I really enjoy historical books and this was no exception. The story of Amelia Earhart is one that I think mesmerizes everyone. The woman who is forev...moreI really enjoy historical books and this was no exception. The story of Amelia Earhart is one that I think mesmerizes everyone. The woman who is forever lost somewhere. There are so many questions still surrounding her disappearance/death. I loved the way the book is set up. There is information about her flight and disappearance in between each chapter about her life. It adds some suspense to the book. The pictures just added so much to the book. Being able to see Amelia as she was growing up along with her and her airplane was a look back on history. I felt as if I was in the history book with this. (less)
Rediscovering the Bailey School Kids books was like a blast from the past! I loved reading these in elementary school and I am now introducing them to...moreRediscovering the Bailey School Kids books was like a blast from the past! I loved reading these in elementary school and I am now introducing them to my nephew. They are so much fun. The stories are so funny and great! The kids always find a way to solve their problem. I think there is enough action to keep boys interested but its not too much for the average girl either. In this particular Baily School Kids book, the kids are on their way to school when a red dust storm blows in! Liza starts sneezing and feeling ill and the kids decide to take her to the nurse. What they don't realize is there is a new nurse in town and their is something green about her. The story that ensues is fun and is sure to keep the audience's attention. The pencil illustrations add to the story and let you take a glimpse into the adventure of the school. I love this series! (less)
This book was very interesting. I was intrigued by the title but it was definitely not something I would read again. The concept was very interesting...moreThis book was very interesting. I was intrigued by the title but it was definitely not something I would read again. The concept was very interesting and different. It is the story of Holly Evans and her science experiment. She decides to release vegtables into space and see what effects this would have on them. Well, on June 29, 1999 all sorts of odd things start to happen. Giant artichokes in Anchorage, parsnips in Providence and lima beans over Levitown. As the veggie reports come in though, Holly realizes she didn’t release eggplant, avocado or rutabaga. What is happening? There is a surprise twist in the end of this story. The illustrations are very realistic, as realistic as giant broccoli can be, but I didn’t enjoy them. They follow and compliment the story very well though. I probably wouldn't use this book in my class. (less)
I always loved the Walt Disney version of this book but had never read it. In fact, I didn’t know it was a book but I enjoyed it so much. I loved the...moreI always loved the Walt Disney version of this book but had never read it. In fact, I didn’t know it was a book but I enjoyed it so much. I loved the fact that the movie stayed so close to the book. This is the story of Jane and Michael Banks and their journey with their new nanny Mary Poppins. The Banks children haven't had too much luck with past nannies, or should I say past nannies haven't had luck with the Banks children. But one day a wind blows in Mary Poppins, just as their former nanny quits. She whips the children into shape using some tricks that she has up her sleeve and in her carpet bag. The Banks children are convinced that she is magic but Mary Poppins will have none of that. There are many fun adventures throughout the book including an interesting tea at her uncles and a day with Bert and his sidewalk chalk paintings. Then one day as sure as she came, she was gone again but not until the children no longer needed her. It’s a very charming story. The illustrations are done in simple pen but really add to the story. I really enjoyed being able to see what I was imagining ever so often. I would definitely like to use classic books such as this one in my class and my own children some day. Love the classics! (less)
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses is about an Indian girl who is very fond of spending time with the wild horses. She loves her own people but when she i...moreThe Girl Who Loved Wild Horses is about an Indian girl who is very fond of spending time with the wild horses. She loves her own people but when she is with the horses she feels free. She understood the horses more than the other people in her tribe and cared deeply for them. One night she gets caught in a thunderstorm while with the horses and they get carried away to a place she had never been before. Soon the leader of all the wild horses appears and invites the girl to live with them. She decides to stay with the horses. Eventually she is never seen again but a beautiful mare was seen running beside the leader stallion. The illustrations are very pretty. They give the story a flow that's very nice. This would be a good book to help teach about Native American folklore and tales. (less)
Mr. Putter and Tabby are two very lovable characters. The story takes place at Christmas time and Mr.Putter is trying to figure out the best present f...moreMr. Putter and Tabby are two very lovable characters. The story takes place at Christmas time and Mr.Putter is trying to figure out the best present for Mrs. Teaberry. Mrs. Teaberry likes odd things like fruit cake. Who likes fruit cake? Mr. Putter decides that a fruit cake is the best present for Mrs. Teaberry. But in Chapter 2, we discover that Mr. Putter doesn't have any pans to bake the cake in though! Mr. Putter begins to think that she may like a nice card and a cup of tea. IN the next chapter, Mr. Putter decides to visit Mary Sue, the owner of the Sweet Shop. If anyone can help him with a cake it will be her! She sells Mr. Putter all the things he will need to make the best Christmas fruit cake. And he made the perfect cake, after a few attempts of course. I thought this book was a very nice early reader book. The chapters were a nice length and the story continues throughout and isn't many stories. The illustrations are unique and very playful. They fit with the story very well. I would definitely use this in my classroom as well as the other Mr. Putter books. (less)
I was disappointed with this book. I absolutely love historical fiction and was so excited to see it as part of our reading list. I started reading th...more I was disappointed with this book. I absolutely love historical fiction and was so excited to see it as part of our reading list. I started reading this book as soon as I got it. The biggest problem I had with the book was that it just wasn’t the genre of historical fiction I enjoy. It is more of a science fiction type, which I don’t enjoy. The story line and the book wasn’t bad at all, especially if read by the intended age group. I think that a younger reader would enjoy the mystery surrounding the death of Elenora without being bogged down by historical information. I found the book very predictable, but that could be a result of reading this as a more advanced reader. As mentioned before, I think this book would be great for the younger audience and could definitely help to incorporate a history lesson of the times being discussed, just don’t rely on this book to teach that lesson. (less)
