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Arlington ISD Review of Tractors

Tractors by Kirsty Holmes gives younger students information about this piece of equipment used on a farm. Information included is parts of a tractor, driving a tractor and more. The illustration are cute and colorful, with a Farmer Llama that likes to tell jokes. This might be a great book

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Arlington ISD Review of Dangerous Teeth! Moray Eel Attack

Dangerous Teeth! is a great choice for those students who love learning about nature’s most ferocious predators. The book begins with a graphic account of two divers exploring the coral reefs off of Thailand, one of whom has become too comfortable with the moray eel he’s seen in his many…

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Arlington ISD Review of Get Crafting for your Gorgeous Guinea Pig

Ruth Owen in Get Crafting for Your Gorgeous Guinea Pig, gives readers ideas of how to create crafts for their pet Guinea Pigs. It is part of the Playful Pet Projects series. This series provides a playful twist for the 745 section. Crafting projects include a dandelion costume and edible…

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Arlington ISD Review of Michelle Obama: Advocate and Role Model

One positive aspect of this book is that it focuses on Michelle Obama’s life broadly, not just in her role as US First Lady. Readers learn about her “Humble Beginnings,” growing up in a home where she had to sleep in the living room, separated by a hanging sheet from her brother’s bed. They

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Arlington ISD Review of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is part of the Calm Kids series. It is a wonderful addition to your social and emotional learning collection. Readers will learn what mindfulness is and how to empower yourself to keep your mind and body healthy. There are many tips and ideas for readers to try. Easy to read…

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Booklist Starred Review of Rescued! Animal Escapes

Combining high-interest topics–natural disasters, animals, survival, rescue–in an equally high-interest graphic-novel format, the Rescued! Animals Escapes series is a guaranteed hit. Each volume briefly explains the science behind a type of natural disaster before identifying a recent,…

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SLJ Review of Off to Space!

An introductory astronomy set for the youngest readers. Most spreads have between one and four simple sentences on one side and a full-page color photograph (or photorealistic constructed image) on the other. Occassionally the text begins to present concepts that are more complicated, such…

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SLJ Review of Playful Pet Projects

The page of safety and cleanup instructions that prefaces each of these titles admonishes, “Never force your [pet] to do something it seems unhappy to do”–good advice for avoiding bites but also a reminder that consent applies to all creatures. Four projects include a toy, treat (or treat…

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SLJ Review of Farmer Llama's Farm Machines

Information about big farm machines is wrapped into a very cute package as readers (and pre-reading listeners) are led around Farmer Llama’s land, learning all about the massive vehicles, how they work, and how they help farmers do their jobs more efficiently. Readers will learn how farmers

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SLJ Review of Be a Waste Warrior!

Adding on three additional Rs to the ubiquitous green phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle,” the new six Rs (refuse, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle, rot) express the impact everyday actions can have on the environment. The discussions one would expect are addressed such as single-use plastics,…

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SLJ Review of Bearport Biographies

These six volumes provide an eclectic mix of notable personages. Each book begins with a description of a significant moment in the subject’s life: Michael Jordan winning the 1991 NBA championship, Jimmy Carter’s acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize, John Lewis’ speech at the 1963 March on…

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Booklist Review of Get Crafting for Your Hip Hamster

Part of the Playful Pets Projects series (6 titles), this guide for advanced-beginner or intermediate crafters outlines four projects kids can make and use with their hamster buddies. A Popsicle-stick house, carrot and hamster-seed cupcakes, a cardboard maze, and a fleece snuggle pouch are…

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