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review 2017-04-16 16:11
Me...Jane - Patrick McDonnell 
Me...Jane - Patrick McDonnell

For such a brief book, McDonnell has done a marvelous thing. He doesn't try to give us the entire life of Jane Goodall, just a glimpse at a child who was fascinated by animals and nature and Africa and how that lead to the adult she became. The art is perfect, incorporating Victorian animal illustrations, a sweet, almost cartoonish style, and memorabilia from Goodall. I expect the child who is like Goodall (albeit with pandas and China) will really love it.<br/><br/>Library copy.

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review 2017-04-09 16:42
The Lost House - B. B. Cronin
The Lost House - B. B. Cronin

Grandad lives in an Edwardian house with a great deal of stuff around, in astoundingly fluorescent rooms. I loved the contrast between the detailed period architecture of the rooms and the postmodern colors. Fun.

 

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review 2017-04-09 14:19
The Secret Subway - Shana Corey, Red Nose Studio
The Secret Subway - Red Nose Studio,Shana Corey

Forgotten engineering, steampunk pneumatic tubes, political machinations: I love stories of grand efforts that get overlooked by history, and trains, so this would be a winner. But then, the art: the puppets, the sets, the costumes! And excellent back matter! Sadly my local library, like many, wraps the dust jacket in a milar/paper cover which is then taped down, so I couldn't enjoy the bonus material on the art, but I get it's really cool. I'm only sorry it isn't also a short film, because that would be awesome!

 

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review 2017-04-04 23:50
On a Pirate Ship (Picture Books) - Sarah Courtauld

This book is  about a little boy who wonders what it would be like to live on a pirate ship. He uses his imagination and pretends he is spending the day on a pirate ship. He does all of the things a pirate would do and has a great adventure. This would be a good book to read before play time. It would encourage students to use their imagination. This would also be a good book to use for examples of free write. Students could an idea of how to be creative and create a good story. It is leveled A.   

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review 2017-03-25 22:40
The Mitten by Jan Brett

This book is about a little boy who wants more than anything in the world for his grandmother to make him a pair of white mittens for his birthday. His grandmother reluctantly makes him the mittens. However, it was on the condition that he does not lose them. Tragically, he drops one of them in the forest. Then several different kinds of wild animals snuggle up within the mitten to get warm. Eventually all of the animals leave the mitten. Much to the pleasure of the boy, he finds the lost mitten. This is a wonderful story. It could be used in the classroom accompanied by an actual reenactment of the story. I have seen it done before and the children absolutely loved it. This book has a lexile level of 800L. So for recreational reading students should be in 1st or 2nd grade. It could be used as a classroom reading as well for younger students. 

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