure, one wishes to be a ship that will carry a mighty king, and the last hopes to just … Continue reading

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Rain

“Rain” is a visually appealing book.  The photographs beautifully illustrate the text.  Erin Edison describes the water cycle in simple sentences for young readers.  The vocabulary includes specific terms related to the water cycle – evaporation, condensation, precipitation – with … Continue reading

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Spiders on the Case

The Deadlies, a family of brown recluse spiders, have found a home in the rare book section of the Boston Public Library.  Kathryn Lasky is known for her series about owls, Guardians of Ga’Hoole, her series about wolves, Wolves of … Continue reading

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Ogres

In this informative book about ogres, Rachel Lynette begins with a German fairy tale.  The origin of the word “ogre” is unknown, but can be found in tales dating back to Beowulf.  What they look like, where they live, what … Continue reading

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

This is the special edition 2012, complete with 3-D cover with moving eyeballs.  Yes, another visually attractive, eye catching cover.   This edition is following in the footsteps of previous for amazing visuals with each page drawing you in and around.The … Continue reading

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Cat Found

From the author who wrote the book Dog Lost, this story is similar in theme.  It will appeal to cat loving young people, as Dog Lost was enjoyed by kid’s who love dogs.  This story takes place in a rural … Continue reading

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What’s Up With Jo?: Medikidz Explain Brain Tumors

In this graphic non-fiction, the Medikidz zoom to Earth to get Jo, a girl with a brain tumor.  They bring her back to Mediland with them and similar to the Magic School Bus, they shrink and travel into a brain … Continue reading

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What’s Up With Lyndon? Medikidz Explain Osteosarcoma

The American Cancer Society has gotten into the publishing business by introducing a series of graphic novels which explain different forms of cancer and how they grow and effect the body.  In this book, Lyndon woke up with a sore … Continue reading

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Australia

Whenever I can get my hands on an “Enchantment of the World” series country book, I’m a happy librarian!  As with others I own, this book is thorough in content, and loaded with colorful snapshots, maps, and drawings to help … Continue reading

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Bleeding Violet

In this fantasy/science fiction novel, Hanna lived with her aunt Ulla in Finland her whole life then runs away to Portero, Texas to find her mother.  Hanna is manic-depressive which triggers hallucinations of her dead father.  Hanna’s mother does not … Continue reading

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I Want to Win!

In this instance, the Little Princess wants to win–everything.  And does schemes and figures out ways to make everything to her advantage.  At school, however, there are trophies to win for being the best, and try as she may, she’s … Continue reading

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The Boxcar Children: The Lighthouse Mystery

I really think that the Boxcar Children is one of the best series for beginning readers of chapter books.  From my experience, kids love them once they discover them.  The four Alden children are relatable to today’s kids, even decades … Continue reading

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Dealing With Stress

This is one of those books that may never be checked out — not that students don’t need it, but because they may be embarrassed to check it out.  Enslow did a decent job covering the topics of what stresses … Continue reading

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United States Air Force

This is a great book about the US Air Force.  The pictures are fabulous and the information is very good.  There is a lot of good information on the history of the Air Force and what was used in each … Continue reading

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My Beauty: a guide to looking and feeling great

My Beauty is a great book to help girls look their best.  The book listed many beauty secrets to shine from the inside out.  I was glad to finally learn how to determine different face shapes based on measurements.  The … Continue reading

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Beep and Bah

What an unexpected delight!  I almost didn’t pick this book up because I thought the title and cover art were too silly, but I reluctantly did, and I am so glad I did.  The format is somewhat of a graphic … Continue reading

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Monkey: A Trickster Tale From India

Without seeing his name on the cover, McDermott’s books are recognizable.  His use of bright, vivid colors, texture, pattern and design make his books eye-catching.  The voice as heard through the playful monkey and deadly crocodile are easily identified as … Continue reading

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