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Way Back Wednesday ~ The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate – Jacqueline Kelly

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate


This post was originally published on September 21, 2016.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a favorite at our home.  It is a beautifully written book that explores a scientific question (Why the yellow grasshoppers in her backyard are bigger than the green ones?) and the development of a close relationship between Calpurnia (Callie) and her grandfather.  Our daughter has read and re-read this one.  It is simply terrific!

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The Great Pet Escape (Pets on the Loose!) – Victoria Jamieson

The Great Pet Escape (Pets on the Loose!)


The Great Pet Escape is a fun story presented in graphic novel format.  It is part of a series that features the tales of class pets at school. Although designed for beginning chapter book readers, older kids will enjoy this one too.
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Wonder – R.J. Palacio

Wonder


Wonder is an incredibly moving story.  It details the experiences of Augie, a 5th grader who has craniofacial anomalies and is attending public school for the first time as a mainstreamed student.  Augie grows and changes a great deal throughout the story as do those around him.  This powerful book is ultimately uplifting and inspiring. 
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Story Thieves – James Riley

Story Thieves


Book Thieves is a great fantasy adventure tale.  Many a book lover has dreamed of having the ability to jump into a story he was reading.  Book Thieves lets us find out what happens when someone really does jump into the story!  This is the first book in the series and was a constant companion for our daughter for a couple of days.  She read it every free moment that she had. 
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Happy Dreamer – Peter H. Reynolds

Happy Dreamer


Peter H. Reynolds is a favorite author, and his new book Happy Dreamer is a delight.  This sweet tale reminds the reader that dreams are meant to be pursued not put on the back burner until the “right time”.  Many a reader will relate to the struggle of being full of imaginative dreams in a world that often doesn’t seem to encourage and embrace being different and coloring outside the lines.  Happy Dreamer can be enjoyed by little kids as well as big kids.
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Happy Fourth of July!

Little Cat’s Luck – Marion Dane Bauer

Little Cat’s Luck


Little Cat’s Luck is a sweet tale told in verse.  Prompted by a fluttering fall leaf, an indoor cat named Patches ventures out exploring.  Ultimately, it takes the help of many different animals for Patches to find her way back home and her happy ending.  Little Cat’s Luck is a beautiful, magical tale that leaves an impact on the reader.
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Wayback Wednesday ~ The Hundred Dresses – Eleanor Estes

The Hundred Dresses


My daughter and I read this book together a couple of years ago, and we are still talking about it.

The Hundred Dresses tells a thought provoking tale about peer pressure.  Although written in the 1940’s it is sadly still highly relevant.  It is a short book, but there is great depth to this story.  I chose to partner read it with our daughter.  It served as the catalyst for some excellent discussion about friends and friendship.  Even as an adult I found the story compelling and haunting.  It really sticks with you.

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The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective – Elizabeth Eulberg

The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective


The Great Shelby Holmes is a fun, touching, and exciting tale.  It features Shelby Holmes who is an amazing sleuth and her new friend John who becomes her crime solving partner.  A great middle school mystery tale, The Great Shelby Holmes also shares the story of a developing friendship.
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Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay – Susan Hood

Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay


I first became aware of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay from an episode of 60 Minutes.  This uplifting and inspirational children’s book shares the story of that very special orchestra which is composed of instruments made from recycled trash.  Ada’s Violin is beautifully written and illustrated.  After reading it, I highly recommend watching one of the videos of the orchestra online. 
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