Biography, Uncategorized

Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World By Laurie Lawlor

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Back of Book:

 

This is a biography of the pioneering environmentalist. Her name was Rachel Carson.  “Once you are aware of the wonder and beauty of earth, you will want to learn about it,”. She wrote Silent Spring, the book that woke people up to the harmful impact humans were having on our planet. Rachel found many adventurous ways to celebrate nature. Her book Silent Spring went on to become a huge success.

 

My Review:

 

One of my favorite things to find are books about amazing women.  Rachel Carson was a brave and determined woman who believed in changing the environment for the better. Rachel was a quiet and shy young girl who had to learn how to grow around other people. She received her master’s degree and landed a fulltime job as a biologist. Although her life was full of pain and hardship, Rachel made sure that she left something that would change the course of history. This book is very informative and gives readers and informative look at how Rachel protected the earth. The illustrations are soft and beautiful. There is an afterword at the book that gives more information to readers about Rachel Carson. This is a great book to have students read if they are interested in biology.

 

Ages 6 and up

 

32 Pages

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math, Uncategorized

7 Ate 9 By Tara Lazar

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Back of Book:
6 has a problem.
Everyone knows that 7 is always after him. Word on the street is that 7 ate 9. If that’s true, 6’s days are numbered. Lucky for him, Private I is on the case. But the facts just don’t add up.

It’s odd.

Will Private I put two and two together and solve the problem . . . or is 6 next in line to be subtracted?

My Review:

This is a great book to introduce mystery genera to a classroom. Children will love reading about the private I who is investigating the mystery of how 7 ate 9. This book is filled with math puns and jokes that are on each page of the story. Readers will enjoy following Private I as he figures out what happens to number 9. Lazar is a fantastic author and her concept is quite brilliant. MacDonald is a talented author, who brings the numbers to life. This is a story that can be used for multiple unit studies. I can see myself using this as a writing prompt for my students. I highly recommend this story.
Ages 7 and up
32 Pages

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Growth Mindset, Uncategorized

The Sound of Silence By Katrina Goldsaito

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Back of Book:
Do you have a favorite sound?” little Yoshio asks. The musician answers, “The most beautiful sound is the sound of ma, of silence.”

But Yoshio lives in Tokyo, Japan: a giant, noisy, busy city. He hears shoes squishing through puddles, trains whooshing, cars beeping, and families laughing. Tokyo is like a symphony hall!

Where is silence?

Join Yoshio on his journey through the hustle and bustle of the city to find the most beautiful sound of all.
My Review:
In a world where noise is almost always constant, it is rare to find a moment to concentrate on the silence. This book is a beautiful look at one boys mission to find out what silence sounds like. The setting of the story is in Japan, and shows the beauty of the country. The language of this story is poetic and allows readers to focus on each small sound that Yoshio hears. The illustrations are beautifully and bring the story to life. This story is a great read to pair on any unit or discussion about mindfulness.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

History, Uncategorized

Patrick and the President By Ryan Tubridy

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Back of Book:
When the beloved president visited Ireland in 1963, he described it as the best four days of his life. And for a generation of Irish people, it was a trip they never forgot. This warmly told, bighearted picture book captures the fevered excitement in the buildup to the president’s visit, all seen through the eyes of a young boy named Patrick who wants to know more than anything what it would feel like to shake the president’s hand.

My Review: I was very excited when I heard that this book was coming out. I had never heard that President Kennedy visited Ireland. This book is a great historical look at how President Kennedy visited the country where his heritage was from. The story follows Patrick, a young boy who is very excited about an upcoming visit with the President. Patrick learns that he will get to preform several songs when the President. He would do just about anything to meet Kennedy. This story was well researched and allows readers to feel like they are there visiting the President. The illustrations are stunning and capture a beautiful moment in history.
40 Pages
Ages 6 and up

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Read Your World, Uncategorized

Uncle Peter’s Amazing Chinese Wedding By Lenore Look

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Back of Book: Jenny’s favorite uncle, Peter, is getting married, and everyone is happy happy — everyone, that is, except Jenny. While her family runs about getting ready for the traditional Chinese wedding — preparing for the tea ceremony, exchanging good-luck money called hungbau, helping the bride with her many dresses — Jenny is crying on the inside. How is she supposed to still be Uncle Peter’s number-one girl, with her new aunt Stella around? Maybe if she can stop the day’s events from happening, he won’t get married at all
My Review: I have never read a story like this. It is a beautiful look at the unique traditions of a Chinese Wedding. It teaches readers the importance of traditions and history. I learned several new things about a Chinese Wedding. Such as the barging and paying of the bride, the tea ceremony, and why the children go jump on the bed. I loved that there is so much culture that is taught in the story. The book also discusses change, and how it can be difficult for children to adjust to new family dynamics. I highly recommend this book for all classrooms, as well as home libraries.
Ages 6 and up
40 Pages

