Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Manhattan Project

This reference begins with the Allies’ fears that Germany would be the first to create the atomic bomb and then proceeds through the steps taken to make sure the Allies beat them to it. From the selection of the scientists … Continue reading

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Essential Lives: Malala Yousafzai

This biography begins with the assassination attempt on Malala on her way home from school in 2012. The next few chapters provide background information: on Pakistan, Islam, the Taliban, and Malala’s childhood. The author does a good job illustrating how … Continue reading

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Walter Dean Myers

Washington Post reporter Jim Naughton called Walter Dean Myers a “one man movement.” Myers told stories about the lives of African American youth at a time when literature for youth was “monochromatic,” written by white authors about white characters. This book … Continue reading

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At Issue: Fracking

This volume provides a range of opinions on issues related to fracking: the environmental risks, possible contamination, pollution, chemicals used and more. The sources range from government agencies to news reports to industry reports. The articles are short and accessible; … Continue reading

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Current Controversies: Violence in the Media

In this volume of the series, violence in music lyrics and videos, exposure to violence in television and movies, violent video games and society’s reaction to violence in the media are considered. Opposing views on each of these issues are … Continue reading

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Opposing Viewpoints: Civil Liberties

In this volume of the series, free speech, religious freedom, due process and privacy rights are considered. Balanced views on each of these issues are presented, along with questions to promote critical analysis. The views include the prominent opinions on … Continue reading

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Monsieur Albert rides to glory

Cute book I love the rhyming.  This is a great read-to book. Might be too hard for most early readers.  The illustrations are wonderful.  I like the ending when Albert helps Francois.

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Little Eskimo, The

This is a great little story that teaches children that they have choices about what they will become. The pictures are fun.  The story gives the animals interesting characteristics.  There is a lot of repetition, so it is great for … Continue reading

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First Bood of Nursery STories

This book is full of short versions of classic children’s stories. Many of them have morals.   It’s a great book if you want a quick story. The pictures are cute and colorful.  The font is large, clear and easy to … Continue reading

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Cat & Dog

Mama cat and her three kittens were homeless.  As mama cat went out searching for food for her babies, a dog wandered by and seeing them, thought ‘Food!’  But taking pity on them, he curled up next to them and … Continue reading

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Golden Boy

Habo is the cause of all of his family’s troubles.  He has known this his entire life.  Habo was born albino – a condition terrifying to his rural Tanzanian community.  When his mother and siblings find themselves no longer capable … Continue reading

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Pet Crafts: Everything You Need to Become Your Pet’s Craft Star!

This non-fiction books joins two popular subjects for elementary and middle-school age students:  pets and crafts.  Directions are clear and easy to follow; the list of supplies are simple and easy to find or inexpensive; and the results are pretty … Continue reading

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Stone Giant: Michaelangelo’s David and How He Came to Be

In this non-fiction picture book, Sutcliffe explains the art world in which five hundred years ago, Michelangelo came to sculpt the famous statue known as David.  This statue resides in Florence, Italy in the Galleria dell’ Accademia (an art gallery/museum).  Most … Continue reading

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Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual

I can honestly say that I have never read a book like this one–it is truly unique and one-of-a-kind!  Aviary Wonders, Inc. is a beautifully crafted picture book which reads like a catalog of the future.  In the future, Samworth’s takes … Continue reading

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The Hueys in None the Number: A Counting Adventure

Who are “The Hueys?” …little, minimalist oval shapes, with stick legs and arms.  They dialogue throughout the book starting with the question “Is none a number?”  A Blue Huey confirms that it is indeed a number because it is one … Continue reading

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Fractions in Disguise

“Some kids collect baseball cards.  Some collect action figures.  Me?  I collect fractions.”  In this math adventure, our narrator, whose name is never revealed, uses a Reducer (1/2 ray gun and 1/2 calculator) to reduce fractions to their lowest terms, … Continue reading

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The Year Comes Round

A gentle and calm journey through the seasons, debut author, Sid Farrar’s little haiku vignettes describe the changes in our natural world across the months of the year.  Starting in winter with… “Each window pane’s a masterpiece, personally signed:  Your … Continue reading

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Blind Boy and the Loon, The

“This story is one of the most ancient and commonly told in Inuit history. In Alaska, Canada, Greenland, or Russia– wherever there are Inuit– this story is told.” (p. 2) Author- illustrator, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s  artwork is amazing in its shading … Continue reading

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100 Animals on Parade!

One hundred animals parade across the front to the back cover of this book! So the parade has begun even before the reader opens the book. What a parade it is! Inside the book the parade continues with 100 whimsical … Continue reading

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Picture a Touchdown: A Football Drawing Book

Fifteen different football poses can be created by you, the reader, by following the visual steps in this book. First the reader should gather the 6 supplies listed on the opening page: blank unlined paper, pencils, erasers and pencil sharpener … Continue reading

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