Monthly Archives: June 2015

The War that Saved My Life

Ada was born with a club foot and has been a virtual prisoner in her mam’s 3rd floor London flat for nine years.  Her younger brother Jamie gets to go to school and roam the neighborhood.  When children are sent … Continue reading

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Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting: a 14-Day Mystery

The FBI is encouraging 13 year old Ollie to keep a low profile after his last adventure with his best friend Moxie (Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking).  A little bit chubby and a lot asthmatic, Ollie joins a … Continue reading

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Cold Calls

“So in the end, we’re all victims,” Eric said.
“Yeah,” Shelly said. ” And we’re all bullies.”
Reader is kept in suspense as to WHAT the secrets are that the three kids are trying so desperately to keep secret.Reader is kept in suspense as to WHAT the secrets are that the three kids are trying so desperately to keep secret. Continue reading

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Should Charlotte Share?

Should Charlotte Share is a nice character development book. It helps children define what effect their choices may have on others and for themselves. Twenty-four pages in length, each “chapter” addresses a different decision and consequence.  The first chapter explains … Continue reading

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Monkeys

Monkeys is one of six books in the Zoo Animals series published by Sandcastle.  The photographs are dazzling.  The simple text includes vocabulary that should be mostly accessible for early readers.  The book includes a contents page, Fast Facts summary, quick … Continue reading

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The Night Parade

This rhyming bedtime story chronicles the adventures of children who participate in a Night Parade, “while mothers and fathers lie sleeping.”  The children dance around stars, skip around signposts and “make cakes for the moon with an old wooden spoon and … Continue reading

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Just One More

Sometimes Ruby needs just one more….one more minute to sleep, one more push on the swing, or one more scoop of ice cream on her cone.  This story, that every toddler and adult reader will relate to, is brought to … Continue reading

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The Bouncing Ball

This simple story follows the path of a bouncing ball as it journeys from a small boy, to a small girl, and back again.  The illustrations are bright and engaging.

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Big Machines Float!

One of six books in the Big Machines series, this book describes a number of big floating machines and provides a few interesting facts about each.  Each “big” machine is rated Big, Super or Mighty!!!  Photographs are set off by illustrated text … Continue reading

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Brachiosaurus

  Brachiosaurus is one of six books in this series.  It describes the dinosaur in relative terms–as tall as a four-story building and as heavy as 12 elephants.  His head was “small,” he ate “plants,” and the dinosaurs died “long ago.”  … Continue reading

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I am Cow, Hear me Moo!

This is a lively tale about Nadine, a boastful cow who claims she isn’t afraid of anything.  Her skeptical friends ask if she might be afraid of lightning, or the woods?  “Not me,” bragged Nadine and she heads for the woods … Continue reading

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Thank you, Octopus

This whimsical bedtime story follows the antics of an octopus as he helps a boy get read for bed with a bath (in egg salad), teeth brushing (with paint), and monsters in the closet.  This quick and silly book will be enjoyed by young children, as … Continue reading

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Ankylosaurus

Ankylosurus is one of six book’s in Smithsonian’s Little Explorer Series.  The book provides a thorough description of the dinosaur, its behavior, and its historical significance.  Lively illustrations will captivate young aspiring paleontologists.  The book includes an index, glossary and … Continue reading

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Dino-Mike and the T.Rex Attack

Mike Evans, AKA Dino-Mike,  is the young son of world renown paleontologist Stanley Evans who are currently on a dig in Montana. When Mike finds the actual work involved in the dig tedious and boring his father suggests, ” Why … Continue reading

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Ocean Secrets

A few years ago, building secret fairy houses was quite the rage.  Little girls loved using natural materials to build these hideaways outside.  However, I haven’t seen the interest in this for quite some time.  In Ocean Secrets, fairy houses … Continue reading

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Tree Frogs

Tree Frogs is one of  the 50 books in the Animal Safari series of non fiction books for emergent readers. The cover photograph reels the reader in with its big red-eyed, larger than life tree frog.  Once inside the book, … Continue reading

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Baby Orangutans

The series title: Super Cute! nails it! Baby Orangutans is one of  the 25 books in this series of non fiction books for emergent readers. The cover photograph reels the reader in with its big eyed (life-sized) baby orangutan face. … Continue reading

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