Monday, November 12, 2018

Nonfiction Monday


The Lizard Lady written by Jennifer Keats Curtis and Dr. Nicole F. Angeli, with illustrations by Veronica V. Jones is a lovely introduction into the work of a woman scientist as she conducts her research.


The text is written in a warm narrative voice that immediately draws the reader into the story. At the same time, Curtis weaves in important facts about the history of the lizards and interesting details about of how they survive. Readers will discover the ways in which Dr. Nicole F. Angeli, the Lizard Lady, works to find and protect the endangered lizards that were once prominent on St. Croix, but now, can only be found on neighboring islands.
 
Lovely illustrations coupled with maps and graphics provide an additional layer of richness.

The book concludes with a section titled: For Creative Minds, which provides additional reading on St. Croix and the Surrounding  Islands, St. Croix Ground Lizards, Adaptations, Dr. Nicole F. Angeli, Herpetologist, and Invasive Species. A 30-page cross curricular Teaching Activity Guide is available online. The book is also available in Spanish.

Recommended for children 4-9. A wonderful edition for school and home libraries.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Nonfiction Monday


Waves: Physical Science for Kids by Andi Diehn introduces young readers, ages 5-8, to the wonderful world of waves in their multiple forms --
Waves in water, waves in wheat.
Waves at a game: “Stand up! Take a seat!”
Waves in your hair, waves with your hand,
Powerful waves under the land.
Makes wave in a string
then stretch it taut.
Waves are everywhere, whether
We see them or not!

Clear, simple language and colorful illustrations invite youngster to explore wave energy from the powerful waves that surge onto the beach to the invisible waves of light and sound.
Examples are pulled from everyday life and are both entertaining and thought provoking. A pair of Hands-0n experiments and a basic glossary reinforce the content.
A fun introduction to simple science concepts.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

GoodReads Giveaway


October 

is 

National Pit Bull Awareness Month!


To celebrate, I'm offering a GOODREADS Giveaway 

for my book -- 

MONTY The Courageous Survival Of A Rescue Dog.

Entry information is available in the sidebar.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Nonfiction Monday


 In Explore the Ice Age! with 25 Projects by Cindy Blobaum, readers ages 7-10 have an opportunity to delve into the history, causes, and effects of the most recent ice age that ended on planet earth about 10,000 years ago and discover how that ice age influenced the lives of stone age humans as well as later civilizations.

Students are encouraged to step into the role of the scientists who are still studying the ice age climate, people, mammals, and natural environment associated with this amazing time in earth’s history.
A thoughtful introduction sets the tone by explaining how ice ages occur and laying out the basic steps to scientific research -- from asking a question, to creating and testing a hypothesis, and then evaluating the results. The first project is creating an Ice Age Journal where readers will make notations regarding what they learn and keep track of their observations as they attempt the various other projects.
Topics include:
An overview with a look at the physical world that acquaints students with tundra, permafrost, the water cycle, glaciers and other important features of the ice age world.
The work of scientists such as paleontologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, geologists, and climate scientist, and the geological evidence for ice ages.
The animals that lived during the ice age, their unique adaptations and how changing climate worked for and against the survival of various animals.
How humans found shelter, hunted and gathered food, made clothing and tools like spears and needles, and created art.
In addition, sidebars define “Words To Know” and text boxes highlight important events, concepts, and facts to enrich the reading experience. Each chapter offers a variety of hands-on activities to focus attention and reinforce specific content by digging deeper into individual topics

Timelines, colorful maps, charts, illustrations, and examples of Ice Age sites around the U.S.,  together with a glossary and additional resources, provide plenty of visual interest and support the content.

Highly recommended for STEM classrooms and after-school programs, home and school libraries.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Nonfiction Monday


Forces: Physical Science for Kids by Andi Diehn introduces young readers, ages 5-8, to this science concept.

The book opens by illustrating some of the many ways in which the word “force” is used in everyday life. From there, the text continues to on to the topics of gravity, magnetism, and friction and explores the idea of force as expressed through the opposing forces of pushing and pulling.

Examples are pulled from everyday experiences and are both entertaining and thought provoking. A pair of Hands-0n experiments and a basic glossary reinforce the content.

A fun introduction to simple science concepts.


Thursday, August 30, 2018

Frankenstein Day


August 30 is Frankenstein Day celebrating English author Mary Shelley who wrote one of the world’s most read monster novel, Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus.
Mary Shelly was born on August 30, 1797. She began writing hr novel when she was 18, and the first edition was published anonymously in London on 1 January 1818, when she was 20. A second addition, carrying her name, was published in 1823 in France.
With that thought in mind, I’m sharing this earlier post.



There is plenty of spooky fun in this collection of poems about monsters facing their fears and dealing with everyday situations that become weirdly complicated. The Invisible Man gets a haircut, the Phantom of the Opera has the song, "It's a Small World," stuck in his head, The Creature from the Black Lagoon forgets to wait an hour before swimming. Wolfman, Bigfoot, Dracula...they're all here and demanding to be read aloud.

Rex followed this 2006 success with more monster inspired fun in the 2008 Frankenstein Takes the Cake, detailing Frankenstein's wacky Wedding. The monster cast includes Dracula, the Sphinx, The Headless Horseman and even an alien encounter to produce plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Nonfiction Monday


Maggie: Alaska’s Last Elephant by Jennifer Keats Curtis relates this true story for ages 4-9 in a narrative nonfiction story that is rich with sensory imagery.



Beginning with Maggie’s arrival at the Alaska Zoo as a baby, the story focuses on her life following the loss of her friend, Annabelle, an Asian elephant. With Maggie’s only companion gone, she adopts a tire for company. Despite the zoo keepers’ best efforts, loneliness and the pervasive cold eventually take a toll and her health declines.

 Fortunately, the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in California already had two groups of elephants and were ready and willing to give this lonesome elephant a new home. How do you move and 8,000-pound animal? Slowly and carefully as it turns out and with a lot of help.

Young readers will enjoy discovering important information about elephants, and the remarkable details of Maggie’s rescue in this child-friendly and beautifully illustrated text.
Curtis does an excellent job of describing the sequence of events that result in Maggie finding a happy new life with her own special friends. And there are plenty of elephant-related facts to absorb along the way.

 The book concludes with a section titled: For Creative Minds, which provides additional reading on Elephant Herds, Zoos, and A Question and Answer section with Maggie’s keeper Michelle Harvey.

A 30-page cross curricular Teaching Activity Guide is available online. The book is also available in Spanish.

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