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121. Life and Times: Maia of Thebes, 1463 B.C. (Life and Times)
by Turner Ann
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The intrigue and mysticism of ancient Egypt comes to life in Ann Turner's spectacular addition to The Life and Times series. In the time of the Pharoah Hatshepsut's rule, the Egyptian days could pass as slowly as the Nile's lazy waters, or as quickly as the Nile's rising floodwaters. Maia and her brother are orphaned and living with a cold, judgmental aunt and uncle in Thebes. Searching for a way out of their house, Maia pleads with her brother, Sethnet, who is learning to be a scribe, to teach her how to write. He agrees, and this is to be her saving skill.
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122. You Wouldn't Want to Be in a Medieval Dungeon! (You Wouldn't Want to...)
by Fiona MacDonald, David Salariya
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123. Archimedes and the Door to Science (Living History Library)
by Jeanne Bendick
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Asin: 1883937124
Catlog: Book (1995-10-01)
Publisher: Bethlehem Books
Sales Rank: 35957
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Useful AND Entertaining - a rare mix
I just got done reading this aloud to my homeschooled 6th grade twins. What a treasure! The author weaves together mathematical and scientific principles into a delightful story format. My kids had no trouble understanding the well-illustrated concepts.

We used this book in our unit study on Ancient Greece. It just so happened, that during the reading, our Science lesson was on the six simple machines, a few of which Archimedes was the founder! As if all this isn't enough, my children took away with them an interesting outlook. We take the principles such as the center of gravity, buoyancy, pi, exponents, all that we know about geometry, etc. for granted. It's so much a part of our lives. This book helped us to imagine a time when these concepts were yet to be uncovered, an exciting time in the development of applied science and technology. It also helped us see Archimedes as a real man, and not just another boring scientist to learn about.

Even though my kids are homeschooled, they moan and groan about their work just like any other kids. This book was still able to capture them. It was a great selection that complemented our studies very well, and was a good investment of time and money.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Illustrated Archimedes
Not only is this book an educational and interesting read, it also inspires investigation into Archimedian principles and inventions. The drawings illustrate these scientific principles clearly. Our favorite part is when Archimedes finally makes a break through with displacement and density and runs through the streets stark naked shouting, "Eureka!"

4-0 out of 5 stars greek scientist/Mathematician
Please print this, I wrote a review 12/29/99 and I don't see it in print: I read this book in Junior High School in December of 1965 ( so I guess "Archimedes was born in 287 BC in Syracuse, a little island off Sicily was given this unusual name by his family who thought it would be good. As he grew he was most thoughtful of the things around him and learned to face many problems and difficlties. He solved these problems by doing things as not much was known at that time. he was able to move a boat for King Hiero to his astonishment as he didn't actually believe that Archimedes would be successful in this endeavour. Of course, today we all know these principles, but Archimedes used the idea of pulleys and levers and was able to move the boat. We also are aware of the well known phrase "EUREKA", of course, if you are Gree, you know that it is truly To EVREEKA, which means, "I've found it!", when he displaced the water in his bathtub to measure the volume of gold to see if the goldsmith was cheating the king out of the amount of gold in his crown. This is the report I wrote on this book all those years ago in Junior High and I think I would again like to reread this book and review it now as an adult. Thanks for listening to my childhood view of this book, and thanks for printing this

5-0 out of 5 stars greek scientist
I read a book by the same title when I was in Junior High school in December of 1965 I learned about Archimedes who was born in 287BC in Syracuse a little island off Sicily. He was named with this unusual name because his family thought it would be a good name for him. As he grew he was most thoughtful of the things around him and learned to face many problems and difficulties. He solved these problems by doing things as not much was know at that time.He was able to move a boat for King Hiero to his astonishment as he didn't believe that he could. He used the idea of pulleys and levers and was able to move the boat. Of course, there is the well known story that everyone says "EUREKA", of if you are Greek, To Evreeka, which means, "I've found it", when he displaced the water in his bathtub to measure the volume of gold. This is the report I wrote back all those years ago in Junior High and I think I would again like to reread this book and review it now as an adult.

Thanks for listening to my childhood view of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Exceptionally Written Book!
As a blind buy, but still needing an upper-elementary level book on Archimedes, I was more than happily surprised to see what an absolute gem this book was! Well written, easily understood, yet not too basic, the author weaves and explains scientific and mathematical principles in a story-like form that entranced my homeschooled fifth-grader. This is one he'll want to read over and over--not a book he felt he "had" to read. I highly recommend its purchase. ... Read more

124. Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #1: Wolf Brother (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness)
by Michelle Paver
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Asin: 0060728256
Catlog: Book (2005-02-15)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Sales Rank: 11878
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Six thousand years ago. Evil stalks the land. Only twelve-year-old Torak and his wolf-cub companion can defeat it. Their journey together takes them through deep forests, across giant glaciers, and into dangers they never imagined.

In this page-turning, original, and spectacularly told adventure story, Torak and Wolf are joined by an incredible cast of characters as they battle to save their world, in this first book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness.

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5-0 out of 5 stars where we came from?
Rebeccasreads recommends WOLF BROTHER as an adventure back in time & place, before the world got so crowded, where the spirit world was just a blink away, & evil came in many shapes.

WOLF BROTHERS is not for the faint of heart, who want a dreamy, "noble, vegetarian savage" kind of tale for, after reading this tale, you will be able to survive in the North Woods should you ever find yourself alone & lost.

Yes, there's fantasy & fear, magic & mysticism, thrills & spills... & something else... a dependent child learning to survive, to honor the creatures who become prey, & the memories of the past.

