Saturday, August 2, 2014

Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog by Former Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan with Bret Witter and photographs by Dan
Dion

Everyday dogs help people with their lives.  Some dogs help the blind, some dogs help people in wheelchairs, some dogs work with the police, and some dogs help soldiers who have come home from wars with injuries.  Tuesday is one of these
dogs.  Every day he helps Luis complete everyday tasks.  These tasks are what some people would consider easy.  Tasks like getting out of bed, traveling to and from work, and talking to others.  This may sound easy, but without Tuesday Luis would have a very hard time.  Tuesday makes life easier.  To learn more about Tuesday visit, http://www.tuesdaytucksmein.com.

Shared by Mrs. Manore from Orenda


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ball by Mary Sullivan

Balls are great fun, especially if you are a dog that has a special girl to play with every day.  But, what happens when the little girl is no longer available?  Who will play ball with the dog?  Will it be the mother, the baby, the cat, or worse yet...will he be forced to play by himself?  Oh no, what will the dog do?  IT'S THE END OF THE WORLD!!!  To learn more about Mary Sullivan visit, http://www.marysullivan.com.

Shared by Mrs. Manore from Orenda
Queen Victoria's Bathing Machine by Gloria Whelan and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

What would you do if you loved to swim, but no one was supposed to see you in a bathing suit?  Well, this was the problem for Queen Victoria.  During the 1800s women, especially the Queen of England, were expected to be very proper in their looks and their behaviors.  It would have been very inappropriate for any woman to be seen wearing a bathing suit.  But, Queen Victoria loved to swim.  Luckily for her she had her own knight (err, prince) in shining armor to help with this problem.  To learn more about Queen Victoria's bathing machine visit, http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/osborne/beach/queen-victoria.

Shared by Mrs. Manore from Orenda

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer by Trina Robbins and illustrated by Anne Timmons and Mo Oh


During the 1930s life in Vienna, Austria was wonderful for Lily Renee.  Days filled with family, friends, school, museums, the theater…a typical life for a girl from a wealthy family.  But in 1939, everything changed when Austria joined Germany under the leadership of the Nazi Party.  After that, Lily’s life was in danger.  She was in danger because she was Jewish and the Nazi Party did NOT like people of Jewish descent.  The only way for Lily to be safe was to leave Austria, but she would have to leave without her parents.  Would Lily be brave enough to save her life without her parents with her, would the Nazi Party let Lily and hundreds of other Jewish children leave Austria, and would her love be enough to save her own parents if she left Austria?  Only time would tell.  To learn more about Lily Renee visit, http://www.nywici.org/features/blogs/aloud/womens-history-month-lily-renee-wilhelm---holocaust-survivor-comic-book-pioneer.
 
Shared by Mrs. Manore from Orenda

 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet

Have you ever watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?  Did you like the music, the floats, the balloons?  Did you ever wonder why this parade (and very few others) uses balloons?  Who came up with the idea of using balloons?  That person was Tony Sarg, a well know puppeteer from Europe who was encouraged by R. H. Macy.  Tony Sarg helped with the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in 1924.  But, there weren’t any giant balloons in this first parade.  Instead, there were real animals from the Central Park Zoo.  Soon after, Mr. Macy gave Tony Sarg a new challenge for the parade.  Replace the live animals!  We know that today’s parade has huge balloons, but how did a puppeteer go from marionettes hanging below strings to balloons floating above strings?  To learn more about Tony Sarg visit, http://www.michenermuseum.org/bucksartists/artist.php?artist=234.   Or, to find more interesting books by Melissa Sweet visit, http://melissasweet.net/.

