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Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children's Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter
3.31
liked it
I'm halfway through this. The main points I've gathered so far are: 1) children are indoctrinated with consumerism from day 1, children's literature i ...more
not set
Mar 12, 2009
 
To Root, to Toot, to Parachute
4.05
really liked it
Fun to read. Does a great job of showing what a verb is and how it is used in a sentence. The illustrations are colorful, silly and aid the text. The ...more
Jan 2008
Mar 10, 2009
 
You Wouldn't Want to Be at the Boston Tea Party!: Wharf Water Tea, You'd Rather Not Drink
4.02
liked it
Readers are invited to imagine themselves as the fictional George Robert Tweleves Hewes, a middle-aged Bostonian. The chapters follow George as he bec ...more
Jan 2009
Apr 12, 2009
 
Dim Sum for Everyone!
3.81
really liked it
Brief text describes dim sum, perfect for preschoolers or new readers. Wonderful 2 page note at the end explaining history and traditions.
Jul 05, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
 
Little Grunt and the Big Egg
3.59
liked it
"Little Grunt goes in search of eggs for Sunday brunch, finds the biggest egg he has ever seen. Turns out it to be a dinosaur egg, and like every chil ...more
Jan 2009
Mar 10, 2009
 
The Tree in the Ancient Forest
3.83
really liked it
First impression: This book is trying to be majestic, beautiful and important (like the ancient forest?).

Beginning with a 300 year old tree, goes thro
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Jan 2008
Mar 12, 2009
 
Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival
4.37
liked it
Normally I don't care for animal stories, particularly those based on true events. They tend to be too sweet, too nostalgic, too moralistic. A colleag ...more
Jun 17, 2011
Jun 16, 2011
 
Brother Eagle, Sister Sky
4.02
it was ok
Tries too hard to be organic/natural in its plea for environmental friendliness. It's almost as if the author wanted to write a book about saving the ...more
Jan 2009
Mar 10, 2009
 
Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story
4.03
really liked it
I'm a lifelong resident of New Jersey who avoids that part of the state as if my life depended on it. Growing up not far from the hustle and bustle of ...more
Jun 30, 2011
Jun 23, 2011
 
Pippi Longstocking
4.11
liked it
Strange combination of Amelia Bedelia, Cat in the Hat with a hint of Roald Dahl wrapped into one precocious little girl. Painful to read chapter after ...more
Jul 10, 2009
Jul 07, 2009
 
Don't Dangle Your Participle
4.07
it was amazing
Clearly explains what a participle is, then demonstrates the concept by comparing two similar sentences -- one with a misplaced participle, another wi ...more
May 2014
May 06, 2014
 
Straight from the Stacks
3.48
really liked it
Great overview of the various venues where those with an MLS might find themselves: Public, School/Child/Young Adult, Academic, Medical, Law, Nontradi ...more
not set
Mar 10, 2009
 
The Only One Club
3.88
liked it
Jennifer decides to start a club for herself, The Only One Club, because she is the only child in her class who is Jewish. The other children want to ...more
Jan 2008
Mar 12, 2009
 
Back-To-School Rules
2.97
it was ok
I love the quirky illustrations -- it looks like a fun school day! But the text, oh the text. Page after page of no, no and no. The rules are negative ...more
Jun 29, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
 
A Curse Dark as Gold
3.56
really liked it
Charlotte Miller finds herself as the new head of the family business which is plagued with debt, drama and a magical curse. It is interesting to watc ...more
Jan 2009
Jul 11, 2009
 
When I Grow Up
4.22
really liked it
I am always leery of celebrity types who decide they now want to write children's books. In a market that is hard enough for unknown yet good authors ...more
Jun 25, 2011
Jun 25, 2011
 
Storms
3.94
really liked it
As expected the photos are fantastic. The text covers a wide variety of weather patterns including rain, hail, tornado, monsoon, and others.
Both the p
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Jun 24, 2011
May 21, 2011
 
The Night Fairy
3.74
it was ok
It's a fairy story. Flory is persnickety and self centered, which makes it extra hard for her to be respectful to and rely on others for help.

If you e
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Mar 10, 2012
Mar 04, 2012
 
Northwood
3.95
really liked it
Something about the writing style reminds me of Lemony Snicket, fans will likely enjoy this tale. The narrator is almost conversational with the reade ...more
May 10, 2014
May 10, 2014
 
The Dream Jar
4.16
really liked it
Love the wispy illustrations. Little girl with nightmares receives comfort from her older sister and mother. Making a dream jar cold be a great craft ...more
Jan 2008
Mar 10, 2009
 
My Name is Red
3.83
liked it
When I purchased the book the reviews were nothing but stellar -- I couldn't wait to dig in. The author's attention to detail is exquisite; he often c ...more
not set
Mar 10, 2009
 
How Reading Changed My Life
3.87
really liked it
Fantastic read about reading. Appreciated and identified with her admission that she would sometimes prefer to read rather than spend time with others ...more
Jan 2009
Mar 12, 2009
 
Cinder Edna
4.15
really liked it
Cinderella's next door neighbor is in a similar situation, but handles herself much differently. She is more sensible, practical and loves a good joke ...more
Jan 2009
Mar 12, 2009
 
Storm Called Katrina
3.97
really liked it
Fictional account of a family who lives through the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina. After the water rises around their home the family escap ...more
Jun 29, 2011
Jun 29, 2011
 
The House That Crack Built
3.98
really liked it
Really like this book. Very matter of fact and to the point on a topic that many tend to dance around or pontificate.
Jan 2008
Mar 10, 2009
 
The Prison Angel: Mother Antonia's Journey from Beverly Hills to a Life of Service in a Mexican Jail
4.14
it was amazing
Story about a woman who leaves her comfortable life to live in a Mexican prison cell. While there she tends to the inmates, guards and the surrounding ...more
not set
Mar 10, 2009
 
Eat, Pray, Love
3.50
did not like it
Whiny, immature, self centered, annoying. Didn't connect with the author, came away disliking her.
not set
Mar 10, 2009
 
Inheritance (The Inheritance Cycle, #4)
4.08
liked it
It is done. This 4th installment of the Inheritance series delivers on action and adventure. The plot lines for the most part of nicely tied up. The o ...more
Jan 20, 2012
Jan 03, 2012
 
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
4.04
liked it
While I found the HeLa component of this book fascinating, I felt like an eavesdropper listening in on private family details. In the end it left me f ...more
Jun 25, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
 
The Scarlet Letter
3.37
it was ok
I first read The Scarlet Letter in 7th grade -- loved it. In 8th grade we were once again asked to read it. In 9th grade our teacher mixed it up a bit ...more
not set
Mar 10, 2009
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