Monthly Archives: August 2015

Delfines (Dolphins)

Gorgeous photographs illustrate this informative book on dolphins, written in Spanish.  These intelligent mammals are fast swimmers that hunt and play together.  Physical characteristics,  the life cycle, and habitats are explained.  This is a terrific resource for anyone looking to … Continue reading

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El Antiguo Egipto (The Ancient Egyptians)

This book on ancient Egyptians, written in Spanish, is jam-packed with information and fascinating photos.  One can almost imagine life 4000 years ago.  There are many facts about pharaohs, the methods of preserving mummies, the construction of pyramids, and activities of … Continue reading

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Dear Mr. Washington

Gilbert Stuart painted portraits of several famous people, but capturing a pleasing likeness of President Washington was a challenge.  This book begins with a letter of apology from Charlotte, one of Stuart’s 12 children, promising Mr. Washington that she and … Continue reading

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Sheep Go to Sleep

Five, tired sheep wander home in this tale written in simple, soothing rhyme.  They settle down but cannot get to sleep until collie comes to tuck them in.  He gives hugs, drinks, a teddy bear, a quilt, and sings a … Continue reading

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My Dad and Me

This simple rhyming book highlights many things children can do to make their dads happy.  The families are international, the dads are of various ages and abilities.  The one thing that makes all dads happy is a great, big hug.  … Continue reading

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Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass

The 1800s was a challenging and changing time for our country.  Men and women were not expected to be friends and people with different skin color were not suppose to fraternize.  Susan B. Anthony had a privileged childhood, Frederick Douglass … Continue reading

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Razia’s Ray of Hope

Razia lives in Afghanistan and has a strong desire to go to school and learn to read.  She sees a new school being built in her community but needs to convince her father and brothers to allow her to go.  … Continue reading

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Second-Chance Soccer

Alex loves soccer and desires to be on the Longhorn Lightning Jr. High soccer team.  Even though his past tryouts were poor, he has decided to try again.  Jake, a loud-mouth bully on the team, continually belittles and taunts Alex.  … Continue reading

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Scary Snakes

Interesting color photographs illustrate features of a variety of snakes.  Details of physical traits and behaviors are accompanied with humorous comments.  Both venomous snakes and constrictors are described.  There is a list of the top 10 snakes with the deadliest … Continue reading

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Last-But-Not-Least Lola and the Wild Chicken

Seven year old Lola’s grandmother is staying with her while her parents are on business trips.  In this second book of the series, Lola finds friendship and sharing friends to be quite a challenge.  Lola wants to dominate time with … Continue reading

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Just Grace Gets Crafty

This 12th book in the Just Grace series has Grace trying to find a friend for the new crossing guard, Marie, enjoying their substitute teacher, and helping her best friend, Mimi, prepare for a craft fair.  As  usual, Grace includes … Continue reading

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The Magnificent Lizzie Brown and the Mysterious Phantom

Lizzie lives in the 19th century London slums with her drunk and abusive father.  A traveling circus comes to town and Lizzie escapes to find work there.  At the same time, a mysterious phantom thief has been robbing various homes … Continue reading

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Cold as Ice

Abby and her brother, Jonah, have a magic mirror which allows them to enter fairy tales when the knock on it three times.  In this sixth adventure, Abby and Jonah follow their dog, Prince, through the mirror in the tale of … Continue reading

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Gustav Gloom and the Cryptic Carousel

Fernie What lives across the street from the mysterious Gloom estate.  Gustav’s house is black and odd events take place there.  Fernie and Gustav are best friends.  In earlier books, Fernie’s mother is off filming adventure stories and her father … Continue reading

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Starring Jules: Third Grade Debut

Jules is a child star in a TV sitcom.  She is starting 3rd grade, has a new teacher, and is trying to figure out just how she fits into things.  School has lots of homework, friendships shift on her, and … Continue reading

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Friendship Over

Written in journal form, ten year old Celie discloses her worries and opinions about friends and family.  She is confused about issues with her ex-best friend, her grandmother is exhibiting Alzheimer symptoms, and her older sister’s new friend is mean … Continue reading

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Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Mecha-Monkeys from Mars

Fans of Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series will also enjoy his Ricky Ricotta books.  Ricky is a mouse whose best friend is a huge, flying robot.  In this adventure, a Martian named Major Monkey plans to conquer Earth with his … Continue reading

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The Discovery

Robert Irwin, son of the late “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin, is the co-creator of this series.   In The Discovery, Robert finds a dinosaur fossil in the Australian outback.  He places it in the back pocket of his shorts while updating … Continue reading

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Schools of Hope

Julius Rosenwald was part owner of Sears, Roebuck and Company in the early 1900s. His motto was “Give while you live.” He started giving to mostly Jewish causes when he was young, but one man changed that. Rosenwald meet Booker … Continue reading

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Children Growing Up with War

Photojournalist Jenny Matthews begins her book by discussing what it means to be a freelance photographer, how she got started and how she is able to go into conflict zones and do her job. She ends her introduction with the … Continue reading

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Minerva Louise

Since this book was originally published, Minerva Louise has appeared in a bouquet of friendly picture books.  In this introduction to the character, our hen interprets the sights within a house through the lens of her normal view outdoors.  A … Continue reading

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The Last Dragonslayer

Jennifer Strange has found herself the caretaker for a bunch of magicians.  Strange lives in an alternate world to our own: magic is mainstream – though fading – and the last dragon’s land is in danger of development.  Fforde builds … Continue reading

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