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Review of Andy & Sandy’s Anything Adventure and When Andy Met Sandy

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Andy & Sandy’s Anything Adventure by Tomie dePaola and Jim Lewis; illus. by Tomie dePaola Preschool, Primary   Simon   32 pp. 3/16   978-1-4814-4157-5   $8.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4814-4158-2   $8.99 When Andy Met Sandy by Tomie dePaola and Jim Lewis; illus. by Tomie dePaola Preschool, Primary   Simon   32 pp. 3/16   978-1-4814-4155-1   $8.99 e-book ed. 978-1-4814-4156-8   $8.99 Andy and […]

Review of Chuck and Woodchuck

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Chuck and Woodchuck by Cece Bell; illus. by the author Primary   Candlewick   32 pp. 3/16   978-0-7636-7524-0   $15.99   g New friendships can be forged in many ways; in this case it’s a woodchuck at school for show-and-tell bringing together a shy first-grader named Chuck and his classmate Caroline (both human). Caroline, the narrator, describes the ways […]

Books mentioned in the March 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Inspiring women Women Who Broke the Rules series Krull, Kathleen  Dolley Madison Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Bloomsbury     2015 Trade ISBN 978-0-8027-3793-9 Paperback ISBN 978-0-8027-3794-6 Krull, Kathleen  Judy Blume Illustrated by David Leonard Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Bloomsbury     2015 Trade ISBN 978-0-8027-3795-3 Paperback ISBN 978-0-8027-3796-0 Krull, Kathleen  Sonia Sotomayor […]

Botany

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Canavan, Thomas Do Plants Really Eat Insects?: Questions and Answers About the Science of Plants Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Arcturus Science F.A.Q. series. Questions and answers about plant science are loosely grouped into thirteen categories such as “Try this for size” with information about giant redwoods and “Going to extremes” about plants growing in severe […]

Robotics

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Becker, Helaine Zoobots: Wild Robots Inspired by Real Animals Gr. 4–6   32 pp.     Kids Can Illustrated by Alex Ries. This unique book introduces a variety of robotic devices based on animals. Each device is introduced on a two-page spread set up like a video-game-character profile, touching on name, realm, team, super skill, specifications, applications, and […]

National Poetry Month 2016

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Bulion, Leslie  Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse Gr. K–3     48 pp.     Peachtree Illustrated by Mike Lowery. Various poetic forms take readers on a funny and quirky tour of human anatomy, starting with the stomach and ending with complaints from some often-ignored organs such as the gallbladder. Sidebars contain more straightforward scientific information; […]

Earth Day 2016

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Baillie, Marilyn, Jonathan Baillie, and Ellen Butcher How to Save a Species Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Owlkids Featuring fifteen animals and two plants, this book offers succinct information on the habitat, numbers remaining (there are only four Red River giant softshell turtles left!), and action needed to save each endangered species. Clear color photographs of […]

Inspiring women

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Krull, Kathleen Dolley Madison Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Bloomsbury Krull, Kathleen Judy Blume Illustrated by David Leonard Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Bloomsbury Krull, Kathleen Sonia Sotomayor Illustrated by Angela Dominguez Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Bloomsbury Women Who Broke the Rules series. Using the theme of rule-breaking to introduce […]

Erin go bragh!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with nonfiction about Ireland and its history, fiction starring Irish and Irish American protagonists, and a little bit of pure blarney, all recommended by The Horn Book Magazine.   Picture books In Eve Bunting’s Ballywhinney Girl, Maeve’s grandpa unearths a mummy — common in Ireland, where (a note says) scores […]

Review of When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

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When Green Becomes 
Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano; 
illus. by Julie Morstad Primary, Intermediate   Porter/Roaring Brook   56 pp. 3/16   978-1-59643-852-1   $18.99 This collection of nearly fifty seasonal poems begins and ends on “march 20” with a blue bird on a flowering tree branch. The poem is the same each time, too: “from […]