Monday, September 04, 2006

Flights of the Monarch: Landing Three

Hello Everyone in Blogland! Welcome to another flight of the Monarch. I hope everyone had a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend!

Remember September is Hispanic Heritage Month, so drop on by on Thursday, September 7th at 6:30 pm and join us for Bilinugal Storytime in the Activity Room. Both English AND Spanish speakers are welcome!

For this review I read...

1. Manana Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul
This is a fantastic new rendition of an old tale. The story is not a chicken asking for help to make bread, but rather it is an Iguana preparing for a fiesta (party) and the message is the same. By using this story as a means to teach children (or anyone, really) the days of the week in Spanish, not only are they learning but they can enjoy a good story and a great life lesson. And one more thing, it gives a good reason to have your own fiesta!
RATING: Monarch
* What do you think would be at a fiesta?
* Who would you invite to a fiesta?

2. Almost Late To School and more school poems by Carol Diggory Shields
This is a quaint collection of easy to read poems. Most poems have a comedic edge, but these are certainly not of Shel Silverstein caliber. Other than the very last poem (which is written for two voices, meaning two people read one poem), none of the poems really stood out to me. The book is a nice way to bide some time, but this is only one person's opinion.
RATING: Larva
* Which poem was your favorite?
* Do you write poetry? If not, try it out and leave your best attempt!

3. Bremen Town Musicians by Jacob Grimm
This story has always been one of my favorites. I love the idea of a bunch of "worthless" creatures getting together and showing who's boss. It's just a fun story that involves animals, music, and a LOT of quirkiness.
RATING: Thumbs Up
* Do you play an instrument?
* What kind of music do you like?

As always, I would love to hear your opinions and any comments are welcome!

For the next review, I'll be reading...
1. Superdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner
2. Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
3. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins (Caudill Nominee)

Happy Trails!

Melinda

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