Saturday, July 14, 2018

Shakespeare Retold by E. Nesbit illustrated by Antonia Javier Caparo*

With a Foreword by John Lithgow
Biography and Timeline by Mariah Fredericks
Seven of Shakespeare's works are shared in this beautifully illustrated anthology (Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest, and Much Ado About Nothing).  Before each story is a cast of characters which is helpful as sometimes remembering who is who is confusing!
Warning: Although these stories have been revised for children, they still include violence, suicide and evil characters. 
I had started reading this to myself, but then my eleven year old snatched it away so he could read it!  He likes Shakespeare! His only negative comment was that he wished the versions in this collection were lengthier.  He wants more of the details.
*Highly recommend.\
-Borrowed from the library.

Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal*

With description language, Ms. Messner showcases the interesting life found in and around the pond.  A mom and her son spend the day in a boat, moving slowly across the waters, appreciating the sights, sounds and smells of the pond.

*Highly recommend.
-Borrowed from the library.

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Timelines of World History by Jane Chisholm*

Divided into seven sections, (The Ancient World, The Middle Ages, The 16th Century, The 17th Century, 18th Century, the 19th Century, The 20th Century) this book displays dates and events in columns, with different countries/areas in each column. 
I own a few timeline books, but I like this format/arrangement better.  It is easier to compare the different areas this way.
-Borrowed from the library (but I may buy it).
*Highly recommend.
Timelines of World History

U.S. Geography for Children-New York DVD

Produced by Schlessinger Media, a Division of Library Video Company

In this series Miguel travels to various parts of the United States.  He chats with a friend via computer, sharing all of his adventures.  This DVD's focus was on New York state.  Viewers can see the diverse landscape, land forms, and cities within this large state.  History is also included.
-Borrowed from the library.
Other DVDs in this series:
California, Florida, Michigan, Texas, The Midwest, The Northeast, The Southeast, The Southwest, The West, The State Capitals, The United States, and U.S. Commonwealth and Territories

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Much Ado About Nothing For Kids by Lois Burdett*

Shakespeare Can Be Fun! series
In rhyming text, Ms. Burdett offers the humorous story about Beatrice's and Benedick's continuous sparring and Hero and Claudio's love for each other.  Don John, an evil half brother, decides to destroy the romance between the two.  Will the truth be known or will Hero and Claudio be separated for life?  Will Beatrice and Benedick fall in love?
Ms. Burdett incorporates illustrations by kids to depict the different scenes.  Kids also compose letters from one character to another character.  These letters are dispersed throughout the book.
Ms. Burdett has written seven different Shakespeare stories for kids!

My eleven year old has been picking up and reading the Shakespeare books I have lying around as I research what to use this coming school year.  He has really enjoyed all of the different stories by Shakespeare but did not care for this format (the rhyming, letters and pictures by kids).
I think my eight year old will enjoy this series, though.
*Highly recommend.
-Borrowed from the library.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Spotlight on Canada by Bobbie Kalman*

The layout of this informational book is appealing and does not overwhelm the reader.
It offers a comprehensive overview of Canada's history and cultural.
*Highly recommend.
-Borrowed from the library.

Niagara Falls by Steve Goldsworthy

North America's Largest Waterfall
Lots of interesting facts coupled with photographs make this book a great learning tool.
A "What Have You Learned?" section and a make your own waterfall activity are included.
-Borrowed from the library.