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Record-Breaking Building Feats

For the last few years the term ‘infographics’ has been tossed around as the next best thing since sliced bread for those kids who have trouble focusing. In this book, each page is a different bright color with other brightly … Continue reading

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Nerf

Nerf toys are popular with both boys and girls, and especially moms, as the soft foam toys don’t break anything in the house. Nerf toys have been around since 1969 and have evolved with the times. Beginning with a soft … Continue reading

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Self-Driving Cars

Marsico is delving into what the future will bring us as far as cars are concerned, namely, self-driving cars. Systems in cars already exist that is a step into self-driving, such as, anti-lock brakes, cruise control, parallel parking, and gps, … 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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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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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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Knit-Knotters

Have you ever wondered how you got so many knots in your hair? If you’re a girl, you have. The Knit-Knotters are little tiny sprite that come out at night when you’re asleep and knit knots in your hair. They’re … Continue reading

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Siamese

Siamese cats have quite a unique history and many physical characteristics which distinguish it from other cats. The photographs are beautiful and children will fall in love with these cats. This book is good for beginning readers and cat lovers.

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Labrador Retrievers

Labs are one of the most popular breeds of dogs; they are strong, used for rescue, smart, used for hunting, and are terrific in families with young children. The photographs in this book are clear and detailed, and children will … Continue reading

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Siberian Huskies

Siberian Huskies originally came from Siberia, Asia, used to pull sleds heavy with meat from hunting. In the early 1900’s they were brought to Alaska and are well known for sled dog races. The rest of the book deals with … Continue reading

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S is for Seattle

Thick glossy pages filled with saturated colors show the highlights of Seattle. The art in this book is pretty phenomenal. An ABC picture book, this book will help to prepare the youngest of visitors to the Emerald City. The best … Continue reading

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Super Simple Bar Cookies: Easy Cookie Recipes for Kids!

Although this title says its for kids, it is really for any beginning cook or baker. The information before the recipes is important and shown well; i.e., how to measure dry ingredients, different ways to measure the same amount, common … Continue reading

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What’s Your Story, Jackie Robinson?

Asking questions and writing down the answers is a different way to write a biography. It almost makes it seem more personal because the questions asked are probably the ones you’d ask if you had a chance. That’s the idea … Continue reading

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The Three Little Pigs

In this version of an old folk tale, new is combined with old. The illustrations are colorful and have just enough detail. The size is perfect for little hands. Mother Pig warned them about the big, bad wolf and they … Continue reading

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Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood is an old Grimm fairy tale but has been updated and revised for today’s children. First of all, the illustrations are colorful and include just enough detail to be interesting. Secondly, the size is just right … Continue reading

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Daniel and the Nutcracker

What drew me to this book was the glossy, vivid colors of each page. Daniel and his dad are on their way to see the Christmas play, The Nutcracker, when they run into his friend Owl. Owl is afraid to … Continue reading

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Use Your Words, Sophie!

Rosemary Wells is a genius at picture books for young children, and this one is no different. Sophie is trying to get attention after her new baby sister has been brought home. When her antics set off her baby sister, … Continue reading

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The Flinkwater Factor

Flinkwater is a city similar to Silicon Valley in which most of the people are employed by a computer company. Those people are super smart and nerdy, as are their children. However in an attempted takeover, people are reduced to … Continue reading

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My ABC Book

This is a reissue of a book originally printed in 1953. There is a reason why this book hasn’t been reprinted in over the last 50 years. It’s old! The illustrations are simple, the colors are dull and muddy. There … Continue reading

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Sleeping Beauty

This is the traditional Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, but Sarah Gibb has added her own distinct style. Her artwork is beautiful and the twisting vines and flowers seem to take you from one page to the next. She uses black … Continue reading

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