Monthly Archives: April 2014

Cinderella: The Lost Tiara

Cinderella is a new princess bride as the story opens, but helping others in a servant role is deeply engrained in her actions. The King’s mother is coming to visit. She missed the Prince and Cinderella’s wedding. Grandmama would like … Continue reading

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The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins

The Book of Blood is absolutely fascinating!  I was mesmerized reading it.  It includes so much information about blood–who knew?  There is the elements of blood, the lost science of Egypt, disease, transfusions and bloodletting, terms ‘blue blood’ and ‘cold … Continue reading

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A Christmas Drawing Wonderland!

Kids love to draw and drawing books are a popular item at our school library.  This book is different because the directions are easy to follow.  The illustrations aren’t cluttered up but simple.  Kids can add as much as they … Continue reading

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Presidential Pets: the Weird, Wacky, Little, Big, Scary, Strange Animals That Have Lived in the White House

This non-fiction book has a little bit of everything in it–although the title leads one to believe that it is mainly about pets and animals owned by the presidents of the United States, it is actually much more than that.  … Continue reading

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The Smart Animals Chimpanzees

This is a detailed book on chimpanzees.  It covers a broad variety of topics relating to them and their connections with humans. There are sections in the book that encourage thoughtful research on the subject, with suggestions of where to … Continue reading

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Hawks

Wow!  The photography in this book is amazing!  The text in this non-fiction book is appropriate reading for the primary grades, with bold, high-lighted words featuring the science vocabulary.  The text and photos are perfectly matched.  The fine details with … Continue reading

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Up the Creek

This is a very funny book.  The pictures are very funny.  The characters are perfect for the Northwest, and no doubt many places with lots of water and wildlife.  The story deals with three friends, beaver, bear, and moose, who … Continue reading

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Walking through a World of Aromas

This is a rather different and interesting story about a girl who is blind, but learns to use her ability to smell to get around and help others. The vocabulary is filled with words that will probably be unfamiliar to … Continue reading

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Crafts for Pampering Yourself

This is a book that girls who enjoy creating things would enjoy.  Some of the projects could become rather messy, and some of the crafts seem rather tacky, but younger girls would probably have fun with it, and the book … Continue reading

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When I Feel Worried

This is a good positive book to help young children learn to deal with the feelings they have when they are worried.  There is a page at the front of the book for adults that has good advice for teaching … Continue reading

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Sloths

This book is very interesting and full of fun facts about sloths and where they live.  The pictures re clear and close up.  The font is very large and bold, making it easy to read. The book compares two-toed and … Continue reading

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100th Day of School From the Black Lagoon

Jared Lee has heavily illustrated this installment of Mike Thaler’s Black Lagoon series in black and white drawings. Hubie and his class have never celebrated the 100th day of school before. Their teacher, Mrs. Green, wants them to bring 100 … Continue reading

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Arctic Foxes

The arctic fox is one of nature’s most adaptable animal.  Everything about this animal enables it to survive nature’s harshest environments.  Their amount of fat, metabolism, even how their blood circulates all help the fox to survive in temperatures of … Continue reading

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Come and Play, Mr Croc

Come and Play, Mr Croc is a board book for the very young, perhaps one year and up.  Five characters are introduced at the very beginning and page by page, the reader looks for one of the characters hiding.  Very … Continue reading

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Kevin’s Big Book of the Five Senses

This five senses book is for toddlers, ages two years and up.  It covers all the five senses and with each one gives a fair amount of examples plus added vocabulary to describe things.  A youngster will be delighted with … 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 the box includes everyone, even the boy who was showing off.  The font changes when the … Continue reading

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So You Want to Be President?

The first half of this book seemed quite different from the second half; shorter sentences almost made it seem it was targeting a very young audience.  The information given was common, not exactly riveting.  However, the second half picked up … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Darwin’s Frog

Darwin’s Frog, Rhinoderma darwinii, is a small frog, about one inch in length, indigenous to southern Chile.  This frog is different from other frogs because of mothering of the male frogs.  A female frog will choose a strong frog with … Continue reading

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Mr. Putter & Tabby Drop the Ball

Hooray! It’s baseball season ! Mr. Putter decides there is more to summer than taking naps. Mr. Putter and  Mrs. Teaberry  demonstrate their baseball prowess in this short 5 chapter story of geriatric baseball. Mrs. Teaberry’s dog Zeke almost causes … Continue reading

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Diggin’ Dirt: Science Adventures with Kitanai the Origami Dog

In this colorful mixture pf cut paper, folded paper, photos, and painting, a story unfolds as a newly folded origami dog discovers his new garden environment: smells, dirt- soil, and Roger the earthworm. In this enjoyable introduction to earth science … Continue reading

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Camellia the Fabulous Flower Girl

Camellia loves pretending and her favorite scene is being a flower girl, until one day she is asked to be a flower girl for real.  It’s her dream come true, until she finds out there are two other flower girls.  … Continue reading

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How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow!

Wendell Minor must really like pumpkins; here’s his second picture book on them.  In this story, the emphasis is on BIG pumpkins.  Each pair of pages uses a synonym for BIG to demonstrate what big really means.  Pumpkins are seen … Continue reading

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The Custodian from the Black Lagoon

Everyone knows that the custodian is one of the most important people of the school and he is somewhat of a mystery.  He’s the only one who knows where all the secret places are hidden.  In this elementary school, Fester … Continue reading

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Dogs

This book begins and ends with the same idea:  all dogs are related to the wolf and how the resemblance remains regardless of breeding.  Dogs are put into categories such as hunting dogs, herding dogs, lap dogs, etc.  Each page … Continue reading

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Geology

This TRUE Book is disappointing in the lack of  information it delivers. There are five chapters: 1- Studying the Earth, 2- History of Geology, 3- Our Rapidly and Slowly Changing Earth, 4- The Rock Cycle, and 5 – Frozen Fields … Continue reading

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