Refreshing & enchanting. Already a smashing bestseller in the UK, WOLF BROTHER will leap into American youngsters' imagination with all the thrills we yearn for in an adventure.

5-0 out of 5 stars Clan of the Cave Bear for Kids!
An excellent action and adventure book.Start now and begin your journey back in time.Back to the days of the clans.How do you survive in the great wilderness?Remember, all you have are your wits, a small wolf cub and the memories passed down by your father.Are you ready to fight the great beast that is not of this world?Will you win?

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased
I recently purchased this book for my 10 year old son, he hasen't read it yet but I have. I think the book was very detailed and interesting, it kept me from wanting to put it down, to see what would happen next. All the people with the bad reviews must keep in mind, this book was written for children, so if it wasen't intellectual enough for them, to bad, it wasen't supposed to be. And as for being realistic, who cares, everything doesn't have to be "true" to be tantalizing to young minds. In closing I would recommend this book to any child and I know my son will enjoy it just as much as I did.

5-0 out of 5 stars INCREDABLE
This book was great, although on the short side it was a great read.It was a very detailed book, and its pretty straight through so you dont get lost and have to go back a few chapeters. I read this book in three days reading about 100 pages a day. I recommend this book to anyone who likes nature or can read.I read this book for a book report and i got a 105! I dont see how its stereotypical as some people say. All i am mad about is that the next book isnt out yet:).

5-0 out of 5 stars Captivating Adventure
I picked up this book literally by accident and I hadn't heard any thing about it nor the hype. Having said that I finished the book in 3 days. The story is creative, funny and imaginative. When you finish this book you start dreaming of joining a Clan of your own! Well done Michelle Paver and I look forward to the second book Spirit Walker! ... Read more

125. The Little House Cookbook : Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories (Little House)
by Barbara M. Walker
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Asin: 0064460908
Catlog: Book (1989-09-07)
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Sales Rank: 8464
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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More than 100 recipes introduce the foods and cooking of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s pioneer childhood, chronicled in her classic Little House books.

Notable Children’s Books of 1979 (ALA)
Best Books of 1979 (SLJ)
Notable 1979 Children's Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)
Children's Books of 1979 (Library of Congress)
1980 Western Heritage Award

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5-0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS!!!!
I've been a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan for practically my whole life and am now delighted to be reading the whole series aloud to my young daughter who loves the books as much as I. My friend told me about this cookbook and we purchased it - it is WONDERFUL!

I read the whole thing cover to cover - it is just fascinating. The author writes in a very readable, extremely interesting style. I love having all the recipes for the meals mentioned throughout the Little House books and I *love* reading the history included in this cookbook. It adds such depth and perspective to our readings of the LIW books. [This book is as much a history text as it is a cookbook - and it does great justice to both genres!]

My daughter and I have made several of the recipes from the book so far and they have all been delicious, if not exactly health conscious. :) I haven't been able to bring myself to buy Lard, but we have delighted in making some of the same foods Laura ate. My daughter is learning a HUGE amount about history through these experiences.

Buying this book is the best money I've spent in years!

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiration, Literary Analysis, and a Food Revelation
This is not just a cookbook, it's an interactive history book, and an in-depth analysis of Laura Wilder's Little House books. Here we see the abundant, lush supply of high-quality food available on the dairy farm where Almanzo grew up contrasted with the catch-as-catch-can meals Laura's mother was forced to cobble together (starling pie, anyone?). We are reminded of the heroism of two teenagers - Almanzo and his brother - that saved dozens of families from starvation, and see clearly in her loving detail of food, how much Laura valued having enough of it.
I grew up in a rural area in the 1960's. How we prepared food then was often not far off from how it was done in the Little House cookbook, believe it or not. So I've used the recipes - like that for mincemeat pie - to inform my own cooking.
The soft pencil illustrations by Garth Williams - reproduced from the Little House books - are radiant and exquisitely simple. Their little details point out Williams' depth of research for source material for these pictures.
The Little House Cookbook was an inspiration to read the Little House books again, through adult eyes this time. Prepare to be surprised and amazed when you read them again.

4-0 out of 5 stars Love this book but don't use it
Don't get me wrong, I plan to love this book a lot more when I have a daughter of my own who will (hopefully) be as enchanted with the Little House series as I was and still am. I vividly remember all the scenes involving food in the books and how much rich detail Wilder put into each description. As a very young cooking enthusiast with a runaway imagination, I saw myself plucking chickens and running around in calico trying to find a place in the taffy pull.

For these reasons, I practically grabbed the book from one of my eight-year-old students' hands when she showed her library copy of it to me. I loved the pictures, the story excerpts, the idea that someone was dedicated enough to do the research and find out as much as she could about how the Wilders and the Ingallses created these unique and hearty meals. It serves as a fantastic book to curl up with and picture yourself turning a spit or making a savory pie with blackbirds (erm..), but it doesn't inspire me to get off the couch and turn a spit, or rather, construct some kind of spit-like apparatus in my kitchen.

Maybe farther down the road I'll have the room in my apartment and time in my life to devote the effort to this book that it deserves. It is a treasure to me, but you won't find its recipes on my table. I know for a fact, however, that if my mother had owned it when I was a little girl, we would have done all we could to make these authentic meals.

If only Barbara M. Walker would put out a "Little House for the Little Apartment" cookbook companion.

5-0 out of 5 stars A cookbook with a big heart!
The little house cookbook is a collection of foods and recipes mentioned in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House novel series. This book is chock full of fantastic recipes, anecdotes, and stories. The author translates the recipes for modern cooks, and includes historical background and information on each recipe's origins.

