Goldenlocks and the Three Pirates
Written by April Jones Prince
Illustrated by Steven Salerno
Age Level: 4 – 7
Grade Level: 1- 2
If you love Goldilocks AND pirates, have I got the story for you! You don’t have to be a 7 year old second grader to read this…Really! You must love pirates, or fixing things, or sneaking into a house to test out all the good stuff. In this version of the classic story Mama Pirate is domestically challenged. Really! Luckily Goldenlocks comes in and saves the day. How? Read the story, and you’ll find out!
Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible ALVIN
Written by Michelle Cusolito
Illustrated by Nicole Wong
Age Level: 5 – 9
Grade Level: K - 4
I was on a different kind of boat this week, but I was hooked by this book. It takes you through a day inside ALVIN as it searches the sea floor for treasures. Imagine, finding the Titanic!
The back pages are great! They tell you how how small Alvin is, only 7 feet in diameter. Can you imagine spending a day inside, with 2 other people? Talk about crowded! They also tell you how the author and illustrator researched this book. And one last fun fact…did you know Alvin started exploring the deep in 1965? Since then it has had 40 male pilots, and 1 female. I think it’s time for some girl power!
Ranger in Time: Escape from the Great Earthquake
Written by Kate Messner
Age Level: 7 – 10
Grade Level: 2- 5
I love learning history from the eyes of a dog! Ranger travels back in time to rescue children from history’s most famous disasters. When his first aid kit hums to life, it’s time to travel. In book 6, Ranger is sent back to San Francisco for the 1906 Earthquake. His job— to rescue 3 kids, first from earthquake, then from fire, and worst of all, from anti-Chinese prejudice. Ranger is thrown clueless into each mission, and he can't return home until the kit hums to life again.
The back matter helps you uncover the truth to this story which was based on accounts from people who survived the quake. The best part—the words and pictures about San Francisco in 1906, and today.
Whenever I read or write, I find a comfy chair with a great view. I get my favorite drink, stretch out, and let the words take me away.