Thursday, April 14, 2016

Walking and Listening to "Pax"

Pennypacker, Sara. Pax. Harper Audio, 2016. 5 cd's, 5 hours and 30  minutes. $25.99. ISBN 9780062443960.

Pax has been an important part of Peter's life since the moment Peter discovered the baby fox in the woods. This all changes however when Peter's father joins the military. Peter will now need to live with his grandfather and bringing along Pax would be another burden placed on Grandpa. Peter's father demands that he return Pax to the wild. Heartbroken by what what he has done, Peter decides he will do anything and everything he can to get Pax back, even if that means entering a war zone himself.

Michael Curran-Dorsano's voice was calm and soothing and yet able to convey the urgency Peter felt to find Pax. I loved how the story was told from both Peter and Pax's perspectives. I felt that this further showed the bond and the love that these two characters had for one another. Pax  is a truly beautiful story that I can't stop telling students about. Animal lover or not, you'll love this book too.

One cloudy, windy morning out walking.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April Bulletin Boards

"A hui hou, Ing Learning Center!" This is it. This is our final set of bulletin boards before our big move next month. This bulletin board is full of pictures from some of our favorite moments over the past 12 years in this amazing library. Thank you for all the good times and memories.

Greg is celebrating Earth Day by wearing the latest in Earth Day fashion.

April Fools Day is always fun to celebrate. I decided to fill the back bulletin board with joke and riddle books in honor of the big day.
Happy 100th birthday Beverly Cleary!
"Pick a Poem" is the theme for this bulletin board celebrating Poetry Month.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Walking and Listening to "The Key to Extraordinary"

Lloyd, Natalie. The Key to Extraordinary. 5 hours, 15 minutesScholastic Audio. 2016, $21.75, ISBN 978-0545910316.

Warning: Do not read or listen to this book while you are hungry. All the talk of Boneyard Brew and Peach Lavender Muffins will push your hunger to new levels.

Waiting for ones destiny dream isn't easy, especially when you are dealing with the "big empty"as Emma is. She hopes that her destiny dream will be as extraordinary for her as it was for all her female ancestors. When her destiny dream reveals a key in a burst of flowers she isn't sure what to make of it. But when she overhears Grandma Blue talking about having to sell the Boneyard Cafe, she realizes that it is her destiny to find the conductor's treasure and save the cafe. 

I loved everything about this book. The town that the story takes place in sounds like a lovely little town that I'd like to visit to take Emma's graveyard tour (even though I hate graveyards) and eat at the Boneyard Cafe. I loved the friendship between Emma and her best friend Cody Belle. I loved how kind and patient Emma was with Earl. I loved the variety of flowers, from the talking vines to the keeping Susan's, that could be found Blackwood Hollow. 

The reader of this book was phenomenal. She sounded just as a young girl would, not like an adult acting like a child. The singing of the song, "Darlin' Daisy"was a wonderful edition and the song is stuck in my head.

Favorite line: "Fear is just a flashlight to help you find courage."

I love how the ocean looks purple as the sun was rising.