Monthly Archives: October 2017

The Perfect Piñatas

Carlos and Carmen go shopping with their grandmother for the perfect piñatas for their birthday party.  Finally in the 3rd store Carlos chooses a dinosaur piñata and Carmen chooses a elephant piñata.  When they get home, Dino and Ellie take part in … Continue reading

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Let’s Explore the Moon

A very basic introduction to the moon. Although this book contains 1-2 sentences per page and geared towards younger students, the words used are not as attainable to those students. There is an educator note in the front of the … Continue reading

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Third Grade Mermaid

The main character, a mermaid named Cora, fails a spelling test and is kicked off the Singing Sirens group. She can return to the group if she passes her next spelling test, otherwise she will lose her spot to one … Continue reading

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Elmer the Very Sneaky Sheep

It was summer and Hank was bored and lonely. No one was using his pet-sitting business.  When the new kid in town stops by to use his services, Hank is thrilled.  Hank will be pet sitting for an escape artist … Continue reading

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Black Holes: A Space Discovery Guide

Black holes, by there very nature cannot be seen.  The only information about black holes is from observing how other objects in space behave around them.  This book details many of the devices that are used to collect information about … Continue reading

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Glacier National Park

A national park is more than just a name or a boundary contained place that we can witness now.  And Glacier National Park is more than “a wilderness landscape of forest, mountains, and lakes.” It stands witness to the impact … Continue reading

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Children’s Storytellers: Mary Pope Osborne

In this short, easy to read biography we learn very basic information about Mary Pope Osborne. The text features compliment the text and some are more interesting than the text itself, like the fact that she planned the Magic Tree … Continue reading

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Simone Manuel

At the 2016 Olympics, Simone Manuel was the first African American woman to win a gold in an Olympic swimming event.  In fact, she won 4 medals in the 2016 Olympics.  The book covers her childhood, education, swimming career, and … Continue reading

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Celebrating Holidays: Earth Day

This book is a basic introduction to what Earth Day is and a few ways that we can care for the Earth. There are only 1-2 sentences per page. There are many nonfiction text features including bold words, glossary, headings, … Continue reading

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German Shepherds

Using simple text and colorful pictures, this book provides young readers with the physical description of the German shepherd and information on their care, personality, and history as a breed. Glossary terms are in red.  Quick Stats section at end … Continue reading

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Officer Katz and Houndini: A Tale of Two Tails

Every year Houndini appears in Kitty City to give a show and he draws a mustache on the portrait of the town founder, Davy Crock-cat. Officer Katz wants to catch him. After Houndini’s show, Officer Katz gives him three chances … Continue reading

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Awesome Dogs: Dalmations

An informational text full of nonfiction text features. Many of these features include a table of contents, photographs, bold words, headings, diagrams, maps, index, and glossary. Each page contains one – two sentences. The pages are colorful and engaging, but … Continue reading

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Super Simple Experiments with Mass

The book starts with an explanation of what mass is and how to conduct an experiment and work like a scientist. Following that are six experiments. These experiments are not only simple, they use materials that are easy to find. … Continue reading

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I Will Love You

It’s a sentimental love poem offered by mother for daughter, declaring her undying love.  The illustrations begin and end with mom tucking daughter into bed.  In the in-between pages, the illustrations are fanciful: showing mother and daughter flying through the … Continue reading

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Doing Her Bit: a story about the woman’s land army of America

It tells the story of an often neglected bit of American history:  the role of women during WWI, who helped the farmers tend the fields when all the farm hands had gone off to fight.  It focuses on the tale … Continue reading

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No Tooting at Tea

It’s a mash-up between that typically associated with attracting boys and that typically considered girlish:  fart humor plus tea parties. The illustrations are cute and frilly, showing a gathering of three little girls having a tea party in the yard … Continue reading

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Esquivel! Space-age Sound Artist

I love the illustrations. I like the idea of picture book biographies, especially more multi-cultural ones. From what I read, he certainly seems to have been a ground-breaking musician, so perhaps this book will help him become more well-known.  I … Continue reading

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Birthdays around the World

It uses the universality of birthdays has a window into multiculturalism.  Right on the first page it begins by acknowledging that though everybody in the world has a birthday, not everyone celebrates, or even knows it, and those who do … Continue reading

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The Crayola Counting Book

It’s shiny and bright, but that’s all it’s really got going for it. There are such better counting books available that I could not recommend spending $20 on this one.  It’s illustrated with photos of crayons on a white background, … Continue reading

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Hop Up! Wriggle Over!

It’s not exactly a traditional story, and not exactly a wordless picture book, but somewhere in between.  The text consists of a string of words, phrases, and onamonapeia (yes, I know that’s spelled wrong), which wouldn’t mean much alone.  But … Continue reading

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Bugs from Head to Tail

The illustrations are very textured, multi-media collage.  Each two-page spread with a close-up illustration of some bug, asking “What bug has a _____ like this?” is followed with a two-page spread that zooms out to show the full bug, in … Continue reading

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Trains Don’t Sleep

It’s a sentimental, somewhat romantic celebration of trains.  The illustrations are soft and a bit unfocused, to give it a nostalgic air, and the text is a poetic description of different kinds of trains doing different kinds of jobs.  The … Continue reading

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Seven Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the Cafeteria

It’s the illustrations that really make this book.  They are bright and bold and silly and they add an extra layer to the rest of the story.  Before the reader even gets to the first page of the story, the … Continue reading

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Boris and the Worrisome Wakies

The dynamic duo of Lester and Munsinger have teamed up again in their usual style, with cute illustrations and stories that address typical childhood problems.  This one is about a Badger who won’t go to sleep by day, like a … Continue reading

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Tony Baloney: Yo Ho Ho, Halloween!

Tony Baloney is a very believable and relatable character, somehow managing to wrap into one Halloween all the struggles so many children struggle with in agonizing over the perfect Halloween costume:  he doesn’t want a costume patched together from odds … Continue reading

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