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Never Say Die
Never Say Die
by Will Hobbs
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.99
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Outdoor Adventure and Environmentalism, March 25, 2015
This review is from: Never Say Die (Paperback)
Nick Thrasher lives in Canada's Northwest Territories above the Arctic Circle. Although he is only half Inuit (Eskimo), he has lived with them his whole life, and is skilled in hunting and fishing, and has all the survival skills that are needed for living in the Arctic. When his half-brother Ryan, a famous wildlife photographer, comes to visit from Arizona, the two take a rafting trip up the Firth River to look for herds of caribou.

The author has a talent for writing thrilling outdoor adventures, and this is no exception. An overturned raft, dangerous encounters with bears, and a violent super-storm are balanced with a peaceful rest near a wolf, and a breathtaking walk through a herd of thousands of caribou. The most dramatic danger came from a "grolar bear," a mixed-breed grizzly and polar bear, who was larger, fiercer, meaner, and more violent than any bear Nick had ever encountered before. The scene where the grolar bear was eating two campers, and the boys saw him with a human arm in its jaws, was frightening, but not too bad until the grolar plunged into the river and started to chase their raft.

From the beginning of the story, environmental messages were emphasized, including the dangers of global warming and oil drilling in the Arctic. Towards the end, the environmental messages became rather heavy-handed. This flood was because of global warming, and that flood was because of global warming, and fewer caribou in this area was because of global warming, and this storm was because of global warming, and the change in timing of ice on the river is because of global warming, and the paths that the caribou traveled and the places where they spend the winter are changing because of global warming, and even the grolar bear was born because of global warming. It was distracting. I wanted to say, "I understand, can we just get on with the story?"

Will be enjoyed by 8- to 12-year-olds who enjoy outdoor adventures.


Who Goes There?
Who Goes There?
by Karma Wilson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $12.76
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious sounds, October 6, 2014
This review is from: Who Goes There? (Hardcover)
Lewis Mouse heard noises outside his cozy home at the base of a tree. They were scritchy, scratchy noises, and Lewis was frightened. Could it be an owl? Or a cat? Or a bear? Lewis faces his fears and goes outside to search for the source of the noise. What will Lewis find? Anna Currey has created charming watercolor and pen and ink illustrations with changing moods in the pictures, as Lewis Mouse's emotions change. A great book for kids aged 3-6 to see how our imaginations can fool us.


My First Pocket Guide Rocks & Minerals (NG My First Pocket Guides)
My First Pocket Guide Rocks & Minerals (NG My First Pocket Guides)
by Paul Willis MA
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easier to read for the younger set, October 6, 2014
Loaded with photos of rocks and minerals, with clear notes and explanations about how to identify rocks. The differences between this "My First" pocket guide and a regular full-size one are:
1.) Larger font size for younger readers.
2.) Pronunciation help for the names of less familiar rocks and minerals.
3.) More youthful formatting with small colorful blocks of information, rather than dense text.
4.) Only 80 pages, compared to the full size 184 pages.

Perfect for 6- to-12-year-old rock lovers.


Shelter Pet Squad #1: Jelly Bean
Shelter Pet Squad #1: Jelly Bean
by Cynthia Lord
Edition: Paperback
Price: $5.53
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for young pet lovers, October 5, 2014
Suzannah's apartment had a rule: no pets. No dogs, no cats, no birds - not even a goldfish. But Suzannah's mother had an idea to give her a way to enjoy pets without actually owning them: she could volunteer in a youth program at the animal shelter.

Once she started, Suzannah enjoyed her work with the other Shelter Pet Squad volunteers at the shelter. She became especially attached to a shy guinea pig named Jelly Bean. She noticed that the dogs and cats were quickly adopted out, but no one wanted a guinea pig! The Shelter Squad kids decided to create a flyer to encourage teachers to adopt Jelly bean. Will the flyer be successful? Will Jelly Bean find a classroom home?

Includes supplemental pages - Fast Facts about Guinea Pigs, How to Help Shelter Animals in Your Area, How to make dog treats and cat toys, and How to Care for a Guinea Pig of your Own. A popular chapter book for animal lovers aged 6 to 8.