Shared by Mrs. Manore from Orenda

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham


Somewhere in a land far away from here there lives a girl named Princess Magnolia.  Like all princesses, Princess Magnolia wears nothing but pink, knows how to make hot chocolate and sweet scones, and of course, she own a lovely unicorn.  But, Princess Magnolia has a secret.  She is really The Princess in Black and when no one is looking she defends her kingdom from danger, especially big blue monsters that like to eat goats.  Unfortunately, Duchess Wigtower is determined to discover ALL of Princess Magnolia’s secrets.  So, will Duchess Wigtower discover the secret, will the blue monster eat all the goats, will the goat boy trust his instincts about the Princess in Black, will Princess Magnolia be able to hide her black socks?  This is the first book in a new series by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale of Rapunzel’s Revenge fame.  To learn more about The Princess in Black visit, http://www.candlewick.com/book_files/076366510X.art.1.PDF.


Shared by Mrs. Manore from Orenda

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins and illustrated by Jill Elmurry

Once, a long time ago there lived a little girl named Katherine Olivia Sessions.  Katherine lived at a time when little girls were supposed to behave, stay quiet, not play in the woods, and just be PROPER.  But, even though it was the 1860s, Katherine was allowed to ask questions, play in the woods, and eventually even attend college.  Katherine loved nature and especially plants.  In 1881 she became the first woman to graduate from the University of California with a degree in science.  Her first job was in San Diego, a desert town.  What would she do?  To learn more about Katherine Olivia Sessions and what she did for San Diego visit, http://www.sandiegohistory.org/bio/sessions/sessions.htm or http://womensmuseumca.org/hall-of-fame/kate-sessions.

Shared by Mrs. Manore from Orenda

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Because of Mr. Terupt, by Rob Buyea

Seven fifth graders find themselves in a classroom with a first year rookie teacher named Mr. Terupt. Jessica is having a hard time fitting in, Alexia is a bully, Peter is a class prankster, and Jeffrey hates school. Luke is a brain, and Danielle just cannot stand up for herself, and Anna has a troubling home situation. They all have trouble getting along with each other, and Mr. Terupt has his hands full trying to deal with it all. Each of the seven students narrate a part of the book, and give the reader their own unique perspective on their new teacher, who slowly but surely begins to make progress getting them to work as a team. Just as things begin to get more cohesive in the classroom, an event occurs that will change everything...for each student, but especially for Mr. Terupt. This book, by first time novelist Rob Buyea, is being made into a movie! Reviewed by Mrs. Bailey at Okte

Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio, by Peg Kehret

When children's author Peg Kehret was 12 years old, she was stricken with an illness called polio that left her temporarily paralyzed. Polio is a highly contagious disease that most people are now vaccinated against. But in 1949, young Peg was one of the 42,000 cases reported in the United States. One morning when she woke up, Peg had trouble moving her legs, and her back hurt. Before she knew it, she was unable to speak and even breathe. She was put in a special hospital with other children who had polio, and her long fight for life and health began. Read about Peg's journey and even what she deals with today with post-polio syndrome. The painful process of healing during her teen years left lasting impressions on this writer that are shared in a very readable way. One of our fifth grade teachers read this book out loud to her class, and they all thought it was a fabulous story and a great way to read about a part of our history that affected many children and adults. Peg Kehret is the author of many exciting books for older readers. Reviewed by Mrs. Bailey from Okte

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Real Boy

 
The Real Boy by Anne Ursu, follows story of a young boy, Oscar, whose world is filled with magic. Once an orphan, he now has the job of being a magicsmith's hand in the land of Altheria. Being a magician's hand, while it requires often grueling work collecting flowers and herbs for his master's tinctures and healing potions, is something that Oscar much prefers to the more difficult job of working with customers and selling items in his master's upstairs shop. That job, belongs to the master himself and his apprentice. As a hand Oscar can hide, most of the time, his awkwardness and inability to interpret social queues. But when his master must leave their sacred land, the people come to him searching for answers to mysterious illnesses. Oscars only friend, Callie, a young apprentice for another magicsmith, believes Oscar is capable of more than just collecting and grinding herbs. But can Oscar find it in himself to help the sick and needy people while his master is away? And what will he learn about himself in the process?


