Summer Reading Book Haul

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Some of My Favorite Books Right Now

Sew Fab Sewing and Style for Young Fashionistas:
Author: Lesley Ware

ISBN-10: 178067404X
ISBN-13: 978-1780674049

Sew Fab is a great book about sewing, style, and designing. There are guides to help you pick your own style tribe, accessorize, and also how to choose your color palette. I love this book because I am really into fashion and clothes. One day I want to be able to use a sewing machine like my mom does to create pretty dresses and skirts to wear. There are also some really cool projects in the book, my favorite one is the After School Tote.

Another thing I love about the book is the illustrations. The pictures look like they are painted with watercolors and all of the girls in the book have on really cute outfits!  The colors are bright and pretty The girl on the cover has on Chuck’s and those are my favorite shoes. I sometimes use the book when my mom lets me pick my own outfits.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fashion or wants to learn more about sewing. It has helped me out a lot!

Jem and the Holograms comics :
Author: Kelly Thompson and Sophia Campbell

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I love comic books!

I just  started reading the Jem and the Holograms comics a few weeks ago. I read all 4 comics in one day and have read My favorite part of comics are the illustrations because I want to be an author/illustrator one day. I have seen the Jem cartoon that my mom used to watch when she was a kid and I loved it!

In the comics the main character is Jerrica Benton but her secret identity is Jem. Jem has a girl band called Jem and the Holograms and they give concerts and help out kids with the Starlight Foundation. Jem has a computer named Synergy that helps her and her band transform and it is super cool! I like the Jem cartoons and comics because all of the stories have a lesson and a moral that I can learn.

I would recommend these comic books to anyone who likes music, brightly colored graphics, and comics. There are 11 books in the series plus a holiday special.

The Witches:
Author: Roald Dahl

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ISBN-10: 0590032496
ISBN-13: 978-0142410110

My teacher read this book to our class and I loved it so much, I had to read it myself. I want to read all of Roald Dahl’s books because the stories I have seen in movies were great, and I am sure the books are too!
The story is about 2 boys, the narrator and a boy named Bruno Jenkins, who meet some witches and get turned into mice. With the help of the narrators grandmother, they try to find away to turn back into boys and get back at the witches.
I like this book because it is very funny and creative. The funniest part of the book to me, was when the witches were at their meeting and The Grand High Witch told them all that they could remove their wigs, gloves, and shoes.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes funny stories.

The Jigsaw Jones Mystery Books :
Author: James Preller

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I like these stories because they are funny and there are real mysteries to be solved. I like to watch NCIS, Sherlock,  and other mystery stories with my mom, but I don’t always understand what is going on. The Jigsaw Jones books are very kid friendly and easy to understand. Another thing I like, is that I can read the books easily in one day and still remember details.

The main character is Jigsaw Jones. He loves drinking grape juice and he has a dog named Rags. The story is written like Jigsaw is an actual detective and I like that a lot. It’s not just a kid trying to solve mysteries, he actually is really good at it. The book reminds me of Nancy Drew or Encyclopedia Brown.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mystery stories.

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Books that Rahni is adding to her list

Even though Santa gave her quite a few new books for Christmas, my little bookworm somehow can still manage to want more new books to read. Totally believable. We are talking about a little person who starts at least 5 books at a time. She was reading so many books recently that she ran out of bookmarks so she had to get creative. I had no idea until I found erasers, toilet paper, and receipts as books marks. One time she even used a stick of gum.

Well, seeing as how Santa also alleviated her deficiency of bookmarks issue with some totally cool personalized bookmarks from Frecklebox.com, she has decided to add more books to her already long ‘To Read’ list.

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Not that I am complaining that she wants to read more, I would just LOVE for her to finish some of the books she has started.

1. This is actually not just one book, it is a series of books by author Hillary McKay with a main character named Lulu.

Lulu is a 7 year old girl that loves animals, so Rahni immediately felt she was a kindred spirit.

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2. The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes. Henkes is one of her favorite authors, so it’s no wonder she loved the excerpt from this one. It’s about a 2nd grader named Billy who seems a little uncertain about how his year will be.
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3. Doll Bones by Holly Black. This appears to be a bit advanced for her reading level but she is adamant about taking a stab at it. A novel about 2 friend who go on a journey at the request of ghost that inhabits the dolls body. I’m not really sure that she will get around to reading this one, but I am pretty sure that I will:)

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4. Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon. A book about a brave little girl who has an over active imagination and is the youngest of 3.

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5. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! Firebird by Misty Copeland. It’s a book about confidence. courage, and motivation; things that any girl of any age or race can identify with. This is a picture book, so it will not be difficult for her to read. I have a feeling that this book will be one that she will keep on her shelf and maybe one day pass it down to her daughter.

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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.

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Amelia Bedelia Unleashed

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Author: Herman Parish

ISBN-10: 0062095005

ISBN-13: 9780062094995

Main characters: Amelia Bedelia, Charlie, Pierre, Mom, and Dad

Summary:
Amelia Bedelia’s parents agree to let her get a dog instead of a baby brother or sister. The problem is, she doesn’t know what kind of dog she wants.

Amelia helps her neighbor, Diana with her dog walking service and ends up meeting Charlie and Pierre. Pierre is Charlie’s poodle and he is a show dog. Amelia helps Charlie get Pierre ready for a dog show and he even wins a prize!

Amelia Bedelia finally gets her own dog . She was so happy that she was ok with not having a baby brother or sister.

My favorite part:
When Amelia’s dad asked her if a dog was a retriever, and she thought that he asked, “retriever her?”
I also liked some of the things that I learned about different dog breeds.

Why I like this book:
Because I love all of the Amelia Bedelia books. She is so funny!

My rating:
5

Reading difficulty:
Easy

Reading mystery books can help children pay attention to details

Why didn’t I think of this?

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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.

 

Amelia Bedelia Means Business

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Author: Herman Parish

Illustrator: Lynne Avril

ISBN-10: 0062094963
ISBN-13: 978-0062094964

Main Character: Amelia Bedelia

Summary:

Amelia Bedelia needs to find a way to make money to buy a new bike like Suzi’s.

She gets a job as a waitress, opens a lemonade stand, and sells tarts.

Finally, Amelia Bedelia enters into a contest to try and win a new bike.

My favorite part of the story: Is how Amelia gets confused when grown ups say things like, “the bike will cost an arm and a leg.” She thinks that she really has to give somebody her arm and leg just to have a bike.

Why I like this book: I like this because Amelia Bedelia is very funny, even when she isn’t  trying to be. I also like the illustrations and seeing Amelia Bedelia as a kid, not an adult.

My rating: 5

Reading difficulty: Easy for me

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Library Haul

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-Little Bitty Mousie by Jim Aylesworth

-Arthur’s Underwear by Marc Brown

-All About Grandmas by Roni Schotter

-The Secret World of  Frogs and Toads by Jill Bailey

-A Song For Jamela by Niki Daly

-Let’s Hear it for Almigal by Wendy Kupfer

-Me First by Helen Lester

-Listen Buddy by Helen Lester

-Hurty Feelings by Helen Lester

-Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester

-Tackylocks and the 3 Bears by Heelen Lester

-Happy Birthday, Tacky by Helen Lester

-Jack and the Box by Art Spiegelman,

-The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

-Goggles by Ezra Jack Keats

-Whistle For Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

-Gnarbunga by Matthew Bromley

-How Martha Saved Her Parents From Green Beans by David LaRochelle

-Many Moons by James Thurber