Monday, October 20, 2014

Nonfiction Monday



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For Nonfiction Monday  --  "Katherine Stinson Otero: high flyer" by Neila Skinner Petrick; illustrated by Daggi Wallace.

 

 

 

From the publisher: Katherine wants to fly, but all the instructors say that she is too young and too small. When finally given a chance, she excels as a solo flyer and becomes the fourth American woman licensed to fly.

Petrick's book focuses on Otero's early years: her life as a stunt pilot  flying exhibitions across the United States, in Japan and China and teaching at the flying school that was opened by her mother. Katherine was denied the opportunity to fly in World War 1 so she drove an ambulance and flew exhibitions to raise money for the war effort. A brief summary of her later years mentions her battle with tuberculosis, her marriage and her career as an architect.
 

 

Friday, October 3, 2014



Poetry Friday is hosted today by Jama's Alphabet Soup.

For Poetry Friday -- "Poetrees" by Douglas Florian
 
 
 
Florian's book was the perfect choice for this time of year with Autumn colors blazing and leaves falling. Clever wordplay celebrates trees from the oldest (the Bristlecone Pine) to the tallest (the giant Sequoia), from the familiar Oak to the exotic Dragon Tree.

 
Florian neatly weaves a snippet of information about each type of tree along with their parts -- roots, bark, leaves, etc. into the verses. A Glossatree at the end provides additional details on the subjects of his poems.  

 
The imaginative artwork is playfully rendered in various media on brown paper bags which gives the pages an organic feel that suits the subject. Both the poems and artwork could serve as inspiration for student projects.

 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Nonfiction Monday




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For Nonfiction Monday  --  "MONTY The Courageous Survival of a Rescue Dog" by Janet Squires.





Abused, shot, and left for dead in the desert, Monty is taken in by dedicated animal rescuers who launch an eighteen month long campaign via social networking that saves his life and makes him a world-wide celebrity with thousands of fans.

 
A year and a half later -- after losing a leg, Monty, now healthy and happy, finds a loving forever home, becomes an ambassador for other abused and abandoned dogs, and inspires everyone who hears his story about second chances and never giving up.

 
Award winning author Janet Squires champions Animal Welfare by donating proceeds from the sale of her newly released book about Monty, a remarkable rescue dog with an international following, to Animal Rescue organizations.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Poetry Friday




Poetry Friday is hosted today by No Water River.

For Poetry Friday -- "My America: a Poetry Atlas of the United States" selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Stephen Alcorn.

 





Hopkins has selected poems that celebrate the unique diversity of America that can be found in its regional geography, landmarks, cultures, and people. Poets Carl Sandburg, Langston Hughes, Myra Cohn Livingston, Nikki Giovanni, and Shonto Begay are only a few of the many talents to be found here.  Familiar works share pages with verses commissioned specifically for this collection. The poems are organized geographically and each section includes a map and facts about that region.

 
Alcorn's bold colors mirror the richness of the verses and the America they honor.

 
This is a great introduction for a study of American geography.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Writers Wednesday



I'm pleased to announce the release of my newest book -

MONTY The Courageous Survival of a Rescue Dog.


 
Meet Monty -- A remarkable rescue dog with an international following. From his guardians to his doctors, Monty's loving spirit captures hearts with an I-can-do-it grin and a wagging tail.

Abused, shot and left for dead in the desert, Monty is taken in by dedicated animal rescuers who launch an eighteen month long campaign via social networking that saves his life and makes him a world-wide celebrity with thousands of fans.

A year and a half later -- after losing a leg, Monty, now healthy and happy, finds a loving forever home, becomes an ambassador for other abused and abandoned dogs, and inspires everyone who hears his story of second chances and never giving up.

Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and local retailers in print and Ebook.

For more information please visit my website - Janet Squires Books: http://www.janetsquiresbooks.com/home.html

Monday, September 8, 2014

Nonfiction Monday




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For Nonfiction Monday  --  "A Project Guide To Rocks And Minerals" by Claire O'Neal  


 


O'Neal's book, from the Earth Science Projects for Kids series, acquaints readers with the basics of geology through the use of hands-on activities.  A Story Told in Sedimentary Rock uses multiple colors of layered gelatin and particles of marshmallows, bananas, graham crackers and other additives to simulate the deposition of limestone on the ocean floor. Recreating the Rock Cycle utilizes bits of crayon to mimic the results of heat and pressure in the formation of metamorphic and igneous rocks.

 

Other entries include: Make Your Own Geode. Deposition Message in a bottle, and Instant Weathering.  A section titled Further Reading: provides additional resources subdivided into Books, Works Consulted, and On The Internet. Information about Science Supply Companies is provided as is a Glossary and Index. Many of the activities require adult supervision and help as they require the use of a heat (oven, boiling water, etc.)


 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Poetry Friday




Poetry Friday is hosted today by Author Amok.

For Poetry Friday -- "In The Wild" by David Elliott with illustrations by Holly Meade.

 


Elliott's verses capture the essence of animals from Arctic to African savannah in this collection. Each poem is short with an engaging rhyme and rhythm and will appeal to readers who are new to poetry.

 

The Giraffe

Stilt-walker!

Tree-topper!

Long-necked

Show-stopper!

 

And at the same time, there is a subtle sophistication in the precise language, imaginative imagery, and underlying thoughtfulness that is very attractive and worthy of examination and discussion.

 

As to color, plain--

an ordinary gray.

But once we start to look,

we cannot look away.

 

When peaceful, silent;

when angry, loud.

 

Who would have guessed

the Elephant

is so much like a cloud?

 

Meade's woodcut plus watercolor double-page spreads capture her subjects in motion and draw the viewer into a closer examination of each creature.

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