Thursday, December 7, 2017

December Book Club: Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds


For December's Book Club, we read Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds by David A. Adler. Anne, Ella, Keira, Lucy, Luke, Matt, and Stella were present. 

We did some worksheets from www.penguin.com/camjansensleuthsquad, which were really fun and informative. We talked a lot about the structure of a mystery and the importance of creating clear characters and plot lines. But mostly, we talked about the fun parts of Cam Jansen and how the "bad guys" were so bad!

The members of Book Club seemed to really enjoy this book, with one reader giving it a "2" (only so-so), one reader giving it a "1" (I really liked this book) and five readers giving it a "5" (this is one of the best books I've read!). Looks like, generally, another winner for our group!

For January's Book Club, we will be meeting on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 (!) and reading Ivy + Bean by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall. 


When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.

Please be sure to register for Book Club at the Circulation Desk and pick up your copy (ordered from one of the many state-wide libraries just for us!) of the book. We look forward to seeing you in January. 





Wednesday, December 6, 2017

December Book Club Suggestions

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to hide quickly, Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. 


Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

More than anything in the world, Andrew Marcus wants freckles. His classmate Nicky has freckles—they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. But when Andrew asks Nicky where he got them, Nicky just says he was born with them. Some help he is!

That’s when Sharon offers Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe—for fifty cents, she promises, Andrew can look just like Nicky. His freckleless days are over! He rushes home to whip up the concoction. Grape juice, vinegar, mustard…

But what starts out as a simple freckle juice recipe quickly turns into something disastrous. Andrew is still determined to get his freckles, and to show that pesky Sharon that she doesn’t know everything—and he has the perfect solution! Or does he?



Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

A flat boy can do almost anything!

Stanley Lambchop is an ordinary boy. At least he was, until the night his bulletin board fell off the wall and flattened him. All of a sudden, Stanley can slide under doors, mail himself across the country in an envelope, and fly like a kite!


But flatness has its serious side, too. Sneak thieves have been stealing paintings from the Famous Museum of Art, and Stanley knows he's the only one who can stop them. Will the robbers discover Stanley's plan before he foils theirs?


Thursday, November 2, 2017

November Book Club: My Father's Dragon


For the November Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett.  Annie, Ella, Keira, Luke, Matthew, and Stella were present.

We answered questions using worksheets, using single words, sentences and pictures. We had a fun conversation about the book and all of the things that happened in the story. And ate popcorn. 

Some of the questions and responses:

-Q: Why did the cat and Elmer want to go to Wild Island? A: They wanted to help the dragon who was the wild animals' servant.
-Q: If you could fly on a dragon, where would you go? A: The Land of Kindness. A: Candyland. A: Fighting World. A: Wishland.
-Q: Would you ever go to Wild Island? A: No. A.: I'd go to save the dragon. A: I go camping so this would be easy and cool.



Please join us on Wednesday, December 6 at 3:00 p.m. for the next Grades 1-2 Book Club. We will be reading Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds by David A. Adler.

"A fifth-grader with a photographic memory and her friend Eric help solve the mystery of the stolen diamonds."

 

Copies of the book will be available behind the Circulation Desk. Please be sure to register so that Miss Lisa knows how many snacks to buy!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October Book Club: A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech




For the October Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech.  Ella, Luke, Matthew, and Stella were present.

We answered questions using worksheets, using single words, sentences and pictures. We had a fun conversation about the book and all of the things that happened in the story. And ate lots of cookies! Again.

Some of the questions and responses:

-Q: Why hasn't Tillie's dog Beans learned to sit? A: Because she hasn't had time to train him because of going to school all the time."
-Q: Why didn't anyone tell Mr. Keene that he was giving them too much school? A: Because he's the principal. He was happy for them and they didn't want to hurt his feelings.
-Q: Why did Mr. Keene want to have more school? A: Because he liked school. He thought that the kids were good at it.

Some of the best quotes from this session:

-"If I went to this school, I would feel like I had just run a marathon!"
-"They were worried that they were going to get even more school!" (with a wide arm fling)
-"My arm is still tired from school so I can't write. Again."


Please join us on Wednesday, November 1 at 3:00 p.m. for the next Grades 1-2 Book Club. We will be reading My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett; illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett. 

"A young boy runs away from home to rescue an abused baby dragon held captive to serve as a free twenty-four hour, seven-days-a-week ferry for the lazy wild animals living on Wild Island."

Copies of the book will be available behind the Circulation Desk. Please be sure to register so that Miss Lisa knows how many snacks to buy!

November Book Club Suggestions

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin




A young worm discovers, day by day, that there are some very good and some not so good things about being a worm in this great big world.




Hansel and Gretel by Rika Lesser














A poor woodcutter's children, lost in the forest, come upon a house made of bread, cakes, and candy, occupied by a wicked witch who likes to have children for dinner.




My Father's Dragon by Ruth Gannett Stiles














A young boy runs away from home to rescue an abused baby dragon held captive to serve as a free twenty-four hour, seven-days-a-week ferry for the lazy wild animals living on Wild Island.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September Book Club: Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat



For the first Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read Nate the Great, written by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and illustrated by Marc Simont.

We answered questions using worksheets, using single words, sentences and pictures. We had a fun conversation about the book and all of the things that happened in the story. And ate lots of cookies!

Some of the best quotes from this session:
"I can't write on the worksheets because my arm is too tired from school."
"If I were Nate the Great and had to solve the mystery, I would go to the library and look around!"
  
Please join us on Wednesday, October 4 at 3:00 p.m. for the next Grades 1-2 Book Club. We will be reading A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech. " When a principal loves his school so much that he wants the children to attend classes every day of the year, it's up to his students to show him free time is a good thing, too."-summary. Copies of the book will be available behind the Circulation Desk. Please be sure to register so that Miss Lisa knows how many snacks to buy!


October Book Club Suggestions

A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech












 
When a principal loves his school so much that he wants the children to attend classes every day of the year, it's up to his students to show him free time is a good thing, too.



Fox and His Friends by Edward Marshall













How can Fox have fun with his friends when his little sister tags along everywhere he goes? You will love finding out if Louise really does spoil all the fun.



Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky





Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Grades 1-2 Book Club: Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo





For the first Grades 1-2 Book Club, affectionately dubbed "Cookies and Book Club" by the kids, we read Mercy Watson to the Rescue, written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.

We answered a bunch of questions on worksheets, using single words, sentences and pictures. We had a fun conversation about the book and all of the things that happened in the story. And ate lots of cookies!

Please join us on Wednesday, June 21 at 3:00 p.m. for the All Ages Book Club for Grades 1 through 7 and up. I'm encouraging participants to bring lots of book recommendations for Summer Reading!

Thanks,

Miss Lisa

December Book Club: Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds

For December's Book Club, we read Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds by David A. Adler. Anne, Ella, Keira, Lucy, Luke...