Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Catherine Gourley


 


  

 
 
Title: Welcome to Molly's World * 1944
Author: Catherine Gourley
Publisher: Pleasant Company Publications
Ages: 9-11


Synopsis: 
Molly McIntire was a nine-year-old girl growing up on America's home front during World War Two. In 1944, America had been at war for three years. For girls like Molly, life had changed. Fathers were away at war, mothers went to work, and children gave up allowances, sugary sweets, and even some of their toys for the war effort.

Why you should read it:

I have no interest in the bloody details of war, but have an almost insatiable thirst for information about the lives of the people who lived through them. MOLLY'S WORLD, a part of the American's Girl Collection, gives a most detailed insight into the life of a child during the mid 1940's. To someone like myself who knows very little about this particular war, I feel like a kid in the candy store and someone has just said I can have one of everything! This book is definitely a wonderful addition to any home library.

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 4 out of 5...think about it.
 3 out of 5...take or leave it.
 2 out of 5...maybe not for you.
 1 out of 5...forget about it!


Blurb:

Addie comes from a long line of readers or "story catchers" as her family likes to call themselves. Every time Addie tries to catch a story on her own the wiggly words play tricks on her. She tries different ways to make those words sit still but it will take a little faith for Addie to become the next STORY CATCHER.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

THE ABC'S OF READING & 'RITING: LETTER B






For the letter B, I thought I would tempt you with a book title challenge I found on www.sporcle.com. How many book titles do you know from these clues? Share your score in the comments below...

 
Book Title Synonym

1. Place that the footpath terminates
2. Tiny females
3. Pleasant twilight, celestial body
4. An explanation of the circumstances that allowed a killjoy to burglarize December 25th
5. The color spectrum aquatic dweller
6. The considerably famished butterfly
7. Estimate the amount of affection I hold for thee
8. The blizzardy 24 hours
9. The arctic nonstop
10. The velour hare
11. The location of the untamed figures existence
12. In case you supply a rodent a baked good
13. The unattractive hatchling
14. The miniature motor that was capable
15. The small abode located upon the grassland
16. A crease in chronology
17. Chuck and the confectionery manufacturing plant
18. The classified greenhouse
19. The parchment sack royal female
20. The benefactor
21. The Native American inside the cabinet
22. Tally the celestial objects
23. The poltergeist levy station
24. The escaped cottontail
25. A luminescence in the room directly under the roof of a house



(No peeking until you write your answers down!)

Actual Book Titles

1. Where the Sidewalk Ends
2. Little Women
3. Goodnight Moon
4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas
5. The Rainbow Fish
6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
7. Guess How Much I Love You
8. The Snowy Day
9. The Polar Express
10. The Velveteen Rabbit
11. Where the Wild Things Are
12, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
13. The Ugly Duckling
14. The Little Engine That Could
15. Little House on the Prairie
16. A Wrinkle In Time
17. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
18. The Secret Garden
19. The Paper Bag Princess
20. The Giver
21. The Indian In The Cupboard
22. Number the Stars
23. The Phantom Tollbooth
24. The Runaway Bunny
25. A Light In the Attic

What Your Score Means:

0-5 right...You call yourself a children's book reader?
6-10 right...You can do better than that.
11-15 right...There's hope for you yet.
15-20 right...You earned some bragging rights.
21-25 right...You ROCK!









Blurb:

Addie comes from a long line of readers or "story catchers" as her family likes to call themselves. Every time Addie tries to catch a story on her own the wiggly words play tricks on her. She tries different ways to make those words sit still but it will take a little faith for Addie to become the next STORY CATCHER.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Gianna Marino





Title: Too Tall Houses

Author/Illustrator: Gianna Marino

Publisher: Viking

Ages: 4-8



Synopsis:

Rabbit and Owl lived in two small houses on top of a hill. They were good neighbors and good friends until one day...


Why you should read it:

The illustrations in this book are absolutely stunning! Ms. Marino puts vibrant detail into her artwork and her characters seem to leap off the page. TOO TALL HOUSES is a story about two friends with very different personalities. Rabbit enjoys growing vegetables in his garden while Owl loves to gaze at the forest just beyond their little houses. But one day Rabbit's eagerness to have plenty to eat prevents Owl from enjoying the view and a contest begins to see who can outdo the other. It will take a little push from Mother Nature to make the two friends realize that there are more important things in life than who has the tallest house on the hill.


Like-o-meter Rating scale**: 5 out of 5...grab it!
**Rating scale**
 5 out of 5...grab it!
 4 out of 5...think about it.
 3 out of 5...take or leave it.
 2 out of 5...maybe not for you.
 1 out of 5...forget about it!









Blurb:

Addie comes from a long line of readers or "story catchers" as her family likes to call themselves. Every time Addie tries to catch a story on her own the wiggly words play tricks on her. She tries different ways to make those words sit still but it will take a little faith for Addie to become the next STORY CATCHER.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

THE ABC'S OF READING & 'RITING: LETTER A














For the next 26 weeks I will journey through the letters of the alphabet while connecting Readers and Writing. Come join me on a fun filled fling through the wonders of the written word.




Alexandria Library




If you ever wondered how long the written word has been around, let me introduce you to the Royal Library of Alexandria. 



This marvel of the ancient world was built in 283 BC in honor of Alexander the Great and was also known as the Museum. Part of its function was to serve as a shrine to the nine muses. It was also the home of an estimated half a million documents from Egypt, Persia, Greece, India and other countries. There were even full time scholars living at the library providing research, lectures, and other writerly duties.



The Museum was not only a shrine and a library but also housed gardens, a zoo, and lecture areas for people traveling from all around the world to visit.



Unfortunately there were a number of fires over the years which destroyed much of the archived literary works. Everyone from Caesar to warring Muslems and Christians or even atheists have been blamed for the loss of some of the most influential writings of the ancient world.












Blurb:

Addie comes from a long line of readers or "story catchers" as her family likes to call themselves. Every time Addie tries to catch a story on her own the wiggly words play tricks on her. She tries different ways to make those words sit still but it will take a little faith for Addie to become the next STORY CATCHER.

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