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Archives for May 2014

Review of Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature

Mysterious Patterns: Finding Fractals in Nature by Sarah C. Campbell; photos 
by Sarah C. Campbell and 
Richard P. Campbell Primary    Boyds Mills    32 pp. 4/14    978-1-62091-627-8    $16.95 Bring up the math term fractals in a roomful of adults, and it’s likely quite a few eyes will glaze over. Yet wife-and-husband team Sarah and Richard Campbell […]

High interest, low readability

One of the perennial struggles of teaching deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) students is finding texts of interest for struggling older readers — high interest, low readability, as they are called. Not to get too research-y here, but studies show that the average DHH student graduates from high school reading at a fourth grade […]

Review of Dust of Eden

Dust of Eden by Mariko Nagai Intermediate, Middle School    Whitman    122 pp. 3/14    978-0-8075-1739-0    $16.99 In this verse novel, we first meet Mina Tagawa and her Seattle-based family just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Shortly after, her father is imprisoned, and the rest of the family — Mina, her mother, grandfather, and older brother […]

Review of The Tree House that Jack Built

The Tree House that Jack Built by Bonnie Verburg; 
illus. by Mark Teague Primary    Orchard/Scholastic    32 pp. 5/14    978-0-439-85338-5    $17.99    g This version of the old cumulative rhyme “The House that Jack Built” grabs kids right from the start: the cover shows a small boy waving from one of many balconies in a multilevel structure […]

Llama Llama Single Mama

Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama series has been one of the favorites of the four and five year olds in my classroom for years now. The fun rhymes combined with relatable stories and illustrations of the characters faces that are great at conveying emotions seem to really draw the children into the books. However, there is […]

Kids Discover: Ancient Egypt app review

Long-running children’s nonfiction magazine Kids Discover has made an admirable jump to digital — twenty-one of their issues on natural and social sciences are currently available as apps. I took a look at the digital version of volume 11: Ancient Egypt (Joe Zeff Design, 2013). The app offers eight content chapters: “The Gift of the […]

Of purple suits and such: The Art of The Wind Rises

If you are looking forward to seeing Roger at ALA wearing a lavender-colored suit (as promised recently on Facebook) — this blog post is for you. With The Art of The Wind Rises (April 2014), VIZ Media of San Francisco has published a visually stunning companion to Japanese director Hayao Mikazaki’s visually stunning animated film. Those who have seen the […]

Week in Review, May 19th-May 23rd

This week on hbook.com… 2014 Summer Reading Reviews of the Week: Picture Book: The Little Bear Book by Anthony Browne; illus. by the author Fiction: The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel Nonfiction: Treasury of Egyptian 
Mythology: Classic Stories of Gods, 
Goddesses, Monsters & Mortals by Donna Jo Napoli; 
illus. by Christina Balit App: Kids Discover: Ancient Egypt […]

Third Grade Reads…a lot of series!

This year, I’ve been fortunate to work in a school where the kids love to read for fun. Throughout the year, I’ve noticed a couple of standout books, the kind of book where there is waitlist for reading; the kind of book where if they can’t find a new book to read, they’ll reread one […]

Books mentioned in the May 2014 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book

Folklore Duffy, Chris, Editor Fairy Tale Comics Gr. K–3    128 pp.     Roaring Brook/First Second    2013 Trade ISBN 978-1-59643-823-1 Goldman, Judy Whiskers, Tails & Wings: Animal Folktales from Mexico Illustrated by Fabricio VandenBroeck Gr. 4–6    58 pp.    Charlesbridge    2013 Trade ISBN 978-1-58089-372-5 Lee, H. Chuku, Reteller Beauty and the Beast Illustrated by Pat Cummings Gr. K–3    32 pp.    HarperCollins/Amistad    2014 Trade ISBN 978-0-688-14819-5 […]