Monthly Archives: June 2017

If You Were a Kid Aboard the Titanic

William and Alice, two children from two very different families and lifestyles, make friends with each other on the maiden voyage of the Titanic in 1912. William’s family has a luxurious suite and has access to many wonderful parts of … Continue reading

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Sports Jokes

Any joke is a great joke to the young crowd, but many of these jokes will have the them laughing out loud. Jokes are arranged in boxes – darker colored box is the question and lighter colored box is the … Continue reading

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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela presents an accessible biography of one our current history’s important figures. Information is presented in one to two sentences per page with large, crisp photos to accompany them. ‘Key Dates’ and ‘Quick Stats’ pull together a great deal … Continue reading

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Benjamin Franklin

This biography is a great place to start for young readers interested in history. With a few sentences per page and bright, appealing illustrations, the life of Benjamin Franklin is succinctly described. “Quick Stats” and “Key Dates” give the information … Continue reading

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Hats Off to You!

Four girls dream up a wonderful surprise for their moms, but first they have to prepare…and hats are a big part of the plan! Emily, Ashley, Kaitlyn and Claire visit the local street fair to see the hats at Chez … Continue reading

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Duct Tape Costumes

Who doesn’t love duct tape? And, who doesn’t long to make a duct tape top hat or a knight’s shield with it? Well, look no further for the directions. They are right here in this book! It begins with an … Continue reading

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Strange Medicine: A History of Medical Remedies

Readers will love the information in this book, because the ‘gross-out factor’ is extremely high. Read about the various uses for poop and pee (animal and human) in the attempted cure of many ailments in history. The beauty of this … Continue reading

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Lewis and Clark

Simple introduction to the lives and work of Lewis and Clark with a few sentences per page and associated illustrations. Bright, clean mixture of text, artwork and photos present the points necessary to give the reader a foundation of information. … Continue reading

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Temperature at Work

A basic introduction to temperature with a sentence or two on each page with accompanying photos arranged between two bright lines that travel through the pages. Boys and girls of different ethnicities illustrate the concepts presented. the book begins and … Continue reading

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

Car enthusiasts will enjoy the information in this book, part of a series about fourteen high powered autos. the history of the car, explanation of its name, design and cool technology. An information box with Shelby GT350 specifications is a … Continue reading

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Jane Goodall

One book in a series of six about important women and their contributions. Jane Goodall details her life in simple text with accompanying photos, many in color. There are two pages of “Quick Stats” and “Key Dates” as well as … Continue reading

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Russell Westbrook

This book starts with a high energy anecdote about the player’s prowess on the court. It then goes back to the beginning of his life and career, moving through the years. A timeline and ‘Fast Facts’ throughout the book add … Continue reading

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Super Simple Farm Projects: Fun & Easy Animal Environment Activities

Kids can learn about farms, their residents and their ‘food chain’. Dr. Temple Grandin, an important farm animal advocate is highlighted and one of the six projects showcases one of her important contributions (Cow Hug Machine) to animal welfare. Materials … Continue reading

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Women with Wings: Women Pilots of World War ll

Significant, but overlooked, pilots of World War II are showcased in this important book by Shannon Baker Moore. We learn about women who were ahead of their times, wanting to do more than society was ready for them to do. … Continue reading

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Ragdoll Cats

Ragdoll Cats is part of Cats: Set 2 by Abdo for the K-2 crowd. The book gives a description of the cat and its personality, as well as their grooming needs. Text is accompanied by large photos that are well-done … Continue reading

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Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss is a slim, easy-to-read biography that imparts the necessary facts about a great author/illustrator in just 24 pages. While a few of the pictures are very loosely related to the text (ex. a picture of what must be … Continue reading

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Cool Woodworking Projects: Fun & Creative Workshop Activities

This is a book to share between kids and adults. There is a note to adult helpers at the beginning, discussing the possible need for adult help while encouraging the child to do as much as possible independently. The book … Continue reading

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10 Fascinating Facts About Dinosaurs

What a gem! This book will fly off the shelf when students find it! Written in an accessible language, each fact encompasses a two page spread, with pictures, human/dinosaur size comparison and sidebar “Dino File” with diet, height, weight and … Continue reading

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Origami Zoo Animals

This is a great book for budding origami enthusiasts. It starts off with materials needed, tips and tricks, and some basic folds and bases, which it refers back to when the reader moves into the projects. The individual projects appear … Continue reading

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Mae and June and the Wonder Wheel

June and her dog Sammy are best friends, which is helped by their ability to communicate with each other! June lives with her mom, dad and teenage sister. June would really like a best friend that is human, though, and … Continue reading

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The Icarus Show

The Icarus Show, by Sally Christie, is a tender and insightful examination of strategies used to cope with uncomfortable situations and how they can interfere with living a full life.¬† Alex has devised the perfect coping strategy for his first … Continue reading

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Fortune Falls

Sadie is one unlucky girl. And in a town like Fortune Falls, luck means everything. This town is loaded with superstition and magic. If you step on a crack, your mother really does break her back. And, don’t even think … Continue reading

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When Mischief Came to Town

Inge Maria arrives on a boat to the island of Bornholm in Sweden to live with her grandmother in 1911. Her mother has died and brave Inge has left everything she knew (color, laughter, music, art, the city and her … Continue reading

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Basketball Time!

Basketball Time! is an introduction to the game, court and vocabulary. Accompanying pictures of boys and girls of different ethnicity add to the currency of the book, showing that everyone can enjoy this fun game. Good examples of nonfiction elements … Continue reading

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Illusion

Set on an island off the South Carolina coast, Illusion is the third book in the Heirs of Watson Island series. ¬†Southern Gothic fiction steeped in mysticism and spirits with strange disappearances and characters who live for centuries, readers who … Continue reading

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