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Who We Are! All about being the same and being different

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Title: Who We Are! All about being the same and being different
Author: Robie H. Harris
Series: Let’s Talk About You and Me
Recommended for: K- 2nd grade
Pages: 40
Call Number/Link:  E 158.2 HAR

Synopsis: Join Nellie, Gus, baby Jake, and their parents at Funland as they go on rides, watch performers, and play games along with many other children and grown-ups. As they enjoy their excursion, they notice that people are the same as one another in lots of ways, and different in lots of ways too. Accessible, humorous, family-filled illustrations; conversations between Gus and Nellie; and straightforward text come together to help children realize why it’s important to treat others the way they want to be treated and the way you want to be treated whether a person is a lot like you or different from you, a good friend or someone you have just met or seen for the first time. (from the catalog)

Review:  I had mixed feelings about this book.  I loved the illustrations throughout the entire book. They showed all types of families who are from all different racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, as well as some people with physical challenges. The text discusses how people are basically the same even though they are different in many ways.  It describes many ways people are different.  Unfortunately the text on each page goes on and on and on.  It would make a great read aloud for kids if it had only 1/3 of the words!  You could use the illustrations to start conversations about differences.  Currently it is too long and very boring.  But the pictures are fantastic!

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Escrito y Dibujado por Enriqueta ( Written and Drawn by Henrieta)

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Title: Escrito y Dibujado por Enriqueta ( Written and Drawn by Henrieta)

Author: Liniers

Series: Un libro Toon

Recommended for: K-3rd 

Pages:  60
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Call Number/Link:  SPAN E LINIERS & GN J LINIERS

Synopsis:    A Junior Library Guild Selection

Reading books is fun . . . but what about making them? Armed with new colored pencils, Henrietta’s ready to try. Peek over her shoulder as she draws the story of a brave young girl, a three-headed monster, and an impossibly wide world of adventure. Whether read aloud to a toddler or discovered by a young reader, Liniers’ celebration of the creative process is sure to make everyone want to bring out their pencils.

Ricardo Siri Liniers, known as Liniers, is the author of Macanudo, a daily comic strip hugely popular in Argentina, now available in English. His US debut, The Big Wet Balloon, a TOON Book, was nominated for an Eisner Award and chosen as one of Parents‘ Top 10 Children’s Books. He lives in Buenos Aires with his wife and three daughters, Matilda, Clementina, and Emma, whom he credits as inspirations for this book.

My Thoughts: This is a fabulous book, especially since it is authentic Spanish.  The author writes all his books in Spanish and they are translated.  Wow, I am so happy.  It is very cute and can be read by the elementary school group.  A few of his books come in both languages and he has some awesome comic books that are numbered and are called Macanudo 1-11. I can’t wait till we are able to obtain more.  These are short and sweet with some more difficult vocabulary words but should not be a problem for a Spanish speaking child.

 

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Lowriders in space

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Lowriders in Space

Lowriders in Space

Title: Lowriders in space
Author: Cathy Camper, Illustrator: Raul Gonzalez
Series: Lowriders in space
Recommended for: 3-8th grade
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Call Number/Link:  GN J LOWRIDERS V. 1

 

Synopsis: Lupe, Flapjack, & Elirio customize their car into a low rider for the Universal Car Competition to win the cash prize that will enable them to buy their own garage.

Review: I loved this book!  From its heady use of ink pens in illustration and rough paper design esthetic to its can-do spirit, this book has a real DIY empowerment idea going on.  This book is a wonderful tale of three friends working together to achieve a dream.  Told as seemingly by black, red, & blue ink pens on the back of found paper, this story relates the story of a magical car ride through space as the heroes try to win a competition.  Add to it a heavy dose of Spanish (with explaining footnotes for these possibly new words and slang) and this is a book has a subtle teachable element without feeling like it lectures.  Each of the the three heroes of the story are relatable and the power of their friendship is quite excellent.

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2016 in Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Juv, Spanish

 

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The Great Greene Heist

great greene heistTitle: The Great Greene Heist: Saving the School, one con at a time
Author: Varian Johnson
Series: n/a
Recommended for: 5th – 8th Grade
Pages: 226
Call Number/Link: J FICTION JOHNSON, V 

Synopsis: Jackson Greene swears he’s given up scheming. Then  school bully Keith Sinclair announces he’s running for Student Council president, against Jackson’s former friend Gaby de la Cruz. Gaby wants Jackson to stay out of it — but he knows Keith has “connections” to the principal, which could win him the presidency no matter the vote count.

So Jackson assembles a crack team:  Hashemi Larijani, tech genius. Victor Cho, bankroll. Megan Feldman, science goddess. Charlie de la Cruz, reporter. Together they devise a plan that will take down Keith, win Gaby’s respect, and make sure the election is done right. If they can pull it off, it will be remembered as the school’s greatest con ever — one worthy of the name THE GREAT GREENE HEIST.

Wonderful Book.  I like that it was multicultural, strong male and female characters, and a great plot.This is a well orchestrated  con, that take little jobs and may different experts to help.  It had the feel of Ocean’s 11, which is a movie that I really enjoyed. How to sell it: Some students find out that the student election is going to be rigged.  The students form a group to make sure the elections are fair.  Coping keys, rigging a not-a- scantron machine (copier) and much more are just a few things that they need to do.  I would recommend it for kids that liked Westing Game and Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.

 

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2015 in Juv, Realistic

 

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All Fall Down

all fall downTitle: All Fall Down
Author: Ally Carter
Series: Embassy Row Book # 1
Recommended for: 6th Grade and up
Pages: 310 pages
Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION CARTER, A. 

Synopsis:

Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her — so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace — no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her . . . and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.

– (Scholastic)

Grace can only remember little bits about the day her mom died.  What she remembers is her mom being shot by a man with a scar. Graces’ family has been trying to convince her that her mom died in an accidental fire.  Is Grace crazy? Did she make the whole memory up? Who should she believe?  The first half of the book you are getting to know the different characters that live on Embassy Row.  The last quarter of the book is where most of the action happens. This book was enjoyable to read.  I was hoping for more action, but I can tell the author is laying the ground work for the next book.  I am putting this for 6th grade and up because a huge part of this book is dealing with Grace’s internal struggle with what she thinks she sees and what everyone whats her to believe happened.

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2015 in Mysteries, Teen

 

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