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The Boy on the Porch
3.84
I almost shelved this book on my "parenting" shelf because it has a lot to say about parenting! Which brings us to the crux of the matter right off: w ...more
Oct 31, 2013
Oct 31, 2013
 
Ghetto Cowboy
3.80
You know you want to read a book with this title: Ghetto Cowboy. I mean, c'mon--doesn't that pique your interest just a teeny tiny bit??

This was a ver
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Apr 04, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
 
The Adventures of a South Pole Pig: A novel of snow and courage
3.81
Review originally posted on Literaritea

This book came out on my birthday this year (January 8) along with titles such as Hokey Pokey, Navigating Early
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Sep 17, 2013
Sep 17, 2013
 
Poems to Learn by Heart
4.08
It's hard to improve on the The Random House Book of Poetry for Children edited by Prelutsky and illustrated by Arnold Lobel for a good children's poe ...more
Jul 20, 2013
Jul 20, 2013
 
Odette's Secrets
3.98
Odette's Secrets sounded like it was right up my ally: novel in verse, WWII time period, little explored subject within its time frame. And I did enjo ...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 18, 2013
 
Black Dog
4.05
1. I confess to a great deal of sentimentality here: my two beloved 100+ pound black dogs are no longer with me, but when they were still alive, they ...more
Jun 25, 2013
Jun 25, 2013
 
Tornado
3.79
What a great book!! To sum up why I like it:
1. That dog/the illustrations--he looks JUST like my big old beastie... warm fuzzies all around.
2. The rea
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Mar 19, 2012
Mar 19, 2012
 
The Mystery of the Gold Coin
3.40
Enh....

A mystery = +
Boy and girl protagonist = +
Traveling the world = +
Lackluster writing = -
Illustrations in a chapter book = +
Illustrations that ar
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Oct 08, 2014
Oct 08, 2014
 
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette (The Penderwicks, #3)
4.25
This is my favorite Penderwick book yet! I think Birdsall is nailing the beginning now (whereas I thought the first one took a wee bit to get going). ...more
Jun 09, 2011
Jun 09, 2011
 
A Is for Musk Ox
4.22
I confess that I went into this book with a chip on my shoulder. After all, Z Is for Moose was AWESOME and hilariously funny and clever. This sounded ...more
Oct 08, 2013
Oct 01, 2013
 
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909
4.17
I'm a fan of Melissa Sweet's artwork, and this book lives up to my expectations. I love, love, love the illustrations--Sweet uses all sorts of sewing ...more
Jun 10, 2013
Jun 10, 2013
 
The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog, Volume 1
4.00
I don't get what all the fuss is about: either the folks who are completely opposed to lowly Hank or those rabid fans of his....

These books are funny
...more
Apr 04, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
 
Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart
3.90
I have a soft spot for the Lobel/Prelutsky The Random House Book of Poetry for Children and no book will top that in my mind. Still, this book is char ...more
Jul 20, 2013
Apr 11, 2012
 
Moon Over Manifest
4.01
I think I might give this one 3.5 stars if that were an option. But it definitely doesn't feel like Newbery quality to me. Maybe I'm reading it more c ...more
Apr 09, 2011
Apr 09, 2011
 
The Watermelon Seed
3.96
As is often the case, I appreciated this book even more in the presence of children than when I first read it by myself. It's funny, has a terrific co ...more
Feb 12, 2014
Feb 12, 2014
 
The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
4.09
What a great read, particularly at this time of year! It took me a chapter or two to fall in love with the Penderwick sisters, but once I did, I was h ...more
May 09, 2011
May 09, 2011
 
This Is the Rope: A Story From the Great Migration
4.03
Woodson gives us a succinct history of one family's migration from the South to the North and their subsequent life in the North through several gener ...more
Dec 10, 2013
Dec 10, 2013
 
If You Want to See a Whale
3.93
This team's book And Then It's Spring was one of my favorites last year, so I was anxious to get my hands on this one. They've created another lovely ...more
Jun 24, 2013
Mar 20, 2013
 
On the Road to Mr. Mineo's
3.63
Hmm… I read this book over Christmas and today I sat down to finally write a review of it. But I didn't remember ANYTHING about it until after reading ...more
Feb 06, 2014
Sep 17, 2013
 
Explore Gravity!: With 25 Great Projects
4.25
First reviewed on Redeemed Reader

Explore Gravity is part activity book, part experiment book, and part textbook that explores gravity-related concepts
...more
Sep 2014
Oct 05, 2014
 
Zoobots: Wild Robots Inspired by Real Animals
4.12
First reviewed on Redeemed Reader

Anthropomorphic robots are the stuff of science fiction movies, but they really exist! Zoobots is a very well-organiz
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Sep 2014
Oct 05, 2014
 
Lulu and the Dog from the Sea (Lulu #2)
3.96
Originally reviewed on Literaritea

Lulu and her cousin Mellie are back in another adventure involving new animals. This time, Lulu's parents are taking
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Jul 2013
Oct 05, 2014
 
Hooey Higgins and the Shark
3.65
I like Voake's Daisy Dawson Is on Her Way! series a lot for young readers, and Hooey Higgins is a fun boy-related addition. Hooey Higgins, his friend ...more
May 22, 2014
May 22, 2014
 
All Different Now: Juneteenth, the First Day of Freedom
4.03
Stunning book. Simply stunning. E. B. Lewis never disappoints, but his illustrations seemed especially perfect in this book. His detailed author's not ...more
Aug 20, 2014
Aug 20, 2014
 
The World in Your Lunch box
4.06
A delightful exploration of some of the foods your student might have in his or her school lunch in a given week! Brief history, scientific informatio ...more
Mar 03, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
 
Spunky Tells All
3.42
Review first posted on LiterariTea

I'm a dog lover, to be sure. We had two mixed breed dogs (aka "mutts") for the first decade (roughly) of our marriag
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Sep 20, 2013
Sep 20, 2013
 
Face Bug
3.24
Kids find bugs fascinating, and this poetry volume caters to that love. As is frequently the case when I read a Lewis collection, I enjoy the illustra ...more
Jul 20, 2013
Jul 20, 2013
 
Poppy's Return (Dimwood Forest, #4)
Avi
3.96
My kids and I have enjoyed The Tales of Dimwood Forest, having listened to all of them on CD up to now. Poppy's Return wasn't available in audio forma ...more
Oct 10, 2012
Oct 10, 2012
 
A Black Hole Is Not a Hole
3.90
Wow! I wish there were such interesting informational texts around when I was in elementary school. DeCristofano marries deep concepts (a black hole, ...more
Oct 10, 2012
Oct 10, 2012
 
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (The Penderwicks, #2)
4.19
Another marvelous installment in the adventures of the Penderwick sisters. I think Birdsall's weak point as an author is her beginning chapter or two, ...more
May 18, 2011
May 18, 2011
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