This book will be great for young readers, or for readers interested in learning more about the time period and the foods that Laura Ingalls enjoyed. The illustrations done in graphite pencil were cute and charming.

Overall, an excellent book, sure to delight young and old!

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing, thoroughly researched book.
Oftentimes, off-shoot books like these are dismal failures as others attempt to capitalize upon the popularity of successful publications. The Little House Cookbook is most definitely an exception; the author obviously put a lot of thought, effort and research into creating this book, which provides detailed background and historical information in addition to recreations of foods from the Little House Series. My mom first gave me this book when I was a little girl and I still pull it of the shelf 15 years later to read.

Chapters cover a wide variety of categories, from staples from the country store, to foods from the wild, to foods from the barnyard and sweets. Learn how to make cheese (from the Big Woods), butter, sourdough bread, cracklings, blackbird pie and vinegar pie. I honestly don't think any foods from the LH series have been left out. The author almost always includes a passage from the series for each recipe. Illustrations from the original series are also included. Highly, highly recommended, particularly if you're interested in foods from the frontier area or are just an avid LH fan. ... Read more

126. Adventures in Ancient Greece (Good Times Travel Agency)
by Linda Bailey, Bill Slavin
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Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Sales Rank: 255867
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Join the Binkertons, twins Josh and Emma and their little sister, Libby, as they head to the Good Times Travel Agency hoping to visit the next Olympic Games — but end up in ancient Greece instead!

Adventures in Ancient Greece is an exciting mix of adventure and historical information about life in Greece in the fifth century B.C. Kids will learn about the Greek gods, the birth of democracy, Greek home life — and much more. They’ll love the book’s contemporary comic-book look, while parents, teachers and librarians will admire the well-researched storyline and solid factual information. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Comic book style, a bit of sarcasm, son loved it
Another homeschooler recommended this book to us as one book to read for our study of Ancient Greece. When my 6 year-old son saw the cover he begged for me to read it immediately. He loved the book and is asking if there are others available (which there are because this is one in a series).

We had just finished "Growing up in Ancient Greece" by Chris Chelipi which I thought was a bit boring. "Adventures in Ancient Greece" duplicated the same information and included additional information. So if you are wondering if this comic book style book (less serious tone) is lacking in content, I can assure you that it is not.

The format of the book is comic book style with sidebars that read more like a regular text. The storyline is that a boy and his two sisters enter a time travel-travel agency and request to go to the next Olympic games in the future. By mistake they are transported to Ancient Greece. A boy gives them a tour of Athens and explains daily life in Ancient Greece. They experience daily living such as the role of women, slaves, and foreign visitors vs. men, voting, worship, parties, and common foods eaten. They also find themselves in the middle of a war that is called to a truce before casualties occur, at the Olympics, and finally on a warship that is engaged in a war before coming back home, magically. There is some sarcasm and some silliness. Some of the sarcasm borders on disrespect, such as when the boy gives them olives to eat, and proclaims they are the best in the world and the boy thinks, "this is a treat?" The girl is annoyed that women lead subservient lives and makes some sarcastic comments. I chose to skip over some of the silly and sarcastic comments. In the end I know my son learned important content from this book, which is the goal! ... Read more

127. We Are Witnesses: Five Diaries of Teenagers Who Died in the Holocaust
by Jacob Boas
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Catlog: Book (1996-11-01)
Publisher: Scholastic
Sales Rank: 24411
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Jewish teenagers David, Yitzhak, Moshe, Eva, and Anne all kept diaries and were all killed in Hitler's death camps. These are their stories, in their own words. Author Jacob Boas is a Holocaust survivor who was born in the same camp to which Anne Frank was sent. Includes a photo insert. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Source of Information on the Holocaust
Have you ever wondered what life for Jewish teens was like during the Holocaust? David, Yitzhak, Moshe, Eva, and Anne were five Jewish teens who lived and died during the Holocaust. Each of their lives and deaths are captured in this book, which uses factual information and chosen portions of their diary entries to compare their experiences. Boas efficiently chooses information to show what was happening at different times and places. His choice of entries, like Anne writing " spite of everything I still think people are really good at heart," supports the main theme that it is in the human nature to never give up hope. This book is very informational and eye opening, although it does not develop the five individual stories, which would make it more interesting and understandable. This book is good for anyone, but young adult readers will probably get the most out of it beacuse the main characters are young adults. This book made me want to learn more and gave me a greater understanding of the Holocaust.

5-0 out of 5 stars we are witnesses
We are witnesses by Jacob Boas, is a GREAT book to read it gives you different views of teenagers that went through diffuculty during the holocaust. As you know, the person who was in charge of the holocaust was Hitler. All the teeangers talked about hope they always had the hope to live and to have their own family. They never talked about hate, they never said they hate hitler the only thing that they said was that he was responsible for what was happening. This was shocking to me because I would hate the person who had my family killed. Wouldn't you?

2-0 out of 5 stars Ok I guess
This book was OK. I had to read it for school but I agree that it had way too many narrations in it and the only thing that captured the teens' feelings and thoughts were the scant entries from their diaries. This book didn't move me at all. If the author had put more of the kids' entries in it, it might be more effective.

5-0 out of 5 stars Touching, sad, but moving and worth the read
Although many people think that reading such books as these, the accounts of teenagers who died while under the Nazi regime, is depressing...people should tell them, it should be. This book was very good, and I read it a few years ago during a class that I had to take. Everyone had read the Diary of Anne Frank, but although this includes excerpts of hers, I was interested to know what others thought. Whether or not they were as optimistic as she was. If you are looking for a read that will give you different perspectives on how teenagers thought about the Holocaust, this is the book for you.

