Monthly Archives: June 2014

Mallory and Mary Ann Take New York

Even though this is #19 in the Mallory series, it is my first time reading one. I found it quite enjoyable because it is so naturally believable and full of energy. This one begins, ” My favorite TV show, hosted … Continue reading

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The Home Fronts in World War I

This reference geared for upper elementary grades illustrates not the battles and campaigns of WWI but what life was like for those not engaged in battle. The chapters are short; each chapter answers a question, such as “Did Civilians Face … Continue reading

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The Saga of Erik the Viking

Terry Jones, best known as part of Monty Python’s team, wrote this story for his young son after going to an exhibition about Vikings at the British Museum. Deciding the Icelandic epics were a little difficult to read, he decided … Continue reading

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Darkness Everywhere: The Assassination of Mohandas Gandhi

While this book does provide a biography of Gandhi, it does not focus solely on his life. Half of the book provides the history of the group of conspirators who plotted and carried out the execution of “Mahatmaji.” Gandhi’s evolution … Continue reading

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World War I: From the Lusitania to Versailles

The assassination of Archduke Ferdinand was the first step in what was to become a global conflict. When the United States entered the war on the side of the Allies, most believed that the “war to end all wars” would … Continue reading

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Student Movements of the 1960s

Young women and men coming of age in 1960 were not, as a whole, worried about social hypocrisy or desirous of changing the economic, political, and social framework of the United States.  The subsequent decade changed that.  In Student Movements … Continue reading

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Pushes and Pulls

Author, Helen Gregory, presents an easy to understand early physics science book which supports national science standards. It enjoyment all begins, with the smiling mother pushing her smiling daughter on a swing pictured on the book’s front cover. Often the  … Continue reading

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Circus Train

Author, Adria F. Klein, presents a color concept book for very young readers using 81 words. Craig Cameron’s bright, cheery illustrations of the circus train are a perfect match with the circus animals all happily smiling . As the circus … Continue reading

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Mr. Mouse’s Motel: Helping Others

Mr. Mouse runs a motel all by himself. This makes for quite a bit of work when his motel is booked for a convention in town. Mr. Mouse is run ragged helping his guests with their luggage and room service: … Continue reading

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Stick to the Facts, Katie: Writing a Resaerch Paper with Katie Woo

As Katie Woo works out what she will write her research paper on for school, there are “Katie’s Star Tips” at the bottom of 7 pages. These tips include information on brainstorming, sources, note cards, and revisions among other things. … Continue reading

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The Crazy Clues

This is one of four Dino Detectives books for young readers. “Dot [the Diplodocus]  is excited. It is her last day of swim lessons. She thinks she finally passed level one.” And the clues begin: mom baking, dad talking about … Continue reading

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Mr. Puzzle: A Perfect Fit

Chris Eliopoulos’s writing and illustration will make or break this book for you. His writing is very fluid and the dialogue, while not necessarily natural, is very delightfully playful and amusing. The illustration, on the other hand, is very natural … Continue reading

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Underworld Exploring the Secret World Beneath Your Feet

Very interesting illustrations and photos tell the story of what can be found underground.  Everything from buried clay soldiers in Asia, to hidden tunnels and living quarters during wartime, subways, waterlines, etc.  This will surely engage the curious learners with … Continue reading

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Shapes in Math, Science and Nature, Squares, Triangles and Circles

This is actually a compilation of three separate books, placed into one.  The text and illustrations will draw the reader in, whether independent or with an adult and follow the interesting hands-on activities which shed light on the practicality of … Continue reading

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Hi, Koo!

There are 26 delightful haikus about the seasons, brought to us by a delightful panda named Koo. Beautiful way to introduce this form of poetry in a way that children will relate to and enjoy.  Equally lovely illustrations.  Nice Addition.

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Signing at Home: Sign Language for Kids

American Sign Language is introduced by using illustrations of a 9 year old boy with arrows showing the direction of motion, each word is given in large bolded type, and written text directions in front of photo of the word. … Continue reading

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A Trip Into Space

Short, sweet, rhythmical book which glimpses the life of astronauts in space: eating, sleeeping, working, etc.  Very young readers will enjoy the imagination this is sure to envoke.  Nice addition.

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Mysterious Patterns

Beautiful, nonfiction book which unveils the mystery of numbers and patterns all around in in the natural world.  It will open the eyes of he reader to be looking for fractals all around, in their food, flowers, on a mountainside, … Continue reading

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Cheers for a Dozen Ears

Susan Swan’s bright, large, colorful cut-out artwork is reminiscent of Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert. Felicia Sanzari Chernesky tells of two children on a trip to a farm fruit stand on a hot August day which leads to counting of … Continue reading

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The Puzzle Emporium Presents Mind Bending Conundrums

This little book is packed with big ideas.  The higher level thinker will enjoy this book, as well as kids who like to think about the possibilities and solutions to interesting problems.  There are 125 puzzles, questions, enigmas, and strange … Continue reading

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Terror Bird

This is an easy to read, nonfiction book, describing the ancient bird which roamed South America 15 million years ago.  The can be described as a walk T-Rex with wings.  The reluctant reader may enjoy this book as it describes … Continue reading

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Sam and Charlie Return!

Sam and Charlie and best friends and neighbors.  Charlie’s little sister happens to have the same name as Sam.  So she is referred to as “Charlie, too”  Probably because she tags along, even when not invited.  This beginning to read … Continue reading

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Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door

This is a great beginning reader chapter book series.  In this story, the two friends Lulu and Mellie are concerned about Lulu’s new neighbor, who is a new boy in their class and does not seem to appreciate his pet … Continue reading

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Elementals: The Seven Spheres

The debut novel of  young author, Jared Files, is an action, adventure, science fiction thriller, which after a somewhat slow opening, jets off at a rapid-fire pace that keeps the reader sitting on the edge of their seat to the … Continue reading

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Egyptian Maus are the Best

This book gives facts about the Egyptian Maus breed of cat. This book explains all the great things about the cat, including its history and specific characteristics. Large phptos are found on each page.  

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