Bird is a bewitching little story - as slight as Miranda herself, and as full of enchantment and wonder. Well-written and full of mystery, the plot isBird is a bewitching little story - as slight as Miranda herself, and as full of enchantment and wonder. Well-written and full of mystery, the plot is intriguing and interesting. What exactly is Miranda? And is Wysteria really the villain of the piece or is it the house itself? These questions and Rita Murphy's vivid descriptions of the coast kept me turning pages until the end. The only thing that I could have wished for would be more pages to help develop the story of Bourne Manor. I would have loved more on the history of the place and it's former inhabitants.
It was a short journey but one well worth my time, and I thoroughly enjoyed being lost within the pages. Bird is a delightful and whimsical mystery....more
In Lois Lowry's Zooman Sam, a little boy decided to be a zookeeper for "Future Job Day" at his school. This is a boy after my own heart. As a child (aIn Lois Lowry's Zooman Sam, a little boy decided to be a zookeeper for "Future Job Day" at his school. This is a boy after my own heart. As a child (and even sometimes as an adult,) zookeeper was my absolute dream job! I have been a zoo volunteer for the last 3 years, and I've loved the zoo for as long as I can remember. But back to the book...
This book is supposed to be appropriate for 9 to 12 year olds, but I don't know. Not having children of my own it's kind of hard to judge, but I have spent some time in a 2nd grade classroom recently, and I believe this book would make a better read-aloud pick for storytime in a classroom up to the 2nd grade.
The book itself was great! I really loved reading about Sam's passion for the zoo, and his respect for the job that Jake the zookeeper does at the zoo. Zooman Sam is funny and touching, and Sam was a wonderful character to read about. ...more
Ella Enchanted is an alternate version of the classic Cinderella tale. Ella was cursed by a crazy fairy when she was born: no matter what anyone asksElla Enchanted is an alternate version of the classic Cinderella tale. Ella was cursed by a crazy fairy when she was born: no matter what anyone asks of her, she must always be obedient. She must obey anyone and everyone, and usually, it is against her will. Ella Enchanted is the story of Ella's adventures in working to remove this curse.
Ella Enchanted is a fantastic mystery, love story, and tale of magic. It is enduring and captivating, with wonderfully complex characters that leap off the page. Levine has taken the Cinderella story and adapted it with wit and humor. What the reader gets in Ella Enchanted is a spectacular and highly readable adaptation. ...more
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle is the first of four books in this series. It tells the story of Meg Murry and her little brother Charles WallacA Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle is the first of four books in this series. It tells the story of Meg Murry and her little brother Charles Wallace who, for the last two years, have been waiting for their father to return home from a mysterious research project. Together with some elderly neighbors, the children embark on a journey to other planets, hoping to save their father from the powerful darkness holding him prisoner.
This engaging story combines extraordinary writing and fantasy in one fun to read volume. Many readers have found A Wrinkle in Time to be a Christian allegory, but I prefer to think of it as a story to be treasured on its own merits. In any case, the allegory is not overwhelming, and A Wrinkle in Time plays out as a sweet magical tale for children and adults alike. ...more
The Incredible Journey is the captivating story of three family pets and their dangerous journey home through the Canadian wilderness. This was reallyThe Incredible Journey is the captivating story of three family pets and their dangerous journey home through the Canadian wilderness. This was really an emotional story for me. I am a born animal lover, and the trials that this intrepid trio suffered, along with their intense bravery and devotion to their owners, brought tears to my eyes more than once.
The Incredible Journey is a wonderfully entertaining story of love, loyalty, and perseverance. Full of adventure and excitement, it was an excellent choice for me. ...more
Ann M. Martin's The Doll People is a great book. Annabelle Doll is eight-years old - has been since she was made, over 100 years ago. Part of a familyAnn M. Martin's The Doll People is a great book. Annabelle Doll is eight-years old - has been since she was made, over 100 years ago. Part of a family of eight, Annabelle spends her days being played with, avoiding "The Captain" (her owner's cat), and most of all, avoiding being seen as alive by any human beings.
When Annabelle discovers the journal of Auntie Sarah, who has been missing for the last 45 years, she decides to find out what happened to her. The fantastic adventures of Annabelle and her new friend Tiffany Funcraft are unique and humorous. The story is imaginative and delightful, and I really enjoyed reading it. ...more
In Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, all manner of disasters happen to a group of the most obnoxious children you've ever met. This clasIn Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, all manner of disasters happen to a group of the most obnoxious children you've ever met. This classic of children's literature is full of magic and the kind wonderfully imaginative storytelling that makes for a great tale.
