Title: Red Sings from Treetops
Written by: Joyce Sidman
Illustrated by: Pamela Zagarenski
Reviewed by: Daniel M.
The book is about all the colors in each season that makes it that specific season. The main message is to pay attention to each season and look for all the colors that work together to make it that season.
The setting is each season in a year: spring, summer, fall, and winter. It is important because in the book, Red is singing about the colors in each season.
Color is a main character and changes as each season passes by. It grows darker, brighter or it goes away for a specific season.
The pictures do help tell the story because it shows what each season looks like. It shows all the things that are in a season and the colors.
I would recommend this book because it's a good book and helps us see each season in color.
Author/Illustrator: Suzy Lee
Reviewed by: Myla T., Grade I
This book is about a small little girl that goes to the beach. At first she is afraid of the water, but then she plays in it, but then a big wave comes and she sticks her tongue out and the wave crashes on her and she tumbles and gets soaked but she was okay and liked playing with the seashells. The seagulls stay near the little girl all day. Then she waves bye to the wave and she leaves and so do the seagulls.
The books take place on a summer day at the beach.
The young girl with short hair is wearing a dress. She is playful and looks happy for most of the story.
The illustrations told me the story.
I would recommend the book because I like the beach and the waves.
Title: Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman
Author: Marc Tyler Nobleman
Illustrator: Ross MacDonald
Reviewed by: Dylan V., Grade V
This book is about 2 boys named Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The weren't too popular in school and they both didn't have alot of friends, until they met each other. They made their own comic books. Jerry does the writing and Joe was the illustrator. One day Joe thought "What if someone could be super - strong, be super - fast and fly?" So, he jotted some notes down, went to Joe's house and created Superman. You want to know more about the book? You could if you read Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman .
Something I learned from this book is that you don't need to be super to do something great.
The illustrations looked almost like the real thing and really good. I'll try and draw like that someday.
I recommend this book for other people because it was a really interesting story.
(Also because Superman is my favorite superhero)
Title: A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
Author: Jen Bryant
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet
Genre: Nonfiction, poetry
Reviewed by: Alexander J., Grade IV
The book is about the story of William Carlos Williams who was a poet and a doctor. Williams grew up in Rutherford New Jersey and wrote poems about things he saw every day, such as wheelbarrows, plums and trees. The book has his poems in the beginning, his life story in the middle, and more of his poems at the end. The book also has a timeline and an author's and illustrator's note.
Most of his poems are short but a few are long. No matter how hard he worked as a doctor he still wrote poems all his life. He started writing poems in high school because he was inspired by the poetry of the English writers that he studied. He only wrote poems about things he saw every day.
I didn't know that he lived so close to where I live and I have never heard of Rutherford, New Jersey before. The timeline shows a period of his life in the middle, the world events during that time on the right and the poems he wrote at that time on the left.
The illustrator drew a lot of illustrations but she said they weren't good enough to match his poems so she cut out scraps from books and magazines and made a collage instead. The collages are interesting because she uses Williams poems on top of the scenery. The illustrations seem 3-dimensional and not realistic. It has a random effect.
The captions have his poems and so do the illustrations. Some of them are unfinished, like he is still writing them. His friend Charles Demuth was inspired by Williams' poem, The Great Figure, to paint Figure 5 in Gold.
I really recommend it. I feel that if you read it you would like it. If you are interested in poetry and biographies of famous people, this book is for you. I like Williams' poems because they are more simple than other poems I've read.
Title: Owen and Mzee: The Language of Friendship
Authors: Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hathoff, Dr. Paula Kahumbu
Photographer: Peter Greste
Reviewed by: Makayla T., Grade II
It is a true story about a tortoise and a hippopotamus that were very good friends. A tsunami came and destroyed the hippo Owen's family. Owen was by himself. Someone found him and put him in a park. Then he met Mzee and they became very good friends. They made up their own sign language and made up their own sounds so they could communicate. The Dr. was afraid the hippo thought he was a tortoise. The Dr. put him with another tortoise named Cleo. Cleo, Toto, Owen and Mzee were like a family. You can be friends even if you are different!
I learned that friendship is good. I learned that a Tsunami is a very big wave. I learned that different people and animals can be friends.
The photo are nice because they show how Owen and Mzee are friends.
like this book. I might read it again. I would tell kids that like animals to read it.
Title: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Author/Illustrator: Eric Carle
Reviewed by: Myla T., Grade I
The book was about a hungry caterpillar. The caterpillar ate a lot! Monday until Friday he ate healthy food. Then he ate a lot of junk food like cherry pie, a lollipop, and a cupcake. Then he got really fat because he ate junk food! After that he built a cocoon and turned into a butterfly!
(The story takes place) outside during the warm weather. Caterpillars can't turn into a butterfly when it's cold!
