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review 2017-04-23 16:41
Out in July
Hudson Valley Reflections: Illustrated Travel and Field Guide - Michael Adamovic

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley


                One of the things I want to do is drive though the Hudson River Valley.  I have travelled though part of it by train.  In fact, the Amtrak ride from NYC to Montreal is a stunning, beautiful trip.  I highly recommend everyone take that rail journey at least once.  I do, however, want to drive though part of those towns. 


                And now, after reading this book, I have a couple more places I want to stop.

                Adamovic looks at the Hudson valley though the lenses of seasons.  Along the way, he hits places of historical importance – such as Sleepy Hollow.  The focus is mostly on the glorious scenery.  Adamovic places the wildlife in context, in other words it is just seasonal behavior but also text that details the fauna and flora.  The end of the book contains a location map and directions, making the book a practical work of art.


                 The photos of the flowers and animals are quite beautiful, including those photos of insect eating plants.  The deer photo in particular was adorable.

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review 2017-04-07 23:07
Don't Call Them Trailer Trash by John Brunkowski & Michael Closen
Don't Call Them Trailer Trash: The Illustrated Mobile Home Story - John Brunkowski, Michael Closen

I have lived in several trailer's during my life. Some have been better then houses and some not so much.  I have seen some trailers that look like tin cans and others that look like a house. This book is like an exhibit of the history of the Mobile Home. All through the book it pictures of vintage advertising for Mobile homes. Some are post cards others are pages from magazines, and more. The book was really interesting. The pictures were great.  There are short captions that go with each picture. At the beginning of each chapter there is a page telling you about that point in history of the mobile home, or explaining the difference between a trailer park and trailer court.  I actually had fun looking through this book and seeing all the vintage advertising and learning things I never thought about the Mobile Home. 


I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2017-04-06 23:11
The Wind in the Willows
The Wind in the Willows (Illustrated Classic Editions) - Malvina G. Vogel,Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows by Malvina Vogel is an edited version of Kenneth Grahame's original story. The book is a 5.2 on the Accelerated Reading leveling system. The story follows the lives of animals that exist and survive much like people. They must overcome obstacles that are both serious and funny that many humans face each day. This would be a great story for a reading nook. This book could be used in a fairy tale unit. It could also be used to teach students how to overcome obstacles creatively without giving up.  

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review 2017-04-06 05:35
Billy the Ghost and Me - Gery Greer,Bob Ruddick,Roger Roth

Billy the Ghost is a beginning Chapter Book about Sarah, a young cowgirl in the Old West, and a ghost named Billy that only she can see.  When two men rob the bank in town, Sarah wanted to to with the men to help the Sheriff track the robbers down, but he told her that she was too young to go.  After the Sheriff and his men left town, Sarah discovered that the robbers were still in town disguised as women.  So, Sarah and Billy devise a plan and capture the robbers on their own. 


This book can be used for individual guided reading.  


The lexile level for this book is 270L.

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review 2017-04-06 04:56
Hooway for Wodney Wat - Helen Lester,Lynn Munsinger

Rodney the rat couldn't pronounce his "r's" so he was teased by all of the other rodents at school.  Rodney was very lonely an shy. Then, a new student named Camilla Capybara, joined the class and began bullying all of the other students.  One day, it was Rodney's turn to be the leader in the game "Simon Says".  Camilla didn't know Rodney could not pronounce the letter "r" so when he told the entire class to "go rest", Camilla thought he meant "go west".  She started walking off to the west, never to be heard from again.  Rodney became the class hero for getting rid of Camilla.


 This book would be good to lead the class in a discussion regarding bullying or accepting other people's differences.


The lexile level for this book is AD360L

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