News From the Library–2/22/10

Kidnapped At Birth by Louis Sachar

A Video Book Review by Malta and Olive

Welcome to our new blog!   Sorry to say we had to leave because of ongoing problems with videos.  And we love our video book reviews! In case you want to see something from the old blog, it will remain but new posts will be made here from now on.  The link to the old blog is:

Also in the Library this week….(a short week due to the President’s Day Holiday on Monday)

Kindergarten–I remember my mother telling me, “No jumping on the bed!” but of course my brother and I did anyway.  Trip to the ER for stitches did ensure….   Kindergarteners loved hearing Tedd Arnold’s No More Jumping On the Bed!” in which Walter crashes through the floor of his apartment down through the building, picking up all kinds of things and people on the way.  In the end, was it just a dream?  But what about Delbert from upstairs who crashes through Walter’s ceiling on the last page of the story???

First Grade–First graders heard Alexander Steffensmeier’s hilarious book Millie Waits For the Mail as their CYRM nominee this week.  Millie just can’t resist scaring the daylights out of the mail carrier.  In the end, she loses a package he brings her but gains a new job after demolishing the mail carrier’s bike.

Second Grade–My Life As A Chicken by Ellen Kelley tickled the second graders this week as their CYRM nominee.  Pauline Poulet doesn’t want to be the farmer’s dinner so she takes off on a rollicking adventure. Her cry of “Pauline, Prevail!” delighted students (we learned what the word prevail means, too). And prevail she did as she lands in a lovely petting zoo instead of ending up in a chicken pot pie. As I mentioned last week, this book was especially fun for us to read as Ellen Kelley is a local Santa Barbara author and her husband, John, is the architect who designed our fantastic library!

Third Grade–Third graders heard Eric Drachman’s book A Frog Thing, another CYRM nominee.  Flying might not be considered a “frog thing” but Frank the frog proved everyone wrong.

Fourth Grade–Mrs. Edwards’ class heard The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles in honor of Black History Month.  After seeing a Keynote presentation about Ruby and looking at some historical photographs from the wonderful book Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges, the story by Mr. Coles took on new meaning.  Students tried to imagine  how difficult it must have been for first-grader Ruby to go to school amidst protests and hatred.  Both these books are excellent in introducing students to the troubling story of school integration in the South during the turbulent 1960s.  (Mr. Orr’s class was at the symphony)

Fifth Grade-Mrs. Weill’s class did some investigations with an atlas this week.  One task was to guess at the state mottos for several states and they were amazingly close!

Sixth grade–no classes because of the Monday holiday.


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