Friday, August 6, 2010
I love fairy tales, and this original tale by Gail Carson Levine, the author of Ella Enchanted and Princess Academy, is sure to please other fairy tale and fantasy lovers.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I liked this book; Andrew Clements, author of Frindle, understands fifth graders and school life, and he writes with a sense of humor that kids really enjoy. I loved the emphasis on nature, and how Mark changes from a spoiled rich kid to a boy who can't wait to spend the afternoon exploring the woods surrounding his house.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Thea lives in a world under the ice and longs to see the sun and stars. She tries to convince the community of Gracehope to find the tunnel that can lead them to the wider world, but she encounters resistance, especially from her grandmother. Thea's job in Gracehope is to work with their companion dogs, the Chikchu, and my favorite part of the book is the relationship these dogs have with their humans.
If you like fantasy and books about other worlds, I believe you will like First Light.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
A Nest for Celeste: A Story About Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Hope is a beautifully illustrated book about a mouse living in a Louisiana plantation during the 1820's.Celeste loves to weave grass baskets to carry food found in her expeditions to the dining room, a dangerous place because of the ferocious cat. After the cat discovers the hole in the floorboards, it's time to find a new nest. Celeste finds her new home in an unexpected place; there are two visitors to the plantation, Mr. Audubon and his teenage assistant, Joseph, who adopts Celeste and likes to carry her in his pocket.
Almost every page in this book is filled with wonderful illustrations! This would be a nice family read-aloud, and I believe it will appeal to younger readers. However, I think my fifth graders would enjoy it for the beautiful pictures, the very cute mouse, and her exciting adventures.
Friday, July 9, 2010
Although Ned's story is fictional, it is based upon real stories told by Navajo Marines. I enjoyed learning about the bravery of both Navajo and white Marines as they stormed the beaches and endured Japanese assaults, and I am sure that many of my students will also enjoy this book.