Monday, May 18, 2015

Ice Cream: The Full Scoop

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Ice Cream: The Full Scoop by Gail Gibbons
Illustrated by Gail Gibbons
Publisher: Holiday House
Published: 2006
ISBN: 9780823421558
Personal Copy

I don't know about ya'll, but ice cream is so awesome this time of year. My husband and I try new flavors all the time. Our latest try was Salted Carmel.

Gail Gibbons is wonderful with any of the nonfiction books she has written...and she has written quite a few!

Ice Cream: The Full Scoop first starts with a little history of ice cream. From there it moves to "The Ice-Cream Maker." Finally it covers "The Ice-Cream Business" which explains the process of making ice cream from cow milk to buying it at the store! The back matter gives some extra information about ice cream that may be a great place to find ideas to research!

I hope you enjoy...and maybe go out and buy a half gallon!

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Uncle Jed's Barbershop


Uncle Jed's Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell
Illustrated by James Ransome
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Published: 1993
ISBN: 9780689819131
Personal Copy

Dreams are a wonderful thing to have! Uncle Jed had a dream. A dream to open a barbershop. But first Sarah Jean got sick, and Daddy and Mama needed money for her operation. Uncle Jed gave them what they needed, but he had to start saving all over for his barbershop.

Then the banks failed, and Uncle Jed lost three thousand dollars. It was the Great Depression.

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 Uncle Jed was persistent. He never gave up on his dream...he finally got that barbershop.

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Reader's Response:
1. Everyone has their favorite relative. Who is your favorite relative? Why is that person your favorite? Give specific examples. Tell about one or more special times with that relative.
2. Do you have a dream that you plan to stick with? Describe this dream as specifically as Uncle Jed described his barbershop. What do you have to do to accomplish this dream? What obstacles might you face?
3. Uncle Jed taught Sarah Jean several important lessons. What were they? How did he teach her? Have you learned any important lessons from a relative? What lessons? Who was the relative? How did that relative teach you?

Monday, May 11, 2015

All the Places to Love

All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan
Paintings by Mike Wimmer
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
Published: 1994
ISBN: 9780060210984
Personal Copy

Patricia MacLachlan is such a beloved author with books from Sarah, Plain and Tall series to Journey to this beautiful book, All the Places to Love. Her stories are poignant and tell tells of families and how they learn to cope with life.

All the Places to Love tells the story of Eli. When Eli is born, his grandmother holds him up in the open window to see all the places to love.

As he grows, his family shares the places that they love and why. The paintings that accompany the places are rich, life-like...beautiful.

Then, Eli sits with his grandfather in the barn as his grandmother holds another bundle up in the window. Now Eli will share all the places with his sister, Sylvie.

I'm sure that you willing be completely enthralled by this charming story. ENJOY!

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