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The Power of Poppy Pendle
The Power of Poppy Pendle
by Natasha Lowe
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.29
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5.0 out of 5 stars Born to bake, January 23, 2014
It seems that Poppy Pendle's surprise birth in the Marie Claire bakery was portentous, for as a baby she could blow bubbles of sweets, and by the time she was 7, her favorite activity was baking. Her parents were shocked. Poppy was descended from a long line of well-respected witches, and they knew Poppy had magical talent. Why would she waste her time baking when she could be practicing her magic? To force her to learn more magic, they enrolled her in a prestigious magic academy, but Poppy was upset. "I don't like being a witch! I want to bake!"

Her parents acknowledged that Poppy had a talent for baking, but she also had talent for magic, and the family magic traditions to uphold, so they said she must continue at the magic academy. She spent 3 miserable years at that school before realizing that she just couldn't go on without her beloved baking. But her battle to do what she loved was constantly thwarted by her parents. How can Poppy ever escape the magic school and follow her dream?

A charming and exciting book for ages 8-11, including Poppy's recipes that are fun to read, even if you don't actually make them.


Marc Brown's Playtime Rhymes: A Treasury for Families to Learn and Play Together
Marc Brown's Playtime Rhymes: A Treasury for Families to Learn and Play Together
by Marc Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.36
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just rhymes, but finger plays to go with them!, December 5, 2013
A delightful book of 20 finger plays, with their rhymes, and drawings of each movement for them. The author (Marc Brown, who created the Arthur series) painted cheerful illustrations of children on gessoed wooden panels, which lends a lovely textured look to the finished book. Most of the rhymes are familiar, a couple were new to me, and a few I haven't heard since I was in Kindergarten! You'll want to have your own copy of this one. A great gift for preschool teachers! Highly recommended for ages 1-5.


Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World
Barnum's Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World
by Tracey E. Fern
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $14.66
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful illustrations; ponderous text, December 5, 2013
What a marvelous cover Boris Kulikov has created for this book! A gaping Tyrannosaurus jaw, with a small, bowler-hatted man inside it, chipping out the gargantuan skull. And Kulikov's page illustrations are no less fascinating. His picture of a completed T. rex skeleton is luminous with the light shining in the museum windows behind it. The pictures are the true pleasure of the book, and every young dinosaur lover will pore over them.

The text, on the other hand, is dry even in the few high points of Barnum's story. I would suggest borrowing the book from the library before purchasing it. If you little dinosaur hound loves the pictures, you won't have to worry about whether he's interested in the text. The pictures will be enjoyed by kids aged 4-10, but the text is closer to 4th or 5th grade level.


Maggie & Oliver or A Bone of One's Own
Maggie & Oliver or A Bone of One's Own
by Valerie Hobbs
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.29
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5.0 out of 5 stars A youthful Oliver Twist story., December 5, 2013
Maggie was a foundling, left on Madame's doorstep as a baby. Now, at age 11, conscripted as Madame's housemaid, Maggie lives with the constant threat of being put out on the streets if she does not do exactly what Madame says. But Maggie has a hard time following the rules, especially the one about staying silent, and when she speaks out at Madame's reception for the Duchess, Madame is angry and finally does what she has threatened -- she puts Maggie out on the streets of Boston, with nothing.

Oliver was a happy home dog. He had a warm bed, regular meals, and even squirrels to chase. His owner, Bertie, petted him and brushed him, until one day Bertie died, and they took her away in a wagon. Where did they take her? Oliver wondered. He set off down the cobblestone street to find Bertie and tell her to come home. But life on the street is hard for a homeless dog, and Oliver is hungry and worried.

This is the story of a homeless girl and a homeless dog in the early 1900s in Boston, and how they made their way together until they found a new home. A charming Oliver Twist story for ages 7-11. Younger kids would enjoy listening to the story.


Me Too! (I Like to Read®)
Me Too! (I Like to Read®)
by Valeri Gorbachev
Edition: Board book
Price: $12.86
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bear: "I like the snow!" Chipmunk: "Me, too!", December 5, 2013
It is winter, and Bear loves the snow and all the things you can do in the snow. His friend Chipmunk does, too, and joins Bear in his snowy activities. Gorbachev's amusing pen and watercolor illustrations help the reader see Chipmunk's challenges trying to keep up with Bear. An entertaining I Like to Read Book for ages 3-6.


Best Foot Forward
Best Foot Forward
by Ingo Arndt
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.56
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous photographs, December 5, 2013
This review is from: Best Foot Forward (Hardcover)
A fascinating look at feet, flippers, and claws -- from below! From the pads on a tiger's paw to the ribbed feet of a gecko, 25 animals are presented foot-first, and then their identity is revealed.

