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reviewed To Be a Slave. October 27, 2010
To Be a Slave
 Slavery will forever be a blight on the United States, born as a nation of free men based on radical political ideals; those ideals were not initially applied to all men. The phrase, “that …
The Adventures of Abdi
This book was much better than my preconceived notions allowed it to be. When I read on the cover that the author was called Madonna I immediately went to the back jacket to verify that she was in fact …
reviewed Hairy Harry. July 25, 2010
Hairy Harry
The best children's fiction books have three characteristics:    *) A silly story based on an absurdity that children can easily understand is an absurdity.  *) Understandable …
reviewed Football Stories. July 24, 2010
Football Stys
I devoured juvenile sports fiction when I was in junior high school; I read every book in that area found in the school library. I started in the "A's" and sequentially went through them until the end …
Dingle: The Helpful Ice Cream Cone Delivery Dog
Children that adore dogs will love this book. Dingle is a pleasant dog, owned by an elderly woman confined to a wheelchair, he considers himself underutilized. His owner feels that she can do everything …
Howtoons: The Possibilities Are Endless!
Since the days of the original "Tom Swift" series of the early 1900's there has been a steady market for stories about young inventors. A subsequent series called "Tom Swift Jr." was published in the …
reviewed Grump Groan Growl. July 22, 2010
Grump Groan Growl
The style of the lettering and the background images are perfect for illustrating a foul mood. Written in a manner suggesting that they were drawn with a wide paintbrush, the letters give the appearance …
Although the coaches described in this book have long passed from the football scene and many have passed away, this is still a good book for young people interested in pro football. The coaches profiled …
reviewed MVP. July 17, 2010
MVP
Robbie Belmont was a superstar catcher in high school, but now he is a freshman in college at Redstone University. He has to adjust too many changes in his life, new friends, new location, new teachers, …
reviewed Mathamusements. June 28, 2010
Mathamusements
Properly presented, mathematics can be fun and amusing for children and this book is an existence proof of that fact. Whether it be numbers, computations or geometric figures, working through the mathematical …
The Man Who Lived Alone
It seems to be a sociological law that every rural neighborhood must contain an eccentric old man. This story is about a man that lives quietly among the animals and other living creatures of the forest. …
Of Lights in the Night; Friends and Adventure: The
Children generally play hard and with great imagination during the day and they hope to have wonderful dreams when sleep enters their heads. This story is about Elannah and Sam as they close their eyes …
reviewed Lyin' Like a Dog. June 13, 2010
Lyin' Like a Dog
Twelve-year-old boys that have room to roam can have great adventures, but they can also get into a lot of trouble. Richard and John Clayton are inseparable best friends with a lot of curiosity, energy …
Scuffy the Tugboat and His Adventures Down the
My daughter loved this book about a little tugboat when she was young, I must have read it to her over fifty times and then when she was older, she would sit and leaf through the pages. Consequently, …
If the Trees Could Talk
Any solution to the climate change problem will almost have to involve the planting of millions of trees. Their ability to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turn it into cellulose is the …
reviewed Hush, Little Alien. June 04, 2010
Hush, Little Alien
This is one of the most delightful children's books that I have ever encountered, and I read hundreds of them to my daughter when she was young. Kirk uses the nursery rhyme that begins with "Hush, little …
reviewed The Grey Grey Cloud. June 01, 2010
The grey Grey Cloud
The Grey (mood) Grey (color) cloud is a being that is very fearful and pessimistic, shedding tears over everything. His foul mood makes his life difficult until he encounters Silver Fairy. The fairy speaks …
Holiday Poems for Children
Quality poetry is more than just making sentences where the sound of a word at the end of one matches the sound of the word at the end of another. Good poetry has a rhythm and a beat to it, as you read …
Dennis the Menace and His Girls
"Dennis the Menace" is one of my favorite cartoon characters of all time, yet when one looks around the modern world, his antics seem a bit quaint. He is a tough kid and willing to stand and fight to …
Flip,: Story and pictures
When we were young, my uncle Kevin was in love with horses. He was always talking about them, in his mind, one of the best things that he could do was to slap his thigh in the rhythm of a horse galloping. …
Donner the Western Dragon: A Hero's Tale
