Category Archives: 1st Grade

Dump Truck Haul!

Ten dump trucks in action; either being filled by an excavator or a front loader, or dumping their loads at a construction site or at a mine. Two or three large font sentences per page opposite a color photo of … Continue reading

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With Dad, It’s Like That

I would like it better if it were about grandparents than I do with it being about Dad.  Grandparents are supposed to spoil kids.  Dads are supposed to parents, and this book feeds into the stereotype of Mom being the … Continue reading

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You’re My Boo

A fox mom tells her kiddos all things they are to her, in a series of endearments that all end in, “boo.”  It’s got rhythm and rhyme and repetition.  The illustrations add a sense of story as they move through … Continue reading

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Rutabaga Boo!

The entire text of the book amounts to a spin-off of “Marco Polo:” a toddler calls out, “Rutabaga?” and Mom replies with “Boo.” The illustrations are nice enough as they show the two going through their day, but there doesn’t … Continue reading

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Way Past Bedtime

It’s cute.  It tells of all a young boy imagines about what his folks get up to “way past bedtime.”  He makes plans to stay up and spy, to catch them in the act, but when he creeps downstairs he … Continue reading

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Mr. King’s Machine

As with other Mr. King stories, he takes some idea too far, aiming for good, but learning from his friends about why it turns out to be not a good idea after all.  In this case, Mr. King likes flowers, … Continue reading

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A Number Slumber

It’s a bedtime counting book told in rhyme.  The illustrations add to the bedtime quality of the book, with lots of shades and blue and purple and green, and soft blurry edges that make them seem sleepy.  It counts back … Continue reading

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No Fair! No Fair! and other jolly poems of childhood

The themes of the poems are all relatable and humorous, but the quality of the poetry is somewhat erratic:  some poems read smoothly with both rhythm and rhyme, while others seemed forced and awkward to read aloud.  The cartoonish illustrations … Continue reading

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The Light of Christmas

This is a beautiful book, with rich illustrations that serve well to set the scene and the tone of a story with a very timeless feel to it, with a classic Christmas message.  A young boy sets off with meager … Continue reading

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Take Heart My Child: a mother’s dream

This is a beautiful book.  It’s the kind you want to buy three copies of so that you always have a baby shower gift on hand.  It is a love poem between mother and child, sharing all the hopes and … Continue reading

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Mouseling’s Words

I love this book!  The illustrations are cute and full of personality. The story is a celebration of words, a celebration of daring to venture beyond our comfort zones to explore the wider world, a celebration of books.  A little … Continue reading

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Why Am I Me?

The artwork is cool:  a lot of diverse folks in an urban setting.  The text is philosophical: a series of questions, each a variation on the theme of why are we each who we are and not somebody else? I … Continue reading

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The New Libearian

When the children gather for story time at the library, but the librarian is missing, the clues lead to a bear behind the librarian’s desk.  The bear stomped and growled and roared his way through story time, much to the … Continue reading

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The Not-So-Faraway Adventure

It’s a simple story about a girl’s day out with her grandfather to celebrate his birthday, riding the streetcar together to a nearby beach, having lunch out, and returning to the rest of the family and cupcakes to end the … Continue reading

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Bizzy Mizz Lizzie

A fun story, full of classic David Shannon illustrations that add to the fun and appeal.  It’s also got a good message, reminding us all of the value of stopping to smell the flowers.  Mizz Lizzie is very proud to … Continue reading

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Don’t Blow Your Top: a look inside volcanoes

Oooh. Ick. Avoid this series.  I don’t like to be mean, but I was only part way through the story before I had to check the publisher to see who was responsible for letting this get to print.  It’s meant … Continue reading

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Pigeon P.I.

Even the end papers and the title page bring the reader into the genre of the classic detective story.  The story is about an out-of-work Pigeon P.I. who is brought back to service when several birds turn up missing.  The … Continue reading

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Back to School With Bigfoot

Going back to school is a BIG worry for a Bigfoot! Finding clothes that fit, getting a full body hair cut, worries about lunch time and even picture day make BigFoot want to quit school! Yet, there are so many … Continue reading

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Beaver: Master Builder

This title details the many unique adaptions that make the beaver such a successful builder of both dams and lodges.  The book specifically addresses the physical, social and behavioral characteristics of the beaver and how those characteristics allow the beaver … Continue reading

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Wildebeest Migration

For most children, the wildebeest is one of the less recognized African safari animals. In this title from Abdo’s Animal Migration series, the wildebeest’s migration is detailed through lens’ of the animal’s life cycle, season and location.  Cause and effect … Continue reading

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There’s a Pest in the Garden

“What’s the PEST going to eat NEXT?” beans? corn? peas? turnips? There is a mole or gopher in the vegetable garden. First it eats all of the beans, then corn (sheep’s favorite-‘sniff’), then the peas –“YIPPEE!” , donkey doesn’t like … Continue reading

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Passenger Trains

Young readers are introduced to the concept of traveling long distances  by train through a series of outdoor photos of trains in the United States of America, Korea, and Australia. There are also photos of people eating in a dining … Continue reading

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Engineer It! Bridge Projects

Engineer It! Bridge Projects is part of The Engineer It! series for budding civil engineers or any other kids that like to build and possibly, destroy popsicle stick, cardboard and clay structures. How cool is that? The book opens with … Continue reading

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Pig the Winner

Pig the pug is back in a sassy book about sore losers and cheaters – both are Pig. Pig can’t stand to lose and he will cheat to win or worse, cry and whine until the winner gives in. His … Continue reading

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Thelma the Unicorn

Thelma didn’t start out as a unicorn. She was a rather plain pony hanging out in a field with her friend, Otis the donkey. She was sad, though. She wanted so badly to be unicorn – beautiful, magical, sparkly and … Continue reading

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