Monthly Archives: September 2017

Encountering Bigfoot: Eyewitness Accounts

Nine eyewitness accounts of suspected bigfoot encounters, from across the United States, eight of which occurred within the past seventeen years.  These occurrences took place in Pennsylvania, Washington state, Alaska, New Jersey, Texas, Oregon, Ohio, and California. One sighting was … Continue reading

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Hap-pea all Year

Another delightful companion picture book. The peas are back again teaching about the different months of the year. “Hap=pea September! Grab paper and a pen. Greet your eager teachers – school begins again”.   Each month features a two page spread … Continue reading

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Apple Pigs

This reprint of a classic tells of a neglected tree that just needed someone to care.  The young girl clears away the rubbish, rakes, hoes, and plants flowers so that in spring the now proud tree flourishes like never before. It’s … Continue reading

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Boats

Using simple text, this book focuses on the science and technology behind boats.  It starts with the physics concept of density and why boats float followed by how different forces such as wind, paddles, propellers and engines can make a … Continue reading

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Kindergarten is Cool

This is an cheerful portrayal of the first day of kindergarten.  Starting with excitement and nerves at home before school and moving on to the activities that take place in kindergarten.  Kindergarten is described more by the activities than the … Continue reading

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Priscilla Gorilla

Reading can lead to curiosity and passion. Priscilla talks about gorillas “morning, noon and night” after her dad gives her an All About Gorillas book for her birthday.  Her love of gorillas becomes part of everything thing she does, from school … Continue reading

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Lizards

With photographs and simple text, this book provides an introduction to lizards.  The informational text on lizards includes common characteristics, habitat, and diet.  It also includes some specific information about the blue-tailed skink, gecko, and iguana.  The book would benefit from … Continue reading

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Penguins

With photographs and simple text, this book provides an introduction to penguins.  The heavy use of pronouns, make the simple text less effective. Bold words defined in the glossary include waddle, webbed and flippers, but skips the word krill. Contains table … Continue reading

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The White House

With photographs and simple text, this book provides an introduction to the White House.  The heavy use of pronouns, particularly the word “it” make the simple text less effective. Contains table of contents, glossary and index. Linked online resources include a … Continue reading

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Treat

Is there anything a dog loves more than a treat? Woken from a dream of treats by an encouraging smell, the dog races off for the chance to earn any sort of treat. He tries all his best tricks first for … Continue reading

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The Impossible Clue

What readers are looking for! A smart girl who is good at math and does not take guff about it from anyone!   Summer vacation will start any minute. Alice can hardly wait to begin her vacation. Alice plans on … Continue reading

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Different? Same!

The animal world is a diverse interesting place.  What do things as different as a zebra and a bumblebee or a hedgehog and a chameleon have in common?  This book explores differences while highlighting the similarities.  Each two page spread … Continue reading

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Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions

Whoosh is science success story of an African American man made particularly accessible to students by their first-hand knowledge of one of his inventions, the Super Soaker. The story begins with Lonnie’s childhood in Mobile, Alabama and the challenges he … Continue reading

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Shake a Leg, Egg

A single unhatched egg rests in a nest surrounded by four fluffy goslings.  Mother goose nudges the egg, “Hello in there! Are you aware…how long we’ve all been waiting?” A mother’s cajoling is picked up by the coots and crows. The … Continue reading

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Keepaway Camp

On the first day of summer, Shaggy, Scooby, and their friends in Mystery, Inc., join their friend Fred on a trip to his boyhood camp.  The camp is pretty run down but Jasper, the owner, appreciates all the help he … Continue reading

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The Chocolate Phantom

In this graphic novel, Shaggy’s Aunt Isabelle is a judge for the Chocolate Art Show.  It is being ruined by an unknown phantom.  She enlists Shaggy and friends to help solve this mystery.  They search for clues and eventually set … Continue reading

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The Story of the Orange Bowl

Back in the 1930s, Earnie Seiler was a tireless promoter of what was to become the Orange Bowl, one of the final major football contests of the season.  Seiler enticed top teams, the Oklahoma Sooners and the Tennessee Volunteers, to … Continue reading

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The Mystery of the Sphinx

The sphinx and the pyramids in Egypt’s Sahara Desert have intrigued people for thousands of years.  Scientists, archeologists, and scholars have studied, excavated, repaired, and wondered about the creation and purpose of the sphinx.  Which came first, the sphinx or … Continue reading

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Charles Drew: Distinguished Surgeon and Blood Researcher

This biography is of Dr. Charles Drew and his amazing contributions to science concerning blood.  Born in 1904 in Washington DC, Drew, an African American, had more opportunities for a solid education.  Because of DC’s large African American population, schools … Continue reading

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Marine Biome

Using short simple sentences, this book starts by introducing the concept of biome as a large area with certain plants, animals and climate. It then explains that marine waters are biomes.  Of the three main marine biomes, oceans are the largest. … Continue reading

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When the World is Dreaming

The book starts with a 18th century Japanese Haiku about a butterfly dreaming while folding its wings. The remainder of the pages contain alternating 3 and 4 line rhyming verses for snake, deer, newt, rabbit, mouse, and turtle. For each … Continue reading

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The Oddest Superstitions of All Time

Several sports are represented in which players exhibit strange superstitions based on achieving a perfect performance.  In this book, all players are male, both from team and individual sports.  Tennis star Rafael Nadal has a whole routine he follows before … Continue reading

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The Whale

An odd mixture of animals, Pandora, a cat, Seabold, a dog, and three mice, Whistler, Lila, and baby Tiny, have come together to form the lighthouse family.  One day, while collecting shells, Lila and Whistler hear the crying of a … Continue reading

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Be an Adventurer

Outdoor adventures can be fun for everyone and being prepared is a must.  Caring for our environment and suggestions for packing suitable gear are mentioned on the first pages.  Eight basic knots, with simple directions how to tie them, are … Continue reading

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The Last True Love Story

Like sappy love stories — this is not it.  The Last True Love Story does not take place in a high school.  The Last True Love Story does not have a female protagonist.  The Last True Love Story does not … Continue reading

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