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Uncategorized

A Rock is Lively Dianna Hutts Aston

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Back of Book: This gorgeous and informative introduction to the fascinating world of rocks. From dazzling blue Lapis Lazuli to volcanic Snowflake Obsidian, an incredible variety of rocks are showcased in all their splendor. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this book introduces an array of facts, making it equally perfect for classroom sharing and family reading.
My Review:
This is a terrific book that has fascinating information about rocks and minerals. The material in the book discusses how rocks are formed, and what they are made of. Readers learn about space rocks, geodes, and how to tell the age of rocks. I loved the section that teaches readers about the sculptures, and creations that are made of stone. The illustrations are stunning and capture the beauty of rocks and minerals. This book is a great nonfiction text, that can be used for any report or unit study. It is a perfect introduction to Geology.
Ages 6 and up
40 Pages

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Growth Mindset, Uncategorized

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do Ashley Spires

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Back of Book:
Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals.? But one day, when they’re looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou’s friend has an idea: Up there! The tree can be our ship! Ummm .? says Lou. This is something new. Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she’s sure she can’t do it. So she tries to convince her friends to play a not-up-a-tree game. When that doesn’t work, she comes up with reasons for not joining them — her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn’t climb so soon after eating. Finally, she tells herself she doesn’t want to climb the tree. But is that true, or is this brave adventurer just too afraid to try?
My Review:
This is a perfect story to read when studying growth mindset. Lou is a very brave girl. Until she is asked to climb a tree. The story follows every excuse that Lou can come up with as to why she shouldn’t climb the tree. Finally, she realizes that the only way that she can learn is to try. This story teaches children the importance of not giving up. I love the ending of the story because it emphases the importance of working towards goals. The illustrations are terrific and show the characters facial expressions in each page. The set up of the book is unique in that the text is placed in several parts of the story. This allows readers to stay engaged in what they are reading. This is a perfect story to read before testing, or large projects. I truly enjoyed reading it and highly recommend it.

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Halloween, Uncategorized

Creepy Pair of Underwear! by Aaron Reynolds

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Back of Book: Jasper Rabbit is NOT a little bunny anymore. He’s not afraid of the dark, and he’s not afraid of something as silly as underwear. But when the lights go out, suddenly his new big rabbit underwear glows in the dark. A ghoulish, greenish glow. If Jasper didn’t know any better he’d say his undies were a little, well, creepy. Jasper’s not scared obviously, he’s just done with creepy underwear. But after trying everything to get rid of them, they keep coming back!
My Review: This a perfect picture book to read about Halloween. I love that it is scary story but it isn’t to creepy. I teach younger children, so I tend to stay away from books that will give them nightmares. I love Creepy Pair of Underwear because it is a perfect balance. Jasper Rabbit wants to be all grown up and get the scary faced underwear. He soon realizes that the underwear might be a bit scarier then he originally thought. I think that because the subject of this book is about underwear, it will be an instant favorite, especially with boys. The illustrations are unique in that they are black and white. Only the glowing underwear are a neon green that readers can easily see. This is a book that is a fun read aloud anytime, but especially fun during Halloween.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages.

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Civil Rights, History, Uncategorized

Climbing Lincoln’s Steps: The African American Journey By Suzanne Slade

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Back of Book: This empowering and emotionally driven story showcases significant moments in African American history that tie back to the Lincoln Memorial by introducing iconic civil rights activists as well as exploring President Abraham Lincoln’s role in abolishing slavery. This book highlights the hardships and triumphs faced while fighting for racial equality in America.
My Review:
I remember walking up the steps to the Lincoln Memorial. There was something unexplainable about the feeling that overcomes you as you take each stair. The history that has been made in that place is astounding. I loved each topic that was discussed in this story. Each page gives readers detailed information about different people who helped the Civil Rights Movement. This book celebrates the changes that have happened over the years. This book inspires readers to make a difference while still remembering those who have already walked the path before us. I plan on adding this book to my Civil Rights reading lit.
Ages 6 and up
32 Pages

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Uncategorized

Martina & Chrissie: The Greatest Rivalry in the History of Sports By Phil Bildner

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Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert come from completely different places and play tennis in completely different ways. Chrissie is the all-American girl: practiced, poised, with perfect technique. Martina hails from Czechoslovakia, a Communist country, and her game is ruled by emotion. Everything about them is different, except one thing: they both want to be the best. But as their intense rivalry grows, something else begins to swing into place, and a friendship forms that will outlast all their tennis victories. Phil Bildner and Brett Helquist tell the engaging true story of these two masters of the court as they win title after title — and, most importantly, the hearts of the fa
My Review:
I have never known much about the sport of tennis so I was not filmier with the story of Martina, and Chrissie. This is a great detailed biography about the lives of the two women who dominated the sport of tennis. I loved how the text gives readers a picture of the way the two women played. It talks about their wicked and volley serves. The language is very descriptive and allows a reader to feel like they are a part of the game. This book allows readers to form their own opinion about which player was the best. I loved that this book shows readers that even friends can have healthy competition. The illustrations are beautiful and detailed. I would recommend this book for sports lovers, or children needing a strong biography story to do a report on.
Ages 7 and up
40 Pages

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