Category Archives: older elementary

Week 7: The Wall

Book summary: The true genius of this book is that it manages to be several book in one. Introduced with a history narrative, the action starts very basically – with simple sentences, describing the simple thoughts of a baby or … Continue reading

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Week 9: Jazz

Book summary: Walter Dean Myers’ collection of poetry tells the story of Jazz, that distinctly American music form, in swinging words and be-bopping rhythms. The introduction gives readers an education in what jazz is, while the glossary and timeline provide further … Continue reading

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Week 9: Castles: Old Stone Poems

Book summary: Castles: Old Stone Poems takes us on a lyrical tour of (mostly European) castles. The poems capture a bit of the history of the castles, the places they are, and the people who lived in them. The illustrations are beautiful; … Continue reading

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Week 8: Magic Treehouse #16 Hour of the Olympics

Book summary: Jack and Annie are off on another adventure through time! As Master Librarians, Morgan leFay has charged our young friends with the task of retrieving valuable stories from ancient times. This time they’re off to Ancient Greece, when and … Continue reading

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Week 6: One Crazy Summer

Book summary: In the tumultuous summer of 1968, Delphine and her two younger sisters travel from Brooklyn to Oakland to visit their absentee mother, Cecile. Charged (as always) withe the care of the other girls, Delphine is determined that they should … Continue reading

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Week 7: Aliens Are Coming! Then True Account of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast

Book summary: Before television, families gathered around the radio to listen to concerts, news, and stories. Mercury Theater, featuring Orson Welles, was one such “show” that was popular. This book tells the story of the most famous radio broadcast in history, … Continue reading

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Week 6: Here Comes the Garbage Barge

Book summary: In 1987, a barge full of garbage departed Islip, New York, on a journey that would last six months and cover six thousand miles. Eventually a judge ordered that Brooklyn would incinerate the garbage, but Islip would be responsible … Continue reading

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