Monthly Archives: October 2012

Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman (JB)

Looking at Lincoln Kalman, Maira Nancy Paulsen Books 2012 9780399240393 Ages recommended: Grade 2 -4 “Looking at Lincoln” would appeal to children and adults looking for a more whimsical and light-hearted introduction to our 16th President. It would also be … Continue reading

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Father Abraham: Lincoln and his sons by Harold Holzer

Father Abraham: Lincoln and his sons Harold Holzer Calkins Creek 2011 9781590783030   Age Recommended for: 5th grade and up. (This is an excellent and readable history for young people.) Plot Synopsis: Abraham Lincoln became President when our country was … Continue reading

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Cool Campers

The title Cool Campers says exactly what this book is about, school is over for summer and two best friends are going to summer camp together.  But before they leave, they hear that they were the only two kids from … Continue reading

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Double Dog Dare

Double Dog Dare is the story of a class of 4th graders, two of whom want the same thing.  The Media Club meets before school.  They are responsible for broadcasting a school news show seen by all students.  Francine wants … Continue reading

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Cinco Monitors coleccion de oro, Five Little Monkeys Storybook Treasury

Charming book with dual languages!  This would be perfect in a bi-lingual class, or even a class with one bi-lingual student.  What is most appreciated about this collection of traditional little monkey stories, is that each line is English and … Continue reading

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Police Cars

This a great little nonfiction book, which will appeal to younger readers.  The visual formatting is appealing, and it has pictures of real police cars, including the engine, the computer system inside, and parts of the car.  It also includes … Continue reading

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Ragdoll Cats

The formatting of this book is appealing, a good mixture of picture, caption, text, and color.  Also, appreciated is the content, it has some “meat” to it.  Not just one or two facts per page, but some short paragraphs to … Continue reading

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More

Absolutely beautiful, illustrations in a nice sized book.  Perfect for read alouds or individual gazing.  Something for everyone in this book, all ages will gravitate to this.  The plot is simple, with a magpie bird who keeps bringing  more “stuff” … Continue reading

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Gifts From the Gods

Wonderful summations of Greek Mythological stories condensed for the elementary readers.  It’s coupled with great illustrations which help to bring the stories to life.  One of the great benefits of this book is the author’s note in the back explaining … Continue reading

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Flamingos

Most appreciated about this nonfiction book about Flamingos is the size.  Many publishers are creating smaller sized books, which can are easily lost on book shelves.  I also appreciate the larger sized photos in nonfiction literature.  This book has fabulous, … Continue reading

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The Combination

The opening of the story with the anxieties of typical high school student such as making the team or worrying about getting into college gives The Combination by Elias Carr an immediate connection to the reader. But the school is … Continue reading

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Paisley Hanover Kisses and Tells

A witty, self-questioning, authentic teen voice is presented in that of Paisley Hanover Kisses and Tells by Cameron Tuttle.  In this second book of the series, Paisley’s alter ego, Miss UnPleasant, wins as a write in candidate for sophomore class … Continue reading

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Lion Storyteller Book of Animal Tales, TheThis is an

This is a marvelous book with stories from all over the world.  It has colorful pictures.  Some of the stories were old familiar classics.  Others were less known, all were enjoyable. The illustrations are colorful and bright and go well … Continue reading

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Half-Pint Pete the Pirate

This is a cute poem about cooperation and teamwork.  Pete had only half a treasure map.  Until he meets Bella who has the other half.  Together they find the treasure.  They decide together they make a good team. The pictures … Continue reading

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The Sleepless Little Vampire

This is a fun little story as to why the little vampire can’t sleep.  Scary things are not so scary in the story.  There is a funny twist to the end, vampires don’t sleep at night. Excellent, colorful illustrations.  Fun … Continue reading

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Princesses and Fairy Tales: A Spot-it Challenge

Similar to I Spy books, this Princesses and Fairy Tales book is more geared for girls, directing them to look for princesses and objects commonly found in fairy tales.  Girls will clamor over this book!

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