Disaster Strikes #1: Earthquake Shock
Disaster Strikes #1: Earthquake Shock
by Marlane Kennedy
Edition: Paperback
Price: $4.73
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Survival skills - First in a series, October 4, 2014
It was just another sunny day in California when Joey Flores and his friends were walking home from the skateboard park. Then the earthquake hit. Suddenly the friends are caught in tumbled heaps of concrete, collapsed bridges, and crumpled cars. They have to figure out how to save each other and find a way home....but would their homes even be standing?

An exciting disaster book for the younger elementary age kids, with some good emergency prep information slipped in. Ages 7 to 10 will love this chapter book, with frequent illustrations and large print.


I'm Not Sleepy
I'm Not Sleepy
by Jane Chapman
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing illustrations, October 3, 2014
This review is from: I'm Not Sleepy (Paperback)
Mo is a little owlet. At the end of each day, his grandmother carries him up to his nest at the top of the tree, tucks him in, blows him a kiss, and hops down to read her book. But Mo has a hard time falling asleep. He needs a snack, and fresh leaves, and to be tucked in again....and again. Still he wasn't sleepy! So Grandma decided if Mo wasn't going to sleep, SHE was! She asked Mo to put her to bed, then bring her a snack, then get her some fresh leaves, then tuck her in again. Whew! Mo was worn out! "I'm really sleepy," he said.

A sweet bedtime book, with marvelous owl-feather, leaf and nest illustrations by the author, for little ones aged 2-4.


Very Special Friends
Very Special Friends
by Jane Chapman
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant; very low key, October 3, 2014
This review is from: Very Special Friends (Paperback)
Mouse went to the edge of the river to wait for her Special Friends. While she was waiting, Rabbit, Frog, and Turtle came along and joined her. At the end of a lovely day, Mouse got ready to leave, and the others asked her why she didn't wait longer for her Special Friends to arrive. She said, "But you're all here!"

The author's lovely illustrations of river bank, meadow, and trees are essential to the story, as the friends play and picnic together. A simple, quiet picture book for ages 3-5.


Dixie and the Class Treat (I Can Read Book 1)
Dixie and the Class Treat (I Can Read Book 1)
by Grace Gilman
Edition: Paperback
Price: $3.99
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3.0 out of 5 stars Homemade treats in the classroom?, October 3, 2014
When Emma and her mom make cookies for her school class, she makes a mistake and puts hot pepper into them instead of cinnamon. Of course, her dog Dixie saves the day. When Dixie steals a cookie, she discovers the error before any of the children bite into a hot pepper cookie.

Now that most schools require factory-packaged treats and ban homemade ones, this story line becomes less relevant. But Dixie is cute in all her books. This I Can Read book will be popular for fans of Dixie and for beginning readers, aged 4-7.


Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes (Sing and Read Storybook)
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes (Sing and Read Storybook)
by Mike Wohnoutka
Edition: Paperback
81 used & new from $0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Teaching the song for beginners, October 2, 2014
A cute little song book for kids just learning the rhyme. Once you already know the song and the motions, this will be too slow for you. "Eyes and ears..." Stop. Turn the page. "...and mouth and nose." Stop. Turn page. Once kids know the song, they love to see how fast they can sing it, which doesn't lend itself to page-turning. But this is a great early childhood level book for the kids who are still learning where their knees and shoulders are.

Very cute illustrations of animals touching their heads, shoulders, knees, and toes. There is just one verse, repeated once. The music is included at the back of the book, in case there is anyone who doesn't know it. Ages 2-4.


Owls (Usborne Beginners)
Owls (Usborne Beginners)
by Emily Bone
Edition: Hardcover
23 used & new from $0.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing photography, October 2, 2014
A beautifully presented book, in the Usborne tradition, which means that it is filled with wonderful color photographs and detailed illustrations. Young bird watchers or Harry Potter fans will enjoy learning more about owls, and the book is more widely enjoyable simply because of its crisp, clear photos, and text appropriate for younger readers.

A great classroom or home resource for kids aged 6-9.


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