Monthly Archives: May 2013

Glamorous Glasses

This darling picture book is about Joanie, a young girl who learns that she needs glasses.  She goes into town with her mother, aunt and cousin, Barbara Louise to pick them out.  The girls are dazzled by all the glamorous … Continue reading

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Princess in Training

Princess Viola is a spirited girl, more fond of diving into the moat, skateboarding up and down the drawbridge and karate-chopping, than doing all that princesses typically do.  She decides to go off to princess camp where she can learn … Continue reading

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The Shepherd Girl of Bethlehem

This is a beautiful nativity story about a little shepherd girl who followed her father into the night and toward the stable where she discovered the baby Jesus.  Joining Mary, Joseph, the three kings, shepherds and stable animals, the girl … Continue reading

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The Highway Rat

The Highway Rat is written by the creators of The Gruffalo and has the similar theme of a character who uses his/her clever wit to solve a problem.  In this case, Duck tricks the Highway Rat, stopping him from stealing … Continue reading

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Elmer and the Birthday Quake

In this Elmer book, a herd of pink elephants are having a birthday party for Old, who was turning 100 years old.  Elmer and his cousin, Wilbur, went to check out the commotion and ended up witnessing an earthquake disaster!  … Continue reading

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Two Shy Pandas

Two Shy Pandas is a lovely children’s picture book with a friendship theme.  The two young pandas are lonely playing by themselves at the zoo and long to have a friend but are too shy to introduce themselves to each … Continue reading

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Dinosaurs

This fun dinosaur book is written in a bit of a story style.  It is full of questions to make the reader think.  The pictures are inviting and interesting.  At the end of the book are a variety of fun … Continue reading

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Can we share the World with Tigers?

This book surprised me.  It looked like and started like a story book about a tiger family. The book ended up being a book about ecology.  It has a wide variety of information about our earth and how it has … Continue reading

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Parrots

“There are 418 different kinds of parrots and related species.”  This small  7″ X 6″ page book shows only a few of them, but these usually highly colorful birds pictured will elicit ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’.  Brief, simple, general information is … Continue reading

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Trees

The reader follows a chestnut tree through the changes of four seasons. Three of the six transparent pages reveal the inside and outside of a chestnut husk, above and below the ground of the tree, and before and after the … Continue reading

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Earth’s Surface, The

“What is geography for? To get to know what the surface of the Earth looks like.” So begins this First Discovery book for second through fourth graders. Illustrators Ute Fuhr and Raoul Sautai have created mountain, coastline, valley, plain, delta, … Continue reading

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The Trap Door

In book 3 of the Infinity Ring series, Sera, Riq, and Dak travel to the year 1850 in the state of Maryland.  Their mission is to fix a break in the time continuum that has something to do with the … Continue reading

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Pluto Visits Earth!

Pluto Visits Earth! is classified as an Everybody Reads/Picture book, however it is chock full of science factoids.  The story goes that Pluto has heard that he’s been downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet.  He goes to the … Continue reading

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The Loopy Coop Hens: Letting Go

Letting Go is the story about three hens who believe that a fox is up in an apple tree throwing the apples at them.  They get hysterical because they are afraid the fox will come after them next.  They run … Continue reading

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I Want My Mom!

Mom’s are wonderful!  They kiss our boo-boos, they play with us, read to us, and generally make all the icky things in the world better.  For Little Princess, her mom made everything right.  Then one day, Little Princess was invited … Continue reading

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Randy Kazandy Where are your Glasses?

Randy needed glasses to see better, but he does not want to wear them.  He finds ways to lose the or get them broken, but each time his mother has another pair for him to put on.  She bought four … Continue reading

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Boy with Pink Hair, The

This is a super story.  It shows the positive side of being different, and that our uniqueness can be a good thing to share with others.  It is positive and full of love and acceptance, and shows how those qualities … Continue reading

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Box, The

This is a cute story about using your imagination.  Many children use boxes to play with and make many this from a box.  In this story a boy named Kenny has a box that becomes many different things.  Even better … Continue reading

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The Golden Door

Emily Rodda is a master at characterization and the making of a hero.  Her heroes are not beautiful, strong people, but someone who is ordinary, like you and me.  In reading her first book of her newest trilogy, The Golden … Continue reading

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Little Chick and Mommy Cat

This is the story of a cat who couldn’t have kittens and a chick whose mommy couldn’t take care of her.  They took care of each other.  People would always comment of how different they were and wondered what is … Continue reading

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Hoop Genius: How a desperate teacher and a rowdy gym class invented basketball

The hoop genius is James Naismith, a high school gym teacher, with a class of rowdy boys that no one wanted.  Naismith tried all sorts of games but to no avail.  His boys were beat up and bandaged from the … Continue reading

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The Last Tiger

The Last Tiger is a treat to both your eyes and your soul.  The story is about the last tiger left in the world, a world in which there no longer existed animals or trees or flowers.  The environment was … Continue reading

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Barry

Colin Thompson is so clever and has a vivid imagination and gift of storytelling.  Barry is an alien-made robot who came to planet earth with his makers, but got left behind.  He doesn’t look like much, mostly put together from … Continue reading

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Tricky Tarantulas

Divided into 2 sections, this book on unusual pets begins with basic facts.  Because there are often laws about owning unusual pets, the reader is advised to check state laws.  Facts include details about preferred environments, food, and care.  The … Continue reading

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Tales for Very Picky Eaters

What a fun book!  James is a very picky eater – most families have one.  Dad needs to get inventive to entice his son to try meals.  Divided into 5 chapters, in the first, James is encouraged to eat broccoli … Continue reading

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