Monthly Archives: March 2015

Hockey Meltdown

Dylan is fearless in sports, his favorite being ice hockey.  Just before school started, he fell while attempting a trick on his in-line skates and broke his wrist.  Ten weeks later, his cast is off but he has missed most … Continue reading

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Life Story of a Salamander

Salamanders are described in meaningful detail.  The life cycle, from egg to adult, contains clear information.  Appropriate scientific language is used to explain each step.  Photos on every page are up-close and vibrant.  Food for salamanders are identified, as well … Continue reading

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Gordon’s Guide to Caring for Your Guinea Pigs

Gordon Guinea Pig guides a potential owner through everything one should know before owning a guinea pig as a pet.  Beginning with types of guinea pigs and where to find them, one learns how to prepare a home for them.  A … Continue reading

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The Dance Teacher

Beginning in her studio, Miss Sylvie teaches dance to youthful students – the best job in the world.  A young girl, Isabelle, peers around the studio door with a strong desire to become a ballerina.  Isabelle practices ballet long and hard, ignoring … Continue reading

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The Handiest Things in the World

The author zeros in on the effect our hands have played in the development of the most useful tools we need to  function in our everyday lives.  For example, our hands were the first “handy” set of chipsticks for picking … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Survival Guide

With an Introduction by Ben Fogle who spent forty-nine days rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, as well as spending a year living on an unhabited island, plus an author who is a trekker and climber you can learn … Continue reading

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Cape Buffalo

Basic information about cape buffalo is presented in simple nonfiction text designed to engage beginning readers.  Facts about habitat, behavior, when and where they eat, and predators are accompanied by large, colorful photographs that reinforce the text.  This series, Animal … Continue reading

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Baby Sea Otters

Engaging photographs adorn every spread as beginning readers learn about cute baby otters.  They are totally dependent on their mothers until able to fend for themselves.  Information about habitat, behavior, and food is presented in large, simple text.  This series … Continue reading

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Wild Turkeys

Basic facts about the wild turkey are presented in plain nonfiction text designed for beginning readers.  Information about habitat, behavior, food, and other characteristics are accompanied by large, colorful photographs to reinforce the text.  This series of Backyard Wildlife contains … Continue reading

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Special Forces Operator

Special Forces operators are a team of 12 highly trained United States Army soldiers who are supremely qualified to work in dangerous conditions.  Their missions take them around the world as well as protecting people at home.  Their training, special … Continue reading

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The Bald Eagle

In 1782, the bald eagle was chosen to be our national symbol.  As this remarkable bird is described, multiple reasons for the choice are revealed.  Simple paragraphs in large font are matched with excellent color photographs.  This book is small … Continue reading

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Frog or Toad?

Excellent photographs are paired with simple sentences to point out similarities and differences between frogs and toads.  While they share many characteristics, there are identifiable distinctions.  Appearance of eggs, the colors and texture of the skin, whether or not they … Continue reading

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Cool Fun Cupcakes: Fun and Easy Baking Recipes for Kids!

Make fun and tasty cupcakes to impress your friends!  The first 15 pages present necessary  information to help beginning cooks be prepared, understand terms, learn frosting tips, which supplies to have on hand, and ingredients common to many cupcakes.  Recipes … Continue reading

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Oh No! A Fox!

When a fox sneaks up to the coop at night, chickens Midge, Pip, and Dot have nothing to worry about because Rooster Sam is on duty.  Sam gets the credit for scaring the fox even though it is because he … Continue reading

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The Problem with Not Being Scared of Monsters

Who knew the hidden problems that come with NOT being afraid of monsters?  Monsters think the boy is one of them and will not leave him alone!  They eat his cereal, ruin his homework, and wear his favorite pajamas.  When he … Continue reading

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Isla and the Happily Ever After

Any author that has the guts to use an opening line like “It’s midnight, it’s sweltering, and I might be high on Vicodin, but that guy — that guy right over there—that’s him” will get their reader hooked.  Thus was … Continue reading

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You Won’t Want to Sail on the Mayflower!: A Trip that Took Entirely too Long

I have often told fifth graders I would not have been an explorer or a pioneer. This book confirms this statement. The graphics get the point across, but in an exaggerated cartoonish way. The graphics include  timeline, a map, a … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Jo Schmo: Pinkbeard’s Revenge

Fourth grader, Jo Schmo, a superhero in a red cape with her dog, Raymond, are out and about once again to catch bad guys in this their fourth tongue-in-cheek adventure. Dr. Dastardly and Numb Skull are escaping from prison using … Continue reading

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The Bridge from Me to You

The pressures of being the star football player is not a wholly original conflict for a novel. But with alternating chapters voiced by the two main characters Colby and Lauren, what could just be another run of the mill high … Continue reading

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Nic Bishop Snakes

Another stunning, up-close look at an animal species…Nic Bishop, again, has impressed us with a well-organized, breath takingly photographed, award winning publication…this time on snakes.  The text is packed with astonishing facts that rivets the reader.  “It can take an … Continue reading

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Serving on a Jury

A True Book introduction to the process of who can serve on a jury, how they are selected, hearing the case, and reaching a verdict. This subject may not appeal to adults, but young students are often highly interested in … Continue reading

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Letters of the West: An ABC BOOK of the Many Plants, Animals, and Other Curious Features of the West

Wood-cut block pictures in black & white, offset with one or two hues for contrast draw the eye in for a closer look. Each letter of the alphabet has its own page with large illustration and one sentence in a … Continue reading

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Snap!

Snap is a tale of childhood innocence, simple in its detail.  A little boy is afraid of monsters, when it is time to go to day care (or maybe preschool) he puts on a crocodile mask.  “  ‘Snap! I said … Continue reading

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Greetings from the Graveyard

Seymour Hope lives with his parents Ignatius B. Grumply (I. B. Grumply) and Olive C. Spence (I love suspense), a ghost.  The three decide to make greeting cards and form the company, Greetings from the Graveyard.  This new venture is … Continue reading

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Quincy and Buck

Quincy is a horse who lives near a southwestern desert in a barn and corral owned by Cam.  He dreamed of trail riding and hearing the crunch of sand, feeling the gentle breeze, and warm sun on his back.  However, scary surprises could happen out … Continue reading

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