The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes by Anne Mazer
A Book Review by Olive and Sophie
In the Library this week…
Kindergarten–Oh that naughty Samantha….she wants to try out those new roller skates but her mother is so busy. What harm would it do to just try them on herself, or skate around the house, or go outside and up the hill? In Linda Ashman’s new book Samantha on a Roll, we follow the hilarious adventures of this novice skater who amazingly makes it back just in time for a snack and her mother never knows the difference. Kindergarteners loved predicting what might happen next in this delightful book.
First Grade–First graders heard their third nominee for the CYRM award, On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole. This lovely book follows the progression from one plant to a beautiful meadow as a little girl convinces her father not to mow the lawn in their new house. A lovely encouragement to natural landscaping and a great introduction to ecosystems, this book is right up there with the other frontrunners for our CYRM vote.
Second Grade–Second Graders heard Princess Hyacinth: the Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated by Florence Parry Heide as their third nominee for CYRM. This delightful book tells the tale of a princess who needed to be weighted down or else she would float away. One day, she decides to take matters into her own hand and removes all but her underwear (giggles all around) and floats skyward on an amazing adventure. It’s going to be hard to choose a favorite with nominees like this one.
Third Grade–Third Graders hear The Odd Egg as their CYRM nominee this week.
Fourth Grade–We used the good old fashioned almanacs this week to look up information on our own state and two others and then compare the statistics. Although most references like almanacs are online now, it’s important for students to be able to navigate a print version as well.
Fifth Grade–In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, fifth graders watched a portion of a documentary about Dr. Seuss from the History Channel. Then they spent some time reading their favorite Dr. Seuss book and we had a lively discussion as to why each book was a favorite.
Sixth Grade–Sixth graders brought their laptops to the library and we practices several advanced Google search techniques using limiters like file type, quotation marks, ranges, the minus and plus signs, and domains to significantly cut down on the amount of page hits so that their searches would be more precise and productive.