Saturday, January 9, 2010

Book Review- 20th Century Children's Treasury: PIcture Books and Stories to Read Aloud by Janet Schulman

Published by Knopf Books For Young Readers, September, 1998
320 Pages
5 stars

I found this awesome book a couple weeks ago at a book store for $1! I could NOT pass this amazing deal up. This book is chalked full of all sorts of amazing books. It's taken a couple of weeks to read this with my kids, but at over 300 pages, it's been well worth it.

There's so many stories I knew as a child and ones I've never heard off. There's so many classic stories in here that both my children and I have loved reading this book and will continue to read from over and over again.

Here's a list of the books with in this books:
* Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
* Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault
* Swimmy by Leo Lionni
* A Chair For My Mother by Vera B Williams
* Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
* The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
* The Letter by Arnold Lobel
* Freight Train by Donald Crews
* Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
* A Million Fish..More or Less by Patricia C. McKissack
* A Boy, A Dog and A Frog by Mercer Mayer
* Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
* Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
* Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
* Curious George by H.A. Rey
* I Hear, I See, and I Touch by Helen Oxenbury
* Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard
* Titch by Pat Hutchins
* Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
* The Cat Club by Esther Averill
* Sylvester and The Magic Pebble by William Steig
* Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
* Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
* Stevie by John Steptoe
* The Tub People by Pam Conrad
* In Which Pooh Goes Visiting... By A.A. Milne
* Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban
* The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka
* The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff
* The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree by Stan and Jan Berenstain
* The Elves in the Shelves by Joan Aiken
* Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
* Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
* D.W. The Picky Eater by Marc Brown
* Petunia by Roger Duvoisin
* First Tomato by Rosemary Wells
* Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
* I Am A Bunny by Ole Risom
* Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
* Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Klaus
* Owen by Kevin Henkes
* The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
* The Sneetches by Dr Seuss
* The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman

So many amazing stories in one big treasury. I highly recommend this book.

Book Review- In Too Deep (39 Clues Book, # 6) by Jude Watson

Published by Scholastic
November 1, 2009
4.5 stars

A hint from their parents’ past puts Amy and Dan on the trail of secrets their grandmother Grace would NEVER have wanted them to know. Awful memories begin to crowd in on Amy, just as her enemies circle closer. How far would she go to protect Dan? How much of a Cahill is she prepared to be? Perhaps Grace was right – some secrets are better left buried
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This is my first time reading any book in the 39 Clues series, and yet in reading book 6 I found myself understanding the main story line. This was a great read in my opinion as Amy and Dan found out what happened to their parents and who did it as they continued to look for the 39 clues in Australia. They'll find the some of the world's poisonous snakes and spiders are half their worries.

Through the course of the book they learn that someone who they thought couldn't be trusted, in the end was someone who saved their lives at possibly the cost of their own. They are reunited with a long time family friend as they continue to search for which branch of the family they belong to. As they are reunited and keep digging for clues, they began to feel closer to the parents and continue to unravel the clues their parents left behind on their travels to Australia a few years before.

This book was full of twists and turns and kept me glued to the pages until the end. I really liked that a few historical people were apart of the story like Darwin, Mark Twain and Amelia Earhart. They tied in perfectly to the family branches and the ravel of clues that everyone is trying to solve. I really liked that despite the fact I haven't read the other books yet, I didn't feel lost at all. To me that's amazing thing when you have a series of books. This was well written and I'm looking forward to reading the next book when it comes out in Feb.

2010 Support Your Local Library Challenge

This challenge is being hosted by J Kaye's Book Blog. You can read more about the challenge and sign up for it at the link below.

We're going for the Mini Me challenge, 25 books.

I know that may seem small, but most of our Admin have a huge selection of books in our personal libraries at home. Not that we don't go to the library, or that we don't support our local libraries, as we do. This will help us go more often. :)

Good to luck everyone and we'll be posting our books here as we continue to check them out.

*Jan. 26th*I know this will be a surprise to some, but I am thrilled that I made it to the library this week. I'm excited we're apart of this challenge.
I don't have anything against libraries, in-fact I think they're amazing and I grew up going to the library. I lost touch w/ the library as I've grown my own personal library of books at home. The library near me is in need of a bigger selection. Maybe I can help their selection grow. :)

Checked Out and Read (Kids)
*When the Moon Rises by Alice Schertle
*When Moon Fell Down by Linda Smith
*Eating The Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
*Someone Says by Carole Lexa Schaefer
* Baseball Hour by Carol Nevius
*Skippy Jones Lost In Space by Judy Schachner

*Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Stolarz
* Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~