Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Sultan’s Tigers

The Trelawney family has it’s share of adventurers.  While in Ireland for his grandfather’s funeral, Tom discovers a packet of letters from an ancestor dated over 200 years earlier.  His ancestor was a soldier in India who had gotten his … Continue reading

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Counterfeits

Green Lanterns- Hal Jordan and Kilowog are transporting Red Lantern – Razar for destroying a planet and all its inhabitants. Unbeknownst to the Green Lanterns a set of  evil invisible beings are aboard, too. These beings are there to get … Continue reading

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The Hunted: Polar Prey

Reluctant older readers will enjoy this short 21 chapter fast-paced story. The chapters run from two to four pages in length. “Way up north in the Arctic on the Hudson Bay, a huge polar bear lay quietly on the frozen … Continue reading

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Here Comes Firefighter Hippo

Little Hippo is playing and pretending he is a firefighter.  He has a truck and rushes off to fight a fire.  He first encounters Big Hippo and gets stuck in the mud and needs help getting out.  He then runs … Continue reading

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Listen, Buddy

Subtitled “A Story About Learning to Listen,” this reissue of a 1995 book teaches listening and social skills to young children.  Issued as part of a ‘new’ series ‘Laugh-Along Lessons,’ this book includes a free downloadable audio version.  After not … Continue reading

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It Wasn’t My Fault

This is a reissue of the 1985 book by Lester and Munsinger.  It has been updated to include a free downloadable audio version.  The book is subtitled “A Story About Taking Responsibility” and is appropriate to use for teaching social … Continue reading

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A Porcupine Named Fluffy

This book was originally published in 1986 as a children’s picture book.  This new version has the exact same story, but the book itself has been updated.  It is now part of a series titled ‘Laugh-Along Lessons.’  It is subtitled … Continue reading

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The Day the Crayons Quit

If crayons could complain, what would they say?  In this book, Duncan finds out.  In a series of letters written to Duncan by each color, he finds out that most of them aren’t too happy with how he is using … Continue reading

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Balance of Power

This Superman Adventures graphic novel begins with villain Livewire in a hospital bed listening to an evening radio talk show where the topic is women” should be at home, taking care of the kids and doing the laundry.” (p.5) Later, … Continue reading

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Mxy’s Magical Mayhem

There are 5 short chapters in this book with the villain Mxy giving Superman and Metropolis a hard time. Superman is  flying, using his super-hearing, heat vision, X-ray vision, super-breath, and red laser beams from his eyes as he works … Continue reading

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Words with Wings

Gabriela started using daydreams to escape the deteriorating relationship between her parents. When her parents divorce, she is moved from her familiar neighborhood and school, where she had very few relationships anyway, and sent to a new school. Anticipating that … Continue reading

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Take Me to Your Loser

Nothing seems to go the right way for Danny.  To escape wrestling Bruiser, Danny runs for 7th grade class president.  Although he believes he has no chance of winning, things change and he wins!  Danny gets pressure from many sides … Continue reading

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TIGER MOTH Attack of the Zom-Bees!

DC Comics writer, Scott Sonneborn, gives readers this graphic novel in the TIGER MOTH series. New girl, Honey Bee, at Antennae Elementary School many of the students  (but not, Tiger Moth- Insect Ninja and his apprentice in training – Kung … Continue reading

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Space Shuttle Disaster, The Tragic Mission of the Challenger

This book is very interesting.  It tells of the space program and the risks and accidents, and what caused them.  It is a easy to understand over view of over 20 years of the US Space program, and the challenges … Continue reading

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Amazing Snakes! Bush Vipers

Great Pictures!  This is a simple book about a variety of snakes indigenous to Africa.  It is a quick read that would hold the attention of young readers, as well as older ones.  The font is easy to read.  The … Continue reading

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Dorothy, a Different Kind of Friend

This story is about being friends with those who are very different than yourself.  I liked the main character and here different friend, but when it comes to their interactions with others I would have changed the story line.  I … Continue reading

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The World’s Longest Snakes and Other Animal Records

This is a quick fun read, with interesting facts about outstanding animals.  The photos of the actual animal are nice and clear.  This is an easy read for young readers with a good glossary of words that may be unfamiliar.  … Continue reading

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How to Draw Incredible Ocean Animals

This is an amazing two-fold book.  It is not only a simple step by step drawing book, but it is also an excellent science book about a large variety of sea animals.  This is a wonderful addition to our science … Continue reading

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Cub’s Big World

Beautiful oil and acrylic painted illustrations in this large picture book which help to tell the story of this polar bear cub and as his world expands past the known safety of his mother’s side.  The story is the perfect … Continue reading

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Lost Cat

Charming story and illustrations which tell the tale of the cat who was forgotten when the moving van was loaded.  By the time they came back, the cat was gone.  Lost and alone the cat tries to find a new … Continue reading

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Sweet Dreams, Curious George

This everybody, fiction book was written by Cynthia Platt in the style of H.A. Rey.  This story is about George receiving a Chicken Little book from his friend in the yellow hat.  Even though he excitedly anticipates the story all … Continue reading

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Earth-Friendly Papier-Mache’ Crafts in 5 Easy Steps

Excellent photographs leading the young artist through each step of the process to create paper mache’ projects.   The projects are simple enough to make, and yet challenging enough to create a nice a nice end product.  It wasn’t clear to … Continue reading

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Monster Airplane

Great beginner book on airplanes.  The font is very large and easy to read.  The vocabulary is simple, with a glossary at the end to help children understand unfamiliar words. The photos are clear and interesting.  This book is great … Continue reading

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Crafts for Revamping your room

This book is all about being creative and being you.  Young girls would have a lot of fun using this book.  There are pages of creative ideas with good clear directions.  The pictures make it easy to understand the directions.  … Continue reading

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The Green Bath

This is a cute book about two families who live next door to each other.  The one family brings home a speed boat.  Sammy’s father brings home a green bath tub.  What is special about a green bath?  Wait until … Continue reading

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