Monthly Archives: September 2012

Just Grace and the Terrible Tutu

This fiction book will appeal primarily  to female readers between the ages of 3rd-5th grade.  Young readers who enjoy books with visuals, such as different font, occassional cartoon picture,  illustration, diagram, etc. will appreciate the format of this book.  The … Continue reading

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High-Tech Olympics

This intermediate nonfiction book has great photos depicting how technology has influenced the Olympics.  Humans with artificial limbs, known as paralympics, seconds and milliseconds in events, technology at the Olympics.  Recommended for intermediate aged sport enthusiasts.

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Cool Stuff for Reading and Writing, Creative Handmade Projects for Kids

This is a super great nonfiction book with great pictures, list of materials, and fun ideas on decorating pens, pencils, notebooks and bookends.  It will appeal to intermediate aged kids.  The ideas and projects would make a fun independent or … Continue reading

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Mexican Art

This is a fabulous nonfiction book with very do-able art projects for children.  Step by step instructions, helpful pictures, and materials list.  This is a great book for a teacher’s unit  of study on Mexico.

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Veterans Day

This nonfiction, primary book explains the basic ideas behind Veteran’s Day.  This history, symbols, people, vocabulary words, interesting facts, and a recommended website www.abdopublishing.com which promises to offer updated websites from their platform.  This is recommended for primary students as … Continue reading

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Wombats

This nonfiction book delivers information on Wombats of Australia.  Fantastic pictures on every page add to the visual appeal of this book.  Written on a dual reading level, the narration on a primary level and the captions more on an … Continue reading

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Count Them While You Can…

Beautiful illustrations are the most prominent feature of this poetry book featuring endangered animals from all over the world.  The poems are written on a primary level, K-2 would appreciate the language.  However, the illustrations appeal to every age, and … Continue reading

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Whales on Stilts

This was originally published in 2005 or 2006.  I have some copies of this in my library, and thought this was a sequel until I examined it more closely.  This is actually the same version which has been republished!  Only … Continue reading

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Rain Forests

This nonfiction books has a visually attractive appeal which hails 8 chapters of information about tropical rain forests.  There are some good website recommendations, an index, and glossary in the back.

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Camels

This Scholastic non-fiction book is as primary as a reading level can get.  One or two sentence pages with pictures.  Very simplistic and will appeal to preschool, K, and 1st grade.  Nice Addition.

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Hippopotamuses

This is a nonfiction book with visual appeal, as it has great photographs, colorful format, captions, vocabulary and the usual index, web sites, and important facts.  One aspect that is unique about this book, is the varied reading level.  The … Continue reading

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Francis Woke Up Early

According to the Author’s Postscript, this beautiful work of art was accomplished over two decades of collaboration between the author and illustrator.  Each illustration was created from oil paintings inspired and largely completed on-site in Assisi.  The subject is a … Continue reading

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Iran

This excellent juvenile non-fiction series accomplishes a well-rounded look at individual countries around the world.  This book about Iran covers history and government, regions and resources, wildlife, infrastructure, culture, and Iran today.  There are interesting, bright and sharp, full-color photographs … Continue reading

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Enchanted

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Temptation of Angels, A

In this romantic fantasy, Helen Catwright goes through several mysterious events in which she must find herself and attempt to understand and accept her destiny.   Helen’s parents are killed by demon underlings in a fire because Helen is a “Keeper” … Continue reading

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This is a graphic novel by Nol Yomtov and Berenice Muniz retelling Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  This version provides the basic storyline of the original but is stripped of the details and period language.  There is a helpful pictorial … Continue reading

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Beauty and the Beast

This is a beautiful picture book version of the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast complete with Jan Brett’s beautiful illustrations.  Ms. Brett retells this story in a gentle way, appropriate as a read aloud for all.  There is … Continue reading

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Portugal

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War in the Air

Great photographs of vintage airplanes from various countries involved in WWII.The table of contents includes several key battles, famous people, paratroopers, strategic bombing, and glossary and index.  The reading level is intermediate to junior high, but the passages aren’t too … Continue reading

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The War in Afghanistan

Five chapter of accurate and detailed information about the Afghanistan war, beginning with unrest in Afghanistan, the Taliban, Operation Enduring Freedom, Rebuilding, Insurgency, and Obama’s new Plan.  Details such as influential individuals, timeline, book and website resources, glossary, index and … Continue reading

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Vote for Me

Perfect for the election year!  It simplifies and amplifies the rhetoric and childish fighting between the two major political parties in the United States.  Of course, the main characters are a donkey and an elephant who’s banter is ridiculous.  In … Continue reading

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Luke Skywalker and the Treasure of the Dragonsnakes

This is a graphic novel, in cartoon format.  The illustrations are in color and the pages are glossy.  Would appeal to lower level readers with high interest level.  Reluctant reader, male readers primarily.  Although, anyone familiar with Stars Wars may … Continue reading

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The Cape Buffalo

Remarkable pictures in this nonfiction book.  The layout is very attractive, to all ages.  The content had an emphasis on “attacks”  by this animal on humans.  Two out of five chapters was dedicated to this concept.  As an educator, I … Continue reading

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Bridging the Energy Gap

An analytical look at different forms of energy being utilized on our planet along with pros and cons.  It includes case studies, which are real life examples from various regions.  There are graphs, pictures, captions, side bars, and a glossary … Continue reading

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What We Wear

Stunning, real photographs of children throughout the world wearing their native costume and clothing!  respectful, beautiful, colorful, and heartwarming.  Recommended for preschool, K, 1st, 2nd grades.

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