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Field Trips

Field Trips by Jim Arnosky
Recommended for:  Grades 1 – 4

Field Trips will not take you on the bus to the museum or airport, but will take you on an eye-opening adventure in your own backyard, local conservation land or a national forest.  Focusing on bug hunting, animal tracking, bird-watching and shore walking, Aronsky gives clues for finding all kinds of wildlife and signs that they have left behind.  The pencil illustration is similar to a field notebook and may encourage you to make a record of your own trip!  Put this together with a pail, magnifying glass and bug box, and a backyard safari will ensue.

Reviewed by:  Mrs. Baumgartner

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Nursery Rhyme Comics

Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 timeless rhymes from 50 celebrated cartoonists
Recommended for: Grades K and up

All of your favorite nursery rhyme characters come to life like never before in this fun and creative book.  Each story is one to 3 pages long, and it is amazing to see how the artists turn short little rhymes into more intricate stories.  This is truly an “all ages” book, with appeal for young children all the way up to adults.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Anna Hibiscus

Anna Hibiscus series by Atinuke
Recommended for Grades 1 to 3

The extended family of Anna Hibiscus will hold your interest right through all four books in Atinuke’s series about a privileged young girl in Africa.  Anna’s curiosity, compassion, and courage take the reader both inside and outside of the compound where her large family learns from the wisdom of Grandfather and Grandmother as well as the antics of her baby twin brothers, Double and Trouble.  These books not only teach about another culture, but also inspire the reader to be kind and generous.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Baumgartner

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Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog

Mr. Putney’s Quacking Dog by Jon Agee
Recommended for: K and up

Mr. Putney has some unusual pets.  Who wakes him up in the morning?  His alarmadillo.  What pet annoys him by making too much noise?  His clangaroo.  The illustrations in this picture book for all ages are hysterical; Mr. Putney’s expressionless mustached face contrasts with the oddball animals and purely bizarre situations.  Kids will love figuring out how the book works and using the visual clues before the page turns to guess what the next animal will be.  Highly recommended for a fun and interactive storytime with older readers.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same!

Ling & Ting: Not exactly the same! by Grace Lin
Recommended for: Grades K-2

Twin sisters Ling and Ting may look alike, but they are very different! In this easy reader chapter book, the sisters’ unique and complimentary personalities are revealed as they make dumplings together, get haircuts, and visit the library. Colorful illustrations are featured throughout the book. I loved reading about these smart and fun Chinese sisters, and hope more Ling and Ting books are in the works.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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Zen Shorts

Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth
Recommended for: Grades K-3

Beautifully illustrated, Zen Shorts is filled with gentle stories and life lessons for both children and adults. The book is organized around three children, Michael, Addy, and Karl, who meet their new neighbor, Stillwater, a panda. As their friendship with Stillwater evolves, he tells them classic stories from Zen Buddhist literature. I freely admit that my own life has been impacted by some of these stories. Not for children only! A 2006 Caldecott Honor book.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Teixeira

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Tess’s Tree

Tess’s Tree by Jess M. Braillier
Recommended for: PreK – Grade 3

Jess Braillier has created a very special book to help young children deal with loss. This sweet and gentle story is about a young girl’s feelings and memories of her favorite tree after it breaks in a storm and must come down. It also encourages adults to share their feelings with children. Tess’s Tree opens the opportunity for children to express love, grief and fears when someone or something is taken from their world of innocence.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Baumgartner

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Pennies for Elephants

Pennies for Elephants by Lita Judge
Recommended for: PreK – Grade 3

In 1914 when the Mr. and Mrs. William Orford, animal trainers, decided to retire, the city of Boston could not afford to purchase their three elephants for the Franklin Park Zoo. The Orfords challenged the children of Boston to raise $6000 in two months so that the three elephants could stay in Boston. Bids were coming in from around the world as children were donating pennies to the cause. Brilliantly illustrated with newspaper clippings among bright watercolor, this is a story of community spirit, cooperation and fun! Lita Judge has cleverly brought historical fiction to a level that children will devour and ask for more.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Baumgartner

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A Book

A Book by Mordicai Gerstein
Recommended for: Pre-K – Grade 3

Cleverly illustrated and imaginatively written, A Book, will teach kids about different genres of literature.  A little girl who lives in a book searches the pages for her story after her entire household tells where they belong among the different types of literature.  She goes on a wonderful adventure through meetings with well known literary characters to find her identity.  This book will be reread many times for both the story and the illustrations!

Reviewed by:  Mrs. Baumgartner

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Living Sunlight: How Plants Bring the Earth to Life

Living Sunlight:  How Plants Bring the Earth to Life by Molly Bang & Penny Chisholm
Recommended for: Grades K – 3

Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm have captured just enough  information and clearly presented it with the  simplicity needed for  children to understand photosynthesis.  The life cycle of sunlight, oxygen, carbon dioxide and sugar is presented in a beautifully illustrated story.  The story is a subtle way to teach children about our precious earth and it’s needed environmental balance.  Great book for Earth Day reading.

Reviewed by:  Mrs. Baumgartner

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