The very hungry caterpillar started as a caterpillar and ended as a butterfly.
Pictures helped me read the book. I like the book.
Title: A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
Author: Jen Bryant
Illustrator: Melissa Sweet
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography
Reviewed by: Sarah H., Grade II/III
A boy named Horace Pippin loved to draw, but his family didn't have enough money to buy him any art supplies. One day Horace saw a picture in a magazine that said, “Draw Me! And Win A Prize.” He drew it perfectly. A few days later a package came. Horace opened it and it said, “Congratulations!” and had art supplies. He outlined a picture with charcoal and painted it and added a splash of red. Everybody asked him to paint pictures for them and so he did. When he was older he went to war in Germany, and was shot in his right arm. He had to figure out how to still draw. Horace Pippin became an amazing artist even though he had to overcome many challenges.
This story took place in the past from 1888 until the middle of the 1900s, and was mostly in the United States, including West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Horace Pippin was born on February 22, 1888. When he was at war it took about 3 years for the war to be over. He hurts his arm and learns that he can still draw and paint.
The pictures are very pretty they really helped to describe the words. The pictures are important because Horace Pippin was an artist, and we get to see his artwork.
I would recommend this book to kids who love art and to anyone who loves to read. I especially liked that it was about a real person who overcame his challenges.
Title: The Incredible Book Eating Boy
Author/Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Reviewed by: Nikolas C., Grade III
This book is about a boy named Henry who loves to eat books! When he first starts eating books, he starts with a word, then a sentence, then a page, then a whole book! When he eats books his brain is getting bigger and he is getting smarter. But then he gets sick from all those books and has to figure out a way to enjoy books without eating them.
The setting is at the Henry's house, at school, and at the library.
Henry is a nice boy. But when he isn't paying attention he accidentally ate a book. Then he loved eating books! He is intelligent.
I like the illustrations because it uses pages from real books. There are yellow pages and book paper and one even had a coffee stain on it. I noticed that when it was school or any schooly part of the story it was on graph paper. All these book pages are very attractive and fun.
I thought this book was odd how he ate books and how the messages in the books went to his brain and he got smarter. There is even a bite mark in the back cover of the book where Henry ate it which is funny! One thing he found out was that he should stop eating books and he did the right thing. My feeling about books is that we should take care of them and not eat them since we can learn from them and they can twist your brain and help you think of things that no one else has ever thought of.
Title: Iggy Peck, Architect
Author: Andrea Beaty
Illustrator: David Roberts
Reviewed by Nikolas C., Grade III
Iggy Peck, Architect is about a boy who loves to build buildings out of anything he can find like apples, peaches, pancakes, cat food, and diapers. When he gets to second grade, the teacher doesn't like buildings so she asks him to go to Principal Howe because he was building something he wasn't supposed to. But when they go to Blue River Pass, Iggy saves the day because he can build so well.
The story takes place at Iggy's school and outside at Blue River Pass. It is just ordinary time, buy maybe it is in the future.
Iggy Peck loves to build things. When he was two, he built a Leaning Tower of Pisa out of diapers. Some were dirty and some were not! He built a castle out of chalk. Because he's such a good builder, he is able to save the day!
The illustrations look very realistic and it's very cool how Iggy's buildings look compared to real life. The buildings that he makes don't look fake like something is going to fall down. I love the details like when the teacher Miss Lila Greer says to the class that she doesn't want anybody building anything. She throws books in the garbage to show she doesn't want any talk of buildings in the room. The pictures are sometimes funny, and if you look really closely, you can find some funny things. If you look at the second to last page, you can find something that you wear!
I recommend this book because even if you don't like architecture, it actually makes you want to build things because you see all these great buildings. It interested me because at Princeton Junior School I build a lot of things with the blocks, and I really like architecture. My favorite building of Iggy's was the castle of chalk because it looks beautiful and very realistic. I have never made anything out of chalk, but it would be hard because chalk is very roly poly!
Title: Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature
Author: Joyce Sidman
Illustrator: Beth Krommes
Reviewed by Nikolas C., Grade III
Swirl by Swirl is about spirals that you can find in nature. The book says that a spiral is a growing shape. It starts small and gets bigger. It's all through the seasons. For example, spirals are in the forest, in the ocean and in space.
A spiral can be found in a nautilus shell. A nautilus forms its home by curling around itself as it grows, adding to itself as it grows. A nautilus shell is a very beautiful shell. I've always wanted to see it.
I like the illustrations because they look so real and it has so many swirls, like the book is actually made of swirls.
I like this book because my school mascot is the nautilus shell. I think the nautilus shell represents learning because like the nautilus shell expands and gets bigger and bigger, your mind gets bigger and bigger with learning. I give Swirl by Swirl 4 million starts because it's a thoughtful book and there are so many good illustrations and it's just what I like.
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