Monthly Archives: April 2016

Too Hot For Spots

Stella and Barry explore the idea of taking care of a person in Mini Goss’s Too Hot For Spots.  Barry is still in his pj’s when Stella arrives to play.  Stella says she’ll make him all better and proceeds to … Continue reading

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Mercy: The Incredible Story of Henry Bergh, Founder of the ASPCA and Friend to Animals

The 1860’s in the United States was a time of huge change. The war between the North and South to determine the outcome of slave ownership resulted in a tremendous loss of life. This war dominated the news, however, there … Continue reading

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

In this version of the classic fairy tale, Goldilocks is portrayed as a sweet, polite, and curious child, who loved to wander and explore. She comes upon an unlocked cottage and knocks, but the smell or porridge lures her inside. … Continue reading

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Little Red Riding Hood

This is another rewritten fairy tale published by Little Hare Publishing that is more kid friendly than previous versions. Little Red Riding Hood is given instructions by her mother to take a basket of goodies to her ill grandmother and … Continue reading

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The Ugly Duckling

There are several versions of The Ugly Duckling, not all of them kid friendly. This version is kid friendly and doesn’t focus on the bullying done by the other birds. Clearly, there is bullying, but the actual words aren’t mentioned, … Continue reading

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Goodnight, Good Dog

Goodnight, Good Dog is nice.  Period.  It is the explanation of a dog who doesn’t want to sleep even though everyone in the rest of the house is.  Finally he settles down and sleeps, dreaming of the things he liked … Continue reading

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Jake and the Neverland Pirates: X Marks the Croc!

Fans of the Jake and the Neverland Pirates will enjoy this book based on the episode “Rock the Croc”.  The book version is filled with one rebus ( in which the word is written below in a very small font) … Continue reading

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My Brother i a Robot: Book 1 – The Experiment

The cover of this book shows a boxy little robot with BIG eyes, a single antenna, and a degree meter on his chest. This could not be farther from the robot inside the pages of this book, but it is … Continue reading

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Poppy’s Best Paper

This is a delightful book with delightful illustrations. Poppy is your typical little kid who is learning the hard way how to earn recognition for her effort. She thinks that because she wants to be a writer, she already is … Continue reading

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The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford

Both of these men were brilliant, with distinct similarities and differences. Edison, the eldest of the two, had more creative ideas, new ideas, that would make life better for people, and he applied for many patents on his inventions. Ford … Continue reading

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The Wright Brothers

This graphically appealing biography presents the Wright brothers in an accessible way for young readers.  The graphic enhancements include a mix of period photos as well as current images of historic locations.  Airplane specific terms such as roll, pitch, and … Continue reading

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A STONE-AGE HUNTER

This book follows along as Dar goes on his first mammoth hunt with his clan. The reader tag along as the clan encounters challenges and successes throughout the hunt.  As the story progresses through the book, each page includes facts about … Continue reading

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Life During the California Gold Rush

This is a very interesting book about the California gold rush.  The book includes the history of California before the gold rush and the discovery of gold by James Marshall which kicked off the gold rush.  The book is a … Continue reading

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I’m New Here

For the past 15 years, our school has seen a huge influx of immigrant children, coming from countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Russia, Japan, China, Thailand, Figi, India, Ethiopia (and other African countries), and lately, many from Saudi Arabia. These … Continue reading

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Peter Pan

Peter Pan is the classic story of a boy who never wanted to grow up. Word for word, this edition is the same as the original, first published in 1911. Here are the differences: first, the cover art is more … Continue reading

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Raven Brings Back the Sun: A Tale from Canada

In the land of the midnight sun in a time when the earth was young and light disappeared entirely from the earth, an orphan boy watched a Shaman repeat the same ineffectual chants and charms in an effort to return … Continue reading

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Katie’s Noisy Music

Katie Woo hears hear Dad play the piano and she wants to make music too.  She tries the piano and all her friends’ instruments, “but I’d like to play something of my own,” she says.  She finds her own instrument … Continue reading

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People Who Help

Communities may come in all sizes, however, all need helpers that contribute to make it a special place. This book provides an insight into these types of jobs, what training or education they require, and scope of duties for each job. … Continue reading

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ONCE UPON A CLOUD

This story of finding a special gift full of inspiration, a gift from the heart, for her mother, Celeste rides on the wind of her dreams into the sky. She rides on the wind and finds such patience and kindness … Continue reading

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The Octopus Scientists: Exploring the Mind of a Mollusk

This book is not so much about octopuses* as it is about how the information about octopuses is gathered. At first, this is a little disappointing because the word “Octopus” is in fact larger on the front cover of the … Continue reading

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J.P. and the Polka-Dotted Aliens

If you have small children of your own, you may have experienced their feelings at new situations. Author, Ana Crespo, has taken these experiences one at a time and written about them from a small child’s point-of-view in her “My … Continue reading

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J.P. and the Giant Octopus

If you have small children of your own, you have experienced their feelings at new situations. Author, Ana Crespo, has taken these experiences one at a time and written about them from a small child’s point-of-view in her “My Emotions … Continue reading

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Borrowed Time

Leigh Walls cover illustration of a Cretaceous mosasaur swimming with its mouthful of pointed teeth grabs the viewers attention and screams, “Pick up this book!” I did. I had a hard time putting it down. Dinosaurs are to time travel … Continue reading

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This Little Piggy Went Singing

This cute picture book is inspired by the traditional rhyme “This Little Piggy Went to Market.”  The repetitive text will appeal to young readers.  The pattern of text starts with Piggy doing daily tasks such as shopping, partying, riding, and … Continue reading

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Soccer Record Breakers

Covering a mix of United States and International as well as male and female players, this nonfiction text recounts of some of the stars of soccer in the last 60 years.  The chapters feature 2 women, 3 US players and 2 international … Continue reading

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