Monthly Archives: May 2018

Book Review: Nile Crossing

Nile Crossing.jpgToday I recommend: Nile Crossing by Katy Beebe.

Khepri, who lives in ancient Egypt, begins to feel nervous as he and his father travel to Thebes for Khepri’s first day of scribe school.

The illustrations in this picture book are gorgeous even though they stick mainly to yellow, green, and blue shades of color. The underlying story is one that everyone can relate to- Khepri is a combination of nervous and excited as he embarks on a new adventure which is his first day of school! The additions at the back of the book of information about hieroglyphics and Ancient Egypt show how well researched this book was.

This is one of the picture books for the 2018-2019 season of Battle of the Books. You can find this book on the Battle of the Books shelf for the 2018-2019 season, and in Easy Fiction section at E BEEBE.

~aw

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Throwback Thursday: The Little White Horse

The Little White HorseFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.

In 1842, thirteen-year-old orphan Maria Merryweather arrives at her ancestral home in an enchanted village in England’s West Country, where she discovers it is her destiny to right the wrongs of her ancestors and end an ancient feud.

This classic was originally published in 1946 and won the Carnegie Medal. Although the title sounds cute is meant for the older elementary school and middle school audience. The setting is England in 1842, and the detailed descriptions of everything from buildings to clothing to food really transports the reader to this time and place! This does lead to some very dated vocabulary which could be confusing for a young reader but could also be a great time to encourage readers to use a dictionary when they do not understand a word. I recommend this book to fantasy and animal lovers who are looking for a challenge.

~aw

Book vs Movie: The Incredible Journey

 

Did you know that the Disney movie “Homeward Bound” is based on the book “The Incredible Journey” by Sheila Every Burnford?  It is the story about two dogs and a cat that start on a journey to return to their family.  The three house pets experience hunger, wild forest animals and the natural elements while on their way home.  Read the book, watch the movie and then let us know which one you liked better.

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Throwback Thursday: The Tower Treasure

the tower treasure'.jpgFor this Throwback Thursday I recommend: The Tower Treasure by Franklin Dixon.

The robbery of the treasure in the tower proves to be an exciting challenge to Frank and Joe. Frank and Joe attempt to foil a ruthless espionage ring in their effort to sabotage the United States space program.

After highlighting Nancy Drew, it seemed like the right time to highlight the Hardy Boy Mysteries. These classic mysteries were first published in 1987, and featured brothers Frank and Joe as they worked to solve cases.

You can find the original Hardy Boy mysteries, and newer adaptations of these sleuths in the Juvenile Mystery section at J DIXON.

~aw