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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

boy who harnessed the wind coverThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
Recommended for: Grades 2-5

When William was 14, he had a great interest in mechanical things. By learning English and reading from old textbooks, he replaced magical explanations of the natural world with scientific facts. He knew magical thinking could not bring rain to their drought stricken Malawi village. Because of the resultant drop in family income, he could not attend school, but he could go the library – a gift from the American government. There he read about windmills that could power electricity and pump water. With a broken bike, bottle caps, a plastic pipe and a small generator, he was able to provide electricity for their home and later water for the village! William now studies engineering at Dartmouth College, with plans to return to Malawi to work on renewable energy.  This is an inspiring biography about a young adult who really made a difference in his community.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Wettergreen

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And Then It’s Spring

and then it's spring coverAnd Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
Recommended for: PreK – Gr 2

A boy and his dog are joined by a rabbit and turtle as they romp through weeks of planting, playing in puddles and outdoor exploring, hoping for signs of Spring’s green and warm return.  There is a lot to see and talk about as the little troupe wait and watch the natural world unfold.  The soft pencil illustrations add a warm and comfortable feeling to this gentle, seasonal picture book.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Wettergreen

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Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter

Mrs Harkness coverMrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Recommended for: All ages

In 1934, Ruth Harkness left NYC, bound for China via Ceylon and Singapore. Her goal was to bring a panda back to America for the first time. Among her 22 pieces of luggage, she packed dried milk and a baby bottle. Escorted by a guide through treacherous weather and travel conditions, Ruth finally found an adorable baby panda! She named the bear Su Lin, meaning “a little bit of something cute.” The baby bottle and milk turned out to be keys to the success of this mission! When they returned to the US, she cared for and nurtured Su Lin as a pet, before donating him to the Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago.  This engaging and colorful picture book biography would be a great read for all ages.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Wettergreen

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Lulu and the Duck in the Park

Lulu and the Duck in the Park by Hilary McKay
Recommended for Grades 2-4

Lulu and her best friend/cousin Mellie are in Mrs. Holiday’s class, along with the class pet guinea pig.  Mrs. Holiday stands firm that there will be no additional animals in the classroom, even though Lulu loves all animals and tries to introduce others.  When Lulu finds the last surviving duck egg in the park, after a tumultuous rampage by two unleashed dogs, she sneaks it into school.  Will it hatch at school?  What will Mrs. Holiday do about it?  This engaging easy chapter book will have children waiting for McKay’s second Lulu book due out in March 2013.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Baumgartner

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Hamster and Cheese

hamster and cheese cover image Hamster and Cheese by Colleen A.F. Venable and Stephanie Yue
Recommended for: Grades 2-5

First in the Guinea PIg, Pet Shop Private Eye series, Hamster and Cheese tells the story of a reluctant detective and her irrepressible (and self-appointed) sidekick who are on a quest for a missing sandwich. Funny characters (including Mr. Venezi, the befuddled pet shop owner) and detailed drawings make this a great read. Includes fun facts about animals at the end of each story.

Reviewed by: Ms. GS

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The Golden Ghost

Golden GhostThe Golden Ghost by Marion Dane Bauer
Recommended for: Grades 1-4

Delsie yearns for a pet, especially a dog, but her father is allergic. Read this story to find out how she gets a very special kind of pet!

Reviewed by: Mrs. Teixeira

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Giants Beware!

Giants Beware coverGiants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado
Recommended for: Grades 2-5

Claudette longs to be a fierce giant-slayer, like her father.  Her brother Gaston longs to be a pastry chef, and their best friend Marie dreams of becoming a princess.  Her brother and friend don’t think they are brave, but they are proved wrong when Claudette tricks them into coming with her on a quest to slay the fabled baby-feet-eating giant who lives in a nearby mountain range.  This graphic novel is filled with funny, unique characters, fast-paced action, and gorgeous full-color illustrations.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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The Masterwork of a Painting Elephant

Masterwork of a Painting Elephant coverThe Masterwork of a Painting Elephant by Michelle Cuevas, illustrated by Ed Young
Recommended for: Grades 1-4

Pigeon (a boy) is raised by Birch (an elephant) after being abandoned by his parents. Birch longs to find his former acrobat partner from his circus act, so the pair travels to Paris (by way of New York & Hollywood) on their search for her. Along the way, they meet an unusual cast of characters: the Ringmaster, hobos, zoo animals and an ancient sea turtle.
Birch may be an elephant, but he is a talented artist who can see and paint the true essence of people. The themes of family, security, and the true nature of love are explored while telling of many strange events in the lives of Pigeon and Birch. If you like magical realism, you’ll be entranced by these two special friends.

Reviewed by: Mrs. McIntire

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When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew

When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew by Jan Andrews
Recommended for: Grades 2 and up

Ti-Jean is the unlikely hero of these three short folk tales that emigrated from France.  Other characters include the greedy princess of Tomboso and a magical little man named Bonnet Rouge who gambles at a game of marbles.  These stories are full of old world magic: coin purses that are always full, buckets that can empty a lake and apples that make your nose grow.  Like most traditional folktales, these stories have their share of danger, but may be suitable for younger children as a read aloud.

Reviewed by:  Mrs. White

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Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Recommended for: PreK – 2nd grade

Annabelle finds a stash of magic yarn, and begins to turn her dreary town into a colorful and warm place, one knitted garment at a time.  What will happen when the evil archduke wants to take the yarn from her?  The black, grey and pastel illustrations by Jon Klassen add a lot of humor and heart to this story, which has a bit of mystery and a lot of wonder woven into it.

Reviewed by: Mrs. Waring

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