Monthly Archives: December 2015

Attack of the Trolls

This is book number eight of the Scream Street series where Luke, Resus, and Cleo are out on another adventure. Scream Street is in trouble. Although the trio worked so very hard to open the portal into Scream Street, they … Continue reading

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Murphy in the City

Murphy-Stop-That is a scruffy terrier who lives in the country.  One day, his family takes him to the city.  Although he hates riding in cars, he discovers that there are many dog-friendly places to visit in the city.  Soon, Murphy-Stop-That … Continue reading

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Bah! Said the Baby

When baby says “bah”, his family scrambles to see if he is saying ball, or bow, or perhaps brother.  Maybe he is trying to say block, or bottle or bear?  Finally, they realize that baby is just trying to say … Continue reading

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Flowers Are Calling

Flowers are stationary plants, rooted firmly in the ground.  They rely on birds and insects for pollination.  In rhyming pros, Rita Gray describes the interactions between flowers and the insects and animals that complete nature’s cycle.   The illustrations are stunning.  Although this book could be … Continue reading

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Because Your Grandparents Love You

At first, I thought this book was specifically for preschoolers and the primary grade kids, but after re-reading the book, I realized that the message of love, kindness, and thoughtfulness are not restricted to the youngest but should be modeled … Continue reading

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Super Cool Mechanical Activities with Max Axiom

Science, math, and technology have just become “way cool” in this book using a hands-on approach through the graphic novel format and Max Axiom -super cool, lab coat wearing, action figure, super hero science guide. Max begins his guided step-by-step … Continue reading

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World’s Strangest Foods, The

I, myself, can be a picky eater with foods from the United States. This book offers foods from around the world that I would be squeamish about eating. It is all a matter of culture! The book is broken down … Continue reading

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I Yam a Donkey

A yam and a donkey cannot seem to make themselves understood to the other. The yam’s frustration escalates as the donkey does not seem to grasp the point the yam is trying to make.  Cute illustrations add to the humor of the story. Younger students are … Continue reading

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I Can Touch

Very simple, easy-to-read text pairs up with fun photographs to teach little readers that hands are for touching, as well as all the soft and fuzzy–or rough–things they can touch!

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Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight

When young Hillary Rodham’s hopes of joining NASA as an astronaut were dashed because she was a girl, she didn’t stop dreaming or doing. Following Clinton from girlhood to the presidential campaign trail, the narrative hits on many of the … Continue reading

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Search and Spot Animals!

This seek-and-find book uses repetition, color, pattern, and size to engage readers on a hunt for animals big and small.  Directions for each search is provided in a large spot of a contrasting color. The majority of the pages require deciphering and comprehending … Continue reading

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Stone Angel

In this emotionally rich story, a little girl and her family live happily in Paris until Nazi soldiers arrive during World War II. She and her family must flee or risk being sent to a concentration camp, so they run into … Continue reading

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Bea in The Nutcracker

In a charming and accessible introduction to the beloved holiday classic, Bea and her ballet school classmates perform a simplified interpretation of The Nutcracker. The group of dancers, who appear to be only 3 or 4 years old, includes adorably … Continue reading

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Mail Carriers

Little readers will learn all about what mail carriers do, where they work, and why they are important in our communities. The very simple text combined with correlating and colorful images will both inform and strengthen reading skills.

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Please Open This Book

The animals in this silly story try to convince the reader not to close the book and trap them inside in the dark.  As the book progresses and the animals’ anxiety over the approach of the last page increases, calmer reasons … Continue reading

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An Invisible Thread: Christmas Story

Adapted from the bestselling book of the same title for adults (2011), this abridged version presents the true story of a friendship between an impoverished African-American boy and a young white woman who becomes his mentor. The boy, Maurice, narrates … Continue reading

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Angelina’s Cinderella

The ballerina mouse and her friends take their show on the road. Angelina and her fellow ballet students board a little blue bus to present the Cinderella Dance Tour in towns all over Mouseland. Angelina is happy to be featured … Continue reading

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Max and Marla

Max and Marla (pet owl) are best friends.  They are also “Real-life, honest to goodness, cross your heart, Winter-Olympics Olympians.”  They make a number of attempts to sled down the big hill by their house.  Regardless of the setbacks, they … Continue reading

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The Thing About Yetis

Yetis love winter.  They love waking up on snowy quiet mornings, drinking hot chocolate, sliding down hills on their bottoms, and building snow castles.  But sometimes, Yetis miss summer.  They miss looking for little sea creatures, having sea monster beauty … Continue reading

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A Day at Grandma’s

It is a day at Grandma’s for little Yujin. It is an ordinary day, nothing special is happening. Since nothing special is happening at Grandma’s, this book is nothing special either, as far as the story line goes. It is … Continue reading

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No, No, Kitten!

Kitten wants a basket, a pillow, a blanket AND a puppy.  “No, no, no, Kitten.  You cannot have a puppy.  You are a cat!  Cats do not have pets.”  But this is one insatiable kitten who also wants a helmet, … Continue reading

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Turkish Van Cats

Here is a book to recommend to a child looking to purchase a cat as a pet. There is all of the general information needed to take of a cat of almost any breed, mixed in with specific information on … Continue reading

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Spy Guy:The not-so-secret agent

Here is a little boy, with an over-exaggerated big head, who is trying to be a spy, but without much luck. He isn’t good at sneaking up on people because he bumps into table lamps, has squeaky shoes, is in … Continue reading

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Eye-Popping CGI: Computer-Generated Special Effects

I find watching big-screen action movies quite enjoyable. Here is a book that takes the reader behind the  scenes into the world of big budget action movies. The three or four sentences of information given on a page is very … Continue reading

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Who Eats First?

TanTan Math Story publishes story books detailing math concepts. This particular book is the best in their series I have read to date. Who Eats First deals with comparing, sorting, and measuring.  The illustrations have soft backgrounds, while the characters … Continue reading

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