3-0 out of 5 stars We Are Witnesses
We Are Witnesses: Five Teenagers Who Died In The Holocaust is written by Jacob Boas. We are witnesses is a book of diaries of five jewish teenagers. The five diaries belong to David Rubinowicz, Yitzhak Rudashevski, Moshe Flinker, Eva Heyman, and Anne Frank. The book tells you what the teenagers thought and felt. The book takes you through the life of the teenagers during the Holocaust. All the teens were waiting for liberation from differnt country. Yitzhak was waiting for liberation from the Russian army and Anne was waiting for the D-Day team. Some of the teens had some one special who they cared about Moshe with his secret girl and Anne with Peter. Liberation never came for any of the teens. The liberation was only days after there death. The teens all died in a concetration camp, some were exterminated, others died of sickness or hunger. This book didn't really reach me like I thought that it would. I think there was to much narriation and not enough from the veiw of the teens. Over all it was a so so book. ... Read more

128. Revolutionary War On Wednesday (Magic Tree House 22, paper)
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Asin: 0679890688
Catlog: Book (2000-09-26)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Sales Rank: 5820
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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If it's Wednesday, it must be Revolutionary War day. Jack and Annie,stars of the Magic Tree House series, are in for another adventure in theirtime- and space-traveling tree house. Mysterious magical librarian Morgan le Fayhas set four new tasks for the siblings. Jack and Annie must find four specialkinds of writing for Morgan's library in order to save Camelot, the ancientkingdom of King Arthur. In CivilWar on Sunday, the pair traveled back to the 1860s to collect a list ofrules ("something to follow") from famous nurse Clara Barton. Now they discoverthey must visit another war era: the Revolutionary War. Jack and Annie set asidetheir apprehension and soon they're spinning back through time to Christmas Day,1776, on the banks of the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, where they encounternone other than the man on the dollar bill himself, George Washington! Thechildren accidentally-on-purpose end up embroiled in the famouscommander-in-chief's mission, where they not only play a part in convincingWashington to carry on with his patriotic duty, but also find the second kind ofwriting for Morgan's library: "something to send."

Award-winning author Mary Pope Osborne's young adventure series, The Magic TreeHouse, is immensely popular among children and teachers alike, promoting afascination with history--and reading--no textbook can match. (Ages 6 to 9)--Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This Review of Revolutionary War on Wednesday!
Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne

This book is about two kids named Jack and Annie and a magic tree house. In this book they go to the Revolutionary War and see George Washington.

I liked this book because they rode on the Delaware River with George Washington. And, they told George Washington to go on a stormy night.

I think the author was trying to teach to participate in things. She also was also trying to teach us to be willing to do things.

5-0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary War On Wednesday
The book I read was Revolutionary War On Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne. In this story, two kids travel back in time in a tree house. Jack and Annie get to meet General George Washington. Jack and Annie have a special mission to help Washington win the war. I liked this book because I learned a lot about the war. I do recommend this book to a friend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
How would you feel if you were in a war? Find out by Reading Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne. Jack and Annie were in a war to get a stone for
George Washington. I really liked this book because it was funny. Will Jack and Annie get the stone in time? Find out by reading this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary War on Wednesday
Revolutionary War on Wednesday, is about two kids who go on magical quests for Megan, the librarian. In this book, Jack and Annie recieve another riddle to answer, from Megan. This time they must search into the past for clues on somthing to send to Megan, that way she can help Camelot.
I thought that this book was fantastic. It was the first Magic Tree House book that i had ever read, although its number 22. I would defenetly recommend this book to people who are interested in mysteries.

1-0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary War on Wednsday
This unbelievably immature book carries you on the extremely overrated adventures of Jack and Annie. As they go back in time, Jack and annie meet Gerge Washington, and give him advice. I'm not trying to be unpatriotic, but, this book our founder look like a weak reason to be proud of our country. I dont reccomend this book, unless you spend your time reading second grade textbooks. For pleasure. ... Read more

129. Royal Diaries, The:Anacaona, Goldern Flower, Haiti, 1490 (Royal Diaries)
by Edwidge Danticat
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
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With her signature narrative grace, Edwidge Danticat brings Haiti's beautiful queen Anacaona to life. Queen Anacaona was the wife of one of her island's rulers, and a composer of songs and poems, making her popular among her people. Haiti was relatively quiet until the Spanish conquistadors discovered the island and began to settle there in 1492.The Spaniards treated the natives very cruelly, and when the natives revolted, the Spanish governor of Haiti ordered the arrests of several native nobles, including Anacaona, who was eventually captured and executed, to the horror of her people.
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130. The Long Way to a New Land (I Can Read Book 3)
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Catlog: Book (1986-05-23)
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"We will go to America!"

It is 1868, and Carl Erik's family faces starvation in Sweden. As their hopes fade, they must endure a journey over land and sea to reach a better life in a new country thousands of miles away. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for the Classroom
The Long Way to a New Land and The Long Way Westward are companion books that chronicle a family's journey from their Swedish farm, which is suffering from an extended drought, to a new home in Minnesota. The books describe the difficulty and dangers of the journey in a way that is non-complaining and full of optimism for a new life in America. Teachers, these books are wonderful for integrating with other subjects and topics, such as immigration, westward expansion, steamships, trains, geography, and American life in the 1860s. ... Read more

131. Follow the Drinking Gourd
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Catlog: Book (1992-01-15)
Publisher: Dragonfly Books
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5-0 out of 5 stars Song of freedom
This fine story teaches even the smallest of children about the evil of slavery in pre-Civil War America. It shows a desire for freedom so strong that men, women and children risked their lives to escape on the Underground Railroad, following the largest star in the Drinking Gourd of the title (The Big Dipper).

