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Some Top Rated Books – Book Selections – 04/26/12

Posted on: Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Most weeks we recommend books that are closely associated with our blog.  This week we decided to recommendation some books that are highly rated and will both educate and entertain the kids.

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2012 is for kids age 8 and up.  “No. 3 on The New York Times Best Sellers list for Children’s Paperbacks,” this book is in “the lively style of National Geographic Kids magazine”.  This colorful page-turner excites young people about their world and everything in it.”  “A 100% new game section features photo-puzzles, illustrated pen-and-pencil games, and other brainteasers. Every chapter is updated with exciting new content: photos of animals, adventure, and nature; maps of the continents, new this year; hundreds of facts and figures; and fascinating stories about incredible creatures, space, vacations, and more.”  Review from Amazon.

Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein is for kids age PreK and up.  “Have you ever read a book with everything on it?  Well, here it is, an amazing collection of never-before-published poems and drawings from the creator of Where the Sidewalk Ends,A Light in the Attic, and Falling Up.  You will say Hi-ho for the toilet troll, get tongue-tied with Stick-a-Tongue-Out-Sid, play a highly unusual horn, and experience the joys of growing down.  What’s that?  You have a case of the Lovetobutcants?  Impossible!  Just come on in and let the magic of Shel Silverstein bend your brain and open your heart.”  Review from Amazon.

The Secret School by Avi is for kids aged 8 – 12.  “Weaving together a fast-moving plot, solid characterizations, sharply tuned dialogue and a wealth of detail, Avi (The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle) offers another satisfying historical novel, this time evoking rural Colorado in 1925.  When the teacher at the one-room schoolhouse in Elk Valley must depart unexpectedly, the head of the school board decides to end the academic year right then, a month and a half before the summer break.  To his surprise, 14-year-old Ida Bidson protests, because without exit exams, she cannot proceed to high school in the fall.  “I’m not so sure a girl needs a high school education,” Mr. Jordan retorts, undeterred.  Then Ida’s friend Tom comes up with a plan: “You’re such a gravy know-it-all,” he tells her.  “You could take over the school when Miss Fletcher leaves.”  And so she does, swearing the students to secrecy. It’s no easy task “Miss Bidson” has to learn self-confidence, and she must keep up with her farm chores and with her own studies.  To compound the challenge, the county examiner discovers the secret and agrees to keep it only if all the students take a final exam. Right from the opening scene showing resourceful Ida and her seven-year-old brother driving the family’s Model T to school Ida at the wheel hollering directions (“Brake and clutch!”) while Felix pushes the pedals with his hands Avi wittily up-ends the usual roles assigned adults and children.  A crowd-pleaser.”  Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.  Review from Amazon.

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