4th grade

  1. Won Ton and Chopstick

    Won Ton and Chopstick
    Won Ton A Cat Tale

     

    In this twist on the “new baby in the house” story, Won Ton the black cat is introduced to a golden puppy that does not belong in his house. The author’s note at the beginning of the book informs the reader that the story is told using senryu, which is a form of Japanese poetry similar to haiku. Both senryu and haiku have three lines which contain a total of seventeen syllables. They capture a snapshot in time. Haiku focuses on nature, and senryu focuses on human nature—in this book the nature of Won Ton and Chopstick.

  2. Hands & Hearts

    Hands & Hearts
    Gallaudet Children's Dictionary of ASL
    My Heart Glow

    A mother and daughter spend a sunny day swimming, playing and frolicking at the beach, all the while using their hands to hold each other, dig in the sand, splash in the waves, put up a windbreak, and--most importantly--talk to each other, with American Sign Language.  Amy Bates’ breezy watercolor and pencil illustrations complement Napoli’s free verse.  Alongside them are panels, decorated in seaside motifs, featuring 15 ASL signs used in the story: run, roll, swim, sun, wall, water, and more.  Some of the sign illustrations are ambiguous; nevertheless, it’s refreshing to se

  3. Jokes and More About Horses

    Jokes and More About Horses

    “Which part of the horse is most important?  The mane  part.” “How do horses like to wear their hair?  In ponytails.” These and many more silly jokes and riddles are featured in talk-bubble style with cartoon illustrations of horses of various sizes and colors, combined with funny photos of horses showing big teeth, wrinkled noses, rolling eyes, stuck-out tongues, and other expressions. Horse lovers will be better able to appreciate some of the humor, but there’s fun for everyone.

  4. Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan

    Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan

     

    Jeanette Winter writes excellent picture book biographies for early grade elementary students, and this book is no exception.  Malala Yosafzai is a 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, despite being only 17 years old.  When she was eleven, she spoke up about the importance of education for girls, despite the fact that she lived in Pakistan and received threats from the Taliban.  Eventually, a Taliban fighter shoots her, but Malala lives after being transported across the ocean to be treated.  And Malala continues to speak up.

  5. BirdCatDog

    BirdCatDog

     

    This unique graphic novel invites its readers to read it four times--there are three color-coded rows, one each for Bird, Cat, and Dog.  Read each row across to learn each animal's specific story, then read top to bottom to get the entire story, for all three characters are inter-connected.  The book is entirely wordless, so young children can tell the story themselves, and older students can analyze the story and the pictures.  The bright illustrations have lots of details to pore over.  

  6. The Mystery of the Missing Lion

    The Mystery of the Missing Lion

     

    This book is third in the chapter book series starring the protagonist of McCall Smith's adult series, the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.  In this installment, Precious is invited to visit her Aunty Bee who lives at the top of Botswana and works at a safari camp because something exciting is going to happen there.  It would be an expensive trip, and Precious' father is not sure he can afford a bus ticket, but he finds a way for Precious to travel with a cattle buyer he knows.  When the fan belt breaks Precious has an idea to help.  

  7. Shooting At the Stars

    Shooting At the Stars

    Shooting at the Stars is a fictionalized account of the Christmas truce that occurred in the trenches between British and German troops during World War I in 1914.  The story is told conveyed through a letter by a British soldier to his mother.  He tells of December 24th, when the British soldiers heard singing coming from the opposing trench 30 paces away.  Stille Nacht--Silent Night.  The next morning, they woke up to calls from the German soldiers.  Warily, soldiers from both sides began to step out into “No Man’s Land”.  They first buried their d

  8. The Vanishing Coin

    The Vanishing Coin

    This is the first book in a promising series about a fourth grade boy named Mike whose school year is not off to a good start.  Mike struggles to sit still and pay attention, and ends up in the principal's office at least once every week.  And this year, he has to spend every afternoon after school with new neighbor gifted Nora.  Mike's not looking forward to it, until he and Nora discover an antiques store called "The White Rabbit".  This store also is a little magical.

  9. Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times

    Flights, Chimes and Mysterious Times

     

    This steam punk adventure takes place primarily in Londinium, a dangerous alternative London ruled over by the Lady and filled with all things mechanical. Periodically, the Lady longs for a son who is completely flesh and blood with no clockwork pieces. When this happens she sends someone to cross over into the other London to bring one back for her.

  10. The Strangers

    The cover for The Strangers

    Book 4 in the Book of Elsewhere series

  11. No Monkeys, No Chocolate

    No Monkeys, No Chocolate

     

     

     

     

     

     

    so much chocolate depends

    upon

     

    a white cocoa

    bean

     

    glazed with monkey

    spit

     

    among the red

    ants.

     

    This great picture book about what makes chocolate possible is recommended for grades 3 - 7.

    (Thanks, William Carlos Williams!)

  12. Words With Wings

    Words With Wings

    Words With Wings, by the author of the Dyamonde Daniel series for young readers, is about a girl named after a creature with wings, the angel Gabriel.  Gabriella loves to daydream, and daydreaming helps her cope with her parent's recent divorce.  However Gabby still craves her mother's and her teacher Mr. Spicer's approval.  Gabby tries to stop daydreaming, but Mr.

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