With full-color photographs, this picture book will be enjoyed by ages 6 and up. Quiz your family! Adults love to guess what foot belongs to what animal; some of these photos will surprise you! A great gift for any occasion.


On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein
On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein
by Jennifer Berne
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $12.95
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better for 6-10 year olds than preschoolers, November 6, 2013
As a boy, Albert Einstein was not like other children. He talked late, but when he started talking, he asked questions and more questions -- so many questions that he was a disruption in class. But the most amazing things about Albert were his thoughts. He read, he learned, he imagined. And imagined. He grew up, and thought and imagined some more, and he wrote down all his new ideas. Soon other scientists were coming to Albert to learn with him!

This is a rather dreamy book, dreamily illustrated with wispy strokes, muted colors, and dashing sketches in pen and ink. Although written in picture book format, this story is unlikely to appeal to preschoolers. Three-fourths of the book is about Einstein as an adult, and his adult ideas and theories. Small children are attracted to things that they can relate to on their own level. This would be of more interest to 3rd or 4th graders, if they could overlook the childish format.

That being said, there are a few young children who do think on a different level than other children and feel out of place with children their own age. This book could speak to them.
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The Matchbox Diary
The Matchbox Diary
by Paul Fleischman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $11.27
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect illustrations of immigrant history, November 6, 2013
This review is from: The Matchbox Diary (Hardcover)
A 5-year-old girl visits her great grandfather for the first time, and is fascinated by all the keepsakes and memorabilia on display in his library.
"Pick one you like, then I'll tell you its story," says her great grandfather. The little girl chooses an old cigar box, which turns out to be tightly packed with little matchboxes. As he slides each one open, her great grandfather explains their contents. Growing up in Italy, he had had a hard life, and had not learned how to read or write. In order to keep a diary, he started keeping tiny items in these boxes, each representing a part of his story. And one by one, he opens them and tells his great granddaughter about his life, long ago.
This unusual, charming, and innovative picture book defies categorization. Bagram Ibatoulline has created detailed illustrations so perfect that they seem like photographs. To separate the old times from present times, he draws great grandfather's boyhood stories in black and white or sepia, while his drawings of present-day life are in full color. I found the illustrations so compelling that I sat and stared at each one for a long time.
Although formatted as a picture book, it is unlikely that a preschooler would be interested in this book. The subject matter and illustrations lend themselves more to a child a bit older, perhaps 6-10.


21 Days to Success Through Networking: The Life and Times of Gnik Rowten
21 Days to Success Through Networking: The Life and Times of Gnik Rowten
by Ron Sukenick
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.58
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons in story form, September 26, 2013
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Gnik Rowten ("Networking" spelled backwards) is starting over in a new city where he has very few connections. Meeting people for the first time and trying to establish meaningful business networks from scratch is a daunting task, and Gnik learns some lessons the hard way. But he listens to a few wise mentors, takes notes, and eventually learns how to build a solid network of friends and business associates. Along the way, Gnik records "Aha" moments, which summarize what he has learned.

The name of the main character (Gnik Rowten) was too gimmicky for me, but the story and concept is great. My favorite principle in the book is "It's all about them." In other words, your conversation should not be all about you and what you need; you should spend most of your time listening to the other person in order to understand THEIR needs. Listening can transform a conversation, and a relationship.

This book is styled a bit like "Five Minute Manager," or "Who Stole My Cheese," in that it uses a story in parable form to teach business lessons in an easy-to-read and easy-to-remember format. A transformative book, not just for business people, but for anyone who wants to improve communication, make friends, and find success in networking.


Taken
Taken
by Erin Bowman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $13.86
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unlikeable main character, August 24, 2013
This review is from: Taken (Hardcover)
Gray Weathersby will be 18 soon, and his life will be over. In the town of Claysoot, no boy lives past his 18th birthday, for on that day an earthquake rumbles the ground, a brilliant light descends -- and he disappears. There's no escape. But then Gray finds a cryptic note from his (deceased) mother and begins to wonder -- what lies beyond the Wall that keeps everyone inside Claysoot? Why does everyone die who tries to climb over it? Does he dare risk everything and climb over for a chance at life?

The concept of this dystopian teen novel is great, but the execution went downhill as it progressed. Gray is not just hot-headed, but violent - punching a girl and hurting her badly. Some of the story becomes contradictory, but lovers of dystopian fiction will enjoy this YA adventure.
PARENTAL NOTE: New sexual partners assigned to the boys every month for the purpose of creating babies before they turn 18. Drinking. Language.
Ages 14-17.


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