Monthly Archives: June 2012

keeper

If you were born in the sea, and lived your whole life by the sea, surrounded only by those quirky characters who are somewhat broken and can only exist by the sea, then it seems that your whole belief system, … Continue reading

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Apples and Pumpkins

This 1989 picture book story tells of mother, father, and young daughter traveling to a small farm in autumn to pick a bushel basket of apples from the orchard and a pumpkin from the vine for Halloween. As the story … Continue reading

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Exploring Leaves

The first 16 pages of this small book (7.5″ x 6.5″) for small hands with small vocabularies has a 5.5″ x 5.5″ color photo in combination with one sentence. (Example sentences: “Leaves grow on stems” from p. 6, “Some plants … Continue reading

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Artemisia of Caria

This is one of six biographies from the Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses, each focusing on a powerful princess from history.  The others in the series include:  Hatshepsut of Egypt, Isabella of Castile, Nur Jahan of India, Qutlugh Terkan … Continue reading

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The Aztec Empire

This is non-fiction book about the Aztec Empire from Scholastic’s “True Book” series.  The author provides a general background about the Aztec culture, rise to and fall from power, language, diet and way of life.  The pictures and illustrations in … Continue reading

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One Dog and His Boy

This fictional chapter book was written by one of the great child authors of her time, but who didn’t live to see the completion of her work.  Eva Ibbotson died at 85 while working on her last book, One Dog … Continue reading

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Japanese Bobtail Cats

As is typical with the newer nonfiction books, this is a 24 page book with pictures and text geared for elementary level students. The text is fourth grade level vocabulary, but with approximately three paragraphs per page.    Includes captions … Continue reading

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Weird But True Weather

This nonfiction book is best suited for primary elementary grades with every other page a full photo of an unusual weather phenomenon.  As is typical of most nonfiction books, the reading level is aimed at fourth grade with vocabulary, but … Continue reading

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You Will Call Me DROG

Yes, I gave this book a R** rating; one star just wasn’t good enough.  This is Sue Cowing’s first novel and it is absolutely brilliant!  I can’t say enough good things about it.  Parker is an 11-year-old boy who lives … Continue reading

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Meow said the Cow

This is a cute rhyming book.  The cat is tired of the noisy farm so he changes the voices of the animals.  The next morning the rooster says, “squeak, squeak,” the pigs say,” cluck, cluck,” the hens say,”oink, oink. The … Continue reading

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Adventure Beneath the Sea

This beautiful and interesting non-fiction book is about the adventures of two men (the Author and Photographer) who spent seven days in an small underwater laboratory to study the sea creatures at Conch Reef.  The small capsule these men worked … Continue reading

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My Rhinoceros

This is a cute book about a boy who buys a rhinoceros.  But the rhinoceros doesn’t do any thing so the boy calls an expert.  The expert tells him that the rhinoceros can do two things, pop balloons and poke … Continue reading

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F is for Friendship A quilt alphabet

This is a great book about quilts.  It has information about the history of quilts.  Quilts have been a social part of the art of quilting, with the quilting bee as a way to help each other with their project … Continue reading

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Final Four, The

In this realistic sports novel, the semi-final March Madness basketball game is detailed while the stories of the players are told as well.  The game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Trojans of Troy University is the epitome of … Continue reading

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Junkyard Wonders

This book is about a young girl, Trisha, who moves to a new school and finds that she is in a class called “the junkyard.”  She didn’t want to be in a special class anymore but her teacher Mrs. Peterson … Continue reading

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The Pueblo

These True books are a real deal for a school library, only $6.95 for a hard cover volume.  The text is engaging and clearly written and the pictures are good quality, relevant, and interesting.  This book is about the Pueblo … Continue reading

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Food and Energy: Striking a Healthy Balance

This is one in a series of six books about food.  The other titles include:  Food as Fuel:  Nutrition for Athletes; Food Buzz:  Nutrition in the News; Food Culture:  Celebrating Diverse Traditions; Food Options:  Following Special Diets; and Food Safety:  … Continue reading

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Pulling the Rip Cord: Skydiving

This is one in a series of six books about adrenaline adventures.  The other books in the series include:  Mountain, Rock, and Ice Climbing; Auto Racing; Dogsled Racing; White-water Rafting, Canoeing, and Kayaking; and Surfing.  This book is library bound … Continue reading

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The Handy Psychology Answer Book

The Handy Psychology Answer Book may be the the most approachable, fun to read text book one will ever find. While divided into sections by topic, it’s hard to not just read cover to cover because the guide book is … Continue reading

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Women Heros of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue

This book consists of 26 stories of heroines whose volunteerism and humanitarianism had critical effects on the war against the Nazis during WWII. The stories of espionage, sabotage, resistance and rescue are set in Germany, Poland, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, … Continue reading

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Israel

Israel, from the Enchantment of the World series, is a comprehensive look at the state of Israel today through 2012.  Color photos throughout enhance this typical country report book.  With about a 70% text to 30% picture rate over a … Continue reading

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Spin the Bottle

Although the story in Spin the Bottle centered around the Monroe Middle School Drama Club, there was little drama in the book.   This is refreshing to me.  The narrator, Phoebe, has been looking forward to middle school and joining … Continue reading

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Tyler Perry

In the “rags to riches” biography, we read about Tyler Perry who raised himself up from an abusive childhood to a playwright/actor/ movie producer who helps others cope with life struggles.  So strongly did his faith nudge him to help … Continue reading

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Cleopatra “Serpent of the Nile”

Each book in this series of six focuses on the life of a legendary and powerful female leader from history.  This Dastardly Dames biography about Cleopatra is full of engaging and fascinating pictures, illustrations and text.  The full color picture … Continue reading

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Catherine De’Medici “The Black Queen”

This biography about Catherine De’Medici is one of six in the Dastardly Dames series which also includes:  Cleopatra, Agrippina, Mary Tudor, Marie Antoinette and Cixi.  These biographies are in picture book format with engaging illustrations and photographs including paintings and … Continue reading

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