Category Archives: Word choice

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

There is a soft spot in my heart for squirrels and their stories. Kate DiCamillo has created  an important book about a superhero squirrel whose best weapon is poetry. As Dr. Meecham says, “Take this squirrel, for instance. Ulysses. Do … Continue reading

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The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Listen up all of you Six Plus One Traits people: This is your book for voice. And it’s a finalist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. The scouts are two raccoons, J’miah and Bingo, who live in … Continue reading

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I Scream Ice Cream! A Book of Wordles

When I was young, we had an ongoing joke in the classroom. For you to understand this, you need to know I’m Canadian and in school we all learned French because Canada is a bilingual country. It would get noisy … Continue reading

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A story about an exclamation mark is exactly what aspiring copy editors need on their shelves (as well as everyone else). With the plethora of exclamation marks in colloquial writing, it’s nice to see a book that makes the exclamation … Continue reading

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What’s Up Duck? A Book of Opposites

Ducks and opposites. Simple. Cute. Chubby board book pages. Great for a fast read or slow picture study. This book is intended for the very young, but try it as a model for elementary students making their own simple word … Continue reading

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September Roses

A little book for a big subject:  September Roses by Jeanette Winter is a beautiful story of two South African sisters traveling to New York City for a flower convention in 2001. Stranded at the airport after the events of September … Continue reading

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A Beginning, A Muddle, And An End: The Right Way to Write Writing

Although it’s a sequel, Avi’s A Beginning, A Muddle, And An End is easy to pick up in the midst of a very good friendship between Avon, “a rather small snail” and Edward, an ant. Avon has decided to write. Conversation … Continue reading

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Water Sings Blue: Ocean Poems

Poems and the ocean fit together like wind and sand. Perfect for summer, Water Sings Blue inspects all the crevices of the ocean’s shore to its depths. Praises for the blue whale: rolling your belly like a tide, and the coral: We are busy. … Continue reading

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Mr. and Mrs. Bunny–Detectives Extraordinaire!

If you are against non-union lettuce and for clothing made from used dental floss, this is your book. Polly Horvath has written a fantastical kidnapping plot with a zany cast of characters including The Marmot, Madeline, a hooman (in fox-speak) … Continue reading

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Red Sled

Oh, to have enough snow to go sledding! In lieu of real snow, Lita Judge‘s Red Sled  will do. During the day, it’s a child’s red sled, but at night, creatures of the forest take it for a whirl. Shown entirely … Continue reading

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