From the scrumdiddlyumptious candy factory, to the magical Oompa Loompas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an enchanting thrill ride that makes me wish I was a kid again....more
From Amazon.com: Mary Poppins tells the story of the world's most beloved nanny, "who brings enchantment and excitement with her everywhere she goes.From Amazon.com: Mary Poppins tells the story of the world's most beloved nanny, "who brings enchantment and excitement with her everywhere she goes. From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed.
The story of Mary Poppins is delightful and magical, imaginative and bewitching - a true classic of children's literature! P.L. Travers is a fantastically witty storyteller, and has written an adventurous story for children of all ages. Mary Poppins is light hearted and fun to read. ...more
The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting is the imaginative and humorous first novel in the Voyages of Doctor Dolittle series. Thanks to his intelThe Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting is the imaginative and humorous first novel in the Voyages of Doctor Dolittle series. Thanks to his intelligent parrot Polynesia, Doctor Dolittle learns how to talk to animals. Because he has these unique skills, he becomes an animal doctor, and along the way helps countless animals.
Although a very simple story, written in a simple way - the way children would understand - The Story of Doctor Dolittle was excellent. Full of adventure and humor, you will not be able to put this book down. The characters, especially the animals, come to vivid life, and practically leap of the page to trot, swing, or pad through your living room! The Story of Doctor Dolittle is good for the young, and the young-at-heart. ...more
Coraline is an extraordinary young lady who has just moved with her family into a new home. Inside her mysterious new flat is a locked door that leadsCoraline is an extraordinary young lady who has just moved with her family into a new home. Inside her mysterious new flat is a locked door that leads to a brick wall... most of the time. Sometimes though, the door leads to a creepy alternate reality, where Coraline's "other" mother and father live in a flat almost like hers, but not quite. And thus begins Coraline's adventure.
Along the way, she meets the ghosts of other children who were stolen away from her world by the other mother, and a guide in the form of a snarky black cat. Coraline is a fast-paced, deliciously creepy young adult novel. It was a fantastic read, and definitely not just for kids! ...more
I finished Michael Davis' Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street last week, but have been at a loss as to what to say in my review. But afI finished Michael Davis' Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street last week, but have been at a loss as to what to say in my review. But after ruminating on my subject for a few days, I feel that I can now attempt a fair criticism of the book.
Let me begin by saying that Street Gang was an extremely well-written and thoughtfully researched work of non-fiction. The information contained within the book in in-depth and meticulous, providing the reader with a sympathetic look into the lives of the amazingly talented group of people behind one of the most phenomenally fun educational programs of our time. Street Gang is an astonishingly balanced and respectful history of the creative presence behind Sesame Street, and the process that went into making it an extraordinary success.
That being said, I hate to tell you that I really did not particularly enjoy this book. I think the reason I did not appreciate it as much as many other reviewers have probably has more to do with my age than the fact that it was not good. Sesame Street premiered about nine years before I was born, and I grew up watching it on PBS. Truthfully... I never did actually grow up, and from time to time I still tune in to see what's happening on the street. It was my love for Sesame Street and all things puppet that drew me to Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street in the first place. Unfortunately, it just couldn't live up to my expectations.
I found Street Gang to be awfully dry. The story of the conception of Sesame Street was interesting, but regrettably the first half of the book is completely bogged down in biographies of "every government bureaucrat and PR lackey that worked on the show during its formative years." I was hoping to read more about the development of the show, and the impact Sesame Street had on children's television in the 21st century. What I found in Street Gang was more a history of all the people that had a hand in making the show happen, and not much about the characters - the real beating heart of Sesame Street.
Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street was overly detailed and much too focused on giving the complete personal histories of the key players in the making of Sesame Street: Joan Ganz Cooney, Jon Stone, David Connell, Sam Gibbon, and Jim Henson. It's just not what I was looking for.
So, I'm in a quandary on how I should rate and recommend this book. If I rate it solely on the writing and information, I would give it 4 stars - if I rate it based on the fact that it was too dry for my taste and I was very disappointed after reading it, I would give it 2 stars. So I'm going to split the difference and give it 3 stars. As for recommending it to other readers, my advice is just to understand what you'll be getting from Street Gang (and what you won't). If you do a little research beforehand - read some good and bad reviews - you probably won't be disappointed....more