Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Gods and Goddesses of Greek Mythology

Nardo does an excellent job of organizing this massive topic.  He begins with an overview of Greek mythology and ancient history, relying on the Greek epic poet Hesiod (same era as Homer who is better known) to give his thoughts … Continue reading

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My Sister Olive

A simple and delightful personal narrative of a young sister’s admiration for her older sister.  Not so much a story as a list of all the ways that “My Olive is the best in the world”…compared to herself.  “My Olive … Continue reading

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My First Mandarin Chinese Phrases

Not being a Chinese language expert, I had an Chinese ESL specialist from our district look at this book to give me her take 0n this publication.  The Basics explains the four tones of Mandarin along with a graph of … Continue reading

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Seven Wonders of the World

Students who are interested in history or geography or travel, will love this book.  It includes the seven wonders of the ancient world as the seven wonders of the newer world.  The first seven are all located in the Mediterranean … Continue reading

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Love? Maybe

Piper knows she’s cynical.  Falling in love is not something she aspires to do. In fact, she usually walks away before she can every really get to know a guy.  Enter her two best girlfriends with a love potion plan … Continue reading

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Invincible Iron Man: an origin story

Based on the Marvel comic book series THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, Tony Stark is a rich man who likes to have fun, but he is also a brilliant inventor.  When an enemy army captures him, it leads to the invention … Continue reading

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Stegosaurus: Armored Defender

This non-fiction book illustrates that large dinosaurs, in this case – stegosaurus, SHOULD NOT be shrunk down to ‘graphic’ size! The illustrations are too repetitive and lackluster. Book consists of 57 sentences total. Page 18 states, ” four sharp spikes…” … Continue reading

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Joker on the High Seas

When is a graphic novel, not a graphic novel, nor a comic book? When it is written in short chapter book form with full page single picture illustrations. Joker, the Crown Prince of Crime, takes over one of Wayne Enterprises … Continue reading

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Leatherback Turtles

Young readers learn about the largest turtles in the world.  Simple text tells about the physical characteristics of the leatherback, what it eats, and where it lives.  Because these turtles are endangered, suggestions are made to help reduce the threat … Continue reading

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A Bill’s Journey into Law

For such a complicated process, this easy non-fiction does a good job of explaining to young readers how a bill becomes a law.  The comical illustrations make the topic fun and the example of free ice cream on your birthday … Continue reading

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Here Come the Girl Scouts!

This is a wonderful picture book biography of Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts.  The book describes not only her accomplishments and benefits of the Girl Scout program, but her character, dreams and values as well.  I … Continue reading

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World War I

This is a “you choose” book set during World War I.  There are three story paths including resisting the Germans in Belgium, joining the British military, or enlisting in the American forces.  With 41 choices the reader can enjoy this … Continue reading

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The Missing Coin

The characters from DISNEY”S movie Aladdin are off on an adventure. Jasmine wants to purchase the only missing coin from Aladdin’s rare desert coin collection and give it to him for his birthday. To do this, Jasmine and Rajah fly … Continue reading

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RRRALPH

Ralph is a dog who can answer questions, such as, “How’s the path feel on your paws…” and ” What’s on that tree?” Ralph’s responses are 1.5 inches tall, in this 12″ X 8.25″ book where large creatively adorable multimedia … Continue reading

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Mouse and Mole, A Perfect Halloween

Young independent readers will enjoy this four chapter book about friends, Mouse and Mole,  preparing for Halloween. Yee’s illustrations are scattered throughout the text often three per page just like the falling leaves of autumn. As Mouse hangs up a … Continue reading

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A Brand-New DAy with Mouse and Mole

This beginning chapter book of four chapters is a fast moving, realistic story of friendship with illustrations interspersed  throughout the text, sometimes three per page. After moths made holes in Moles clothes Mouse tries something “new” at the diner for … Continue reading

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Albert’s Amazing Snail

Albert, the mouse, tries to train his newly found pet snail, Flash, tricks, but  finds patience instead. Young readers are exposed to the concept of ‘position’ when Albert demonstrates all the tricks he’d like Flash to learn. A cute surprise … Continue reading

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The Word Collector by Sonja Wimmer

Synopsis:   Luna is girl who lives in the sky and collects words.  One day she notices all the good, sweet words she collected have disappeared from the world.   She can’t sleep and makes a decision to spread her healing words … Continue reading

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Catty Jane who hated the rain by Valeri Gorbachev

Synopsis:   Poor little Catty Jane hates the rain and is afraid of thunder and lightning.  Nothing her mother does can console her – not even an offer of a cookie!  But when her friends Froggy, Piggy and Goose arrive they … Continue reading

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One Sheep, Blue Sheep by Thom Wiley /illustrated by Ben Mantle

Synopsis: With clever rhymed text, five sheep stumble into buckets of different color paints left around the farm.  Die cuts cut into each page reveal the “new” color of each sheep and the chaos continues as sheep bump each other, … Continue reading

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My name is Elizabeth by Annika Dunkee and illustrated by Matthew Forsythe

Synopsis:   Young Elizabeth likes her name.  She likes that it is nine letters long and that there was a queen named Elizabeth.  She has no patience when people call her Lizzy, Beth or Betsy!   She shouts at them rudely:  MY … Continue reading

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Backyard Ballistics: Build potato cannons, paper match rockets, Cincinnati fire kites, tennis ball mortars, and more dynamite devices by William Gurstelle 2nd edition.

Synopsis:  William Gurstelle, a professional engineer, is a believer in DIY Science and the creativity of amateurs.   He wanted to create a book to inspire new generation of young scientists and engineers and encourage hands on experimentation.  He was told … Continue reading

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A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Synopsis:  After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Tetsu Kishi, his mother and sister Kimi are sent to Arizona to a relocation camp called Gila River.  Their father is sent elsewhere to be questioned by the government.    At Gila River the … Continue reading

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The Lifeguard

The cover, featuring a handsome shirtless lifeguard, gives the reader the impression that The Lifeguard will be a romantic beach read. But the reader may be disappointed. The characters are poorly defined; for instance the reader learns next to nothing … Continue reading

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Shift

Shift is the sequel to Shade and is the second book in the Shade Trilogy. Shift takes up two months after Shade ends and continues the story of Aura, her dead boyfriend Logan, and a new love interest Zachary. This … Continue reading

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