Saturday, May 27, 2006

Sing, Nightengale, Sing!

De Guibert, Francoise.
La Jolla, CA : Kane/Miller, 2006.
IL 3-6, RL 6.1
ISBN 1929132980
Do you know what my favorite thing about spring is? It's hearing the birds singing in the morning. After a long winter of silence, it is so wonderful to hear early morning wake up calls from the returning birds. But I admit I don't know too much about birds. I really couldn't tell one from the other. Either by listening to them or by seeing them. But this book is surely helping to change that. The book has pictures and descriptions of dozens of birds. And the CD that comes with it has the bird songs that help you identify the sounds. Be warned though. Don't play this CD around your cat. It will drive it crazy!!!

The Room of Wonders by Sergio Ruzzier

Ruzzier, Sergio.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.
IL K-3
ISBN 0374363439
Do you know what a pack rat is? Well, he is a little rodent that picks up things and keeps them. Maybe it is a feather. Or a shiny piece of glass. Or a sea shell. Some may think that these things are just junk, but the pack rat collects these things. Pius, our little pack rat in this book, stores all his treasures in a room he called the Room of Wonders. Visitors from all over come and marvel at his wonders. One day, one of the visitors asks Pius about an ugly stone that is in the collection. It ruins the whole thing. Can Pius throw away any of his collection?

Revenge of the witch by Joseph Delaney

Delaney, Joseph.
New York : Greenwillow, 2005.
IL 5-8, RL 4.7
ISBN 0060766190
Young Tom is the seventh son of the seventh son. There is no inheritance for the seventh son. There is just one thing that a seventh son can do and that is to be apprenticed to a tradesman. And Tom is following that route. His mother has chosen a very unusual apprenticeship for him. He is to work or the village spook. Now the
spook is not the most popular man in town. As a matter of fact, he has no friends. It is a very lonely life. The spook is in charge of protecting the villagers against ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties. Tom is not sure that he is cut out for this life. But it his duty to learn what he can. He very quickly finds himself disobeying the Spook's warnings and gets himself into trouble by mistakenly
freeing the witch Mother Malkin. Can he right this wrong? Or will atastrophe ensue?

I've been lax on posting.

Can't believe how long it has been since I posted. All the best intentions but none of the follow through. Well, I hope to get back into the habit of posting. I did get really bogged down in writing and started to neglect other things.

I've been working on podcasting as well. I have set up a podcast for Booktalks Quick and Simple. I only have one test podcast done now but as soon as I feel more comfortable with the whole thing, I will put a link on the website for the podcast.