Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
An unimaginable treat for a little orphan girl, an orange is an unknown luxury for little Rose. But on Christmas morning, there is no orange for Rose, only a broken-hearted child. What happens next is part of the miracle of Christmas . . .
In a charming retelling of this well-loved story, author Linda Bethers brings to new life the spirit of Christmas . . . and of love."
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Do you like pop-up books? Maurice Sendak and Matthew Reinhart worked together to create a hillarious pop-up book titled "MOMMY?" about a little boy that wanders into a house filled with a vampire, a mad scientist, a mummy and more. Robert Sabuda has a fun website with pop-up activities and a sneak peek of this pop-up book. To check it out click on the "pop-up books" link.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Last week we talked about choices. We reviewed the "Children's Reading Rights" created by Peggy Sharp. This gave us a few things to think about when making choices of what we will read. Students also helped to choose what the knight we are creating for the kiva will look. The younger grades listened to a story where the author made a different choice when writing his book, telling the story from the end to the beginning. It was fun to guess what may have caused events to happen in this story titled "The End" by David LaRochelle.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Did you know that 2 of my favorite picture books are being made into movies?
- "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak &
- "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" by Judi Barrett
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
- RESPECT &
Also be prepared each week to give 5 minutes of your time to our library to help it stay in order and be the best it can be. I am excited to be back at Orchard this year and can’t wait to discover new things and travel to new places with you through the "magic" of books.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I enjoyed reading "Savvy" by ingrid Law. You can go to the "SAVVY" link under online resources if you want to find out more about this book.
You might have your own savvy & just haven't discovered it yet.
Monday, August 10, 2009
I just finished reading "Penny from Heaven" (a 2007 Newbery Honor book) written by Jennifer L. Holm. The author is also known for writing "Our Only May Amelia" (one of my daughters favorite books). I enjoyed this book because it gave me a little glimpse back in time to see what it might have been like growing up when my parents and grandparents were younger. I even found myself feeling as if I were Penny as I read, cringing when she got hurt or upset or laughing at her large Italian-American family and their antics. If you enjoy real or historical fiction books, I think you might enjoy "Penny from Heaven" by Jennifer L. Holm.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne
A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket
Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery
Babe (Book Title: Babe : The Gallant Pig) - Dick King-Smith
The Black Cauldron - Lloyd Alexander
Bridge To Terabithia - Katherine Paterson
Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - Ian Fleming
Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau
Coraline - Neil Gaiman
Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! - Dr. Seuss
Dracula - Bram Stoker
Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine
Eragon - Christopher Paolini
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Freaky Friday - Mary Rodgers
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling
Heidi - Johanna Spyri
Holes - Louis Sachar
How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Dr. Seuss
The Incredible Journey - Sheila Burnford
The Invisible Man - H. G. Wells
The Indian in the Cupboard - Lynn Reid Banks
Inkheart - Cornelia Funke
James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl
Jumanji - Chris Van Allsberg
The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
Legend Of Sleepy Hollow - Washington Irving
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
Lord of the Rings series- J. R. R. Tolkien
Mary Poppins - P. L. Travers
Matilda - Roald Dahl
Nim's Island - Wendy Orr
Old Yeller - Fred Gipson
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
Pinocchio - Collodi, Carlo
Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg
Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot
Ramona - Beverly Cleary
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm - Kate Wiggin
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Shiloh - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Sounder - William Armstrong
Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz
Stuart Little - E.B. White
The Tale of Despereaux - Kate Dicamillo
The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
Thomas the Tank Engine - Rev. W. Awdry
The Time Machine - H. G. Wells
War of the Worlds - H. G. Wells
Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, The - Dick King-Smith
The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Graham
The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
Zathura - Chris Van Allsburg
Monday, July 27, 2009
There was such excitement among students about the newest book in the Percy Jackson series before school got out I was ashamed that I hadn't read any of the books in this series yet. After learning more about the series, I knew I wanted to at least read "The Lightning Thief" (the first book in the series) by Rick Riordan this summer. I just finished it and have to encourage readers that like fantasy books to give this series a try. I will be reading the next in the series, I have to find out what happens next.
