Author Archives: Donna Dannenmiller

This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration

Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery Award winning author, has used a simple rope connecting generations of family history.  For three generations that rope is first used as a jump rope, then passed down as a rope to secure suitcases onto a car … Continue reading

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Portuguese Water Dogs

Abdo’s Checkerboard Animal Library is a favorite of my students.  In this series, many breeds are discussed where you learn exciting and interesting facts.  The full-color photos and easy-to-read-text make it quite user friendly.  Each book explains information about the … Continue reading

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Toyger Cats

Readers are introduced to Designer Cats which are trendy cats that look like a wildcat but have a domestic cat’s personality.  The Toyger is bred to look like a small version of the Asian tiger, even though it has no … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget Your Etiquette!: The Essential Guide to Misbehavior

A collection of sly and witty poems that poke fun at the proper way to eat soup, burp, answer the phone, disagree with adults, go to sleep, kiss, send thank-you’s, etc.  My first question about this book is…Who is the … Continue reading

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Librarian on the Roof

We all are inspired by Movers and Shakers.  Here is a true story of Rosealeta Laurel, a feisty director of the oldest public library in Texas.  It’s October 2000 when, financially, people were not willing to pay for public improvements … Continue reading

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What in the World is a Green Garden?

Just in time for Earth Day!  Here are many different ways we use energy and resources plus fun, kid-friendly ways to care for the earth.  Included are the effects of composting, worms, green gardens, fast/packaged foods vs. growing fresh foods, … Continue reading

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Meat and Protein

This introductory text to the food group “meat and protein”  is quite basic for preschoolers.  It identifies meat, beans, fish, eggs and nuts as food that we eat to be protein healthy. After explaining where all of these come from, … Continue reading

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The Handiest Things in the World

The author zeros in on the effect our hands have played in the development of the most useful tools we need to  function in our everyday lives.  For example, our hands were the first “handy” set of chipsticks for picking … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Survival Guide

With an Introduction by Ben Fogle who spent forty-nine days rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, as well as spending a year living on an unhabited island, plus an author who is a trekker and climber you can learn … Continue reading

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Nic Bishop Snakes

Another stunning, up-close look at an animal species…Nic Bishop, again, has impressed us with a well-organized, breath takingly photographed, award winning publication…this time on snakes.  The text is packed with astonishing facts that rivets the reader.  “It can take an … Continue reading

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Serving on a Jury

A True Book introduction to the process of who can serve on a jury, how they are selected, hearing the case, and reaching a verdict. This subject may not appeal to adults, but young students are often highly interested in … Continue reading

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Experimenting with Plants Science Projects

The cover of every book in this series is quite colorful and appealing.  However, upon opening the book, the reader is taken-a-back by the stark textbook-like style of the interior…with single spaced, old-style typerwriter font and black and white diagrams … Continue reading

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The Science Behind Magic Science Projects

The cover design is colorful, and quite appealing…yet open the book and you get wordy, single-spaced, old-styled font with black and white “textbook” graphics that make you want to close the book before you go any farther.  If you can … Continue reading

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Atoms and Molecules Experiments Using Ice, Salt, Marbles and More: One Hour or Less Science Experiments

Appealing to the grade 5-9 crowd of perpetual procrastinators, this series offers science projects that can be done in one hour or less, 30 minutes or less, 15 minutes or less and even 5 miniutes or less.  An explanation of … Continue reading

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Simple Machine Experiments Using Seesaws, Wheels, Pulleys, and More: One Hour or Less Science Experiments

For starters, the “simple machine” topic is typically better suited for the primary grades.  This text is geared for grades 5-9, with an older girl visual on the cover.  The title certainly appeals to the procrastinators of that older developmental … Continue reading

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Almost Zero

Dyamonde Daniel is an outspoken third grader who covet’s the stylish, pink, hight-top shoes of a classmate.  In response to her daughter’s inablility to see the difference between wants and needs, Dyamond’s mother empties Dyamond’s closet, leaving only the  necessities. … Continue reading

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Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia

Based on the true story of Luis Soriana, who lives in a remote town in northern Colombia, this colorful, primary version, of his amazing saga of bringing books to villages leaves the reader inspired and uplifted.  Starting in 2000, Luis … Continue reading

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At the Eleventh Hour

A variety of idioms related to money and numbers, are explored and explained…such as “on cloud nine”…”at sixes and sevens”…”the whole nine yards”.  Each chapter covers a two page spread discussing the possible origin and/or explanations of the idiom.  Thirteen … Continue reading

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Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh

This is the fourth, and maybe favored book in the Theodosia Thockmorten series.  The setting is Egypt, where Theodosia, a strong, witty girl, discovers more about her birth and history…and how she is connected to the fight between the Brotherhood … Continue reading

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Maurice Sendak

Biographies for the primary level are becoming more prevalent.  I was impressed by the Table of Contents in this series which appeared to cover a wide range of interesting aspects in the life of Maurice Sendak.  Each “Chapter” (actually a … Continue reading

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Tallulah’s Solo

Life is full of times when everything does not go as planned.  Tallulah knows that she is an excellent ballerina.  She is attentive in class, following her teacher’s exact instructions.  Her younger brother, on the other hand, goofs off a … Continue reading

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The Solar System

The text grabs the reader from page one.  “Find the Truth!”  You are given a challenge, as you read along, to discover which of two statements about the solar system are true or false.  Immediately the mind is engaged.  Packed … Continue reading

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Glaciers

This Natural Wonders series is designed to support primary and early readers with non-fiction, landform topics.   Each two-page spread presents a big, colorful and quite amazing photo on the right…with a simple three sentence text on the left.  Students … Continue reading

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The Hueys in None the Number: A Counting Adventure

Who are “The Hueys?” …little, minimalist oval shapes, with stick legs and arms.  They dialogue throughout the book starting with the question “Is none a number?”  A Blue Huey confirms that it is indeed a number because it is one … Continue reading

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Fractions in Disguise

“Some kids collect baseball cards.  Some collect action figures.  Me?  I collect fractions.”  In this math adventure, our narrator, whose name is never revealed, uses a Reducer (1/2 ray gun and 1/2 calculator) to reduce fractions to their lowest terms, … Continue reading

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