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My Dog May Be a Genius

My Dog May Be a Genius

My Dog May be a GeniusAnother book of poems from Jack Prelutsky, the guy who brought you the lines “Homework! Oh Homework! I hate you! You stink! I wish I could wash you away in the sink.” (from The New Kid on the Block) Laugh outloud poems to last all day. Author: Jack Prelutsky

  • Look Inside My Dog May Be a Genius
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  • Read some of Jack’s poems on his website (Click Enter)
  • Get a poetry writing lesson from Jack Prelutsky
  • More Books by Jack Prelutsky

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Counting on Grace

Counting on Grace

Counting on GraceIt’s 1910, and like the girl pictured below, 12 year-old Grace and her best friend Arthur must quit school to work in the town mill. The work is hard and the two friends can hardly stand the hot, noisy factory. Grace and Arthur write a secret letter to the Child Labor Board to tell them about kids working at the mill. Mr. Lewis Hine comes undercover to photograph the kids and gather evidence. Kids working in a factory at 12? You can believe it, thanks to Lewis Hine, who was a real person. His pictures survive at the National Archives. Author: Elizabeth Winthrop

Lewis Hine Pictures from the National Archives:

If you liked reading about Grace, try reading about these girls who also challenged what it meant to be a girl in their time:
Miss Spitfire Chains Red Moon at Sharpsburg Evolution of Calpurnia Tate
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Nic Bishop’s Spiders

Nic Bishop’s Spiders


Nic Bishop - SpidersTry the book, Nic Bishop’s Spiders. In it, Nic shares full-color pictures of the creepiest spiders I’ve ever seen.  The pictures are so big you can see each of the hairs on the spider’s legs and each beady eyeball and fang. Nic says that in New Guinea, he once saw spiders that spun webs big enought to trap birds! The local people told him that they wrap those webs around the spiders and roast the spiders for snacks. Mmmmmm. Huh. Take that tip on your next jungle adventure. Author: Nic Bishop

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Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini

Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini

Escape! The Story of the Great HoudiniThis is the story of the famous magician Harry Houdini and his greatest tricks: escaping from things like trunks, handcuffs, and straightjackets, making elephants disappear, breaking out of jail, or wrapping himself in chains and jumping into a river. Chock full of pictures and written by an author you may already know, Sid Fleishchman, who also happens to be a magician! When you’re done, amaze your family and friends with The Cool, Knock-Em-Dead, No Skill, Nine-Card Card Trick. As Mr. Fleischman says, “Don’t try this without a deck of cards in your hands. I’ll wait while you get one. This trick is so good you are going to fool yourself.” Author: Sid Fleischman

If you like magic try these:
Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass The Name of This Book is Secret Fortune's Magic Farm Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism
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