The book introduces the idea of slavery, the separation of families, the sale of human beings at auctions, and the difficulties that people endured to escape--hiding in trees to avoid hounds, sleeping by day, sometimes on empty stomachs, and walking at night, sometimes without stars to guide them. Sometimes people along the way were kind, providing bacon and corn bread to share, helping them across the Ohio River, and hiding them in the attics and barns of safe houses.

The story's dramatic simplicity grasps and holds children. They fasten to it, eager to learn about the bonds that once tied African-Americans and the freedom for which they naturally yearned.

The book is a song of freedom. Alyssa A. Lappen

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Story for All ages !
My husband encourages us to add this book to our collections. Our 3 year old loves this book every night before bed. He loves the music ( dad's singing) and learns a wonderful lesson. He looks at the night sky with a whole new view now !

5-0 out of 5 stars Follow the Drinking Gourd Is a Hit With 2nd Graders!
I used this book to help fulfill a story project requirement for my Children's Literature class at Kent State University. A partner and I read this book to two second-grade classes, who listened attentively. This version of the story has less text than Bernardine Connelly's version (same title), which made it appropriate for reading aloud within a limited time. The students seemed to enjoy the repetition of the song lyrics throughout. The illustrations are striking, with interesting and unusual color choices. The skin tones of the African-American characters are quite lovely, ranging from mahogany to very dark brown. Bright purples and oranges in the illustrations also stand out. The characters are depicted in a wide range of ages, from "Old Hattie" to "Little Isaiah." We used this book in conjunction with explanations of the Underground Railroad and another book, Barefoot by Pamela Duncan Edwards, as well as poems by African-American poet Langston Hughes. The difficult topics of selling slaves at auction, running away, and the fears the runaways had are sensitively treated. At the end of the book, when freedom is reached and Old Hattie exclaims, "'Five more souls are safe!'" I heard a collective gasp of emotion from the children. These students really seemed to enjoy learning about the Underground Railroad and how slaves escaped their bondage. The fact that we usually call the Drinking Gourd constellation the Big Dipper did take some repeated explanation on the part of the storytellers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Courageous and inspirational tale of slavery.
My daughter read this book in her kindergarten class during Black history month and we loved it so much we bought a copy. It is an inspiring story of courage and triumph over adversity. The story is about a slave named Peg Leg Joe who leads other slaves to freedom by teaching them a song instructing them to "Follow the Drinking Gourd". The drinking gourd he refers to is the Big Dipper. Not only is this a great story about the Underground Railroad, it also inspired my daughter's interest in astronomy. I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for Februay- Black History Month
I read this book to my 1st grade students to teach them about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The illustrations were nice and my students caught on that they were really following the constellation (the dipper). I would highly recommend this book. It was THE BEST resource I could find to tie into Black History Month. ... Read more

132. Snow Treasure
by Marie McSwigan
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Wow--this book is hard to put down; it skims along as swiftly as the kids riding their sleds downhill (smuggling gold bullion right past Nazi soldiers), to be loaded aboard a camouflaged ship and taken to America for safe keeping. What was a simple, childhood pasttime has now beome a matter of life and death.

Based on a probably true story, but Fact or legend, it could well have happened this way. This exciting little book is a tribute to the courage and dedication to Freedom of the people of Norway during the winter of 1940, when Nazis invaded even this tiny village. No one thought they could be defeated, yet Peter's Uncle Viktor suggested a plan which involved school children in a fabulously daring smuggling adventure! If you want to read more about Scandinavian resistance to the Nazi's, try Lois Lowry's Number the Stars, set in Denmark. Snow Treasure is a literary treasure of tension, histoircal fiction which might have been historical fact!

1-0 out of 5 stars SnOW trEasurE
Ok,when i got this book i thought it would realLY sUCK!! and guess what IT DID!!!i put this BOOK down several times the reason why i read it all the way thru is because i had to for my STUPID book report it has poor vocabulary, poor description, it confuses ME! this BOOK suCKS to the MAX!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book in the WORLD!!!!!
When I saw this book, I thought that it would be just a normal book with non_exciting parts and exciting parts. I read the first chapter and didn't put it down for the rest of the evening. I wouldn't have put it down if my dad almost yelled at me to PUT IT AWAY.
This book is about a boy and his friends who have their life in their hands. They have to hide a bunch of money and keep it secret from the Nazis. I would recomend tthis book to anyone who loves action and to learn a little bit about the Nazis.

5-0 out of 5 stars Snow Treasure
The book I am reading is Snow Treasure. Well this book is about this boy whose name is Peter Lundstorm who never thought he would be a hero. The winter of 1940 was like no other. Nazi troops attacked where Peter lived. Well the only way Peter coud keep them from getting gold was to put the gold under all the children's sleds. Peter had to throw a snowball at the chief of the Nazi party.He did that because he tried to keep the chief from getting the gold. They put Peter on their ship.The Nazi party did not get the gold.That's all for my summary.

