Friday, May 30, 2008

Not sure what to read next? Ask a first grader!

The first grade readers' group has been working on writing, editing, and recording short book commercials, Reading-Rainbow style. Looking for a fun picture book to read? Look no further! Click the player to hear students reading their commercials.

Hi, my name is August. Did you know a bunch of races fought in the Revolution? Then you will really like the book Everybody's Revolution by Thomas Fleming. A slave came from the fields and worked for the American army. Days after he joined he went to a British fort. The British wanted him. But the British didn't know that he worked for the American army. so every night the British sent the slave to spy on on the Americans, but instead of spying he told the Americans the British plan. So if you want to learn more about the American Revolution visit your public library and look for Everybody's Revolution.

Hi, my name is Emma. Have you ever known of a baby that didn’t like his milk cold and didn’t like it hot and only drank it warm? Well then you’ll really like the book The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman. These are my personal favorite parts of the book. Peter only drank milk warm and Lucy only drank pink lemonade and if there was a lump in Mac’s oatmeal he would pour all of it on the unsuspecting cat so if you agree with me you should get this fantastic book The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman.

Hi! My name is Audrey.

Have you ever heard a voice as big as a kettle drum? Well then you will really like the book Grandpa’s Song by Tony Johnston. Grandpa loves to sing. His voice is so deep the pictures shake when he sings. Grandpa’s choice of song is ok but when it comes to singing he makes the song come to life. In Grandpa’s Song Grandpa really experiments with all different voice levels. So if you want to know what happens in Grandpa’s Song you should go to your public library.

Hi, my name is Khalil. Have you ever heard of twenty waiters serving pizza for breakfast? Then you will love the book Pizza For Breakfast by Maryann Kovalski. In this book a small woman and a man make a pizza parlor. One customer did not pay. But he promised that he would have a lot of people and they would pay. What will happen? So the next time you see Pizza for Breakfast, read it!

Hi. My name is Tetsu. Have you ever seen a mixed-up chameleon? Well then you will really like the book The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle. This is a story about a chameleon who turns into different kinds of animals. He looks funny like that. If you want to get this book just get it.

Reading with panache!

This year, a group of students in the Read Naturally program recorded their reading. We'll have a regular podcast up eventually, but here's a sneak preview of some of our hardworking second and third grade readers:










Thursday, May 29, 2008

Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger

Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, by Louis Sachar
A summer reading recommendation from Carena
Click the green play button to hear Carena read this book review!

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Wayside School gets a Little Stranger
is by Louis Sachar. It is about a weird school that had cows roaming around. In the beginning of the book I was really starting to like it, it had a lot of action but more of fiction. The main characters are the teacher and the yard duty person and the students. The main place that they’re in is the school which gets a new elevator so that they don’t have to walk up all 1,000 stairs! There are lots of adventures coming up. This book made me think hard to find out what was coming next. This book made me feel happy and good at the same time. It could not be any better. If you like fiction and action, read Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger. This book made me glued to the page like the words on the paper. Here are some facts.

First if you like weird stuff it’s definitely for you. If you like scary stuff this book is not for you. If you like fiction read it all day looonng! But most of all if you like books and reading this book is perfectly for you. Read this book I’m not going to spoil the end! I loved it and you probably will too.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Tale of Despereaux

Kicking off an era of book reviews by Emerson students, here's a recommendation for summer reading from Molly!

When I first stared The Tale of Despereaux, I didn’t think it was the best book ever, but when I was into it, I noticed it was a really great book. The author, Kate DiCamillo, really rose my imagination. Despereaux was the main person. Well, he was a mouse. A little mouse, with big ears and a tiny body. He came to the world without knowing that a big adventure awaited him. He was the first kid mouse to ever take an amazing journey to the dungeon. He didn’t know that he would be fighting for true love, or that his tail would get chopped off!

He, a mouse who doesn’t exactly fit in, falls in love with a princess, but since he didn’t fit in he got sent to the dungeons by the orders of the Most Very Honored Head Mouse. Mainly, Despereaux wants to fight for the freedom to, “see the light,” as in, get out of the dungeon and see the Princess again.

The book made me feel sad at some times. One place is where Despereaux gets sent to the dungeon. I thought, “Oh no! He’s just a little mouse! He might not know how to handle himself!” but he handles himself all right. He even got out! Another part where it was sad was where the queen, who LOVED soup, got killed. She was so surprised that a little rat, named Roscuro, fell in her soup that she fainted and died on the spot! Also, it was at a special banquet she had prepared! Also, when she fell over, the whole banquet hall exploded! Her last words were, “There is a rat in my soup!”

The interesting parts were when a girl named Miggery Sow was mentioned. Also, when Despereaux finally got out of the dungeon.

In terms of stars, in my opinion, I would give it 5, because I loved the book. If you like Fantasy, like talking mice, you would definitely like this book. I know I did. I will definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to read it. I hope you will enjoy it too if you read it!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Sneak preview of summer reading @ your library!

Erica from the Berkeley Public Library offers you a sneak preview of the Summer Reading Program!