When a little girl gets a plush stingray for her birthday, it makes friends with some of her other toys as they all try to navigate in the world of real people.
Toys come Home chronicles the early days of three brave and loyal toys: Stingray a plush ray, Lumphy, a plush Buffalo and Plastic, a rubber ball. The toys all live in Honey’s room and have adventures after Honey and her parents go to sleep. Reminiscent of the movie Toy Story and the wonderful Velveteen Rabbit, the toys ponder the notions of friendship, specialness and what it means to be real. This is a wonderful read-a-loud and my 11 year-old son was eager for more. Happily, I found this title is actually a prequel and there are three additional titles in the series: Toys Go Out, Toy Dance Party and the newest, Toys Meet Snow. We’ve now read them all and wish there were more! Highly recommended.
After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.
“If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted, but their lives are filled with bad luck and misery. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched and will most likely fill you with deep despair.” ~from the Author
“this book is soooooooo good. its not happy books so if you dont like sad books i dont recommend these to you. but i enjoyed it because of all the supsense!” ~ Kid Review from Jacqui
When a story is gloomy and mysterious it is often called “gothic.” These stories often take place in castles or country estates and usually, children are left to cope with the darkness and mystery themselves. If you liked the gothic Series of Unfortunate Events, try these:
In this latest misadventure, Nate, the all-time record-holder for detentions, is in trouble up to his eyeballs again. His mouth…well, sometimes he just can’t help himself.
Rather than take Nate’s advice for making the headlines of the school newspaper less boring – “Lunch Stinks! Students’ Lives at Risk” – Kayla suggests he use his cartooning talents for a gossip column. Nate jumps at the chance, providing cartoons that tease both students and staff members alike. When the new issue comes out EVERYBODY is laughing…except the Principal, who thinks Nate crosses the line and Randy, who does not appreciate the public exposure and retaliates with an ominous “you’re dead” directed at Nate in the hallway.
Uh-oh. This is war! Can Nate once again save himself…from himself? Lincoln Peirce
Happy Birthday to the National Parks Service – bringing us outdoor adventure and wonder for 100 years!
President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service On August 25, 1916. The Service was a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior. It was established to protect 35 national parks and monuments that existed at the time as well as those yet to be created. Today, the National Park Service is responsible for 59 National Parks and 78 National Monuments.
Wilma Rudolph had polio when she was six years old. Polio is a virus that can cause paralysis. Now we have a vaccine for polio but that wasn’t invented yet when Wilma was little. The polio did not paralyze Wilma, but it did leave one leg crooked and Wilma had to wear a brace to help her walk.
When Wilma was nine she took the brace off and when she was eleven she started to play sports in school. Eventually, Wilma won gold medals at the Olympics as a runner. For the next two weeks you can watch the stories of Olympic athletes at the 2010 Vancourver Winter Olympic games. Lots of them will have inspirational stories too. It takes a lot of hard work and determination to compete at the Olympic Level.
Take a look at this great video of Wilma talking about her own life and her experiences at the Olympics.