5-0 out of 5 stars My review of snow treasure
Oh No! Nazi troops have come to Peter Lundstormdstorm's small village and they are trying to take it over. Peter and his friends must risk their lives and their country's treasure to save them. I hope you will read this book because it is a really, really good book. I think if you will read this book you will like it. ... Read more

133. Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt?
by Gare Thompson, Elizabeth Wolf
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For a long time, the main role of First Ladies was to act as hostesses of the White House...until Eleanor Roosevelt. Born in 1884, Eleanor was not satisfied to just be a glorified hostess for her husband, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Eleanor had a voice, and she used it to speak up against poverty and racism. She had experience and knowledge of many issues, and fought for laws to help the less fortunate. She had passion, energy, and a way of speaking that made people listen, and she used these gifts to campaign for her husband and get him elected president—four times! A fascinating historical figure in her own right, Eleanor Roosevelt changed the role of First Lady forever. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An impressive and highly recommended life story
In Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt?, biographer Gare Thompson reveals to young readers the impressive and highly recommended life story of one of the most influential women in American 20th Century history. Individual chapters begin with the question "Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt?", and the continue on with "Early Years"; "Daddy's Little Girl"; "All Alone"; "Years at Allenswood"; "Cousin Franklin"; "Marriage and Children"; "Politics"; "White House Years"; and "Ambassador to the World". ... Read more

134. Commander in Chief: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
by Albert Marrin
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Much more than a biography of Lincoln or a history of the Civil War, this portrait of Lincoln makes our sixteenth president accessible to young readers as a human being, rather than as a historic icon or paragon of virtue. The author, renowned for his award-winning books on great leaders, shows how a principled but imperfect man -- full of intelligence but also of sorrow,logical and determined but also cautious and prejudiced grew under the pressure of personal tragedy and national crisis to become our greatest president.The book is written in a quick-flowing, engaging style, detailed but easy to read. The author effortlessly uses eyewitness accounts -- letters, speeches,diaries, newspapers, poems, songs, memoirs -- to create setting, to show personality, political climate, to give voice to the attitudes and hopes of everyday Americans. The treatment of slavery is especially vivid. All the important events of the war are here, but the emphasis is on people, personalities, human feelings and behavior.As the historian Barbara Fields made clear in the Ken Burns documentary on the Civil War, the issues of that war are still with us. Perhaps never more than now do young people need to be exposed to the unfailing humanity, honesty, and political sagacity that allowed Lincoln to hold together a country racked by secession, racial hatred, and other divisions. Lincoln had that most uy76precious of all human qualities -- the capacity for growth. His life reminds us that any person can learn from experience and rise above poverty, prejudice, and limitation; and that a political leader can and must embody a profound respect forthe plain peopleand the democratic processes that elevate us all. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Human Side of Lincoln
For the first time, I came to know Lincoln not as an iconified hero, but as a funny, direct, engaging and committed human being as I read this book. The author has thorough notes of very detailed research and tells a story that others omitted or overlooked. It made me want to read much more about Lincoln, especially more of the piercing wit and emotional perseverance shared in this book. ... Read more

135. Soldier's Heart : Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard in the First Minnesota Volunteers
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In spare, almost biblical prose, Gary Paulsen writes of the horrors of combat in a Civil War novella that puts a powerful, more contemporary spin on Stephen Crane's classic The Red Badge of Courage. Based on the life of a real boy, it tells the story of Charley Goddard, who lies his way into the Union Army at the age of 15.Charley has never been anyplace beyond Winona, Minnesota, and thinks war would be a great adventure. And it is--at first--as his regiment marches off through cheering crowds and pretty, flag-waving girls. But then comes the battle. Charley screams, "Make it stop now!" disbelieving that anything so horrible could be real. Paulsen is unsparing in the details of what actually happens on the battlefield: the living men suddenly blown into pieces, the agony and fear, the noise and terror, the stinking corpses. After many battles, Charley is wounded and sent home an old man before he is 20, his will to live destroyed by combat fatigue--leaving him with a "soldier's heart." Paulsen has received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the ALAN Award, and several Newbery Honor awards for previous work, but this superb, small masterpiece transcends any of his earlier titles in its remarkable, memorable intensity and power. (Ages 12 to 15) --Patty Campbell ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Horror of Combat
Soldier's Heart is a historical fiction novel by Gary Paulsen that focuses on one boys experiences during the Civil War. Fifteen year old Charley Goddard, lies about his age so that he can join the First Minnesota Volunteers, which were part of the shooting war around 1861. Charley thought at first the shooting war was just an adventure. He later found out that the shooting war was actual combat on the front lines. Charley fought battle by battle and literally saw the "horror of combat" and learned how to survive through all the battles. Soldier's Heart is based on a true account of a soldier from the Civil War, which really makes this book even more spectacular. The theme could be focused around a numerous amount of things, but mainly I believe the most important ones are: survival and responsibility. Charley goes through some tries and tribulations in order to survive and from the very beginning he was responsible by wanting to fight for and defend his country. This book was GREAT--for any age group!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Gary Paulsen writes another fine novel.
Gary Paulsen's fantastic novel, Soldier's Heart, is an epic story about a fifteen-year-old Minnesota boy, Charley Goddard. Charley joins the army just in time to be sent out in the Civil War battlefield. The trip from Minnesota to the south was extravagant for this young soldier, but what he saw out in the bloody southern battlefields was nothing less than tragic for such an innocent young man. A lot the men that were in Charley's unit were rapidly dying, and he could not believe that he had made it through the battles that took so many of the men he once knew. As the novel progresses, Charley becomes less of a boy and more of a man very quickly through his experiences fighting the southern Rebels. Throughout his time in the Union army, his personality, opinions, and heart mature to that of a soldier's.

Once again, Gary Paulsen's ties to Minnesota are brought into the plot. His writing style is also very similar to that of which is in his other books, making Soldier's Heart very characteristic of Paulsen and his writing. As always, his words flow very smoothly and the storyline is very easy to follow.

Paulsen's novel is very easy to read and is suitable for anyone around the age of fourteen or older. Some of the contents of the novel are graphic and some of the language is slightly questionable for younger readers. Regardless, the detailed language of the novel is justified and is a necessary element for the realism of the story. I definitely recommend anyone around the age of fourteen or older to sit down and enjoy the writing of Gary Paulsen in the novel Soldier's Heart.

