However, his beautiful drawings of butterflies help him win over the class bully and begin to transcend the barrier of language.
Find La Mariposa at your local library. Patricia Polacco describes what it was like to be unable to read in the fifth grade. Find Thank You, Mr. Falker at your local library. Half Magic was the Magic Tree House of its day. If your child falls in love with Half Magic, there are several sequels to quench their thirst for more.
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Find Half Magic at your local library. Author of many wonderful books, including the award-winning Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal , Robert McCloskey was truly inspired by his funny bone when he wrote these stories. Find Homer Price at your local library. Barrie - Charles Scribner's Sons, pages. The hook: The original language is rich, and the story, so much a part of our culture, inspires children to dream. Some of the racial and gender stereotypes, typical for their time, will need explanation. Want to watch the movie?
The still-enchanting Disney classic contains some dated stereotypes but may prompt great discussions about how movies have changed since Find Peter Pan at your local library. Rabbit Hill is a time-honored book about a family of rabbits and the meaning of community. The characters are the same as they are in any neighborhood; you get a little of everything, both funny and frustrating.
The inspired vocabulary makes for a welcome challenge and the environmental element of the story inspires discussion. Perfect for a parent-child book club. Find Rabbit Hill at your local library. Set in Holland in a tiny fishing village, this is the story of Lina and her classmates. After doing some research for a school report, Lina is determined to lure storks back to their village as they are believed to bring good luck. This book won the Newbery Award. Find The Wheel on the School at your local library. This graphic novel weaves together intrigue and humor.
Find Bone 3: Eyes of the Storm at your local library. This is a clever, fun fairytale with positive messages. There is mild fairytale violence and of course, budding romance. A storyteller tells a story in which parents and siblings die and thieves are killed; the killings are shown as unjust. Families can talk about being grateful and what the characters learned about the responsibilities that come with privilege.
Why was the princess so unhappy? How did the peasants feel about the royals once they met them? Find The Castle Corona at your local library. This version of the familiar story allows girls to connect with Cinderella as they dive deep into the life of a fairy-tale princess. The modern-day twist allows the readers to hear the story in a unique and interesting way. They use their creative problem-solving skills to escape from saber-toothed tigers and make friends with a group of Ice Age people, all while avoiding the clutches of the evil Doctor Kron-Tox. This book has it all: adventure, humor and a super-smart robot named Thudd who peppers the story with true facts about the Ice Age.
This first book in the Time Warp Trio Series is an imaginative and humorous read. The book begins with three boys celebrating a birthday. If you enjoy adventure and fantasy this is a must read! Find Knights of the Kitchen Table at your local library. This series is a favorite for boys who are reluctant readers. Hip language and vocabulary, cultural references, multi-colored fonts, colorful illustrations and maps are both eye catching and motivating factors for young readers.
Geronimo Stilton is a mouse who is editor-in-chief of a popular newspaper, and he has found himself in a particularly interesting situation. Come join Geronimo and his sister as they travel to a faraway island in search of the Emerald Eye. Will a hurricane stop them or a sinking boat?
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There are adventures ahead that include enchantments, elixirs, and a few amusing goblins. Find My Curious Uncle Dudley at your local library. The best compliment for a book is that you hope it will never end. That is exactly the sentiment expressed when a child tells me about reading The Tail of Emily Windsnap.
Although Emily lives on a boat, her parents are very wary of her being in the water. Find The Tail of Emily Windsnap at your local library. Cardigan Jones, clumsy new moose in town, finds himself in the middle of the case of a missing apple pie.
Find The Trial of Cardigan Jones at your local library. A Caldecott Medal author, Van Allsburg takes us into the world of ants. The story begins when a scout brings his queen a strange new treasure, a crystal that appeals to her sweet tooth. They trek through woods grass and survive a thunderstorm the sound of crickets combined with dropping dew drops and the light of a passing firefly. They climb a mountain the wall of a house and go through a tunnel window to a glassy curved wall sugar bowl.
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The artwork lends itself to the sense of mystery, all bold lines and earth tones. Will they make it home? Read the book and find out. Find Two Bad Ants at your local library. The tiny planet is in dire trouble, and the boys are recruited to save it from certain galactic extinction. Bass and the Mushroom People are unforgettable, and the appeal of the adventures is timeless. Many Allsburg fans waited a long time to finally find out what happened after Judy and Peter discarded the Jumanji game in the park.
We were left with the Budwing brothers as they stumbled upon the mysterious box. When they open the box, they see the Jumanji game board and another space-themed board. This board transports the players from earth to a purple planet called Zathura. Before they know it the boys are swept up in a nail-biting, outer-space adventure.
Will they survive a black hole, space ships and robots?
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The adaptation is loosely based on the book and offers a cautionary lesson about getting along with your siblings. Find Zathura at your local library. Some have historical settings like ancient Egypt, and some explain quirky dog behavior. All are told simply and humorously, as a dog might, so they are easily understood by younger readers.
The nonfiction aspect of this text appealed to many students, especially male students, because of the ferocious-looking shark on the cover and the many details on these predators of the deep, including their feasts on other ocean life. Find Great White Sharks at your local library. Molly, a Russian immigrant, finds herself in an American school.
Instead of being welcomed as the new student in the class, she is treated as an outcast. Taunting and bullying are two themes explored in this book. Simple story, beautifully told, appeals to kids who like thoughtful character-based stories. This lyrical look at pre-Columbian Taino culture stresses the bonds of family, and behavioral changes involved in growing up, and raises the issue of culture differences in a powerful way.
Find Morning Girl at your local library. Samuel shares the excitement and the hard work that is involved with his first harvest. Samuel quickly discovers how difficult the harvest can be. The story is set in the year Told in the first person, Sarah takes young readers on a historic field trip back in time. Photographs in the book were taken at the Plymouth Museum, which is a replica of the settlement.
The historic backdrop and the words of 9-year-old Sarah invite children of all ages to experience the Pilgrim way of life. Brooks , illustrated by: Kurt Wiese - Alfred A. Knopf, pages. Originally published in , Freddy the Detective is an overlooked classic.