Everything you've ever wanted to know about frogs is detailed in clear text and incredible photographs in this wonderful volume.
The beautiful photogrEverything you've ever wanted to know about frogs is detailed in clear text and incredible photographs in this wonderful volume.
The beautiful photographs in this book compel one to read it several times over. The text is aimed at the 4th -7th grade market but the pictures will delight and amaze a much wider audience.
The facts are well laid out and organized in such a way as to help students who are writing reports. It is obvious the photographer loves his subject and his comments about his life and love of frogs are a wonderful edition at the end of the text. I intend to look up this author's other work and order it for our library.
While I found the saturated colors a large part of this book's appeal the colored font on colored paper may be more difficult for some students to read than others. Reviews:
1) Booklist (January 1, 2008 (Vol. 104, No. 9))says "Dominating the book are Bishop’s remarkably fine color photographs" and recommends this book for 2nd-4th grade. There's quite alot of text for a second grader but every page is a different color with specific subject text.
2) Horn Book (March/April, 2008) recommends Frogs for the Elementary crowd and says, "The text, however, is completely overshadowed by the photographs, which are stunningly crisp, colorful, and beautifully reproduced; it is difficult to stop gazing at them long enough to read more than that highlighted sentence (though those who do will find a fascinating depth of information)".
I find both of these reviews helpful especially Booklists closing comment, "Even libraries with dozens of frog books on the shelf should make room for this eye-catching volume." On the strength of that sentence alone I would probably order this book unseen....more
Two children who discover they are the decendents of Sherlock Holmes solve a mystery and meet other decendents of the Holmsian world while finding a lTwo children who discover they are the decendents of Sherlock Holmes solve a mystery and meet other decendents of the Holmsian world while finding a long lost painting.
Who couldn't resist the lure of a book about Sherlock Holmes? Sadly this mystery story does not live up to its title. Siblings Xena and Xander discover they are the great great great grandchildren of the lengendary Sherlock Holmes. For those who have read Conan Doyle's original books this will be a big disappointment and for those who have not, the many references to clues that relate to Mr. Holmes will be completely incomprehensible. The story is mildly interesting but not compelling. I would not use this book to introduce mystery stories to the 4th-6th grade crowd it is written for. Rather I would introduce them to the A to Z mysteries by Ron Roy, the Bunnicula series by James Howe or the books by Peg Kehret and let students find this one on their own.
Booklist (May 1, 2008 (Vol. 104, No. 17))and School Library Journal (June 1, 2008)rate this book for grades 4-6 and 4-7 respectively. Both of these reviewers feel the book has promise for an entertaining series and state the plot is well written and paced. Booklist also makes note of the role reversal with Xander trying to win approval while Xena keeps her wits around her. ...more
Full of three letter words in a unique and visually practical graphical format Hop on Pop takes the reader through several humerous story about creatuFull of three letter words in a unique and visually practical graphical format Hop on Pop takes the reader through several humerous story about creatures whose actions are characterized by simple phonetically repetitious words.
Hop on Pop was different from any of the other phonics readers I looked at. To begin with the story makes sense. We immediately like the characters whose expressions show an astounding range of emotion. Best of all Suess uses vocabulary an emerging reader can sound out independently.
I haven't read this book in a while. Today I realized I've never fully appreciated the genius behind changing only the beginning consonant. An emerging reader can work on one letter changes while confidently following up with the second half of the word which repeats over and over. "Cup Pup, Pup in cup, Pup cup, cup on pup." Even better, the formatting puts words on top of each other so the reader can see exactly where the word is changing and where it is staying the same. The illustrations perfectly describe the text and the books can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. If I have to sit through a phonics reader please make it Dr. Seuss. Recommended for children 3-7.
I can see this book has been reviewed by both the School Library Media Quarterly (A.A.S.L.) and Library Journal but they must be very old reviews because I couldn't find them.
When Gregor falls after his little sister down the laundry shoot he finds himself in a new land. He is faced with deciding where to place his loyaltieWhen Gregor falls after his little sister down the laundry shoot he finds himself in a new land. He is faced with deciding where to place his loyalties, how to survive and given the opportunity to search for his father who unaccountably disappeared 2 years ago.
