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Rain Reign
4.20
it was amazing
A beautiful story of family, tragedy, natural disasters, the love between owner and pet, told from the perspective of a young girl with autism. The vo ...more
Mar 24, 2015
Mar 24, 2015
 
When the Wind Blows
3.42
really liked it
Great rhyming text talking about wind power. The engineering related spreads are really well done and included in a non-jarring way.
Mar 23, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
 
The Carpenter (BabyLit)
3.83
really liked it
Very imaginative and engaging. Share with small group.
Apr 04, 2017
Apr 04, 2017
 
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)
3.96
really liked it
**spoiler alert** *language, violence, suspense
Main characters: Viola, Todd, Manchee (dog), Aaron (bad preacher)
Difficult to get into, but once I caug
...more
Nov 19, 2011
Nov 19, 2011
 
Shark vs. Train
3.98
really liked it
Fantastical illustrations combined with age-appropriate situations, Barton and Lichtenheld’s Shark vs Train captures the essence of young children’s p ...more
not set
Apr 25, 2012
 
The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)
3.90
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** Excellent book for mature young adults. (Mild violence). Suspenseful.
Rory leaves New Orleans to attend a boarding school in London.
...more
Nov 13, 2011
Nov 13, 2011
 
Breaking Stalin's Nose
3.80
liked it
An age appropriate coming-of-age tale set in Communist Russia, Eugene Yelchin’s Breaking Stalin’s Nose examines the eye-opening experiences of Sasha Z ...more
not set
Apr 25, 2012
 
Inside Out & Back Again
4.09
really liked it
A thought-provoking insight into the lives of refugees, Thanhha Lai’s Inside Out and Back Again describes a challenging year in Hἀ’s life in three par ...more
Apr 25, 2012
Apr 23, 2012
 
Mama's Nightingale: A Story of Immigration and Separation
4.14
liked it
Beautiful illustrations, but it feels a bit like a niche book because it so heavily relies on the topic of immigration holding cells. I would share it ...more
Dec 28, 2015
Sep 14, 2015
 
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
4.11
liked it
An expertly crafted picture book, Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave beautifully describes the life of Dave the potter, a slave from the 19th centur ...more
not set
Apr 25, 2012
 
Flotsam
4.28
really liked it
An enchanting and thought-provoking examination of visual perspective, David Wiesner’s Flotsam illustrates the story of the discovery at the beach of ...more
not set
Apr 25, 2012
 
Tommysaurus Rex
3.81
liked it
**spoiler alert** This book was so hit or miss with me. Some parts were really good and entertaining, carrying an interesting plot from page to page-- ...more
Apr 26, 2015
Apr 26, 2015
 
Owl Boy
3.11
it was ok
Engaging, large illustrations good for showing to large group. Text feels clunky. Plot wasn't great. I didn't like that the boy completely changed wha ...more
Mar 31, 2015
Mar 31, 2015
 
Where Is Pim?
3.08
it was ok
Text felt awkward and clunky at times; facial expressions were a little awkward. Had a foreign feel to it. Lacks a compelling plot line.
Mar 30, 2015
Mar 30, 2015
 
Take Away the A
4.19
really liked it
A comical take on a traditional ABC concept book, this work is a fantastic story time read aloud for pre-k through elementary school! Older readers wi ...more
Mar 13, 2015
Mar 13, 2015
 
The Three Pigs
4.15
it was ok
A charming and entertaining retelling of the classic “Three Little Pigs” tale, David Wiesner allows the three little pigs to escape out of their book, ...more
not set
Apr 25, 2012
 
I Broke My Trunk! (Elephant & Piggie, #14)
4.40
liked it
An easy reader with a more complex plot than most, Mo Willems I Broke My Trunk! is an interesting and unpredictable tale of how Elephant broke his tru ...more
not set
Apr 25, 2012
 
Fox's Garden
4.24
did not like it
**spoiler alert** I must not understand the plot well enough, because I did not enjoy this book. I had to look at it multiple times to figure out what ...more
Mar 13, 2015
Mar 13, 2015
 
What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night
4.21
it was amazing
LOVE THIS! Great for dinosaur lovers, stuffed animal sleepovers, humor, and story prompts!
Dec 28, 2015
Sep 14, 2015
 
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
4.01
it was amazing
Another winner from Steve Sheinkin. This book demonstrates the range of Steve Sheinkin's writing and the depth of his research. This story is one that ...more
Mar 09, 2015
Mar 09, 2015
 
Cookie's Week
4.04
really liked it
Cute and simple read aloud about a cat making a mess. Could make a good flannelboard.
Apr 25, 2015
Apr 25, 2015
 
Before After
4.36
it was ok
The different uses of before and after pictures were engaging and very literal. Some of the concepts were too sophisticated for most young children (i ...more
Mar 11, 2015
Mar 11, 2015
 
Mr. Pants: It's Go Time!
3.95
really liked it
I didn't want to like this book (I'm not sure why), but by the end I was laughing! It started out a little awkward, but it kept getting better and bet ...more
Mar 15, 2015
Mar 15, 2015
 
How I Discovered Poetry
3.93
liked it
A collection of poems describing the childhood of a highly decorated poet growing up black in the 1950s. Discussed being one of a few black children f ...more
Mar 09, 2015
Mar 09, 2015
 
The Farmer's Away! Baa! Neigh!
3.56
it was ok
Using animal sounds as the only text for the entire book is an interesting way to tell the story, and the pictures are interesting and would lead kids ...more
Mar 20, 2015
Mar 20, 2015
 
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
4.14
it was ok
A beautiful tribute to the Two Towers (World Trade Centers) in New York City and the brave street performer, Philippe Petit, Mordicai Gerstien’s The ...more
not set
Apr 25, 2012
 
Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner
3.58
did not like it
The Rhyme was too forced.
Dec 27, 2015
Dec 26, 2015
 
The Great Greene Heist
3.84
it was amazing
An engaging, page turning mystery, this book kept me laughing and in suspense. I loved the characters, the pop culture references, and the idea that n ...more
Mar 20, 2015
Mar 20, 2015
 
Petunia Goes Wild
3.43
liked it
Petunia starts out wanting to avoid certain obligations (haftas) by trying to become an animal / pet. She tries shipping herself to Africa after her p ...more
Mar 22, 2012
Mar 22, 2012
 
El Deafo
4.13
it was amazing
One of the best books I've ever read. Funny, witty, emotional, relatable, and just beautiful. Even though it authentically describes the experience of ...more
Mar 20, 2015
Mar 20, 2015
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