Summary: A young girl is given to a Beast in order to save her father's life. ThePublisher: Four Winds Press, 1978 Interest Level: 3-5 Lexile Level: 740
Summary: A young girl is given to a Beast in order to save her father's life. The girl learns to love the Beast for who he is on the inside and not the terrifying appearance on the outside.
Review: Beauty and the Beast tales have always been my favorite. I find the theme of looking for the good in everyone and making the best of every situation, close to my heart. Children find this love story endearing and interesting. The classic tale is adapted by the wonderful words of Marianna Mayer and the beautiful pictures that accompany her words are drawn and painted by Mercer Mayer. Together they create a spectacular adaptation to the classic tale that will warm your heart and remember the importance of loving people for who they are and not what they look like....more
Publisher: Scholastic, 1998 Interest Level: 2nd grade and up Lexile Level: 880
Summary: Harry Potter lives with his aunt and uncle who force him to livePublisher: Scholastic, 1998 Interest Level: 2nd grade and up Lexile Level: 880
Summary: Harry Potter lives with his aunt and uncle who force him to live under the stairs until one day Harry finds out that he is a wizard. In the first of 7 books, Harry travels to the magical school of Hogwats to learn not only about being a wizard, but that in fact he is already the most famous one.
Review: The Harry Potter series is a fantastical story not only about magic and wizardry, but about friendship and loyalty. The main character, Harry Potter, and his two best friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, spend their first year finding their way in and out of many adventures which only brings the three closer....more
Summary: This informational text is about a crazy science teacher names Miss Frizzle who takePublisher: Scholastic, 1989 Interest Level: 3-5 Lexile: 520
Summary: This informational text is about a crazy science teacher names Miss Frizzle who takes her students on an adventure through the body system of one of her more reluctant students.
Review: This book is a great way to supplement any unit on the human body system. The author's use of fact and a bit of fantasy creates an enjoyable adventure for children of all ages. After reading this book, students can create their own adventure through a specific body system....more
This fun twist on the three little pigs story tells of three wolves that are sent to live on their own and steer clear of the big bad pig. The pig folThis fun twist on the three little pigs story tells of three wolves that are sent to live on their own and steer clear of the big bad pig. The pig follows them and tries to huff and puff and blow their house down. This would be a fun book to read along with the three little pig stories and compare and contrast the stories and even encourage students to write their own fairy tales with a twist....more
Summary: Hattie Campbell, a 13 year old girl travels the Oregon Trail with her family.Publisher: Scholastic, 1997 Interest Level: 5-8 Lexile Level: 940
Summary: Hattie Campbell, a 13 year old girl travels the Oregon Trail with her family. Through Hattie's eyes, readers see the trials and tribulations of the long journey.
Review: Throughout the story the author does an excellent job changing the voice of Hattie from hopeful and happy, to frustrated and almost angry with her families situation. Throughout the story, Gregory adds in historical details about common Oregon Trail journeys to help supplement the text, including the famous story of the Donner Party who got trapped all winter and had to resort to cannibalism to survive. These stories are easy to read and are written with in several different historical contexts that would supplement any historical topic. ...more
Summary: Chronicles of a 13 year old redheaded girl as she survives the dust bowl in Oklahoma during thePublisher: Scholastic, 1997 Interest Level: 5-8
Summary: Chronicles of a 13 year old redheaded girl as she survives the dust bowl in Oklahoma during the Great Depression.
Review: This powerful book is written all in poetry. As I read this book, I really felt as if I were going through the journey with Billie Jo and her family. Each poem, whether long or short, helps propel Billie Jo's story. Hesse does a great job showing the lowest parts of the dust bowl, but leaves the reader with hope and satisfaction in the end. This book would be an EXCELLENT way to supplement historical lessons about the dust bowl and the Great Depression....more