Browsing Archive: August, 2011

Rosemary Well's On the Blue Comet

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Friday, August 12, 2011,

I'm going to start with a disclaimer:  Rosemary Well's On the Blue Comet is exactly the kind of book I loved as a child.  It reminds of some of my favorites by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, which had an enchanting blend of realism and whimsy. But I also think that much about the book would be hard for modern children to understand.

Our protagonist, Oscar Ogilvie Junior, is obsessed by the world of Lionel trains.  Set at the beginnings of the Great Depre...

Continue reading ...

Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beckie Prange

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Sunday, August 7, 2011,

Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature's Survivors by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beckie Prange is quite engaging and difficult to categorize.  Or, perhaps, this book is engaging BECAUSE it is hard to categorize.  Whatever it is, I like it.

Sidman's poems laud the thriving world of "survivors" that populate the world.  Ranging from the microscopic bacteria and diatoms to the larger sharks, from plants and animals as well as humans, these poems and ...

Continue reading ...

For Good Measure: The Ways we say How Much, How Far, How Heavy, How Big , How Old

Posted by Lydia Schultz on Tuesday, August 2, 2011,

Ken Robbins has done something with this book that I often despair of finding -- he has created an entertaining, truly informative, well-written non-fiction book for kids in middle grades.  I found this book to have information I didn't know, which is an added plus.

"For Good Measure" looks at one of those topics that people of all ages often obsess about -- how do we measure what we see or experience and why do we do it the ways we do.  (If you don't think we obsess about it, just try t...

Continue reading ...

About Me

Lydia Schultz I am a school librarian and part-time college English teacher. I hope to review many of the books I read, both in the context of my research about children's books as well as in my pursuit of recreational reading. I want to share what I read--so what else is new?

Please feel free to contact me.  I welcome hearing feedback and advice.  If you would like to comment on a particular post, click on the title of the post and a comment box will appear after the post when the page reloads.



9/11 a a million shades of gray adrianne adventure advice aerial photography afghanistan afghanistan” alcott always my brother america is under attack amy ariel amy june bates an old-fashioned girl and andrea davis pinkney animal books animal photographs animals ann malaspina arnold lobel autobiography bad mood bangladesh barbara kerley barry deutsch bartleby speaks! bear” because of mr. terupt benno and the night of broken glass bibi dumon tak biesty biography bob raczka book blogger appreciation week boys bradley trevor greive braille bullying children civil rights civil rights movement claire a. nivola community cosmic cynthia kadohata daily life death dillon dogs don brown dori weinstein doug chayka education einstein” elementary school elisa amado emma lazarus erik brooks ethical choices exploration families family fantasy fiction flora & ulysses flora and ulysses flowchart folk tales folk_music for for good measure forgotten” frank cottrell boyce freedom friends forever friendship frog and toad from gardens geography girls global graphic novel hereville: how mirka got her sword historical fiction history holocaust houses how i learned to love geography i dreamed of flying like a bird i hear america singing if you lived here imagination immigrants impulse control integration interview into into the unknown itamar makes friends jason shiga jean reagan jeanette winter jewish jewish children jewish children's book jews josee bisaillon josee masse josh hasten kate dicamillo katherine hannigan katherine paterson ken robbins kevin hawkes knucklehead krull laroche let freedom sing libraries listening lobel" magic” maps mariela kleiner marilyn singer mark twain martha rast mckissack meanwhile measurement meg wiviott menena cottin mirror mirror mitzvah the mutt mlk day music national geographic nature new non-fiction o'connor on the blue comet one world one day opposites opposites” other patricia mac lachlan paul fleischman penguin phelan phyllis pollema-cahill picture book picture books poem" poems poetry polar bear prange quiet reading reversible verse rob buyea robert b. haas robin cruise rosana faria rosemary wells roses rosh hashanah ross s. kim glassman school school library school: schools science scieszka secret seedfolks segregation senses september 11 sidman single sit-in: how four friends stood up by sitting down sit-ins squeezed story sylvia rouss taliban terrorism the the black book of colors the blue day book for kids the extraordinary mark twain (according to susy) the fantastic secret of owen jester the frogs and toads all sang the new colossus the statue of liberty” linda glaser the unforgotten coat time travel toddler too” trains true true (...sort of) ubiquitous urban life uri shulevitz vanessa newton vietnam viviana garofoli war word” world” yasmin's hammer yaya and yoyo year” “around “bread “emma's “lemonade “meet “nasreen’s “never “polar “sliding “soldier “waiting
Make a Free Website with Yola.