History, Skills Children Learn, Uncategorized

The Coal Thief By Alane Adams

51usO1QCVgL._SY398_BO1,204,203,200_

 

Back of Book: Brrr! Georgie wakes up to a freezing morning in 1920s Pennsylvania and gets the bad news that there is no coal to heat the farmhouse―and he knows there is no money to buy more, either. Just after he finds this out, along comes his friend Harley, who drags him off on an adventure to find some mysterious “black gold.” Before Georgie can catch his breath, he’s in a pile of trouble―all the way up to his ears! Take a trip back in time and join Georgie in this heartwarming tale of mischief made and lessons learned in America’s storied past.

 

My Review: The Coal Thief is a beautiful story about a little boy who learns a very valuable lesson. Georgie thinks that he is going on an adventure instead, he is asked to steal coal from a train.  This action causes Georgie to end up in trouble, creating a perfect lesson to teach to children. Georgie’s father shows him that if he shares the coal with others, he can bless them. I love that this book combines history, with valuable skills about having integrity and helping others. The story also teaches readers about taking responsibility for their actions, and choosing good friends.  The illustrations are stunning and draw a reader into the story.  The ending is sweet, and allows readers to see an example of doing the right thing.

 

Ages 5 and up

 

32 Pages

Click Here to Find on Amazon

Advertisements
Skills Children Learn, Uncategorized

Decibella and Her 6-Inch Voice By Julia Cook

61gg60FozcL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_

Back of Book:
Isabella is a spirited girl who enjoys shouting out her thoughts, ideas and feelings. In fact, she loves using her loud voice so much; it’s earned her the nickname,Decibella! Young readers will be entertained as they see how Isabella learns the five volumes of voice and discovers that different situations require a different tone.

My Review: I think that every teacher should have books by Julia Cook in their library. She is a gifted author and always writes about topics that other writers don’t. This story is a must have for the first week of school. It talks about voice control, and how students need to use their inside voice sometimes. Isabella is a fantastic character and brings the story to life. I love the concept of five voice volumes because it simple and easy for students to understand. The six inch voice test is another great tool that can be used to model students voice level. I can see using this book as a teaching tool my first week of school. A must read to help with classroom management, or simply teaching children to use an inside voice.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Click Here to Find on Amazon

Skills Children Learn

Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler By Margery Cuyler

51TEMnUs9YL._SX436_BO1,204,203,200_

Back of Book:
When Mrs. Ruler asks five of her kindergarteners to miss recess, she’s got a special plan up her sleeve. She’s about to teach a new golden rule:

KINDNESS IS COOL!

Soon the entire class is doing so many good deeds that their kindness bulletin board barely fits their classroom!
My Review:
As school is preparing to start, teachers are finding ways to not only teach their students academics but also lessons that teach morals, and empathy. Kindness is Cooler Mrs. Ruler is a fantastic story that allows readers to focus on ways that they can be kind. The story follows the students as they find ways to be kind in their school, as well as at home. I loved the idea of having a kindness wall in the classroom where students can share their acts of kindness with each other. As a teacher, I was thrilled to see this story in the fall Scholastic catalogs this year. I plan on using this book during the first week of school. I appreciate that in the back of book there is a 100 item list that gives acts of kindness that children can be a part of. This is a great story that teaches kindness and shows children and adults how they can help others.

Ages 5 and up

48 Pages

Click Here to Find on Amazon

Skills Children Learn, Tough Stuff

A Bike Like Sergio’s By Maribeth Boelts

61VSHeGE6BL._SY481_BO1,204,203,200_

Back of Book:
Ruben feels like he is the only kid without a bike. His friend Sergio reminds him that his birthday is coming, but Ruben knows that the kinds of birthday gifts he and Sergio receive are not the same. After all, when Ruben’s mom sends him to Sonny’s corner store for groceries, sometimes she doesn’t have enough money for everything on the list. So when Ruben sees a dollar bill fall out of someone’s purse, he picks it up and puts it in his pocket. But when he gets home, he discovers it’s not one dollar or even five or ten—it’s a hundred-dollar bill, more than enough for a new bike just like Sergio’s! But what about the crossed-off groceries? And what about the woman who lost her money?
My Review:
I feel like more stories like this book need to exist in children’s literature. Ruben represents the feelings that so many children in America have. Many families in the United States do not have extra money for extra things. Bikes are not a necessity in many homes. I loved the dilemma that Ruben is presented with. I believe this is an excellent story to teach children about morals, as well as empathy. Readers can discuss what they would do if they found a hundred-dollar bill. This story makes for a great writing assignment topic. I truly enjoy reading anything written by Maribeth Bolts. She has a gift of connecting readers with the emotions of the storyline. I look forward to her next story.

Ages 5 and up

40 Pages

Click Here to Find on Amazon

 

Skills Children Learn

The Crayon Box that Talked By Shane DeRolf

51rL--Ki5sL._SX360_BO1,204,203,200_

Back of Book:

 Quarrelsome talking crayons learn to appreciate one another when the narrator draws with them, thus showing them how each help create a bigger picture. The message of the book, to learn to appreciate rather than dislike other people’s differences, is conveyed.

My Review:

In honor of National crayon day and the retirement of the Dandelion crayon I wanted to review “The Crayon Box that Talked”. I read this book the first week of school to help show my students how to get along. I loved how the little girl in the story teaches the crayons that if they work together they can make beautiful pictures. This is a perfect message to children that everyone is unique and special.

Ages 4 and up

32 Pages 

Click Here to Find on Amazon

School, Skills Children Learn

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes By Mark Pett

Click here  to find on Amazon.

 

5c5c88abf6d31f66efe30a24e7c12bfe

Back of Book: Meet Beatrice Bottomwell: a nine-year-old girl who has never (not once!) made a mistake. She never forgets her math homework, she never wears mismatched socks, and she ALWAYS wins the yearly talent show at school. In fact, Beatrice holds the record of perfection in her hometown, where she is known as The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes. Life for Beatrice is sailing along pretty smoothly until she does the unthinkable–she makes her first mistake. And in a very public way!

My Review: I have learned that even in Kindergarten children can be perfectionists and when they don’t get something right they completely fall apart. I have to remind them that no one is perfect and that everyone makes mistakes. Beatrice is a girl who does everything perfect until one day she doesn’t. Then she realizes that it can be okay to not be perfect all the time. This is an excellent story to read to any child who thinks that they must perform perfectly at all times.

Ages 6 and up

32 pages