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September 20, 2014

Review: Star Wars: A New Dawn

A New Dawn (Star Wars)A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Star Wars A New Dawn is the reboot of the Star Wars literature. For the foreseeable future, events we see in the books happened to the characters we see on screen and as such they may refer to those events. A New Dawn features Kanan a former padawan who has done what he could to survive in a post order 66 universe. Through the events of this book Kanan gets wrapped up in the beginnings of a rebellion against the Empire. Having always lived with a rule to stay hidden, it is only through the events in this book that Kanan will become the Kanan we will see on Rebels.
This book was well written. The characters were very well developed and fully formed. John Jackson Miller knows how to write an engaging Star Wars book. The book suffered from the fact that the events were designed to lead into a tv series that has not aired yet. When Star Wars fans can meet these characters in Rebels and get to know them, they may want to step back and learn how Hera and Kanan met.
A New Dawn may be many fans first Star Wars book either ever or in a long time. That being said, the more casual Star Wars fan may want to wait until the TV series begins airing. Jedi Masters who devour everything Star Wars will enjoy this book.
A solid 4 stars.

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Review: Xander's Panda Party

Xander's Panda PartyXander's Panda Party by Linda Sue Park
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Xander's Panda Party by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Matt Phelan is a prime example of an excellent picture book for children in preschool to grade 2. Xander is a little panda at the zoo and he wants to throww a party. He wants to throw it for the pandas but he includes all the bears when he realizes he is the only panda. The party continues to grow bigger and bigger, including more and more animals. With an underlining message of inclusion, this picture book is a good book to share with all children. Phelan's illustrations pair with the text perfectly. This should be in all library collections for young children.

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September 18, 2014

Review: Miss Fox's Class Earns a Field Trip

Miss Fox's Class Earns a Field TripMiss Fox's Class Earns a Field Trip by Eileen Spinelli
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Miss Fox's Class Earns a Field Trip
Eileen Spinelli
Picture Book K-2

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Miss Fox's Class is trying to earn a field trip. To go on a field trip to the roller coaster park, they must earn $135. As they earn money they are plagued by a series of set backs which cause it to take longer to earn the money needed. This is a good book to share with children in the younger grades. Older first or second graders can use this as a lead in for a math activity. This should be in every library because Spinelli is very talented as an author for children.

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September 15, 2014

Release day

Today is the release day for The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy and The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud.  Stop by a book store and buy these two good books! 

September 14, 2014

Currently Reading

Review: Mumbet's Declaration of Independence

Mumbet's Declaration of IndependenceMumbet's Declaration of Independence by Gretchen Woelfle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mumbet's Declaration of Independence
by Gretchen Woelfle
Illustrations by Alix Delinois
Ages 6-10
Carolrhoda Books

Multicultural books, Picture Book Biographies, Civil Rights

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Mumbet was a slave in Massachusetts at the time the Constitution was being written. She had no name and it was local children that gave her the name Mumbet. For years, she suffered under a cruel master until she heard talk about all men being created equally. She was brave enough to challenge the fact that there was no law making slavery legal, but the new constitution as written, makes slavery illegal. After winning a legal argument, she was able to win her freedom. This book was excellent. The colors in the pictures are vivid and rich. The text explains the history in a way that makes this book accessible to children across the grades in elementary school. This is definitely a must own for libraries.

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September 13, 2014

Review: Secrets of the Seasons

Secrets of the Seasons: Orbiting the Sun in Our BackyardSecrets of the Seasons: Orbiting the Sun in Our Backyard by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Secrets of the Seasons
by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Illustrated by Priscilla Lamont
Albert A Knopf 2014
Grades 1-4
Weather, Seasons
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Secrets of the Seasons is a good review for children in grades 1-4. The science behind how the seasons change and why is explained by two chickens and two children. Simple text with graphic novel style dialogue bubbles enhance the story. The illustrations really do a good job at showing how these scientific concepts work. This would be a good pick to complement a unit on weather or seasons with children in grades 1-4. This book should be in every library and in every school.

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