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Friday, January 27, 2012

The Importance of the Mangrove Tree

Read all about how the mangrove tree made a huge difference  in the lives of the people of Hargigo, a village in the African country of Eritrea. The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees To Feed Families by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore tell this story in a very attractive format. In  this nonfiction picturebook, the left side tells the story in poetry. Here's a sample :"This is the tree, A mangrove tree."
The right side has explanation in prose.
Example: "The land in Hargigo is dry and dusty. There is very little rain. It was hard for leafy plants to grow..." The book includes illustrations of the scientist who developed the project and of women planting the trees in the mangrove fields.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Nonfiction Monday

This Nonfiction Monday is also Martin Luther King's birthday.  My recommendation is Heart and Soul:
The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson. This book presents a unique view of American History and is reviewed in yesterday's post. Please  feel free to add your comments.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Unique Journey Through African American History





In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Heart And Soul : the Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson takes the reader through important events in American history. From the Declaration of Independence through the struggle for  Civil Rights, these events are viewed through the eyes of the narrator, a fictional character who gives his views on these events. The author interviewed family  members and this book is the result. This sample talks about the Great Migration, when African Americans moved North for jobs. "My family went by train like most black folks, but some drove, some rode on horseback or on a mule, or even walked." The books is enhanced by illustrations done by Kadir Nelson.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

What Is It Like to Drive A Sled Dog?






Imagine that you are in Alaska and that you are  participating in the Iditarod, an annual race for sled
dogs and their handlers. How would you give orders to your lead dog? "Let's go" is the command to start running. "Whoa" is for stop.

 You can find this information in Sled Dog : Powerful Miracle by Stephen Person. This 32 page chapter book begins with the story of Isobel, a sled dog who went blind. Isobel was unhappy because she was no longer allowed to race. So her owners put her back in the dog team and she did very well.

This book then goes on to talk about the different type of sled dogs, such as the Siberian husky.  But the best sled dogs are a mixture of breeds and are called Alaskan huskies.

Monday, January 2, 2012

What Is Grassland?




"Grasslands are large open spaces where most of the plants are grasses." So begins  About Habitats: Grasslands written by Cathryn Sill and illustrated by John Sill. The two page picturebook spread here consists of a one sentence description on the left. The right has a full page illustration. For example,
The companion illustration for the first sentence shows American bison on a shortgrass prairie.

Other grasslands are located in Europe and Africa. Visit them in this book. For more information visit this website listed at the back of the book.