This book has ruined my entire day! I have laundry to fold, dinner to cook, breakfast to eat, 3 papers to write and lesson plans to develop. Instead, I've spent my morning snuggled under a down quilt devouring Gregor the Overlander. As soon as I finished it I slid into my car and ran back to work to collect the next four books in the series. It looks like the rest of my life is going on hold for awhile. Good-by responsibiliy, Good-by family, HELLO UNDERLANDERS!
I have always loved fairytales and mysteries in the Agatha Christie model. It's restful and reassuring to know there may be trials and tribulations but good will always defeat evil and the deserving will live happily ever after.
Gregor the Overlander carries these themes forward but provides subtle opportunities for the reader to question their convictions about "right and wrong" through the protagonist's encounters with various species in the Underworld. Equally appealing is the sharing of Gregor's thoughts as he begins to recognize the limits he has set for himself with self imposed rules after his father's disappearance.
So often books of this genre for the elementary crowd become preachy and moralistic. Suzanne Collins does not preach. She invites the reader to explore issues about tolerance, responsibility, growing up, and loyalty for themselves. This first book is the equal of the Harry Potter books exploring the same issues with an emotional power and linguistic accessablity for the 5th-8th grade crowd. I've listed a few of my favorite quotes below.
1) .."And then there was Tick. Brave little Tick who had flown into the face of an army of rats to save his baby sister. Tick--who never spoke much. Tick--who shared her food. Tick--who was after all just a roach. Just a roach who had given all the time she had left so that Boots could have more. ...Somehow Tick's sacrifice had crushed whatever thin shell remained between him and sorrow. From now on he felt an allegiance to the roaches he knew would never fade."
2) "Well, Boot's courage might only count when she could count, but her ability to love counted all the time."
3) "No one who spends years with the rats can expect to be unchanged....but will his mind and body heal, I believe so."
4) "He was done with the rule now. For good. Even if times got bad he would never again deny himself the possibility that the future might be happy even if the present was painful. He would allow himself dreams."
Because I teach in a school where far too many children have parents and siblings in jail, I intend to use this book as one of a collection about children who overcome the odds to determine their own destiny.
1) Booklist starred (November 15, 2003 (Vol. 100, No. 6)) Recommends for gr. 4-7 and states.."Collins creates a fascinating, vivid, highly original world and a superb story to go along with it. ..This is sure to be a solid hit with young fantasy fans.
2) Horn Book starred (Spring 2004) writes "Collins sends a reluctant Gregor on the classic hero's journey in this fast-paced, immensely satisfying narrative."
Both of these reviews would incline me towards the book's purchase. Several of the other reviews also mention it is one of a series and they all recommend it for the same age groups. What the reviewers fail to say is now much parents would enjoy sharing this book with their children....more
Theodosia sees evil spells and spirits. Her methods of dealing with these problems as well as her eventual meeting with other people who recognize theTheodosia sees evil spells and spirits. Her methods of dealing with these problems as well as her eventual meeting with other people who recognize their presence and are committed to keeping them from harming England and the World makes for an exciting adventure.
I was quite taken with this new book published in 2007. Theodosia a child often neglected by her loving but preoccupied archologist parents sees and feels evil spells. Her parents who do not share her ability continue to bring cursed objects back to the family museum. Combining the elements of adventure, mystery and thriller we watch a spunky young girl find her place in a society who neither understands nor appreciates her gifts. A great read for 4th - 8th graders. Probably a hard sell to boys but a definite yes for girls. I look forward to this becoming part of a series.
1) School Library Journal (April 1, 2007) Characterise the protagonist as a cross between Nancy Drew and Indiana Jones, but suggest there is a bit of difficulty in going between the dialogue of an 18th century child and a modern teen. I did not find this problematic and appreciated their suggestion that this book will make interesting reading for those interested in Egypt.
2) Library Media Connection (November/December 2007) Suggests this book is excellent for the middle school crowd and looks forward to sequels to follow. They also give a list of books that those interested in this book will be interested in reading. ...more