So these titles are both on the 2015-16 OBOB list for the 3-5th graders. I always feel that non-fiction is hard to review and these are no different.
In What Was the March on Washington by Kathleen Krull there were things I learned and things that truly shocked me, but that is maybe the point of historical non-fiction…to get you to feel something. I applaud Kathleen Krull for tackling such emotional and intense subjects. I will encourage kids to read this even after OBOB is finished.
In What Was Ellis Island by Patricia Brennan Demuth,kids will be exposed to another historical time…a time when people fled to the United States in search of a better life….something I can’t imagine. It serves as a reminder for me that our ancestors worked hard for their families.
This book happened to be at my scholastic bookfair and the cover art grabbed my attention. I didn’t have time at that moment to see if it was fiction or non fiction but I purchased it for school and today I got to read it. ADORABLE. Writing a non fiction book aimed at kids is a talent…it has to grab their attention enough for them to read it through and not overwhelm them with facts they can’t remember. What I really liked about this book is that facts about one animal will lead to facts about a completely different animal (squirrel have pouches they store their food in, kangaroos have pouches too but those are used for their babies). We start on page one with hippos and end with blue whales and a whole lot in between. I had no idea this was a series so I’m going to order the whole thing!
check out Simon and Schuster’s website for information on the whole series http://www.simonandschuster.com/series/Did-You-Know
Alan Cumming, stage and screen star, writes a brutally honest biography about his childhood, his family and the discoveries made while filming Who Do You Think You Are?. Born the second of child of Alex Cumming and Mary Darling, Alan was forced to work for his father as a young boy. He often did not perform those work duties up to his father’s standards and was punished as such. This is a very personal look at his life but never do you think he is playing the victim. He seems to have used his childhood as a model for which to live his adult life, as so many of us do, but he doesn’t do what his father did instead leading his life respecting others and loving unconditionally. I will read this again once all the holds are gone through at our library.
IF you are unfamiliar with Alan Cumming’s screen work take a peak at his IMDB page http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001086/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
And if you are unfamiliar with his stage work, I just discovered that Internet Broadway Database: http://ibdb.com/person.php?id=36849
Neil Patrick Harris is one of those rare celebrities that make you truly care about him…admire him…and even look up to him. Told with brutal honesty, this account is about his life, both what we have seen and what we have not. I choose to read this cover to cover and not follow along on the “choose your own adventure part”…well at least not this time. My next reading will be skipping around, following along and laughing even harder. Thanks Neil, for sharing your life with us.
So checking out vegan cookbooks from the library always leads to disappointment….I have to return the darn things. With blogging for books (bloggingforbooks.org) I was able to request, and keep, a vegan holiday cook book. So. Darn. Exciting! Now truth be told, I have yet to make EVERYTHING, but what I have made has been delicious and easy…which isn’t always the case with vegan cooking. I am so looking forward to using this book this holiday season!
I was lucky enough to connect with Blogging for Books during the summer and I am on my 3rd review for them. This time it is “Candy Aisle Crafts” by Amy Gropp Forbes. Such a fun book to use. All kinds of candy make all kinds of projects. Peppermint candy bowls; jolly rancher animals; open face cookie sandwiches. Whether you are a crafting genius or a bashful novice, this book will be great fun for you!
So I had not ever heard of this book until I went on Flying Eye Books website (http://www.flyingeyebooks.com/) and put it on hold at the library. What fun! Written in mostly in graphic novel format, this instructional book will be a fun addition to any school or home library.