Dr. Seuss The Great Doodler
Written by Kate Klima
Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
Age Level: 5 – 8
Grade Level: K - 3
I love this book! It’s a Step 3 book for kids in grades 1-3, but it’s a great source for a biography or book report. It even has some of Ted’s original cartoons inside.
Here’s my favorite fact that I learned about Dr. Seuss…he took an ocean trip and kept hearing the ship’s engines. He didn’t get irritated. He wrote to the beat, and that became his 1st book, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry St. Twenty-seven publishers turned it down, but #28 picked it up. I love how Ted went with the flow, and he didn’t give up.
A Dog Like Daisy
Written by Kristen O’Donnell Tubb
Age Level: 8 – 12
Grade Level: 3 - 7
I knew when I was halfway through this book that I had to review it. The hook, a dog is 2 days away from being put down when 3 people enter the pound. They’re looking for a special dog that can be trained to become a therapy dog. This is the perfect book to honor our veterans, many of whom return home with PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. After serving our country, they find themselves flashing back to the horrors of the battlefield. It makes life difficult for them, difficult for their families. Read this book to find out how Daisy passes her tests to become a therapy dog, and how she heals her new pack of humans. If you are interested in learning more about therapy dogs, read all the way to the back matter. Kristin will tell you how she got the idea for this book, and how she researched it. Daisy has become one of my favorite books, one of my favorite dogs!
I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson's Blackboard
Written and Illustrated by Jennifer K. Mann
Age Level: 5 – 8
Grade Level: K - 3
This week my blog went home to my last classroom. The teacher next-door, Mrs. Benson. Really! I had to pick this book! This story brought me back to when I taught 2nd grade, and earning a star was a dream come true. Really! Poor Rosie, she can’t earn one for school things like math, reading, or cleaning. Her biggest fear…having her desk dumped out on the floor. This is life in the primary! Read and find out how Rosie gets her star. If you’re looking for a book for a teacher, or for a child who’s struggling to achieve, this is the perfect gift. Perseverance works!
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark
Became the Ocean’s Most Famous Scientist
Written by Jess Keating
Illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens
Age Level: 4 – 8
Grade Level: P - 4
I saw this cover and had to read it! Girl meets sharks! What a great idea for a book! As a kid Eugenie was told she couldn’t be a diver. She refused to listen. She started diving, taking every class she could till her dream was as large as a whale shark. Large enough to teach people that women can be scientists, and that sharks are worth understanding. Read this book, and you’ll discoverEugenie Clark, AKA Shark Lady.
Vincent Comes Home
Written and Illustrated by
Jessica Bagley and Aaron Bagley
Age Level: 4 – 6
Grade Level: P - 1
I liked the beginning, but I loved the ending to this story. The hook— Vincent is a ship’s cat who travels all over the world. Check out the map to see where he’s been. Lucky Vincent! Now the ship’s heading home, and Vincent doesn’t understand why everyone’s so excited, not till he finds a home of his own. Fun facts— Jessixa and Aaron are married. They’re both published writers and illustrators, and this is their 1st book together. Here’s to many more collaborations from them!
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.