Friday, August 28, 2015

Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday is hosted today by Poetry for Children.

Dakos is at her best with this collection of poetry, some for single voices and some for groups. She captures the fun and foibles of life in an elementary school through the voice of children. Both teachers and students will recognize these deftly portrayed moments in a school day.
Loosely-drawn, cartoon style artwork from Karas accent the verses.

Best Friends

Your work is neat; mine’s such a mess.
I rush too much; you do your best.

You get straight A’s; I get all C’s.
I’m Tom Sawyer’ you’re Socrates.

You love library; I race to gym.
I’m elastic; you’re a straight pin.

You’re a violin; I’m a tambourine.

But we’re the best friends
This school has ever seen.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday is hosted today by Reading to the Core.

My selection is: "Almost Late To School: and more school poems" written by Carol Diggory Shields with illustrations by Paul Meisel.

From the talented Carol Diggory Shields, a collection of poems that explore life in an elementary school with hysterical results. The title is taken from one of the poems in the book in which a student concocts wildly imaginative excuses for being late, only to discover a surprise when he comes face-to-face with his teacher. From a kindergartener's first-day jitters to the inevitable jealousies that plague young scholars, Shields is spot on with voice and characterizations.

Meisel's bright, energetic, cartoon-style illustrations are a perfect pairing with the verses.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

GoodReads Giveaway

In recognition of National Dog Day on August 26th I'm offering a GoodReads Giveaway for free hardcover copies of --

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.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday is hosted today by My Juicy Little Universe.

For Poetry Friday: "Fireflies at Midnight" by Marilyn Singer with pictures by Ken Robbins.

Singer provides readers with a glimpse of animal life in this collection of mostly first person poems that range from one dawn to the next. Included are a cross-section of animals: robin, otter, crayfish, frog, ant and, of course,  the fireflies at midnight.  Each poem gives readers some subtle facts cleverly integrated into the verse.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday is hosted today by Jama'sAlphabet Soup.

For Poetry Friday: "Lazy Days Of Summer" by Judy Young and illustrated by Kathy O'Malley.

Just for fun, here is a collection of simple rhymes highlighting a variety of summer activities. Kick-the-can, hopscotch, marbles, and relay races are just a few of the playtime options. Following each rhyme, a "Do You Know" section offers some background and/or history. Did you know that Roman soldiers played their own version of hopscotch?

With the school year coming to an end, this book might be just the ticket for those sunny summer days.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday is hosted today by Buffy's Blog.

For Poetry Friday: Doggy slippers: poems by Jorge Lujan (with the contribution of Latin American children), translated by Elisa Amado with pictures by Isol.

Fish, lizards, birds, cats, dogs or something more exotic -- Children love pets. Lujan with the help of translator Amado make the most of that bond with this collection of 12 poems drawn from the lives of his young readers. 
Lujan built this collection of free verse poems on the suggestions he invited children to share. A bunny offers her young owner sympathy.  A dog named Littlekins is too large for his name. A boy and his monkey, a turtle, a marmot, a parakeet, and a hamster  and more - each has a story to offer up in the words of their youthful pals.

Perfect for pet lovers everywhere.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Nonfiction Monday

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My selection is "Baseball for fun!" by Sandra Will.

It's the season so I'm sharing this entertaining and informative book with  young players and fans.

Will's text combined with sharp color photographs is reader-friendly. Baseball facts, rules, basic skills, interesting trivia are offered in both the text and sidebars. A timeline, glossary, index , references and websites complete the book.

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