Monthly Archives: November 2012

Otter and Odder

Otter and Odder is an adorable book about love written by James Howe and illustrated by Chris Raschka.  It tells the story of an Otter who is out looking for his lunch one day, when he comes across a beautiful fish named Gladys.  Instead of eating her, Otter immediately falls in love with Gladys, and […] Continue reading

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Amelia Bedelia

Amelia Bedelia is so excited for her first day at work. Although the Rogers cannot be there to talk her through her first day, Mrs. Rogers leaves Amelia Bedelia a list of chores for her to complete. With much optimism, Amelia Bedelia starts her work but quickly realizes that the Rogers do things a little […] Continue reading

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Giraffes Can’t Dance

Gerald is very good at reaching the highest leaves on the trees to eat and standing still; however, due to his wobbly legs and knobby knees, he is quite clumsy for a giraffe. Every time Gerald tries to skip, run, or jump, he ends up tripping over his own two feet and tumbling to the ground. All […] Continue reading

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Who Lives in the Zoo? by Lisa Bonforte

“Who Lives in the Zoo?” first published in 1981 is an Oldie but Goodie! “A Golden Storytime Book” it uses a picture book format to teach young readers about all of the wonderful animals they might find on a trip to the zoo! Chimpanzees appear to be puzzling through what to do with a tree […] Continue reading

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Neely’s News 2012-11-16 13:44:34

This week, I had the privilege of hearing Rebecca Kai Dotlich speak about her picturebook, Bella and Bean. The book tells a story about two very different friends (and mice!).  Bella is a creative yet obsessive poet who is constantly writing, trying to find the perfect words for her poems. Bean, on the other hand […] Continue reading

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Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You, written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram, is a story of a young rabbit, Little Nutbrown Hare, and his parent, Big Nutbrown Hare. As the story’s title implies, the book is about the two rabbits telling one another how much they love each other. The whole book […] Continue reading

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Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens by Cindy Neuschwander

On October 9, Tamara reviewed Cindy Neuschwander’s Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland (illustrated by Wayne Geehan), a mathematical adventure involving angle measurement.  Since the ”Sir Cumference” series is such a great tool for math teachers to review important concepts, it’s a good idea to get to know one of the other books in this series, also written […] Continue reading

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In Silence and Solitude

Silence. And darkness. They say that space is a vacuum, an absence of light. An absence of sound. An absence of life. They say that nothing is out there, that a man could go crazy. They say that the silence kills sanity. They say that once you go, you never come back.   Day 1: […] Continue reading

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Mem Fox’s Wombat Divine

I don’t know about you, but this cold weather has already gotten me in the holiday spirit, so I have chosen to share Wombat Divine, a 1995 Christmas treasure by Mem Fox. This is a wonderful story of a wombat dreaming of being in the Nativity play at Christmas. He tries out for part after part, but […] Continue reading

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Too Far, and yet Not Far Enough

One passage that I particularly liked for its relevance to modern day encryption, is when Randy and Avi are communicating using Ordo, a program that helps them encrypt their messages. It uses modern encryption where the user selects a key … Continue reading Continue reading

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