Dinosaurs

Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World By Tracey Fern

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Back of Book:

Barnum Bones (1873-1963) parents named him after the circus icon P.T. Barnum, hoping that he would do something extraordinary–and he did! As a paleontologist for the American Museum of Natural History, he discovered the first documented skeleton of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, as well as most of the other dinosaurs on display there today.

My Review

I have mentioned that I have a boy heavy class this year. They all LOVE anything dinosaur related. When I read the description of this book, I knew it would be a great read aloud. My students thought it was amazing! They all sat and listened as I read about all the different bones that Barnum uncovered. This book tells of the amazing life of P.T. Barnum. He truly dedicated his life to sniffing out  and finding fossils.  This is a great biography story as well as a must read for all dinosaur lovers.

Ages 5 and up

36 Pages

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Read Your World

The Water Princess By Susan Verde

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Back of Book:

 With its wide sky and warm earth, Princess Gie Gie’s kingdom is a beautiful land. But clean drinking water is scarce in her small African village. And try as she might, Gie Gie cannot bring the water closer; she cannot make it run clearer. Every morning, she rises before the sun to make the long journey to the well. Instead of a crown, she wears a heavy pot on her head to collect the water. After the voyage home, after boiling the water to drink and clean with, Gie Gie thinks of the trip that tomorrow will bring. And she dreams. She dreams of a day when her village will have cool, crystal-clear water of its own.

My Review: I read this book in class on March 22nd for #wordwaterday It is a perfect story to read to kids about the importance of conserving water. My students were amazing that the book is based on a true story. It created a great conversation in my classroom about what we can do as a class to save water. I loved the way this book is set up. I loved the unique illustrations and so did my students. There is also a great note in the back of the book that talks about the Woman the book is based on.

Ages 5 and up

40 Pages

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Read Your World

Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey By Amy Shrodes and Doug Kuntz

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Back of Book:

 When an Iraqi family is forced to flee their home, they can’t bear to leave their beloved cat, Kunkush, behind. So they carry him with them from Iraq to Greece, keeping their secret passenger hidden away.

But during the crowded boat crossing to Greece, his carrier breaks and the frightened cat runs from the chaos. In one moment, he is gone. After an unsuccessful search, his family has to continue their journey, leaving brokenhearted.

A few days later, aid workers in Greece find the lost cat. Knowing how much his family has sacrificed already, they are desperate to reunite them with the cat they love so much. A worldwide community comes together to spread the word on the Internet and in the news media, and after several months the impossible happens—Kunkush’s family is found, and they finally get their happy ending in their new home.

This remarkable true story is told by the real people involved, with the full cooperation of Kunkush’s family.

My Review:

This is beautiful story about one families fight to live in a safer environment. The tale is about a lost cat, but the book discusses the current events of people who are refugees.  The illustrations are soft and help balance the harsh reality of refugees and the hard things they go though.  Another thing I loved about this book is the love of strangers. The people who took care of Kunkush, and helped him family, did it from their heart. I think their kindness was my favorite part of this story. This is a fantastic story to add to any class library.

Ages 5 and up

48 Pages

 

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spring

The Thing About Spring By Daniel Kirk

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Back of Book:

Spring is in the air! Bear, Bird, and Mouse are all excited that winter snows are melting away, but their friend Rabbit is not. There are too many things about winter that Rabbit adores, and spring just seems to spell trouble. His friends offer an abundance of reasons to love spring and the changing seasons, but will Rabbit listen?
My Review:

This was a perfect story to read to my students about spring. It follows all the animals as they wake up and begin to enjoy the springtime activities. The rabbit in the story is grumpy and is not ready for spring yet.  In the end he begins to come around and learns to enjoy spring.  The illustrations in this story are fun and my class really enjoyed it!

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math

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos By Deborah Heiligman

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Back of Book:

Paul Erdos never followed the usual path. At the age of four, he could ask you when you were born and then calculate the number of seconds you had been alive in his head. But he didn’t learn to butter his own bread until he turned twenty. Instead, he traveled around the world, from one mathematician to the next, collaborating on an astonishing number of publications. With a simple, lyrical text and richly layered illustrations, this is a beautiful introduction to the world of math and a fascinating look at the unique character traits that made “Uncle Paul” a great man.

My Review:

In honor of Pi Day I wanted to read a story that was about math. This was easier said than done. Then I found The Boy Who Loved Math. This is a well written story about one brilliant man’s love of all things mathematical.  The story follows the Paul Erodos from the ag of 4 to his death. It discusses his love of numbers and creating equations. It also discusses the issues that he faced with completing simple tasks like buttering his bread. My students enjoyed learning about a man who loved numbers so much.

Ages 5 and up

48 Pages

 

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5 for Friday

Yesterday was my school Read-A-Thon. So I wasn’t able to post my 5 for Friday.

