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review 2016-07-19 15:19
BJ Bear's Adventure at Sea Life Aquarium by Marya Charles Alexander
BJ Bear's Adventure at SEA LIFE Aquarium, LEGOLAND® California Resort in Carlsbad, California: An Unofficial Guide for Kids, Their Families & Friends (BJ Bear Adventures) - Marya Charles Alexander

BJ Bear's Adventure at Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland California Resort at Carlsbad, California an Unofficial Guide for Kids, Their Families & Friends by Marya Charles Alexander is a children's book for ages two to ten. I gave it three stars.

 

BJ Bear is an unusual bear. He was curious. He could also become invisible. He was a thoughtful bear & did not want to frighten people. The photographs were colorful. I liked the one of the orange lego fish.

 

I received a complimentary copy from LibraryThing. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Adventure-Aquarium-LEGOLAND®-California-Carlsbad-ebook/dp/B00HGJ8GW2

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review 2016-02-22 00:25
"Clark the Shark" By: Bruce Hale
Clark the Shark - Bruce Hale

In this story a shark must learn to use self control in the classroom, he learns to control himself by making up rhymes when he gets to excited. This story could be used in the beginning of the year when making rules or for any child who has problems with self control. When learning rhyming words this book could also be an asset. 

 

Interest Level

Grades PreK - 1

Reading Level

Grade level Equivalent: 2.7

Lexile® Measure:AD420L

DRA: 24

Guided Reading: M

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review 2015-12-25 00:00
Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life
Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and ... Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life - George Monbiot This is a horribly disappointing book. There is no science, just biographical anecdotes of the over glorified and egotistical boy scout George Monbiot.

Both, "[b:Where the Wild Things Were: Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators|2288031|Where the Wild Things Were Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators|William Stolzenburg|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1429137230s/2288031.jpg|2294238] and [b:Once & Future Giants: What Ice Age Extinctions Tell Us about the Fate of Earth's Largest Animals|9866998|Once & Future Giants What Ice Age Extinctions Tell Us about the Fate of Earth's Largest Animals|Sharon Levy|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1347251266s/9866998.jpg|14758526] are much better books on rewilding.

[b:Feral Cities: Adventures with Animals in the Urban Jungle|23281013|Feral Cities Adventures with Animals in the Urban Jungle|Tristan Donovan|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1414559187s/23281013.jpg|42819116] takes a look at how wildlife adapts to human created environments.

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review 2015-12-08 01:52
bysinginglight.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/november-2015-round-up
Half a Creature from the Sea: A Life in Stories - David Almond,Eleanor Taylor

Cybils book. Almond is a wonderful writer–great at magical descriptions and dreamy, eerie stories. I do wonder who this short story collection is FOR; the stories themselves are mg/YA, but the framing distances the narrator from that age and for me set up an unnecessary barrier between reader and story.

Source: bysinginglight.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/november-2015-round-up
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review 2015-02-23 18:51
Review: Seabound by Jordan Rivet
Seabound (Seabound Chronicles) (Volume 1) - Jordan Rivet

Although the story started off a bit slow for me, about a quarter of the way through the adventure really began to pick up and I enjoyed it a lot more. The world building was well done and it was easy to jump into the idea of life at sea thanks to Jordan Rivet's detailed storytelling. 

 

Esther was a heroine I could really get behind. She is feisty, rebellious, smart, strong and caring which I think is a great combination. It was nice to read a post-apocalyptic story where the girl doesn't have to all of the sudden learn a ton of new things in order to survive. Esther grew up on this ship and chose her profession because it interested her. While everyone on the ship had to contribute to their society in a tangible way, I really enjoyed that people could pursue their interests as a part of that.

 

The delicate nature of an enclosed environment was really well done. Rivet does a wonderful job of showing that the slightest threat of limited resources can really change the way a peaceful society interacts. Life at sea is a precarious notion, you must rely on luck and good judgement to survive a storm or find the right parts to fix your ship. Coming across other ships wasn't always a good thing as anyone could be a threat. 

 

The supporting cast of characters brought a lot to the story as well. Varying personalities and views of the world gave this book some tenacious moments and left me wanting to learn more about them. The ending left me satisfied but optimistic about future books in the series. 

 

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.**

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