People come in a wide range of forms, from those that burn all their energy, money and other assets as soon as they acquire them to those who prefer a more reserved lifestyle, saving their energy and …
reviewed Tommy Carries The Ball. April 29, 2010
TOMMY CARRIES THE BALL
This book references a time so long ago that the football players are wearing leather helmets with no face protection. Tommy is an eight-year-old boy that has a great desire to play football, but he finds …
reviewed Bug Meets his Friend. April 21, 2010
Bug Meets his Friend
Friendship and sharing playtime with friends is a critical part of being a child and then growing up into a well-adjusted and socially capable adult. This book is about one day in the life of the yellow …
reviewed Hard Ball. April 18, 2010
Hard Ball
It is a sad fact of life that people will always be segregated into classes and that segregation seems to be first solidified in high school. Children that played together when young gravitate away from …
reviewed Mystery At Shadow Pond. April 15, 2010
Mystery At Shadow Pond
I read this book for the first time when I was in elementary school and it stayed with me so much that when I spotted it on the shelf at a used bookstore I had to buy it and read it again. Margie Lawson, …
Search For Silver Mountain
Trolls are a common entity appearing in the folk tales of Northern Europe and this story is set in the mountains of Scandinavia. While they are short and ugly as trolls usually are, Olaf and Helga are …
reviewed Homer Price. April 11, 2010
Homer Price
I read and thoroughly enjoyed the adventures of Homer Price when I was in elementary school. Homer is an intelligent and adventurous lad in his early teen years and the timeframe is a small town in the …
Danny the Dragon Meets Jimmy
One of the places my imagination took me in my youth was hearing voices from seashells. I would pretend that people were talking to me from inside them and I would use a shell as if it were a two-way …
reviewed The Yellow Hummer. April 04, 2010
The Yellow Hummer
This story is about disappointment and the path to forgiveness after something has gone wrong. It is the time of Christmas and four-year-old Jordan is excited about going to a Christmas party. There are …
reviewed Share from The Heart. March 29, 2010
Share from The Heart
No person is complete; we all lack something that can only be satisfied by interacting with other people in a sharing manner. Those needs can be satisfied in many ways, they are often eventually satisfied …
reviewed Bailey's Day. March 26, 2010
Bailey's Day
Pet owners and lovers, of which I am one, enjoy their antics even when they are annoying and frustrating. Bailey is a real dog that "owns" the author, a mail carrier. Like all good dogs, he is full of …
reviewed Superman. March 21, 2010
Superman
The time that I spent preparing for this review was not one of the most efficient uses of my time, but it was a lot of fun. This is one of those books where you are presented with an image containing …
Bart Starr, the cool quarterback
When I was growing up in Iowa, the sports personality most of us worshipped was Bart Starr; he always seemed to be above criticism. A neighborhood get together to play football always led to disputes …
Tales for the third ear,: From Equatorial Africa
Folk tales from around the world have many similarities, they feature brave heroes, lying and cheating humans and clever and deceptive animals. In Africa, the phrase "add a third ear" means to listen …
Is there a monster over there?
The fear of a monster being under the bed, in the closet or lurking above is a normal fear that most children have. Fortunately, nearly every child grows out of it and will look back with wry amusement …
Make That a Table for Seven: A Grizzly Family
For many obvious reasons, children need to have a sense of security. One of the greatest fears that children have, one that was dominant in my youth was "What will happen to us if our parents are gone?" …
reviewed My Dog Is Lost!. March 01, 2010
MY DOG IS LOST!
Very few people of substance now question the importance of including multicultural aspects in the education of children. The only real issue is whether it should be done incrementally or in broader steps. …
How to Write Codes and Send Secret Messages
Like a large percentage of other boys, I was a member of a club in elementary school and we created our own secret code to send messages. It was great fun when Scott and I passed our messages and other …
reviewed Dear Mom For Abc. February 26, 2010
Dear Mom For Abc/Ltd
This book is the perfect gift for a child to give to their mother that loves animals. While the captions express the proper sentiments of a child to their mother, the images are all capable of generating …
reviewed Great Eagle & Small One. February 26, 2010
Great Eagle & Small One
I am a big fan of nature stories told in the Native American voice. Therefore, I enjoyed this book about Great Eagle and his difficulties. Great Eagle is a majestic eagle that soars high and is a ruthless …
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