5-0 out of 5 stars GOOD
This book is very good. It is about a boy named Charlie Goddard who is only 15 years old and wants to fight in the civil war. He pretends to be over eighteen and thinks the war is going to be fun and exciting. He nearly gets killed and learn how bad the war really is. This book is great if you know about the civil war and it always keeps you at the edge of your seat

5-0 out of 5 stars Mike's REVIEW
I listened to this book in an hour and a half. It seemed much shorter, as it was packed with action and interesting things. It is the story of a young 15 year-old boy named Charlie as he fights in the Civil War. He is in the Minnesoata regiment, along with about a thousand others. He lies about his age in order to get into the Union Army. At first it is luxurious trains, and wonderful prades, with girls giving them candy. But then they begin to enter combat. In the first battle he is in(Bull Run) he freezes up and does not fire at the enemy at first. Eventually the retyreat from the meadow. Charlie pees himself as they cross the meadow only to find that the confederate army has left. The entire book he faces internal conflict about leaving the army, and external conflict against the confederate army, and the ferocious elements. In the next battle Charlie kills many people and is covered in their blood. His commander sent him for medical help, while there he and another man build a wall of dead bodies to prevent the rough winds from hitting the wounded. Then the final battle discoussed in this piece of literature is the Battle Of Ghettysberg. This was a the battle with the highest number of casulties in the entire war. In this battle Charlie is involved in one final charge that would decide the war... would he live, would he die, would he be shot, would they win or lose? If you want the answers of these questions you will have to read the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Soldier's Heart
In the book, SOLIDER'S HEART, by Gary Paulsen Charley goes into the army even though he is under 18. He is only 15 and he wants to protect his country. Paul is Charley's father but he was killed when a horse ran over him. This was the Civil War in June of 1861. One of his most difficult conflicts wasn't being caught by the sergeant becuase he is only 15 years old. Charley almost got shot at one point by the rebels. Hey say somethings that no one should ever see in their life time like people dieing and suffering. It was set around a battlefield and Gettysburg. The book had its boring parts and parts where you were on the edge of your seat. This boook is boring theres only a couple times when you just dont wanna stop reading this book. i dont recommend this book. ... Read more

136. Lily's Crossing (Yearling Newbery)
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Author Patricia Reilly Giff's Newbery Honor-winning Lily's Crossing is now available for the first time in paperback!

Every summer Lily and her father go to her family's house in Rockaway, near the Atlantic Ocean.But the summer of 1944 is different.World War II has called Lily's father overseas, Lily's best friend Margaret had to move with her family to a wartime factory town, and Lily is forced to live with her grandmother.

But then a boy named Albert, a refugee from Hungary, comes to live in Rockaway.He has lost most of his family to the war.Soon he and Lily form a special friendship, and they have secrets to share.But they have both told lies, and Lily's lie may cost Albert his life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
Lily's Crossing was a good book.It was a good book because it described things well.This is what Lily's Crossing was about.

Lily is a little girl who lives in Saint Alban's. She is 12 years old. In the summer she goes to live with her grandma in Rockaway, NY.She has to play the the piano because her dad bought her a piano to play. She doesn't like the piano. Right now her dad is in the World War 2. He is an engineer. He is not going to be home until the war is over. Lily really misses her poppy. Her best friend Margaret has to move because of the war. She has to go with her father and her family because her dad got transferred with his job. In the book, Lily meets a kid named Albert.

In order to find out what happens next, you will have to read the book. I would recommend this book to you, because it is really good and exciting.

5-0 out of 5 stars Friends Forever
Lily's Crossing, a popular Newberry Honor Book, is wonderful for readers of all ages. Patricia Reilly Giff brings the whole story to life with her amazing adventures and her remarkable characters. Lily, an eleven-year-old girl with a life full of happiness, is living through the tough times of World War II. Her father has to move away to help strengthen America in the war. It doesn't end there! Every summer Lily goes to the beach with her friends but not the summer that her father leaves. Lily's best friend has to go away with her family because her family has to help out with the war. Just when Lily thinks that her life is ruined, she suddenly meets a boy named Albert. They became best friends, but can they stay out of trouble with her lying? Will Lily say something that can cost Albert his life?
This book is highly recommended because it shows just how important friendship can be. Lily is an amazing girl who shares her wonderful world with everyone. Her story can help many people during rough times with friends because she teaches people never to give up on friends. When Lily realizes that her best friend must move away, she feels miserable! She and Albert have their rough times at the beginning, but in the end, they become best of friends! The book also presents life during World War II. It presents the reader with a whole new world in the little town named Rockaway, New York where families and friends become close knit and help each other out. Also, by inviting everyone over to dinner. The war helps Lily become closer to her friends and family during these rough times. It also helps her to become trustworthy with her friends and to stop lying to everybody.
Lily's Crossing should definitely be at top of the list of best novels because the reader will feel a part of an unforgettable world. So me people may see Lily's Crossing a very mellow and sometimes boring book. Despite these views, the reader is bond to feel a connection to the characters life experiences! Even if Lily's Crossing isn't the number one book to many people, there is definitely a whole lot to learn from this little girl, for example, what it was like to live during World War II. It also can help many people understand who true friends are and how powerful friendship can be.
~ Once reading this book, it will change the readers life forever ~

3-0 out of 5 stars Lilys Crossing
Lily's life is not the best. Her father is at war, and she has to move.
She has no friends until she meets Albert.
Lily has told many lies, but now she has told one that may cost her a friend. Lily has two major events in her life; will Albert follow his heart, will her father return?

