Book Talk Tuesday: Keeper by Kathi Appelt

 Keeper by Kathi Appelt is the type of book that stays with you.    If you haven’t read it yet, you should.  It’s a book that will keep you thinking for days. It’s the day of the summer’s blue moon and everything has to be just perfect.  But 10-year-old Keeper, has the worse luck, beginning with the talking crabs.

Keeper’s mother has been gone for seven years, her guardian, Signe, is getting ready to make a dish that can ony be made on a blue moon, and when a series of events go wrong, Keeper thinks the only way to make everything right is to find her mermaid mother.  Yes, Keeper believes her mother is a mermaid.  She sets sail with her dog BD (Best Dog)  and end u beyond the bar into the Gulf of Mexico.  What happens in the 24 hour period will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Appelt has created a wonderfully beautiful set of characters that will remind readers of people they know.  The magical weaving of Keeper’s story with stories and legends of mermaid makes the story stand out.

Find out what others are book talking at  The Lemme Library.

Happy Reading



Poetry Friday: Student Fibonacci Poems

Some Silver Star classes are embracing the Fibonacci poem form in preparation for National Poetry Month (which starts next Friday).  The class read Growing Patterns by Sarah Campbell. (Reviewed HERE).  Then they wrote their own poems using words in the pattern. They also saved their work and transferred it to my drop box. Thank you  technology for making it easy to put them on the blog.

Here’s a sneak peek from Mr. Yates’  fourth grade class:


Summer air
Sun is shining
Swimming pool water is cold
The sun is shining a little tiny sparkle
The beautiful tree’s are green and puffy I feel the soft little leafs.

 Darya P., 4th grade

Big waves
Surf o waves
Sea shells on the beach
Colorful flowers red, green, yellow, purple shiny shells.

 By: Malaika 4th grade


Poetry Friday is being held at A Year of Reading.  Thanks, Mary Lee!

Happy Friday

Happy Reading.


Nonfiction Monday: Ten Birds By Cybele Young

Do you like counting books or books that you can spent hours lingering over the illustrations?  If you do, then you are in luck.  Ten Birds by Cybele Young is just  that book.  Her intricate pen and ink illustrations tells the story of ten birds who are trying to find a way to get to the other side of the river.

From “Brilliant” to “Needs Improvement”, each bird finds a unique way to cross the river.  Is one idea better than another or is there a lesson to be learned from this fable?  Readers can ponder inventions, what’s common sense, and why labels don’t work. It’s also great for developing number sense.

Young has created a book that will fascinate readers of all ages.  Her baby daughter’s antics inspired the tale fifteen years ago.  Cybele Young’s work can be found in several galleries:

Edward Day Gallery


Nonfiction Monday is held at The Children’s War.

Happy Reading.


Poetry Friday: A Sneak Peak

Here’s  a sneak peek for National Poetry Month. 

There’s a poem right there.
Here’s a poem right here.
There are poems everywhere.
If you want to read a poem,
look right here
Look over there,
Look everywhere!

There’s a poem, where’s a poem?
Here’s a poem, where!?
Right here in my hand, oh.
Ha, ha, ha!
-Sara, 3rd grade

Everyday in April I will feature a student poem.  If you would like one sent to your home, please email me with your address at macrush53 at yahoo dot com.

Poetry Friday is happening at A Wrung Sponge.

Happy Reading.


Poetry Friday:

I love the changing of the seasons.  I found this poem about spring by William Carlos Williams.

Spring and All
by William Carlos Williams

By the road to the contagious hospital

under the surge of the blue

mottled clouds driven from the

northeast-a cold wind.  Beyond, the

waste of broad, muddy fields

brown with dried weeds, standing and fallen

patches of standing water

the scattering of tall trees

All along the road the reddish

purplish, forked, upstanding, twiggy

stuff of bushes and small trees

with dead, brown leaves under them

leafless vines-
Read the rest  HERE


Important Announcement!

 In just 4 weeks it will be National Poetry Month.

Do you want an original poem by a student poet?

Let me know by email macrush53 at yahoo dot com.

I am creating my list to send.

Students are hard at work creating poetry for next month.

Poetry Friday is hosted by Liz in Ink. Thanks, Liz.

Happy Reading.


Nonfiction Monday: Totally Human

Do you ever wonder why we have hiccups or crave junk food or shake you head when scared?  In Cynthia Pratt Nicolson’s new book, Totally Human: Why We Look and Act the Way We Do illustrated by Dianne Eastman, readers will find out the answers to those questions. 

Did you know that you laugh when you are tickled as a response to a mock attack?  Scientists believe that tickling’s function is to help create bonds among family and friends.  And that we sleep to help our body a chance to grow and repair.  Young readers will be thrilled to learn the answer to why humans fart and burp.

Nicolson’s Totally Human blends explores  human characteristics from both our ancestors and other animals. Our evolutionary roots are explained in answers to each question.  There is a glossary and an index at the end.  Eastman’s collage like illustrations are done in Adobe Photoshop CS3 and are wildly fun.  It’s a great introduction to biology and human behavior in an interactive way.

Students are always wondering why.  Now they have the answers to twenty-six why questions.


Oprah: The Little Speaker, Paul Robeson by Eloise Green Field, and Ben and the Emancipation Proclamation by Pat Sherman were won by Laurie Thompson!

Nonfiction Monday is hosted by Picture Book of the Day.  Thanks, Anastasia.

Happy Monday.


Poetry Friday: Hyacinths

I bought some hyacinths this morning and was reminded of this poem.

“If, of thy mortal goods, thou art bereft,
And from thy slender store two loaves
alone to thee are left,
Sell one & from the dole,
Buy Hyacinths to feed the soul”
– Muslihuddin Sadi,
13th Century Persian Poet




Important Announcement

 In just 6 weeks it will be National Poetry Month. Do you want an original poem by a student poet? Let me know by email macrush53 at yahoo dot com. I am creating my list to send.

 Happy Friday.

 Happy Reading,  Poetry Friday is at The Small Nouns today.