Monthly Archives: September 2016

Biggest, Baddest Book of Space

Starting with Earth’s atmosphere and moving outward through our solar system to the Universe, this book covers the huge topic of space. The book attempts the difficult task of introducing complex concepts to young readers and does not quite succeed.  … Continue reading

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Inside the Muscles

The Super Simple Body series celebrates your amazing body.  With simple text, photographs, illustrations, and activities, this book describes the types of muscles, how muscles work, and the essential role of muscles play in everyday activities. Pronunciation of anatomical terms … Continue reading

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Wangari Maathhai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees

Wagari was a Kenyan trailblazer for women’s rights and the environment.  Growing up in rural Kenya, she was one of the few women in her country to read, let alone graduate from high school.  Wagari continued her education in the … Continue reading

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Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood

Even a gray city can come alive when art is shared.  Mira loved art and she shared pieces of her art and through her art, her joy with her neighborhood making it a little less gray.  Then Mira met a … Continue reading

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Grandma’s Red Silk Dress

Set in South Korea, the origin story of Yumi’s jumoni (Korean Lunar New Year blessing pouch) is rooted in family.  Grandma cut her beautiful red silk wedding gown to make blankets for her children.  As her kids grew up, grandma … Continue reading

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A Tower of Giraffes: Animals in Groups

A Tower of Giraffes introduces collective nouns for animals with intriguing artwork and interesting information on the social behaviors of a wide variety of animals. To this information Wright adds flavor with fun language such as her description of a … Continue reading

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The Sword in the Stove

This is a silly tale of three characters, Eenie, Meenie, and Harold.  Harold was supposedly in the bathroom when Meenie discovers a sword, then a shield and then a helmet in the stove.  Eenie is mellowdramatic about the whole series of … Continue reading

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My Dog Spot

My Dog Spot could become a classic for generations.  The simplicity of the illustrations and text make it accessible for preschool students through the recommended age of 8.  The tan-textured, recycled paper background for every page present uniformity and focus … Continue reading

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Stories of Women’s Suffrage: Votes for Women!

As this presidential draws near, I remember my mother working at our local polling place. Until I read this book, I never realized my mother would have remembered when women gained the right to vote in a national election in … Continue reading

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Sea Turtle Scientist

I’m a fan of this whole series.  They both share the real-time science currently being investigated and studied in different parts of the world (in this case about sea turtles), and also share about the life and work of the … Continue reading

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The Octopus Scientists: exploring the mind of a mollusk

I’m a fan of this whole series.  They both share the real-time science currently being investigated and studied in different parts of the world (in this case about octopuses), and also share about the life and work of the scientists … Continue reading

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Brazil

It’s shiny and attractive.  They had good graphic designers working on this series, and they include lots of bright color photos so that if you just pick it up and flip through the pages it looks like it’s going to … Continue reading

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Thailand

It’s shiny and attractive.  They had good graphic designers working on this series, and they include lots of bright color photos so that if you just pick it up and flip through the pages it looks like it’s going to … Continue reading

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My Bedtime Monster

According to the flap on the back of the dust jacket, both author and illustrator are award-winners in their fields.  But picture books depend upon the story and the illustrations supporting each other and enhancing each other, but in this … Continue reading

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Fire and Ice

If you are going to buy it for your library, you’ve got to be prepared to buy the whole series, and warn your patrons that this is most definitely the kind of series that one really needs to read in … Continue reading

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Fish in a Tree

The characters are likable and believable, and facing issues a lot of kids would relate to:  feeling dumb because of school struggles.  For the kids who can’t personally relate, this book is the kind of story that will give them … Continue reading

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A Plague of Bogles

It’s the second book in a series (and by the looks of things, the middle book of a trilogy), but it reads decently, even if one hasn’t read the first book.  It’s obvious to the reader that there is history … Continue reading

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The Story of Seeds

Most people totally take for granted the food that arrives in their grocery story.  They also probably feel that their store gives them a large variety of fruits, vegetables and grains.  But many, many facts in The Story of Seeds … Continue reading

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Anne and Henry

Henry has the perfect life, or so it seems.  Born into the riches of Medina (aka land of Bill Gates and friends), he has made all the right moves to prepare himself for  Harvard Law School and a career as … Continue reading

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The Battle of the Vegetables

At first glance you might think this is a picture book for grade schoolers, but you’d be wrong. Oh, small children might sit still while you read it to them, but on a deeper level, this is an allegory poking … Continue reading

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Giddy Up, Scooby-Doo

Scooby and the gang spend the week at the Tumblewee Ranch.  The owner, Slim Jim, explained to them that someone was stealing his best horses.  Of course Scooby and the gang offer to help solve the problem and as a cover … Continue reading

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Big Rain

The twins Carlos and Carmen are tired of all the rain and can’t wait to go outside again to play. They’re thrilled when they wake up and the rain has stopped.  When they look outside, however, they find their yard … Continue reading

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Bangladesh

This title introduces the reader to the land, animals and culture of Bangladesh.  By focusing on the uniqueness, strengths, and challenges of living in Bangladesh the book provides students a good opportunity to find connections and notice differences with their own life.  … Continue reading

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Keeping Healthy

To take care of his or her amazing body, a child needs to eat well, keep moving, fight germs, enjoy fresh air, stay clean, and sleep well.  This title separates these concepts into individual chapters.  The large, easy-to-read text is organized … Continue reading

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Women of the Frontier

Sixteen tales of trailblazing homesteaders, entrepreneurs and fable-rousers who overcame the hardships of the 1840’s coming west and settling.  The stories are researched through diaries, journals, letters and written songs.   Excellent for women’s studies, or history of the west.  Includes … Continue reading

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