Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Flying Birds

An old carpenter enjoys the singing birds while walking through the park. He decides to build some bird houses. At first, the bird houses each have one hole in them which a pair of birds use. “2 birds times 2 … Continue reading

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“Could You Lift Up Your Bottom?”

A gust of wind blows Frog’s hat onto the ground where Elephant sits on it. When asked to move Elephant says, ” ‘ I can’t because I’m too hungry to move.’ ” Elephant asks Frog for something round to eat. … Continue reading

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I am Helen Keller

Here is a great mini-biography, a part of the Ordinary People Change the World series. It grabs the attention of the reader with its full color comic illustrations including the conversation bubbles. It is written in first person narrative. Helen … Continue reading

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I am Jackie Robinson

Here is a great mini-biography, a part of the Ordinary People Change the World series. It grabs the attention of the reader with its full color comic illustrations including the conversation bubbles. It is written in first person narrative. Little … Continue reading

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Katie’s London Christmas

Katie’s London Christmas is a beautiful, artistic rendering of famous landmarks in London, England.  The story takes place on Christmas Eve when Katie and her brother, Jack, hear Santa sneeze and go to investigate.  He invites them to come along … Continue reading

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The Queen’s Shadow: A Story About How Animals See

In this beautifully illustrated non-fiction book, Young, a master storyteller as well as author, weaves together a mystery as to who stole the Queen’s shadow.  As each animal accuses another, the story is how the accused could not have commit … Continue reading

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Outrageous Football Rivalries

My husband pores over sports news, trades, statistics, you name it.  His theory is that sports is a safe, gender neutral topic that just about anywhere and anytime you can find someone to talk to about.  This book would be … Continue reading

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Bear & Hare Snow!

Snow! is basically a wordless picture book with rich, creamy, thick paper and beautiful illustrations.  Young students will enjoy looking at the detail of bear and hare if they are inclined to be artistic.  Hare loves the snow and bear … Continue reading

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Proverbs for Young People

A proverb is an often-used saying that expresses a truth.  Kids used to be familiar with proverbs, as well as idioms, but nowadays it seems that kids don’t talk or listen to adults and they are not familiar with sayings.  … Continue reading

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An A From Miss Keller

Patricia Polacco has been cranking out wonderful picture books based on personal stories for years.  An A From Miss Keller is an account of her own experience in school with a writing teacher nicknamed ‘Killer Keller’ because of her high, … Continue reading

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Sabertooth Cats

There are so many things which bother me about this book that I don’t even know where to begin.  But since I am a visual person, I’ll start with the ‘photographs.’  These, of course, aren’t really photos but just someone … Continue reading

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Space Boy and His Dog

With a good imagination, you’ll never be bored.  This is a story about Niko, a boy who excels at imagining adventures.  He has even gone so far as to build his own spaceship by recycling boxes and other things which … Continue reading

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Octopuses! Strange and Wonderful

Strange and wonderful is right!  This amazing, intelligent invertebrate is a mollusk.  The book features extremely accurate, detailed illustrations rather than photographs.  Pringle includes a wide variety of factual information which captures the attention of any reader.  It is written … Continue reading

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Glamourpuss

Glamourpuss lives with the “gazillionaire” Mr. and Mrs. Highhorsen.  She has the best money can buy and is spoiled beyond belief.  She doesn’t go downstairs, she descends.  She doesn’t lie down, she reclines.  She even changed the ordinary “me-ow” to … Continue reading

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Crystals

This book on crystals gives the reader more information than many introductory books.  Starting with how crystals are formed from minerals, this potentially complex subject is presented in a very readable format.  A variety of crystals are mentioned.  One learns … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter and Brains : A Zombie Culinary Tale

Reginald is not your run-of the-mill zombie.  Instead of brains to eat, he wants peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  As hard as he tries to get one, humans run or refuse to deal with him.  As fellow zombies lurch through … Continue reading

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Fish

Julie Murray has written another nonfiction book for young children.  Beginning readers learn about having fish for pets.  The photos are full-paged and colorful.  The vocabulary is appropriate and the text is large.  A variety of fish are shown although none … Continue reading

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Horses

In this beginning reader’s nonfiction book, young children see photos of a variety of horses.  Very basic information is provided.  Photographs are full-paged and colorful.  Although names of the different breeds are not included, the common features are described and … Continue reading

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Grizzly Bears : Huge Hibernating Mammals

Although this book is mainly about grizzly bears, other mammals are compared to them.  The grizzly’s features are compared to the wolverine and the three-banded armadillo.  Wild boars are also omnivorous and will dig to find roots and insects.  Like … Continue reading

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Sidney & Sydney: Book 1 Third Grade Mix-Up

The start of a new school year and the start of third grade.  What could induce more uncertainty and nervousness?  How about stepping into the classroom on the first day and seeing that your teacher spelled your name wrong.  Should … Continue reading

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Peanut and Fifi have A Ball

See what happens when two siblings only have one ball.  The older girl, Fifi, tries desperately to get Peanut to share her new ball. But it is a new ball and Peanut isn’t ready to share it just yet.  Fifi … Continue reading

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Chipmunks

A beautifully photographed non-fiction book intended for a very young audience, Chipmunks introduces children to their first easy-to-read science text and gently tells about the North American rodent.  Habitat, age span, food, and raising of young are all included with … Continue reading

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Night Light

      Bold colors and crisp graphics make this book a stand out. It opens with the line, “one light shining bright?” written on the left page.  Over on the right page the reader sees what appears to be … Continue reading

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100th Day: A spot it challenge

Many of us are very familiar with the spot-it challenge books. This one by Sarah Schuette will tie in nicely with 100th day celebrations that are held in schools. Each two page spread has 100 objects that are the center … Continue reading

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Why Spacemen Can’t Burp: and other out of this world facts explained

Fun facts fill this book.  The facts are entertaining and doled out in bite size pieces.  Symons answers questions like: How can I tell if someone is lying to me? When does a shower become rain? Why do washing machines … Continue reading

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