I found the following book review written by a student online at Nancy Keane's book talk website.
"Percy Jackson was pegged as trouble almost from the moment he was born. Of course, he never did anything intentionally, but that didn't stop him from getting blamed for things. Now, at the age of 12, Percy is trying his best not to get thrown out of yet another private school. Unfortunately, it isn’t long before school is the least of his worries. Odd things had been happening to him throughout most of his life, but he never really tried piecing any of it together. Then one day his class takes a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s there amidst the Greek artifacts that his powers are finally released. He’s also forced to fight his first monster, a winged hag, who, up until a few moments ago, was also his Pre-Algebra teacher.
From that point on everyone seems to know more than they’re willing to tell and it’s not until Percy’s attacked by yet another monster that the truth finally comes out. The Greek gods are alive and well in the 21st century and trouble is brewing on Mt. Olympus. Zeus’s most powerful weapon has been stolen, everyone is blaming everyone else, and Percy is a prime suspect. Unless he and his friends can get to California to find out what's really happening, World War III may be just around the corner. However, it doesn’t take Percy long to realize that things are not always what they seem in his new myth-infested world and he’s going to need all of his wits to get past the traps the gods have set for him. (Miranda J. Hawkins, Grapevine Public Library"
*If you are interested in reading other book talks by children, click on the "Nancy Keane's - booktalk" link in the online resources list.
Monday, July 20, 2009
School Library JournalAfter Reynie Muldoon responds to an advertisement recruiting "gifted children looking for special opportunities," he finds himself in a world of mystery and adventure. The 11-year-old orphan is one of four children to complete a series of challenging and creative tasks, and he, Kate, Constance, and Sticky become the Mysterious Benedict Society. After being trained by Mr. Benedict and his assistants, the four travel to an isolated school where children are being trained by a criminal mastermind to participate in his schemes to take over the world. The young investigators need to use their special talents and abilities in order to discover Mr. Curtain's secrets, and their only chance to defeat him is through working together. Readers will challenge their own abilities as they work with the Society members to solve clues and put together the pieces of Mr. Curtain's plan. In spite of a variety of coincidences, Stewart's unusual characters, threatening villains, and dramatic plot twists will grab and hold readers' attention. Fans of Roald Dahl or Blue Balliett will find a familiar blend of kid power, clues, and adventure...
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Here is a picture of the trek I told you I was going on. We got a bit of rain and didn't trek quite as far as we had originally planned, but still made it almost 30 miles (29.7 to be exact). It was hard at times, but worth it. If you ever get a chance to trek, do it!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living or dead. Dangers and adventures lurk in the graveyard for a boy; an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family. . . .
I liked it !!! Let me know what you think :-)
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
This week @ Orchard we read "My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks: And Other Funny Family Portraits" by Hanoch Piven. In the book a little girl uses objects to make collages of her family; including the dog Schmutz who is as smelly as dirty socks (a dirty sock becomes an ear in his collage). What items would you use to make a collage of you? Have fun making collages of yourself and your family. Check out the collage I made of myself above - LOL!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
In a limerick lines 1, 2 & 5 rhyme and have between 7-10 syllables.
Lines 3 & 4 rhyme and have between 3-5 syllables.
Many limericks start with "There once was a ..." but they don't have to start that way.
Here is an example of a limerick my son wrote for a poetry class...
There once was a puppy named Millie.
Her family thought she was quite silly.
She'd jump off the bed,
and land on her head.
That small little puppy named Mille.
Do you have a pet you could write a limerick about?
Mmmm Ice-cream muncher
Really Rad Reader
Mostly marvelous Mom
Really loves to bake & cook
Enormous fan of books
Yahoo, Let's Read!
Remember to put some thought into your acrostic, use words that really describe your topic well, and most of all HAVE FUN.