Tag Archive: Animals

Talk Like An Animal

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When animals talk in an easy picture book, they often do so to teach us human values or lessons in proper behavior.  Such is the case with the picture books listed below, all… Continue reading

Review: Pax

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Pax by Sara Pennypacker. 9780062377012. 2016. Gr 4-7. Lately, I have had a string of books I have started reading, but that have failed to “grab me” right away. I am one of… Continue reading

Busy As A Bee (and other animal idioms)

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Have you ever noticed how many sayings we have that center around animals, but we apply to ourselves?  Someone may be barking up the wrong tree, or they could be the black sheep… Continue reading

Review: The High-Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate

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The High-Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate by Scott Nash. September 2012. 9780763632649. Gr. 3-6. Confession: I judge books by their covers.  I know, I know, the idiom “Don’t judge a book… Continue reading

Exploring Australia

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Australia has long been on my list of places I’d love to visit.  It is a wonderfully diverse place—particularly in its animal life.  I was surprised to learn recently that Australia is home… Continue reading

Animals & the City

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Last year, a white-tailed deer in my neighborhood caused quite a stir.  We don’t see much large wildlife in my part of Minneapolis, so people who spotted the deer in the early morning… Continue reading

More Books for the Birds

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Last fall, I happened to read several books about birds right in a row.  I wouldn’t call myself a bird person generally, but I liked the books, and I didn’t want to miss… Continue reading

Unlikely Animal Friendships

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The key with books about animal friendships is to entice the reader with captivating photographs as well as a meaningful story–which is what each of these books does so well. All of these… Continue reading

Series Review : Scientists in the Field

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Science educational standards for most states include scientific methodology, and Scientists in the Fieldis a great series to use for teaching kids in intermediate grades and middle school about the work of scientists. … Continue reading

Animal Poetry

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One of my most cherished poetry books as a child was A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein. Flipping through the well-loved pages, I of course had my favorites, but I always… Continue reading