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Shiloh (The Shiloh Quartet)
Shiloh (The Shiloh Quartet)
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Edition: Paperback
Price: $4.60
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a story of the unbreakable connection between boy and dog, November 23, 2003
Shiloh is a story about the remarkable connection between a boy and a dog.
Marty Preston is an eleven year old boy who finds a beagle near his home. He decides to name the beagle, Shiloh. But Marty and Shiloh are both in big trouble when Marty discovers that the beagle pup belongs to Judd Tavers.
Marty will do anything to protect Shiloh. Tavers and Marty come to an agreement. Marty works hard until finally one day Tavers gives an old dog collar to him, sealing the deal. Shiloh is finally Marty's dog.
Naylor's story of a young boy's love for his dog is sure to have animal lovers glued to this book. The story takes place in West Virginia and is told from Marty's point of view, complete with southern dialect.
Naylor based the story on her own real life experience. While visiting friends in Shiloh, West Virginia, she encountered a scared female dog near a creek. When she left for home she was filled with worry over what would happen to he dog. Knowing this her friends went searching but found nothing. One day five months later they happened upon the dog. Since then the dog has made a happy existence for herself at home with Naylor's friends.
This is a realistic, well written book that is highly deserving of the Newbery Medal. Recommended to readers of all ages, this book is sure to please.


Island of the Blue Dolphins
Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O'Dell
Edition: Paperback
26 used & new from $2.65

4.0 out of 5 stars Based on a true story-a girl survives alone for over 18 yrs, November 23, 2003
Island of the Blue Dolphins is a remarkable story. This book was based on the true story of a young Indian girl. The girl, discovered in the early 1800's, was found on an island off the coast of California. She had lived on the island, all alone, for over
18 years. She was known only as The Lost Woman of San Nicolas. Her people, known as The Indians of Ghalas-at, had long since disappeared.
O'Dell's story features a young Indian girl, named Karana. Karana struggles to survive alone on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. She has to find her own food, build her own shelter, and protect herself from the wild dogs on the island.
This is a wonderful story of a young girl who discovers who she is and what she is made of when faced with insurmountable obstacles. O'Dell's story is captivating and beautifully written. This book is well deserving of the Newbery Award. It would make an excellent addition to any collection.


Owl Moon
Owl Moon
by Jane Yolen
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $10.09
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28 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable illustrations and almost poetic narration, November 23, 2003
This review is from: Owl Moon (Hardcover)
Owl Moon is a delightful story of the family tradition of Owling, Owl watching. The reader is taken on a winter journey through the woods as a father and daughter go Owling.
Beautiful illustrations by John Schoenherr help the reader experience this journey from a unique perspective. Schoenherr places the reader in the air, looking down on the journey. By using this technique, the reader becomes one with the Owl, experiencing the quiet togetherness of man and nature.
This story provides a moving narration, inviting the reader to experience the quiet solitude of a winter walk in the woods. The reader also feels the warmth of the special relationship shared by this father and his daughter.
Yolen instructs the reader that the only thing needed to go Owling is hope. Hope that just maybe if you�re quiet enough, or lucky enough, you will spot an Owl. This wonderful story delivers much more than just the sighting of an Owl.
Owl Moon is sure to delight readers of all ages. The remarkable illustrations and almost poetic narration make it easy to see why this book is deserving of the Caldecott Award.
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The Giver: Everything You Need for Successful Literature Circles That Get Kids Thinking, Talking, Writing--And Loving Literature (Literature Circle Guides)
The Giver: Everything You Need for Successful Literature Circles That Get Kids Thinking, Talking, Writing--And Loving Literature (Literature Circle Guides)
by Lois Lowry
Edition: Paperback
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Many twists and turns will keep the reader interested, November 23, 2003
The Giver is a wonderfully unique story of a Community set aside from the rest of the world. Lois Lowry takes the reader on a journey through Utopia, or so it seems. On the surface everything seems ideal. The reader soon realizes there is a heavy price to be paid for this serene existence.
Jonas has been selected. He has been given the highest honor in the Community. He will be trained as the new Receiver. Life will never be the same for this "Twelve" again. Jonas has been chosen to bear the burden of memories. Only two people share this burden, Jonas and the Giver.
The Giver soon realizes that to help the Community, Jonas must escape. He must leave his life so that others in the community are made to bear the burden of memories. It is decided that the Giver will stay to help the people cope with the flood of memories that will occur when Jonas is gone.
Lowry dangles questions in the minds of her readers to the very end of the story.
Jonas appears to have made the great escape to Elsewhere (the world outside of the Community). Lowry does, however, leave the reader questioning the "escape". Did Jonas really get away? Did he die?
This book is well deserving of the Newbery Medal. It allows the reader to view life from a unique perspective, questioning the very heart of his belief system. A truly thought provoking story; this book is filled with twists and turns to keep the reader intrigued to the very end.


My Pony
My Pony
by Susan Jeffers
Edition: Hardcover
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book for horse lovers, young and old alike, November 23, 2003
This review is from: My Pony (Hardcover)
My Pony is a wonderfully enchanting story of a young girl�s dream of having her own pony. Each night when the young girl is supposed to be doing her homework, she dreams of riding her pony. The pony, Silver, comes to life when the young girl draws the beautiful dapples and shiny coat. Together at last, the girl and Silver ride the clouds and visit a fantasy world.
Susan Jeffers� latest story is beautifully illustrated and eloquently narrated. The words of the story combined with awesome illustrations seem to drip like honey off of the pages of this book. Jeffers� has done a spectacular job. This book is filled with whimsical fantasy allowing the reader to escape to a world filled with beauty and wonder.
This book is told from the young girl�s point of view and the reader will quickly become lost in the story. Even though this book is keyed to young girls, �old girls� are sure to revel in it as well. This book would be highly recommended and considered a valuable addition to any children�s library. The breathtaking illustrations, done in fine line pen and watercolor, make a significant contribution to be viewed as an example of art for children.


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