Monthly Archives: September 2013

Washington

This is a very up to date book about the state of Washington, and interesting facts about it’s people, places, and products. It is easy to read, has nice pictures, and clearly written facts about the state. Nice addition to … Continue reading

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From Iron to Car

This is a simple interesting explanation of how we obtain the material for, and then make a car.  It has detailed actual photos of the processes taking place.  The font is easy to read, with a simple vocabulary young people … Continue reading

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The Box

This story is creative and fun.  It teaches a lot about the fun of using your imagination.  I liked the way the boy with t he box includes everyone, even the boy who was showing off. The font changes when … Continue reading

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My Crocodile Does Not Bite

This story is lots of fun.  It would be a fun “read out loud” book with a group.  The pictures are colorful and cute.  The story has easy to read font in vocabulary young readers could read fairly easily.  I … Continue reading

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Oopsy,Teacher!

This would be a great book to read to a class of children.  The final word of each thought is extra large print; making it easy for a group that was being read to to read and say together.  The … Continue reading

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The Classic Tales of Brer Rabbit

Brer Rabbit is a trickster that lives in the folktales told for hundreds of years and collected by Joel Chandler Harris in the 1880’s.  This is a collection of seven tales and the language has been modernized from the original, … Continue reading

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Speaking Dog: Understanding Why Your Hound Howls and Other Tips on Speaking Dog

This new series from Capstone is of high interest targeting struggling or reluctant readers.  The vocabulary is controlled and the sentence structure is short and direct.  All parts of a non-fiction book are included such as a table of contents, … Continue reading

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Monsters Don’t Cry!

Things happen that disappoint, make you sad, and even hurt, but it’ll get better, and crying won’t help.  That’s the message here.  But then sometimes you have to cry because nothing else will do.  That’s okay, too.  

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The Pets You Get!

This is a cute little story with fun pictures.  It deals with peoples differences and learning to appreciate each others and enjoy them.  It is a quick easy read that young children would enjoy.  The words are large easy to … Continue reading

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The Story Behind Maps

This reference on maps gives a brief history of mapmaking and famous mapmakers. It also provides information on types of maps, reading maps and on map projections. It ends a chapter titled, “The Future of Maps” that discusses satellites and sky … Continue reading

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The Ten Year Century

This book takes stock of the major events that occurred during the first decade of the twenty-first century: “breaking down the decade’s most significant events year by year, from the 2000 presidential election recount to the rise of globalization to … Continue reading

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Genetically Modified Foods

The world of genetically modified foods is discussed in this volume of the Nutrition and Health series. The author explains how GM crops were developed, how GM foods are made, and the advantages of and concerns about GM foods. The … Continue reading

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Bush v. Gore The Florida Recounts of the 2000 Presidential Election

This book takes what was an extremely volatile issue at the time, and what is likely to be seen by many students now as confusing, and leads the reader clearly through each of the chain of events that led to … Continue reading

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Buried Alive: How 33 Miners Survived 69 Days Deep Underh the Chilean Desert

This is account of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped in a mine after a collapse is absolutely riveting. The photographs of the miners in the mine, their families above ground waiting, hoping and praying, the rescuers, the technical … Continue reading

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A Midsummer NIght’s Dream: The Graphic Novel

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, another volume in Gale’s Classic Graphic Novel Collection, did not disappoint. I have read and enjoyed several in this collection and this one is very good. The illustrations change color pallette depending on the location of … Continue reading

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Emergency Vehicles

Thick, heavy pages free the young reader to turn the pages with enthusiasm and no worries.  Although, the binding on this particular copy wasn’t strong enough to withstand library use, it may be that it was stitched this way because … Continue reading

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Trick or Treat

Not too spooky, this is an adorable book about the famed holiday, Halloween.  Gentle illustrations softly convey the sweet personality of the ghost Oliver, as he readies the house for his holiday guests.  He “dusts” the house, wakes the black … Continue reading

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All Kinds of Friends

Preschool and primary age story explaining the different types of friendships: other children, adults, pets, stuffed animals, etc.  Bright pictures and a good size to the book, help make this a nice book to share with young children.  This story … Continue reading

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Quincy Finds a New Home

Wow!  This is a beautiful story with beautiful pictures.  A young girl, about 10 years old, meets her new horse for the first time.  The seller is an elderly man who feels he is too old to ride his horse … Continue reading

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David, Fish & Penguins…

 This simple story is about one little boy’s vivid imagination as it plays out from his waking in the morning, until his settling in for sleep at night. Each two page spread is awash in beautiful, rich colors that depict different … Continue reading

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One Cool Friend

 Elliot and his father visit an aquarium for the day. Elliot politely asks his father for a penguin.  When his father agrees, Elliot hurries off to get one.  What Elliot failed to realize is that his father may have been … Continue reading

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Cheerleading

Cheerleading, a title in the Science Behind Sports series from Lucent Books, is a 100 page report on what body parts are in motion while performing cheers and dance moves.  The first chapter gives an historical overview of the development … Continue reading

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Adele

Abdo Publishing has got the right style going on with their Contemporary Lives biography series.  Glossy pages full of color photos, sidebars, and to be honest, font at a size 14, really makes the information easy to get through.  Specifically, … Continue reading

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The Eleventh Plague

Stephen is a scavenger.  He travels around a post-biological-attack America with his father, looking for usable items and avoiding threats.  One day he finds himself in need of help and a group of strangers come to his rescue.  They have … Continue reading

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Being Frank

Frank is a name you don’t hear much anymore, nor is it word often used to describe being totally honest.  But it’s a word that shouldn’t be forgotten, as this book so aptly shows.  Being totally frank with someone does … Continue reading

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