Summer Reading Book Haul

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My Favorite Thing I Read This Week

Title: Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
Main Character(s): Nyasha and Manyara
Why is it your favorite book this week? I like this book because it teaches lessons about greed and charity. Mufaro loved both of his daughter’s and thought that they were both beautiful and worthy to be queen. Manyara is mean to her sister, Nyasha, and is also very selfish. I like Nyasha better because she is nice and helps people, and she still loves her sister even though her sister treats her unkind. This story reminds me a lot of Cinderella and her wicked step sisters.


Read along with Phylicia Rashad on Reading Rainbow

Reading mystery books can help children pay attention to details

Why didn’t I think of this?

I was on Pinterest this morning and came across this pin from Scholastic. It’s a blog post about reading strategies to get kids to pay more attention to detail while reading. The strategy is to try early chapter books that are mysteries like Cam Jensen, which Rahni and I love,  and Boxcar Children, a book that Rahni just finished reading for class.
Definitely a good post full of great tips! Here‘s the link if you’re interested.


Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute


Author: Jarrett J. Krosoczka
ISBN-10: 0375846832
ISBN-13: 9780375846830

Main Characters:
Lunch Lady, Betty, Dee, Terrence, Hector, and Mr. Pasteur

The Lunch Lady and her sidekick, Betty, have a secret. When not serving the students lunch they are fighting crime! This time, The Lunch Lady and Betty try to solve the mystery of Mr O’Connell’s substitute, Mr. Pasteur. Mr. O’Connell has not missed a day in 20 years and the Lunch Lady is going to find out what happened to him!

My favorite part:
When she fought and defeated the Cyborgs.

Why I like this book:
Because it is like a comic book and it is easy to read. Even though the pictures are not in color they are still pretty cool. I can’t wait to read the next book!

My rating:

Reading difficulty:
Easy, I read the book in 1 day!

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Last Week’s Library Haul


-The Thimbleberry Stories by Cynthia Rylant

-My Special One and Only by Joe Berger

-Poppleton Everyday Cynthia Rylant

-Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant

-A Poor Excuse For A Dragon by Geoffrey Hayes

Tacky the Penguin series by Cynthia Rylant

-Tacky’s Christmas

-Three Cheers for Tacky

-Tacky and the Winter Games

-Tacky Goes to Camp

-Tacky and the Emperor

-My Dad Thinks He’s Funny by Katrina Germein

-The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett

-Friends (Mostly) by Barbara M. Joosse

-Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

-Princess Candy The Green Queen of Mean by Michael Dahl

-Bedtime For Francis by Russell Hoban

-Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth by Barbara Park

-Fly Guy vs The Flyswatter by Tedd Arnold

-A Book Is Just Like You by Kathleen Fox

-DVD: The Day Jimmy’s Boa at the Wash a Scholastic Video Collection



Charlie and Kiwi an Evolutionary Adventure

Charlie and Kiwi an Evolutionary Adventure


Author: New York Hall of Science

Pictures by/Illustrator: Peter H. Reynolds and Fablevision

ISBN-10: 1442421126

ISBN-13: 978-1442421127

Main Characters: Charlie, Kiwi, and Grandpa Charles


Charlie has to write a paper about a bird.

He wants to pick a different kind of bird.

Charlie chooses to write about a kiwi.

Charlie, Kiwi, and Grandpa Charles time travel to learn about kiwis.

My favorite part of the story: My favorite part of the story was when they traveled through time to see how dinosaurs may have become like birds.

What I learned from this book: I learned why kiwis can’t fly and don’t have wings but they are still birds.

My rating: 4

Reading difficulty for me: A little difficult

Words that were new/difficult for me: Kiwi, New Zealand, mutter, astonish, shudder, peculiar, contraption, snicker, familiar, ancestor, ancient, wistful, theory, generation, descendants, evolve

Fun facts: Other birds like chickens and eagles are also believed to be descendants of dinosaurs.

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Dinosaur Dinner (With A Slice of Alligator Pie)

Dinosaur Dinner (With A Slice of Alligator Pie)


Author: Dennis Lee

Pictures by/Illustrator: Debbie Tilley

ISBN-10: 0679870091

A book of poems selected by Jack Prelutsky

My favorite poem: Alligator Pie

Alligator Pie, alligator pie

If I don’t get some I think I’m gonna die.

Give away the green grass, give away the sky,

But don’t give away my alligator pie.

Alligator stew, alligator stew,

If I don’t get some I don’t know what I’ll do.

Give away my furry hat, give away my shoe,

But don’t give away my alligator stew.

Alligator soup, alligator soup,

If I don’t get some I think I’m gonna droop.

Give away my hockey stick, give away my hoop,

But don’t give away my alligator soup.

Why I liked this book: The poems are very funny and I like the pictures a lot!

My rating: 5

Reading difficulty: Easy for me

Words that were new/difficult for me: pumpernickel, fibbing, thimble, Quebec, Ontario, Niagara Falls, Saskatchewan,

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I Had A Favorite Dress

I Had A Favorite Dress


Author: Boni Ashburn

Pictures by/Illustrator: Julia Denos

ISBN-10: 1419700162

ISBN-13: 978-1419700163

Main Character: A little girl


The little girl had a favoritest dress ever  that she wore every Tuesday.

The little girl started growing out her dress but she still wanted to wear it.

She asked her mama to make something new to wear out of  the dress.

She kept out growing everything  that her mama made, until finally the little girl made something herself out of her favoritest dress.

My favorite part of the story: My favorite part of the story is the little girl and her fashion.

What I learned from this book: I learned that even though you may get too big for something, that doesn’t mean you still can’t use it in a different way.

My rating: 4

Reading difficulty: Easy for me

Words that were new/difficult for me: distraught, molehill, frayed, forlorn,

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Perfectly Arugula

Perfectly Arugula


Author: Sarah Dillard

ISBN-10: 1402759541

Main Character: Arugula


Arugula was having a tea party.

She invited her friends.

She wanted everything to be perfect.

Everyone was miserable.

My favorite part of the story: My favorite part of the story is when Fidget came and everyone started dancing. It was my favorite because it is fun to dance and have a good time with your friends.

What I learned from this book: I learned that you can still have fun with your friends even when things are not perfect or just so.

My rating: 5

Reading difficulty: Very easy for me

Words that were new/difficult for me: Arugula

Fun facts: I learned that Arugula is a green plant.

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