When they are given the seemingly impossible task of turning thread into gold, the seven Ashanti brothers put aside their differences, learn to get along, and embody the principles of Kwanzaa. Includes information on Kwanzaa, West African cloth weaving, and instructions for making a belt. F MED
Last week, the first grade students came to the library each day to learn about two wonderful authors-Marc Brown and Kevin Henkes. The first graders had fun making different projects that went with the books of those authors.
Our fourth grade students have worked really hard to read their mystery books and then complete a mystery house to go with it. They are now on display in the library, and we've really enjoyed looking at them and learning about some great mysteries!
The House with a Clock in its Walls is about a boy who goes to live with his magician uncle in a mansion that has a clock hidden in the walls which is ticking off the minutes until doomsday. Ewwww.....
The Sixty-Eight Rooms is an adventure about the Thorne Rooms, sixty-eight miniature rooms made by Mrs. James Ward Thorne in the 1930s and a magic key that allows a person to shrink down small enough to explore the rooms' secrets.
While visiting Aunt Molly at a fancy downtown hotel, Cam uses her photographic memory to help one of the guests find her stolen luggage and pet cat and catch a thief.
In order to locate the other half of a treasuer map, the eighteen-year-old detective must find a man who has been missing for years.
This week, I've been reading The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau to the third through fifth graders. This very interesting book is a biography about his life. On Wednesday, our Watch D.O.G., Mr. Charlie, read to several classes. He told the kids how the television show, The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, used to be one of his favorite programs on tv and how it made an impression on him with its mesmerizing beauty of fantastic ocean scenes.
A pictorial biography of Jacques Cousteau, covering his adventures aboard the Calypso with his team of scientists, diving equipment, and waterproof cameras, and work to protect the oceans from pollution.
I had the privilege of meeting two authors yesterday. Anastacia Suen spoke at Allen yesterday morning and then again at Frisco Reads. Her presentations were enjoyed by all.
Gordon Korman is one of my all time favorite children's authors. He wrote the books Swindle, One False Note, Schooled, and many others. Although I've enjoyed reading all of his books, I really liked Schooled! I bet you would, too.
Cap lives in isolation with his grandmother, a former hippie, but when she falls from a tree and breaks her hip, Cap is sent to a foster home where he has his first experience in a public school. F KOR
We're having a roaring good time in the library this week as we read about monsters! Check out some of these favorites:
After Sammy's dumping of the lima beans he does not want to eat, he starts a neighborhood trend to put rejected vegetables in a hole in a vacant lot, and a terrible lima bean monster rises to terrorize the neighborhood. E YAC
Rhyming text describes a mother guiding her young monster through bedtime preparations, such as howling at the moon, snacking on worm juice and beetle bread, and choosing a bedtime story. E KET
A young monster describes all the things its mother does to show she loves it. E LEU
A monster offers to help a boy who is afraid of numbers do his math homework, but the first time the boy is asked to solve a problem in class and cannot, he realizes he has gotten no bargain. E SCH
As Mr. and Mrs. Monster's three eggs begin to hatch, they happily welcome the first two ugly little monsters to come out, but are shocked and disappointed when they see what pops out of their last egg. E MCA
When Gabe, the monster that lives under Ethan's bed, goes on vacation, Ethan finds that the substitute monsters Gabe has sent just won't do, and wonders how he will ever fall asleep. E NOL
Multi-Cultural Night was a blast! We have many books on different cultures around the world like the ones shown below. Check them out!
The camel that visited Allen was a huge hit! Mrs. Bowden compiled a list of interesting facts about camels by reading the following book:
1. Camels can go without a drink of water for several weeks.
2. Most camels are kept as domestic animals. There are very few wild camels.
3. Camels come with one or two humps.
4. When a camel does drink, it can consume about thirty gallons of water in ten minutes. That's the same as drinking five hundred glasses of water!
5. The cultures that depend on camels use every part of the camel to sustain life:
a. Camel milk
b. Camel meat
c. Camel's fat is turned into butter.
d. Camel wool can be woven into cloth.
e. The skin provides leather for various items.
6. Camel urine can kill head lice!
7. Camels are often referred to as "ships of the dessert", because in some countries they are the main source of transportation for not only people but goods as well.
8. Male camels are called bulls and female camels are called cows.
9. If a camel's ears are pressed back against its head it usually means that they are upset.
10.Camels are herd animals, and they travel in packs. They won't wander off on their own.
Our students at Allen must be the bravest kids ever! They are always asking me to purchase more scary books. I hope this one fits the bill.
Twelve year olds Madeleine, Theo, and Lulu, and thirteen year old Garrison are sent to a remote Massachusetts school to overcome their phobias, but tragedy strikes and the quartet must work together with no adult assistance...to face their fears. F DAN (Grades 4-6)