Friday, September 23, 2011

Poindexter Makes a Friend

In addition to being a cute story, this book shows children how to make a friend.

Themes: friendship, shyness, libraries, pigs, turtles

The Unforgotten Coat

The Unforgotten CoatThe Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A definite Joliet Reads possibility for students in fourth and fifth grade, this book packs a powerful punch in less than 100 pages!

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Turtle in Paradise

Turtle in ParadiseTurtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My daughter strongly recommended that I read this book. I must admit that the child has good taste!

Turtle has been sent to Key West, Florida to stay with her aunt's family during the Great Depression. But no worries that boys won't like the book due to the female protagonist - it turns out that her cousins are all rambunctious boys who she joins on adventures. Turtle may never be the same....

This would be a good readaloud for students in fourth and fifth grade. A nice bonus: it was a 2011 Newbery Honor Book.

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Blue Chicken

Blue ChickenBlue Chicken by Deborah Freedman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh that clumsy chicken! This story would be a great choice for preschool storytimes about art, colors, farms, mistakes/accidents/accountability and chickens. Sadly, a bit confusing for toddlers.

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