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A Rock Is Lively

As I was reading this nonfiction book with my youngest, my middle-schooler came in and told us that a rock is not lively. A rock is not alive. Still, despite her objections to the title, I could see her leaning over … Continue reading

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Nasty Bugs

Perfect for summer: an anthology of nasty bug poems written by Lee Bennett Hopkins, Ann Whitford Paul, Alice Schertle, and others. Will Terry‘s illustrations will make you squirm, especially Cockroach by Fran Haraway which begins: “The common cockroach family Has quite … Continue reading

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Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature

Stunning photographs of flowers and seeds demonstrate Fibonacci numbers: “the sequence of numbers–1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21…–in which each successive number is equal to the sum of the two preceding numbers.” Growing Patterns starts off simply, explaining the concept … Continue reading

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The Cloud Spinner

A wise and prudent boy cannot convince a king that “Enough is enough and not one stitch more” is philosophy for life. Magic, clouds and a princess who saves the rain make a lovely story to discuss consumption and ecological … Continue reading

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The Wind Blew

Pat Hutchins’ classic books are still relevant today and The Wind Blew is a prime example. The wind keeps snatching items away from people and more and more things swirl around in the air above them. Illustrations give hints about what’s … Continue reading

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Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

I suggest reading this book two times in a row. First, read through the larger text, allowing the cadence of the words to resonate. Then read again, finding all of the labelled spirals (classic funnel tornado, gardenia, hibernating bull snake) … Continue reading

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Trapped

Trapped:  How the World Rescued 33 Miners From 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aronson is a fascinating read about the San José Mine in northern Chile and the teamwork that enabled the thirty-three miners to survive seventeen days … Continue reading

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Cousins of Clouds: Elephant Poems

If I were an elephant, I could enjoy a mud spa:  “Completely divine, muddy chocolate sublime”.  Tracy Vaughn Zimmer’s poems about elephants are varied, informed and gorgeously presented in Cousins of Clouds. Each page has text boxes with information about … Continue reading

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Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?

Let’s face it. Some things grow and others don’t. How’s a kid to know the difference? “If an owlet grows and becomes an owl, can a washcloth grow and become a towel?” Susan A. Shea’s clever rhymes get those thinking … Continue reading

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The Circulatory Story

For a fun and detailed look at the circulatory system, follow the little green guy through blood vessels, valves, veins and more.  Geared to grade three through five, this book gives comprehensive information and explicit illustrations.  Written by Mary K. … Continue reading

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