When Mrs. Nelson started reading this in class for her book talk or commercial, I was very interested. Just the first few chapters and her description...moreWhen Mrs. Nelson started reading this in class for her book talk or commercial, I was very interested. Just the first few chapters and her description of the book drew me in. This is the story of Delly Pattinson and her project to keep her out of trouble, Ferris Boyd. Ferris Boyd is the new girl in town, although many think she is a boy, who has a very dark secret. This new girl intrigues Delly who decides to make her, her project. This project builds a bond that cant be broken between the two and Delly's little brother RB. There are many real life, tough issues in this book. They aren't addressed openly but one can fill in the blanks. Everything works out in the end though and mainly the main characters still have a sense of hope, which makes this suitable for the age group intended. The one scene on which I did my book talk over was when the group takes an adventure to "Delaferbia." During this adventure, Delly gets real evidence that something terrible is happening to Ferris Boyd. The way it is written was so great. Like mentioned before it doesn’t just come out and say it but it feels as if you are discovering/uncovering the problem with Delly. I really did enjoy the book although I wish I could've enjoyed at the younger age it was intended for. I found it somewhat predictable. I would recommended this to younger readers or even suggest it as a read aloud. (less)
This book is about the lives of Lonely and Chalk Rabbit but has the underlying teaching of the Fibonacci sequence. The story starts before the book ev...moreThis book is about the lives of Lonely and Chalk Rabbit but has the underlying teaching of the Fibonacci sequence. The story starts before the book even really begins within the (inside pages) as a class of rabbits learn about solving “The Rabbit Problem.” On the chalk board is “Chalk Rabbit’ and on a calendar beside that lives “Lonely Rabbit.” On the next page which is actually the title page we can see Chalk Rabbit “burrowing” through the chalk board with a hole nibbled in the page, as he makes his way into the calendar. The rest of the story takes place in/on the calendar or “Fibbonacci’s Field.” We follow the Rabbits through a year in their life as new parents of twins, a carrot shortage and a bout of overcrowding. The calendar pages have fun fold outs and extras. Although The Rabbit Problem contains no real story text, the illustrations tell the story along with the extra visuals and items wrote on the calendar. Once again, Gravett uses her unique styling to bring this book to life and secretly teach a math lesson. I loved this book! I will be adding this book along with several other books by Gravett. (less)
I loved the Madeline books and TV series when I was growing up so it was fun to be able to revisit them. Madeline is a little girl who lives in Paris...moreI loved the Madeline books and TV series when I was growing up so it was fun to be able to revisit them. Madeline is a little girl who lives in Paris with eleven other little girls. They live a very proper and strict life walking in two straight lines, brushing their teeth together and of course a proper bedtime. One night, "something is not right" and Madeline is sick! She has to have her appendix removed and hence now has a new scar which she proudly shows to the girls when they come to visit her in the hospital. It’s a great story and I loved reading it again as an older reader. I was able to appreciate the simple but complexity of the illustrations. The color palette throughout the books is so amazing. To stick to these colors, is quite amazing. (less)
Toys Go Out was such a fun read. I enjoyed learning about the toys and their different personalities. Everything was so detailed. The description of h...moreToys Go Out was such a fun read. I enjoyed learning about the toys and their different personalities. Everything was so detailed. The description of how the buffalo hides in the closet after getting peanut butter in its fur and the adventure to the basement to the washer was one of my favorite parts. It was a very fast read for me and I was bummed when it was over. The little illustrations though out were fun but I think the story could’ve done without them, especially since it’s so detailed. I would use this in my classroom and I would actually be interested in seeing if there are any other books about this set of toys. They are characters that grow on you! (less)
**spoiler alert** The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was a very dear book. I was actually dreading reading it but once I started I couldn't but i...more**spoiler alert** The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was a very dear book. I was actually dreading reading it but once I started I couldn't but it down and finished it in less than 30minutes. It is the story of a very well to do china rabbit, Edward Tulane, and his life journey. He has many adventures with a variety of people. All of these people and predicaments teach Edward to love, even if he is 'just' a china rabbit.
The story was so captivating and it made you think. The descriptions were very detailed and I was really able to visualize Edward Tulane and his surroundings, for example the very detailed passages of Edward's description such as the fur his ears were fashioned out of and the wire within them that made them bendable.
The illustrations really worked well with the book. Although Edward's facial expression is always the same, I feel as if you can see him developing as a character. The illustrations really bring him to life and you are able to see a glimpse of his situation for each chapter of his life.
The only thing I didn't like, and it could just be me but I didn't like the fact that I knew what was going to happen at the end. I just had a deep feeling that the original owner, Abilene would somehow come back into his life. (less)
First of all, I am not a fan of graphic novels but I understand that many students enjoy reading them. Babymouse: Queen of the World! was an okay book...moreFirst of all, I am not a fan of graphic novels but I understand that many students enjoy reading them. Babymouse: Queen of the World! was an okay book for me. I do think that students would enjoy it more than what I did. The story line is nice as Babymouse, the main character, is trying her hardest to become part of the in group and get an invitation to Felicia Furrypaw's slumber party. Along the way she tries to change herself to become more popular but ends up losing herself along with one of her good friends. I think this is a good storyline for students of all ages, as they will learn they don't need to change to fit in, seeing as fitting in isn't all it seems to be. The illustrations were all simply done in black, white and pink. I enjoyed the pink accents, it made the read more girl centered. I thought that the illustrations really worked well with the book. I liked how Babymouse really got into character in a few of the scenes. One of my favorite parts is when she is getting ready for the sleepover and can't decide what to wear. After trying on multiple outfits she goes back to her original that she wears for most of the book. (less)