Monthly Archives: April 2012

YA Audio Book Review

RevolutionRevolution by Jennifer Donnelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Definitely an original story – and one that had me captivated until the very end. I really enjoyed listening to this one. I could feel what Andi was feeling, and I think hearing the voice of Andi played a big part in that. I loved the Paris setting and the mystery of the French Revolution. Jennifer Donnelly does an excellent job weaving the two time periods and circumstances so that the two come together seamlessly. There is a good lesson here: we cannot change what has happened in the past, but we can certainly change how we live our own future. (Or something along those lines….) 😉

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Earth Day Story Time!

Skipping the Sunday Quiz to post my Earth Day story time I held this past week for April Vacation. I had about 20 people come, which is a good turnout for such a beautiful day!

I kept this one pretty simple. I read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and we made “litter bugs” for our craft out of a bunch of recycled materials.

I had forgotten just how long The Lorax is, but the kids were really good. It actually helped that so many of them had seen the new movie recently and so they knew the story even if they hadn’t read the book. Before I started reading, we talked a little about Earth Day and about recycling and reusing. One little girl told me she used empty food containers as pretend food for her play-kitchen. I said that was a great idea – to wash out food containers and reuse them as toys. “Oh, no,” the girl said solemnly, “my mom doesn’t wash them.” Her mother was laughing, but indignantly told us she did actually wash out the containers.

We talked about the book and about the importance of having trees for shade and food and clean air and places for animals to live. They made it through the book (with only one “farting” incident, I suspect from the same little girl, which made us all a bit silly!)

The kids (and their parents) made some pretty cool litter bugs. I did have to put out the glue guns, as many of the materials would take way too long to dry with Elmers.

 

Happy Earth Day!

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YA Book Review

Please Ignore Vera DietzPlease Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Really amazing story. Voice, characters, plot, style – all of it just works and I could hardly put it down. Vera is such a strong, honest main character and her story is heartbreaking. You can feel everything she is going through. I loved getting the different character voices every now and then, including inanimate objects. Hearing from other characters made Vera a not-so-unreliable narrator and put things in perspective. I think this could go very wrong in other novels, but King gets it just right. Enough wit and humor to counteract the pain and raw truth. Definitely Printz-worthy.

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Sunday Quiz

Can you name the Harry Potter fact based on the previous answer?

Good quiz! I didn’t get to finish it because I was watching SNL on demand. Definitely will be attempting it later 🙂

http://www.sporcle.com/games/crookshanks/harrypotternamechain

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Mrs. Molly Portrait

A couple weeks ago I was working on Saturday and one of our favorite families came in. Their daughter, Sarah, is really into drawing and she drew pictures of Ali and I. They are so cute! And really good!

Also, I love that they say “Mrs. Molly” since that is what they call me now that I am married (too funny.) And Ali is only 17 (and not married), but her picture also says “Mrs. Ali.” 🙂

 

 

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Story Time – Down on the Farm!

Ah, the Farm. Parents are always asking their toddlers what the cow says or what the chicken says or what the horsie says. And there’s lots of great farm-themed picture books and songs to choose from.

For this session I read Punk Farm by Jarrett Krosoczka, Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig and The Red Hen by Rebecca Emberley.

            

We sang Old Mac Donald using farm animal puppets and BINGO.

For the craft, we made paper plate chickens:

Craft instructions – http://www.allkidsnetwork.com/crafts/animals/farm/handprint-chicken.asp

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YA Audiobook Review

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)Abandon by Meg Cabot

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Slightly disappointed in Abandon. The premise is definitely a good idea and I would like to read the rest of the trilogy just to see what happens (and hope it gets a little bit better.) I wasn’t crazy about the main character – I felt like she was intended to be something she wasn’t – if that makes any sense at all. There were some plot tie-ins and connections made that felt a bit stretched. However, I did listen to this on CD so I always feel like if I didn’t like a book on CD, maybe it would have been better to read. Sometimes the voice or even the pronunciation of certain words might turn me off.

At any rate, still willing to give the rest of them a try.

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