Category Archives: 4th Grade

The Bad Guys : The Furball Strikes Back

Wolf, shark, snake, spider, and piranha are lured into the woods to stop a neighbor from being bulldozed.When they find out the bulldozers are made of cardboard and duct tape. Suddenly the ground opens up and a laser canon appears. … Continue reading

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Mini Science Fun

If you are looking to update your science experiment book section, this book is pleasing to the eye with its bright colorful photos. I especially liked the advice on page 6 Before You Begin: Slow and Steady, “Getting an experiment to … 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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Silent Days, Silent Dreams

This is a complex book.  It’s not a light read.  It can serve readers who read for a variety of purposes, and for the right audiences it would be worthy of a “Highly Recommended” rating.  It is a picture book … 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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Animals by the Numbers: a book of animal infographics

Steve Jenkins.  He never disappoints.  Here he presents a whole host of animal statistics with the visual graphs and charts to put the numbers in perspective.  It’s visually appealing and highly informative.

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Let the Children March

It tells the story of a part of the civil rights movement that was unknown to me, and certainly one whose story deserves to be told, both to recognize this bit of history and to inspire young people to do … Continue reading

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Chickasaw

It gives a clear account of many aspects of Chickasaw culture.  It is careful to acknowledge the injustices they faced at the hands of the U.S. government.  It is illustrated with color photos of actual artifacts.  It recognizes the tribe … Continue reading

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The Legendary Miss Lena Horne

The illustrations really add to the interest of this book.  The writing is a bit flat.  It does the basic job of telling many different aspects of Lena Horne’s life, but it seems to leave out some basic details: since … Continue reading

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Fun Experiments with Forces and Motion

Former science and math teacher Rob Ives has compiled nine projects to make using common everyday supplies. Each project comes with step-by-step illustrated directions, including warnings when open flames and utility knives are involved. At the end of each set … Continue reading

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Princess Juniper of the Anju

Princess Juniper’s father sent her  message, in Queen’s Basin, two weeks ago telling how his kingdom is under attack by the Monsians. Meanwhile, her cousin Cyril unsuccessfully  tried to usurp  her valley. Later, Cyril admits, ” I know who thieved … Continue reading

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Pokémon

The  ‘Brands We Know’ series provides readers with a history of world famous Pokémon. This book is strictly facts. Instructions for games are not included or hinted upon. Pokémon began as three Japanese companies for video games, card games , … Continue reading

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A Feast of Fun

Set at Storm Cliff Stables, a camp “for girls crazy about horses” (4) Aunt Jane, the owner/director  of the camp, asks the camp girls to plan her wedding at the camp, when Aunt Jane announces she will be marrying Clyde … Continue reading

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Make it Yourself! Paper Pop-up Art

This book is part of the Cool Makerspace series and details the steps to making six pop-up projects using readily available tools and materials. It begins with a definition of the notion of ‘makerspace”. Following that are details about supplies, … Continue reading

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The Case of the Feathered Mask

Maisie Hitchins, a young girl living with her grandmother in Victorian England, is an intrepid detective, solving cases from her grandmother’s boarding house. In this fourth book of The Mysteries of Maisie Hitchins series, she sets out to solve the … Continue reading

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The Witch Boy

The basis premise of this book I that a boy wants to learn spells and other magic like witches, but boys are expected to become shift-shapers. Witches can only be girls. There is lots of adventure, fantasy, action, conflict and … Continue reading

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A Shiloh Christmas

A year has passed since Shiloh has become part of Marty’s family.  It’s almost Christmas but the holiday spirit is low.  Judd, Shiloh’s previous owner, is trying to be a better person, a new minister preaches more fire and brimstone … Continue reading

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Dog Man: The Tale of Two Kitties

Dav Pilkey’s third installment in the Dog Man series is a, “tale of oppression…a tale of redemption…a tale of rebirth…a take of hope…a tale of two kitties.”  The three story lines of Dog Man, Petey the Cat, and Mecha Flippy converge … Continue reading

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The Last Viking Returns

Josh, the oldest of three boys, has always admired Vikings.  He is brave and afraid of nothing.  However, his younger twin brothers are getting bigger and wilder, which does worry him.  While staying with their grandparents, they all take an … Continue reading

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Creatures of the Rain Forest

Interesting, although sometimes creepy, creatures of the Central and South American rainforests are described in this 32 paged book..  One interesting feature in this series shows the comparative size of the creature to a hand or an average adult height.  … Continue reading

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Spy Next Door: Mutant Rat Attack

At first glance, I was impressed with the illustrations that accompany the text.  It’s almost a cross between a middle grades book and a graphic novel, which makes it a great option for students to bridge that gap.  The main … Continue reading

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The Hubble Space Telescope

This informational text about the Hubble Space Telescope covers how the telescope works, what missions it is has been apart of and what it is. Informational text features complement the text and add to the learning. There is even a … Continue reading

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Karl, Get Out of the Garden!

A picture book biography about the man responsible for developing the scientific classification and naming system used throughout the scientific community today.  The water color illustrations do a good job of evoking the time period (1700s) in which Karl Linne, … Continue reading

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Rivers o Sunlight: how the sun moves water around the earth

The illustrations are cool and colorful and inviting, but there are other books that convey the information and concepts of this book better.  This book is written in first person, from the voice of the sun.  But it rambles a … Continue reading

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Technology During the Korean War

This strikes me as a book that started with a title, as the publisher decided they wanted to write a series about the technologies of the different wars, and then they sat down to write this one and realized they … Continue reading

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