Bliss

What if muffins could be magical and eclairs could be enchanted? Rosemary Bliss' parents own a magical bakery in a small town. But for Rosemary, life is not always full of bliss. Her popular older brother Ty (short for Thyme), gets compliments from everyone in town and never has to lift a finger! Instead it's Rose who spends most of her days helping her parents watch over her little brother Sage and sister Leigh (short for Parsley) and they never let her bake, even though she has the most talent among her siblings. Her life seems boring, dry and mundane, until one day when her parents have to leave home to save a nearby town with their magical recipes. Out of nowhere the mysterious Aunt Lily shows up, uninvited. Lily seems nice, but Rose is suspicious of her. Why has she never heard of this Aunt Lily? Can Rose trust her? Should she open her parent's magical cookery book to save the town, even though her parents forbade her? Read Kathryn Littlewood's book Bliss.


Reviewed by Mrs. Chakmakas at Shatekon

Daisy and Josephine

Melissa Gilbert's picture book, Daisy and Josephine, is a story of a young girl and her peculiar puppy. When Daisy's father sees that his daughter is lonely traveling around the world with him for his singing career, he decides to get her Josephine, a funny french bulldog who would rather play dress up than catch a ball. A sweet story for dog lovers, read Melissa Gilbert's Daisy and Josephine inspired by her own little dog, also named Josephine!

Larf

 
Larf is a Sasquatch. His life is filled with everyday situations, eating breakfast, taking his bunny Eric for walks, and cleaning his house. But being a Sasquatch - the only Sasquatch- is a lonely life. When Larf sees a television ad for a circus exhibit featuring the one and only Sasquatch, he knows he must go. He decides to set out for a trip with Eric in his backpack in hopes of never feeling alone again. Ashley Spires' picture book, Larf, is a wonderful story about what it means to feel like the only one of your kind in the great big world. Beautifully illustrated and little quirky this is a great book for a summer time read. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Cupcake

We all want to be unique and known for something that is different about us.  Cupcake thinks he is special until he realizes that he does not stand out in his cupcake family, especially next to his cupcake brothers and sisters like Chocolaty Chocolate Cupcake, Happy-Face Cupcake, and Fancy Flower- Top cupcake.  Things start to change for Cupcake when he meets a new friend, Candle, who also feels inferior to his candle family. Together they brainstorm and try different creative ways to make them stand out.  You might be surprised in how they end up finding their own place in their ‘Journey to Special!’

Reviewed by Mrs. Ziter at Karigon

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Theodore Boone thinks he has life figured all out, because for Theo life is good.  He may only be 13, but he is popular and respected in school by his peers and teachers, and has already established a name for himself in the legal world.  The son of two well-known lawyers, Theo has friends in many places and has big plans for his own future.   But when Theo becomes involved in the biggest murder trial in his town of Strattenburg, things start to change for him and he realized that his bright future may even be in jeopardy.  Will Theo help to solve the case before the case destroys his life?  Read the first book in the Theodore Boone Trilogy by John Grisham to find out. 

Reviewed by Mrs. Ziter at Karigon

Bedtime Is Canceled



The note read ‘Bedtime is canceled.’  Maggie thought of it.  Her brother wrote it, but they never thought anyone would actually BELIEVE it.  When word spread that bedtime was in fact cancelled, everyone celebrated and enjoyed their free night, not realizing the consequences that could happen from a night without sleep.  See what happens when moms, dads, and teachers miss a night a sleep in this fun and clever book Bedtime is Canceled by CeCe Meng!

Reviewed by Mrs. Ziter at Karigon

The Day the Crayons Quit

Crayons have feelings too!  Duncan learned this the hard way one day when his crayons went on strike.  Duncan reached into his desk to use his crayons, and found a stack of letters from each one of them instead.  The crayons just wanted to be heard.  Like purple who likes to be neat and just wants Duncan to stay inside the lines, and gray who is fed up with coloring LARGE animals all by himself.  And of course there is the heated debate between yellow and orange over who is the one true color of the sun.  What will Duncan do to make the crayons happy and get them to go back happily back to their work ?  Read The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt to find out!

