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review 2017-10-09 23:28
Fun little cozy.
Pumpkins in Paradise (A Tj Jensen Mystery Book 1) - Kathi Daley


It’s Halloween time but it’s also the school reunion for TJ Jenson and things are hoping. Things get a little tense around when they find out that a news reporter from Second Look is coming to town to investigate a cold case. The murder happened when TJ was in High School and nobody had really thought of it since even though the case was never solved.


A lot of people are not happy with Samatha being there because they don’t want their secrets surfaced especially the killer because she soon dies in a car accident and nobody is sure if it was accidental or murder. Roy, the policemen in town is a bit overwhelmed with this since he is now the only cop. (can’t say why cause I don’t want to spoil things) So TJ comes on board to help him figure things out since she has been really good at it in the past.


I really like TJ and how she has stepped up and taken charge of your younger siblings. I love how her dad is so welcoming to them even though they are not his kids. It’s a really close knit family and TJ is learning how to balance being sort of mother but sister at the same time. She learns more it seems with each book and I am glad things are going well with her in the relationship department. 


It’s just fun being back with a bunch of characters I really enjoy.


It has a good murder and there were a lot of suspects and I never managed to figure out exactly who did it as the one I really thought did it wasn’t the killer.


These cozies are short but always have great story lines and a great mystery and I really like them. If you like cozies and are in the mood for a good short read then check out this series!

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review 2016-11-11 18:22
Five Little Pumpkins
Five Little Pumpkins (Harper Growing Tree) - Dan Yaccarino

A great little poem that has the students counting. I would use it for grades k-2. The story could be cut into strips and used with a pocket charts for students to read again and again.

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review 2016-11-01 21:22
It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - Charles M. Schulz

This book is a good book for Elementary grades during October.  It was teach about pumpkins as well as about fall.  The book keeps the attention of the reader by using an iconic cartoon to make the book funny.

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review 2016-10-25 18:40
Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins by Dianne Ochiltree
Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins - Dianne Ochiltree,Anne-Sophie Lanquetin

Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins is a must read for K-1 in the month of October!  This entertaining and action packed book integrates math and literacy as Sam, the raccoon, counts each pumpkin as he fills up his wagon.  However, Sam experiences some trouble on the way home and winds up with a mess. Instead of getting upset, Gramps takes Sam's mess and turns it into something delicious!  This simple story has a great message while reinforcing counting.  I would do a pumpkin seed counting activity after reading this story with my students.  I would also have students build sentences on how to make a pumpkin pie in my word work literacy stations.

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review 2016-10-10 20:44
Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins
Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins - James Dean,James Dean

This book is adorable! Pete the Cat rocks out to his own version of the ever so popular Halloween song, "Five Little Pumpkins". I would totally use this in my classroom during or on Halloween. I would have the students help me sing the song. I would do some kind of Halloween craft to go along with the book, also. The intended audience for this book is Pre-K to Kindergarten. I would use this with Kindergarten! 

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