Monthly Archives: August 2014

Knit Your Bit: A World War I Story

During WWI, when fathers went off to war, those remaining at home plan on knitting hats, socks, and scarves to help keep servicemen warm.  Mikey resists, saying knitting is for girls.  When challenged to enter a contest by the girls, … Continue reading

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Mary Wrightly, So Politely

Mary Wrightly is a quiet, polite girl who has such a small, soft voice, she often has to repeat herself.  When Mary and her mother go to a toy store to buy a birthday gift for her young brother, they find … Continue reading

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George Brown, Class Clown: Three Burps and You’re Out!

When George Brown moves to his new school, he is determined to turn over a new leaf and no longer be a class clown.  However, he has recurring super burp that takes over his body and causes him to say and do crazy … Continue reading

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Women Heroes of World War II

Atwood tells the stories of heroic women from eight different countries, women who served as couriers, spies, rescuer, and correspondents. She includes the stories of many famous women, like Corrie ten Boom and Marlene Dietrich, and many unsung heroes, like … Continue reading

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Forest Animals and Wildlife

Beginning with the basic shapes of circles, ovals, and triangles, pictorial directions for 20 forest animals and wildlife are shown.  In five or six steps, sketches can go from simple cartoon shapes to a recognizable animal.  Brief information is given about each animal, … Continue reading

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A Very, Very Noisy Tractor

A uniquely, self-assured woman drives her extremely noisy tractor down the road.  As she passes different people, they each notice a feature in her appearance: a beehive hairdo, thick glasses, blue raincoat, rubber boots, red purse, and remark that she should not … Continue reading

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There Once Was a Cowpoke Who Swallowed an Ant

A southern cowpoke has taken “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” to Texas.  After consuming a fire ant,”Yippie-ti-yay! My stomach’s on fire!”, our gritty hero ingests one southwest critter after another: spider, roadrunner, horned lizard, armadillo, rattlesnake, … Continue reading

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Wherever You Go

Holly, the girl from the poor side of town, is still grieving after her rich boyfriend Rob dies in a car accident. To make things worse, Rob’s friends blame her for the accident, her mother is working a second job … Continue reading

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Storm Chasing

Storm chasers can be amateurs or professionals, on the ground or in the air, have equipment to gather information or just observe wild weather.  All need to know how to be safe.  Vehicles, maps, and technology help storm chasers relate … Continue reading

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Elephant Seal

Interesting, informative text show a fascinating side of these elusive mammals.  Spending most of their time underwater, they are only easily observed for about a month when they come to land to breed and molt.  Being the largest of the … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Dragon

Small, bordered boxes contain text about the myth of dragons.  Highlighted words are defined on the page.  The glossary also contains these words and adds pronunciation clues.  Myths are stories that have been around for so long many people like to believe they … Continue reading

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The Split History of the Battle of Gettysburg

The 1863 Civil War Battle of Gettysburg is told from the viewpoints of both the Union and Confederacy.  Each skirmish, confrontation, or battle is accurately portrayed including names of leaders and their corps, division, brigade, etc.  The area around Gettysburg, … Continue reading

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Largemouth Bass

The largemouth bass is a popular freshwater sport fish.  It is a fast swimmer, has good vision and can see colors, and will eat almost anything.  They will not eat dead food so lures must move or look alive.  Bass … Continue reading

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Mermaids

The topic of mermaids has been an enigma for thousands of years.  The premise of this book is to explain these sightings using the scientific method.  Multiple stories are reported including dates, places, and names of the observer.  Speculations include … Continue reading

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War Dogs: Churchill and Rufus

War dogs refer to one-time prime minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill, known as “the British Bulldog”, and his pet Rufus, a brown miniature poodle.  Readers learn about Churchill’s role during WWII and get a glimpse of his personal life through … Continue reading

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Will You Still Love Me If…?

Little Bear is worried his mom will not love him any more when he tears his jacket.  Mom reassures him she will always love him.  As she works on the repair, Little Bear presents her with other more and more … Continue reading

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Sea Otters

Sea Otters is one of many titles in this nonfiction series on animals.  Each spread contains two sentences describing different characteristics of the otter with an endearing photograph to illustrate that feature.  Simple text is in large print.  Words to know … Continue reading

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50 Successful University of California Application Essays

This reference focuses on how to write the scholarship application essay that will get you into one of the branches of the University of California. Not quite as easily accessible as other guides by the Tanabes, this is very definitely … Continue reading

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The Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda triangle is an area in and over the Atlantic Ocean from Florida, east to Bermuda, south to Puerto Rico and back to Florida.  Mysterious disappearances without satisfactory explanations have occurred in this section for over a hundred years.  Some of … Continue reading

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You Wouldn’t Want to be a Civil War Soldier!

Facts about the Civil War are presented in a cartoon format.  The reader assumes the character of a Connecticut farmer who decides to enlist in the Union Army in 1861.  Chapters tell of daily life as a soldier and during … Continue reading

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Cannons at Dawn: The Second Diary of Abigail Jane Stewart

Twelve year old Abigail Stewart continues her tale where she left off in The Winter of the Red Snow.  Abby’s father had joined the Continental Army.  Left homeless in Valley Forge by a house fire, Abby, her mother, seven year old … Continue reading

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Toads on Toast

Fox is bored with his daily diet of big, fat toad.  Consulting recipe books, he discovers they all recommend fresh, young toads.  Returning after an exhausting night of capturing small toads, he is considering which recipe to use when Mamma … Continue reading

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Carter’s Christmas

Young Carter tells of the traditions his family follow during the Christmas holidays.  He works on making a gift for Grandma, they shop for others, buy and decorate a tree, bake cookies, go to church to hear the story of … Continue reading

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Story of a Cockroach

Anastasia is a cockroach.  Fairy Brunhilda took pity on her when she overheard her complaining about looking for food in the garbage and turned her into a princess.  Life as a princess was not as pleasant, or as easy, as … Continue reading

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The Jamestown Colony

The Jamestown Colony, founded in 1607, was the first British settlement in North America.  Author Peter Benoit incorporates primary and secondary sources to share the challenges (sickness, starvation, and relationships with native people, specifically the Powhatan) as the colony grew.  … Continue reading

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