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“Welcome to the Sharemore Hotel,” said the bellhop.
“You must be Mr. Snore. Let me show you to your room.”
“The sooner the better,” said Mr. Snore.
“I am very” —YAWN—“sleepy.”
“How do you feel about bees?” asked the bellhop.
“The same way I feel about spiders,” said Mr. Snore.
“Please skip the sixth floor.”
"Good day, Brown. You look so cuddly."On the facing page, you will find things that are commonly in that color, e.g., soil, basket, door, bun
"Dear Orange, I prefer to eat you cold."An unusual sentiment, but understandable from a child's point of view. What child doesn't prefer a crisp carrot or juicy orange to cooked squash?
SWEENEY, Linda Booth. When the Snow Falls. illus. by Jana Christy. 32p. Putnam. Oct. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399547201. PreS-Gr 1–Three generations of a fun-loving family take advantage of an unexpected snow day to frolic from country to city. When Grandma spends the night at the home of two young siblings, they awake to find that school is canceled due to a snowstorm. While the parents stay home to work the farm, Grandma, a young girl, and her little brother ski to town on a winsome belled sled-chair. They make their way to Grandma and Grandpa's house and encounter natural wonders, city wonders, and friends along the way. Sweeney gives a sense of motion with simple rhyming quatrains punctuated by the recurring phrase, "When the snow falls …. Tracks curve./Skis glide./Fox curls./Rabbits hide." The transition from country to city occurs when they briefly stop on a bridge to wave at the plows below, "Trains toot./Cars slow./Plows push./Mountains grow." Softly colorful, the double-page images have the muted quality associated with a snowy day. Christie's digitally painted pencil sketches and mixed-media illustrations bounce with playful motion—snow falling, scarves flying, rabbits hopping through the forest, city folk shoveling. The family members have joyful faces and burst with enthusiasm. Their exuberant dog follows them throughout, even joining the children in making snow angels. The grandparents join in the fun, too. VERDICT Country and city kids alike will relate to this joyful romp celebrating family, snow, community, and the wonders of nature.##
Soneela Nankani narrates this activist's how-to guide with the inspirational power of an enthusiastic and empathetic friend.
In a style more actionable than activist, Clinton's audiobook provides early elementary students with tools to make a difference in their own lives, as well as in the lives of others and in the preservation of our planet.
DONALDSON, Julia. The Ugly Five. illus. by Axel Scheffler. 32p. Scholastic. Jul. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781338249538. PreS-Gr 2—This rhyming book takes place on the African plain and introduces a collection of animals not known for attractiveness, but beloved by their children nonetheless. It begins with an introduction to the wildebeest, and she soon sings a song that is repeated with variations throughout the book, “I’m the ugly one, I’m the ugly one. I’m the ugliest animal under the sun. My ungainly appearance is second to none. I’m the ugly one, I’m the ugly one.” Wildebeest meets up with spotted hyena, lappet-faced vulture, warthog, and marabou stork, and the song reflects each addition. Scheffler is a frequent artist for Donaldson and has the perfect approach for her lighthearted prose. The “ugly” beasts are not ugly at all, but endearing, with wide-eyed faces expressing playfulness while picking through garbage, crunching bones, shredding carrion, and wallowing in mud. Comical illustrations in bright, but natural colors, are unadorned by text or borders. Each features a natural habitat with plenty of creatures and small details for observant eyes to seek. The satisfying and happy ending for the actually “lovely five” is depicted in a richly hued spread. Safari notes follow the story, which is prefaced by an author’s note. VERDICT Playful and positive, this book is an introduction to creatures of the African plain and a reminder that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
"After 21 hours on the moon, it was time to go. But the ascent engine's arming circuit breaker was broken off! If we didn't find something to replace the pin, the engine wouldn't start. We'd be stuck on the moon.Armstrong and I looked around. We found a felt-tipped pen that fit into the slot. Problem solved!"
He hopes so. And perhaps it will be a woman who first steps on the red planet. I hope so."Will we celebrate Apollo 11's 100th anniversary under the pink skies of Mars?"
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"Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco, MexicoIt's 1947, in a town with only dirt roads and mud houses.There are no electric lights, but electricity crackles in the air as a child is born—a little boy whose aunt calls him cristalino, someone clear and bright, destined to make a mark in this world.The boy's name is Carlos Santana, and his mark will be made with lightning,on the ears of the wind!"
Bat WingsYou can have fun and do a bit of learning in Halloween story time, too!
There are many kids of bats. They all have webbed wings and furry bodies.
“Welcome to the Sharemore Hotel,” said the bellhop.“You must be Mr. Snore. Let me show you to your room.”“The sooner the better,” said Mr. Snore.“I am very” —YAWN—“sleepy.”
“How do you feel about bees?” asked the bellhop.“The same way I feel about spiders,” said Mr. Snore.“Please skip the sixth floor.”
As we read disturbing news accounts of dying manatees , environmental disasters caused by toxic waste, and ocean pollution on the scale of ...