Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Writers Wednesday

There is a great post at Teaching Authors you might want to take a look at:

Wednesday Writing Workout: Dialogue Secrets You Don't Want to Miss, courtesy of Kym Brunner

Monday, July 21, 2014

Nonfiction Monday

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For Nonfiction Monday  --  "Park scientists: gila monsters, geysers, andgrizzly bears in America's own backyard" written by Mary Kay Carson with photographs by Tom Uhlman.



Here is another excellent addition to the Scientist in the Field series.  Carson takes readers to three very diverse locations across the country to visit Yellowstone, Saguaro, and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks. Beginning in Yellowstone, American's first national park, readers follow the work of geologists who study the many geysers, hot springs, vents and boiling mud pots using a variety of instruments and observations. Biologists offer insight into their study of Grizzly bears: the collection of statistics, monitoring of individuals and conclusions based on the analysis of data.


Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona is a vastly different environment, but one that lends itself to the study of Gila monsters, the largest lizard in the United States, and the largest cactus, the Saguaro, which can live 150-200 years. Much of the data collection for these studies is done by citizens who volunteer to work under the supervision of biologists and botanists.


The Great Smoky Mountains is the salamander capital of the world and the study area of an evolutionary ecologist and firefly scientist. Each specialist is highlighted with an in depth look at how they carry out their research and background explaining how they became interested in their subjects.


A map at the beginning of the book locates America's national parks. Fact sheets provide information about the three parks and lists sources for additional information. A glossary explains terms and phrases. Quote Sources and Selected Bibliography by Chapter provides valuable background.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday is hosted today by Tabatha Yeatts: The Opposite of Indifference.

For Poetry Friday -- "Count me a rhyme: animal poems by the numbers"  by Jane Yolen with photographs by Jason Stemple.


Yolen and Stemple produce another successful collaboration in this nature inspired counting book.

The numbers one through ten and the concept of many are treated to an inspired pairing of poetry and photographs of animals. Yolen incorporates a variety of forms that are fun and beg to be read aloud. Each number spread highlights related words and symbols for the number: roman numerals, ordinal numbers, octave, novena, etc. The photographs are beautiful and capture the animals in an easy-to-count format that ranges from subtle to dramatic in its presentation.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nonfiction Monday

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For Nonfiction Monday  --  "Aircraft carriers: runways at sea" by Lynn Peppas.


This is one of those books that rarely sits on the book shelf. Students who are looking for books dealing with military topics are quick to pick up this title.


Brief chapters cover the subject of aircraft carriers from the general to the specific. The first seven chapters provide an overview of aircraft carriers, and go on to discuss Parts of an Aircraft Carrier, Working on an Aircraft Carrier, Take off, Landing, Aircraft and Weapons. The next six chapters delve into the details of various types of carriers from Light Aircraft Carriers to Amphibious Assault Carriers. The book concludes with an exploration of Future Aircraft Carriers, a Glossary and an Index. Large scale photographs with close-up inserts provide readers with an in-depth look at each topic under discussion.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday is hosted today by Check It Out.

My selection is Good sports: rhymes about running, jumping, throwing, and more by Jack Prelutsky with illustrations by Chris Raschka.

From one of my favorites—a collection of sports poems celebrating the joy of playing both team and individual sports. Baseball, football, gymnastics and karate are just a few of the topics treated to Prelutsky’s special brand of humor.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted today by Random Noodling.

My selection is The Tree That Time Built: a celebration of nature, science and imagination.

This anthology of nature-inspired poems was collected by Mary Ann Hoberman, 2008 U.S. Children's Poet Laureate and Linda Winston, anthropologist and teacher and includes more than 100 poems and a CD.

Poets ranging from Yokoi Yayu (1703-1783) and Wislawa Szymborska (Nobel Prize for Literature 1996) - to names perhaps more familiar: Dylan Thomas, Ogden Nast, Robert Frost and Tony Johnston share the pages offering a rich variety of styles and thoughts on the natural world.  A Glossary, Suggestions for Further Reading and Research, and Thumbnail biographies of the poets provide added depth for this inspiring collection.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Writers Wednesday

The extraordinary Maya Angelou

My favorite quote:
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." –Maya Angelou, 1928-2014

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