Saturday, August 27, 2011

Song Lee and the Hamster Hunt

Song Lee and the Hamster Hunt by Suzy Kline

This is a very short children’s book about a classroom pet gone missing. It’s a cute story about how the class comes together to find the missing hamster. They made posters to inform everyone to look for him, and left peanut butter cookies for the hamster so he didn’t go hungry while they tried to find him. This story would be great for Kindergarten-2nd or 3rd grade. I probably wouldn’t suggest reading it to much older kids though.

I recommend this book for young students.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Hate That Cat


Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech

This is a children’s fiction book, sequel to Love That Dog. Both of these books are so unique in the way that they are written. It’s about a boy named Jack writing poems to his teacher, Miss Stretchberry. In this book, he is learning more about poems, such as alliteration and consonance, etc. Throughout the story, he realizes cats really aren’t that bad, just like in the last book he realized poems weren’t all that bad. Jack’s mother is deaf, and in his poems, we see him come to terms with that and ask questions about it.

This is a great book that can show kids poetry is not all bad. Poetry can actually be enjoyable and does not always have to rhyme. This book would be great for kids starting in 2nd or 3rd grade, all the way up to like 8th grade. I don’t know what else to say about these books except that they are great and you should go buy them now if you haven’t read them. Like, right now.

I recommend this book.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Clementine


Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

This is a children’s fiction book that is about the adventures in Clementine’s week as a third grade girl. Clementine looks at life differently than other people, and is always misunderstood because of it. She gets in trouble for trying to help her friend Margaret get the glue out of her hair, and for helping the principal by answering the phone in his office. Throughout Margaret’s many escapades, we see her personality and that she truly does mean well.

There are almost too many adventures that occur in the book since the book only takes place in the course of a week. However, it keeps the book moving at a fast pace and we get to see more of how Clementine handles things.

Very cute book for children that a broad range of ages can enjoy. Much like Judy Moody or Ramona, it is sure to be a favorite book among young children. Even as an adult, I laughed out loud at the book once of twice. The pictures are phenomenal as well in this book. There are more books in the series that I would be interested to read as well. All in all, this is a great read!

I would recommend this book.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Catching Katie

Catching Katie by Robin Lee Hatcher

This is a Christian historical fiction book that takes place in Idaho in 1916. Katie Jones is dedicated to fighting to women’s rights. Upon returning home to Idaho, she falls in love with Ben, her best friend from childhood. She fights her feelings for him, believing that she is not able to both fight for women’s rights and be married. However, he wants nothing more than for her to marry him and start a family together. After they are married, she still refuses to completely give in to her feelings for him, even though he is willing to make their marriage be an equal partnership. This causes some friction in their relationship causing them both to be miserable for a while. In the end, they both realize they love each other and need to compromise.

The story switches back and forth for being told in different characters’ points of view. This would have been great if it was just Katie and Ben’s perspectives that we received, but at times it was told from Ben’s sister’s perspective. It was this way with numerous different characters, which made the story hard to follow at times.

Along with this, Ben and Katie’s disagreement seemed to drag on and on. It was definitely an important disagreement, but I felt like the author could have not dragged it out as long. I understand it was for suspense, but I almost got bored with the waiting for something to happen.

However, this book was a great love story that I enjoyed reading. It was a good story about trusting that God has the perfect plan for you. What you think is His plan for you, may not be, so you have to keep seeking His guidance in everything. Great reminder!

I would definitely recommend this book.

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There's not much I love more than reading. Christian fiction or Children's Literature are my favorite genres, but I try not to limit myself to those. I started this blog as a way to remember all that I have read, along with a way to share amazing books with others! I can't wait to get started!