  1. This month I have been focusing on National Woman’s month. I read Dolley Madison Saves George Washington By Don Brown and Marching with Aunt Susan By Claire Rudoff Murphy to my class. I have a few more I will be sharing with them this week.
  2. It is almost St. Patrick’s Day. It is the only day I will wear all green. I will be sharing How to Catch a Leprechaun By Adam Wallace  with my class along with a few others.
  3. I am still working on the list of stories I wanted to finish reviewing for Black History month. Today I reviewed Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement By Robert F. Sibert
  4.  My class has been doing A- LOT of reading for March is Reading month, I have been enjoying reading them stories about libraries. Librarian on the Roof! A True Story By M. G. King and Froggy Goes to the Library By Jonathan London
  5.  Please let me know if you have any books you would like to see reviewed. fiveforfriday2_thumb3_thumb3_thumb3__thumb3An in Linkz up
St. Patricks Day

How to Catch a Leprechaun By Adam Wallace

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Back of Book:

You’ve been planning night and day, and finally you’ve created the perfect trap! Now all you need to do is wait. Is this the year you’ll finally catch the leprechaun? Start a St. Patrick’s Day tradition with this fun and lively children’s book.

How to catch a leprechaun?
It’s tougher than you think!
He’ll turn your whole house upside down.
He’s quicker than a wink!

My Review:

St. Patrick’s Day is a bit more magical in Kindergarten. Children believe in leprechauns and all the problems that they can cause. I love reading my Kinders books about Leprechauns because they truly enjoy them. This is a quick fun read aloud that talks about all the traps that the Leprechaun escapes from. The text is in a rhyming patterns and creates a fun story. The illustrations are fun and cheerful.

Ages 4 and up

32 Pages  

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History

Dolley Madison Saves George Washington By Don Brown

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Back of Book:

Dolley was a farm girl who became a fine first lady when she married James Madison. She wore beautiful dresses, decorated her home, and threw lavish parties. Everyone talked about Dolley, and everyone loved her, too. Then war arrived at her doorstep, and Dolley had to meet challenges greater than she’d ever known. So Dolley did one thing she thought might make a difference: she saved George Washington. Not the man himself, but a portrait of him, which would surely have been destroyed by English soldiers

My Review:

I have been looking for great picture books to read about strong woman for National Woman’s month. When I came across this story I thought it was perfect for my Kinders. Dolley Madison was an amazing First Lady who was known for her fantastic gatherings. This story shows how she created an environment at the White House where people were comfortable, and  able to converse about series topics. She is most famous for saving the portrait of George Washington during the War of 1812.  There is a great Authors note in the back of the book that discusses more about Dolley’s life.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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Civil Rights, Read Your World

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement By Robert F. Sibert

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Back of Book: This welcome biography brings to light one of the civil rights movement’s most inspiring leaders. The youngest of 20 children, Fannie Lou Hamer grew up in a family of sharecroppers in the Mississippi Delta. Forced to leave school after sixth grade, she joined the rest of her family in the fields picking cotton. Still hungry for knowledge, she found strength in the love of her family and through her Christian faith. Weatherford describes the hardships that Hamer endured.

My Review:

This picture book has won many awards! It is the tale of how one woman would not be beat down. I had not heard of Fannie Lou Hamer and found that this story gave me a strong insight and into her life and struggle. The material can be hard to read and is not intended for young children. There is a place in the book that has strong language and could be seen to some readers as offensive. I found that this story was very thought provoking and helped me to understand the fight of Jim Crow Laws a bit better. The illustrations are beautiful show readers a very clear look into one strong woman’s journey. I thought the first person narrative was a nice touch to showing readers the strength behind Fannie Lou Hamer.

Ages 10 and up

56 Pages

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History

Marching with Aunt Susan By Claire Rudoff Murphy

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Back of Book:

An inspiring story of the fight for women’s suffrage, based on the experiences of a real girl All Bessie wants is to go hiking with her father and brothers. But its 1896, and girls don’t get to hike. They cant vote either, which Bessie discovers when Susan B. Anthony comes to town to help lead the campaign for women’s suffrage. Stirred to action, Bessie joins the movement and discovers that small efforts can result in small changes and maybe even big ones. Inspired by the diary of the real Bessie Keith Pond, a ten-year-old girl who lived in California during the suffrage campaign

My Review:

In honor of National Woman’s Day I wanted to look at picture books that fought for the right for women to vote. When I picked up Marching With Aunt Susan I knew I had found an amazing story. I love that this book is based on a true story about Bessie and how she joins the woman’s fight to vote. It talks a great deal abut Susan B. Anthony and how she was the face of the woman’s fight.  The book has great historical information and a fantastic author’s note at the end. The illustrations are beautiful and I truly enjoyed them.

Ages 8 and up

36 Pages

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