Reviewed by Mrs. Ziter at Karigon

Monday, June 9, 2014

Mystery on Pine Lake by Tamra Wight


Cooper has plenty of chores to do at his parents’ new lakeside campground, and that means there’s less time for what he really wants to do: check on the loons, while kayaking with his friend Packrat. But someone put an extra board in the top of the lake’s dam, stopping the flow of water into a smaller stream and now the loons’ nest is flooded.  Somberly, Cooper and Packrat listen to the sound of the loons crying mournfully. Now the boys have to race to build a raft to replace the lost nest and hope the loons will stay and lay eggs again. Campers come to hear the loons call, and without the loons, the campground will lose business. Who would try to drive loons away?


Reviewed by Mrs. Benson from Chango

Monday, August 19, 2013

Those Rebels, John and Tom by Barbara Kerley

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were the best of friends but they had different personalities that made them unique and strengthened their comradeship.  One thing united them both; their belief in creating a new government and nation and breaking away from British rule.  Join these two patriots and friends on their journey toward forming the United States of America.  

Reviewed by Mrs. Bruno from Arongen

Prisoners for Liberty by Marty Rhodes Figley

James Forten was a free African American who worked as a sail-maker during the American Revolution in Philadelphia.  He joined in the fighting for liberty aboard the Royal Louis ship on the American side.  The ship was conquered by the British and James was taken aboard their ship as a prisoner of war.  Would he be sold into slavery?  Would he ever see his home again?  Read this true story to find out...

Reviewed by Mrs. Bruno from Arongen

Big Wig: A Little History of Hair by Kathleen Krull

Imagine carrying a birdcage on your head with a live bird inside; that is what Marie Antoinette and the women at the palace did in France around 1785.  Do you know why the bathroom is sometimes called "the powder room?"  If someone was called a "big wig" would you know what that meant?  This book gives a very entertaining history of hair from prehistoric Africa to the millennium.  Find out the answers above and more by reading Big Wig

Reviewed by Mrs. Bruno from Arongen

Worst of Friends by S. Tripp Jurmain

This is the true story of how two opposites became the best of friends.  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson had so much respect for each other that their differences brought them together as close friends.  Unfortunately, their opinions in government drove them apart for 11 years.  Learn how two former presidents with extreme personalities helped shape a nation and a friendship.  How did they mend their rift? Did forgiveness reestablish their friendship?

Reviewed by Mrs. Bruno from Arongen

Seed By Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John Appleseed Chapman by Esme Raji Codell

Can you change a nation one seed at a time?  That is what John Chapman did and it was no small task. Also known as Johnny Appleseed, he traveled by foot and gave seeds to the frontier settlers.  John loved to tell stories but his greatest belief was to have respect for nature, animals and to live in peace.  

Reviewed by Mrs. Bruno from Arongen

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan


 Hello my name is William.  My dad just gave me a note and I don’t want to read it, but I do.  It says he is leaving.  He has left before but never wrote a note.  I rip it up because I am mad.  My mom cries a lot.  One day she takes us to the shelter to adopt a dog.  Our dad doesn’t like dogs.  Well we couldn’t decide so we took four dogs and a cat.  I think my sister, Elinor, communicates with them.  It’s like she understands what the animals are thinking and saying.  One day I hear it too.  They are talking to us!  Then mom sits us down at the table for a talk.  Is it about dad?  Does she want to tell us something else?  You will be waiting for the magic by reading this book. 
Reviewed by Mrs. Bruno at Arongen



The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman


When his great-granddaughter visits for the first time, a man reminisces about the life he left behind in Italy.   They both bond as he tells her the story of how his father left to go to America.  Because he could not read or write, the man used objects for events in his life and stored them in matchboxes to serve as his diary of memories.  Then his father sends for the family and they make the journey through to Ellis Island.  He shares with his great-granddaughter his struggles with reading and how he came to open a bookstore and antique shop later in life. 
Reviewed by Mrs. Bruno at Arongen