This month Ms. Crabtree is sharing her favorite fall books with us!
Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley
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The main character in Fall Is Not Easy is a tree that has its share of troubles with its fall colors. No matter what pattern its leaves change into–a smiley face, a spotted cow, an “Eat at Joe’s” sign–nothing seems to work out quite right. How will the tree solve its seasonal dilemma?
Leaf Trouble by Jonathan Emmett
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When he wakes up one morning to find that his home tree is changing, little squirrel is scared! Why are all the leaves falling off? Quickly he corrals his sister and they gather up the leaves in colorful pawfuls. But try as they may to stick them back on the branches, it’s hopeless: Yellow, orange, red, and brown, all the leaves keep falling down! It’s only when their wise mama explains what happens in autumn that the two little squirrels understand the seasons are changing. Green leaves will sprout anew in spring!
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger
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A new take on a familiar story. Three friends hike over a mountain and through a forest to collect leaves of all kinds and colors. What will they do with all their leaves at the end of the story? Jump and play in them, of course!
Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka
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“Every Septober, Every Octember, Fall fills my senses with scenes to remember.” “Bears gather nuts. Geese hibernate. Squirrels fly south in big figure eights.” Fall is all mixed up in this silly book from Bob Raczka! Can you find his mistakes in the words and pictures?
Title: Stick Cat: A Tale of Two Kitties
Author: Tom Watson
Recommended for: Ages 9-12
Genre: Funny stories, Illustrated stories
Reviewed by: Ms. Julie
If you loved the Stick Dog books you will love the new adventures of Stick Cat. Our author is persuaded by a classmate named Mary to write a story about a Stick Cat. In order to impress Mary he creates the story of two kitties. Stick Cat is a cat who lives with his human named Goose. The two of them live in an apartment building where Stick Cat becomes friends with the cat next door named Edith.Together the two cats play Stare Down, Treasure Hunt and Batting Goose’s socks. One day Stick Cat and Edith are listening to the piano tuner they call Mr. Music when they learn he has become trapped inside a piano. Discover how Stick Cat and Edith help to free Mr. Music from his piano. Their solutions to this problem are funny, lovable and usually impractical.You’ll be amazed at how a cell phone ends up saving the day.
Title: The Stars of Summer
Author: Tara Dairman
Recommended for: Grades 4-6
Genre: Realistic fiction
Reviewed by: Ms. Tery
This sequel to All Four Stars continues Gladys Gatsby’s adventures as a restaurant reviewer for the New York Standard newspaper. The newspaper mistakenly looked at her student contest entry as a job application and she was hired to review restaurants while staff reviewer Gilbert Gadfly recovered. When a second restaurant review is requested of her over summer break, she struggles to find the time since her friend Charissa Bentley unexpectedly gives her a free summer at Camp Bentley as a birthday gift. Trying to plan times to sneak away from camp, escape the student contest winning author and discover the best hot dog in New York City provides Gladys with more than enough summer adventures. The third book in the series is due to come out this summer.
Title: Mouse Scouts
Author: Sarah Dillard
Recommended for: Grades 1-4
Genre: Early Chapter Books
Reviewed by: Ms. Gayle
Join Violet, Tigerlily, Hyacinth, Petunia, Junebug and Cricket in the first book in this cheerful new series as they explore friendship, teamwork, and facing challenges. Can the friends come up with a plan to plant a garden and save it from the vegetable thieves and bugs, slugs, and grubs? Can they get their stern leader, Miss Poppy, to smile? Also enjoyable are the informative pages from the “Official Mouse Scout Handbook” that include diagrams, games, and activities about nature and DIY projects. Maybe you’ll even decide to plant a garden next year!
Be sure to read this if you are excited about scouting or just want to read a story filled with adventure and laughter! Can’t wait to find out what adventures the mouse scouts have in their next book, Making a Difference or in the newest book, Mouse Scouts: Campout coming out October 2016.
Title: The Secret Keepers
Author: Trenton Lee Stewart
Recommended for: Ages 8-12
Reviewed by: Ms. Tery
The Secret Keepers will be released in September 2016. This 500-page book keeps you guessing as 10 year old Reuben discovers an extraordinary antique watch with a secret –it turns the one holding it invisible. Reuben and his mom live in New Umbra, which is run by an evil dictator, The Smoke. His evil Directions have been on the lookout for this watch for a long time. Will Reuben find the watch’s real owner or keep it for himself, all the while staying one step ahead of the Directions? The suspense keeps the pages turning! If you liked Andrew Clements mystery series Benjamin Pratt & The Keepers of the School and the Lemony Snicket series, you’ll love this intriguing story.
Title: Phineas L. MacGuire Gets Cooking!
Author: Frances O’Roark Dowell
Recommended for: Grades 2-5
Genre: Realistic fiction, Humor
Reviewed by: Ms. Penne
Phineas L. MacGuire, budding fourth grade scientist, complains about his family’s nightly dinners. His mother decides that Phineas has time after school to shop and cook dinner. Phineas’ first meal is a learning experience, if not an eating experience. His mother gives him a cookbook, and Phineas learns that cooking is just another science experiment. With the encouragement and help of his best friends Ben and Aretha, the experiments/cooking adventures begin. Ben wants him to enter a food channel recipe contest and thinks bacon improves any recipe. Aretha needs help with the food science part of her Girl Scout badge. She wants to make exploding brownies.
This book is a fun read for budding scientists, cooks or anyone that enjoys a good story with great characters.
Title: Listen to the Moon
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Recommended for: Grades 4-6
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewed by: Ms. Penne
This story takes the reader from New York City to the Scilly Islands off the coast of Cornwall, England. It is the story of two families and the events of May 1915. The First World War is raging in Europe and ships crossing the Atlantic Ocean are not safe from German U-boat attacks. The S.S. Lusitania, the largest, most luxurious passenger ship, set sail from New York believing it was safe from submarine attacks.
Alfie Wheatcroft and his father Jim, fishing in a spot close to the deserted island of St. Helens, hear a human or animal cry. They discover a young girl near death and unable to speak. The only word the girl murmurs is Lucy. The Wheatcroft family lovingly nurses her back to health; however, Lucy Lost never speaks.
Author Michael Morpurgo takes the reader to an important time in history. His historical facts are woven in a captivating, life-affirming story. The reader learns about the lives and emotions of people during a time of war. Michael Morpurgo books bring history to life and encourage further reading of important events in history.
Listen to the Moon is a must read and I would recommend all of Michael Morpurgo’s books.