4-0 out of 5 stars Lily!
While on the yearly summer trip to Rockaway, New York, Lily experiences some hardships. In 1944, everyone's life has changed. WWII has become familiar with every family. As soon as they get to Rockaway, Lily's father announces that he will be going overseas due to the war. She does meet a Hungarian refugee named albert. Lily and Albert turn out to become good friends. She overcomes lying the summer of 1944. Patricia Reilly Giff makes this story very easy and interesting. I completely fell in love with Lily.

3-0 out of 5 stars I would give this book 3 stars
I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars because it is a good book but it is not as good as other books I have read. I also think it was not very detailed and there were parts in the book that didn't make sense. My favorite thing about the book is that Patricia Reilly Giff makes an unbreakable friendship between Lily and Albert.
One thing I think the author should have done differently is to have explained things a little better. My favorite character was Gram because she might have not shown her love for Lily but really she would do anything for Lily. Gram reminds me of my Godfather, Bill, who unfortunately was in a plane crash. My least favorite character was Margaret because she was very naughty and mean.
One part that really made me think was when Lily went to save Albert in the storm. It made me think "Would I do that?" and "What would I do in that position?"
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read it. ... Read more

137. The Midwife's Apprentice (Trophy Newbery)
by Karen Cushman
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Karen Cushman likes to write with her tongue firmly planted in her cheek, andher feisty female characters firmly planted in history. In The Midwife's Apprentice, which earned the 1996 Newbery Medal, this makes a winning combination for children and adult readers alike. Like her award-winning book Catherine, CalledBirdy, the story takes place in medieval England. This time our protagonist is Alyce, who rises from the dung heap (literally) of homelessness and namelessness to find a station in life--apprentice to the crotchety, snaggletoothed midwife Jane Sharp. On Alyce's first solo outing as a midwife, she fails to deliver. Instead of facing her ignorance, Alyce chooses to run from failure--never a good choice. Disappointingly, Cushman does not offer any hardships or internal wrestling to warrant Alyce's final epiphanies, and one of the book's climactic insights is when Alyce discovers that lo and behold she is actually pretty! Still, Cushman redeems her writing, as always, with historical accuracy, saucy dialogue, fast-paced action, and plucky, original characters that older readers will eagerly devour. (Ages 12 and older) --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Midwife's Apprentice
Deftly employing an omniscient third-person narrative, author Karen Cushman introduces us to the main character in her 1996 Newberry Award winning book, "The Midwife's Apprentice." The introduction is dramatic: we meet an adolescent girl, an orphan, searching for a night's shelter in a dung heap. A vividly detailed description of the dung heap follows, affronting our senses. As readers, we are horrified that anyone would be reduced to seek refuge for the night in such a place. Yet, on the same page, we curiously find ourselves admiring her practical observation that a dung heap in fact produces life-saving warmth. We are drawn into her world and begin to see life from her perspective.

When the girl is awakened the next morning by the rude taunting of a group of village boys, the girl encounters the equally harsh questioning of the village midwife. The girl asks the local midwife for work and food after being perfunctorily named "Beetle" by the midwife (after a dung beetle, of course). Thus begins the quietly amazing story of the girl's apprenticeship to the medieval English midwife.

In the author's notes at the end of the book, Cushman gives the reader a brief history of midwifery and a glimpse into everyday medieval life. Cushman so seamlessly weaves this historical information into the narrative, however, that she could almost dispense wih this information at the novel's end altogether. Her knowledge of herbal medicine, medieval folk traditions and history is extensive, as well as the masterful way she uses this information to tell a compelling story of how a young woman grows to discover her own self-worth in an often unforgiving world.

Alyce, as we later come to know the main character, convincingly demonstrates just how resourceful and resilient the human spirit can be. We share in her disappointments as well as her triumphs. Cushman includes a handful of memorable characters that not only help to support the awakening of Alyce's character, but also stand as solid characters in their own right.

Young adult women will undoubtedly relate to Alyce's character as they compare trying emtional situations in their own lives to the challenges faced by Alyce in the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Triumph of a Young Girl!
After reading Catherine Called Birdy by the same author I was looking forward to another humorous romp through the middle ages with The Midwife's Apprentice. The book, however, takes on a very serious tone on the first page when we are introduced to the main character, Beetle, a homeless girl who is the target of ridicule and scorn by everyone she encounters. She is discovered sleeping in a dung heap by a local midwife who leaves much to be desired in terms of kindness and patience. Beetle learns the trade bit by bit and wins over people in the town through her gentle spirit and strength.

I enjoyed this book and learned a great deal about childbirth and medicine during the middle ages. It is a story about a girl who triumphs despite her hardships and I felt satisfied and happy with its conclusion. The story is never predictable and makes you want to keep reading until the end.

I recommend The Midwife's Apprentice to anyone (especially girls) interested in learning more about what life was like for common people during the middle ages.

4-0 out of 5 stars From dung heap to Newberry Award Winner
From a dung heap blooms Newberry Award winner The Midwife's Apprentice. Cushman takes young readers on a journey of historical fiction to discover the challenges of the homeless in the Middle Ages while weaving a never-give-up moral.

From the first memorable lines, morbit curiosity propels readers forward: "When animal droppings garbage and spoiled straw are piled up in a great heap, the rotting and moiling give forth heat. Usually no one gets close enough to notice because of the stench. But the girl noticed and, on that frosty night, burrowed deep into the warm, rutting muck, heedless of the smell" (1).

Cushman artfully engages readers' empathy for the poor heroine who has no family, identity, or concept of her own age. She knows only the name she's been called town after town--Brat. Brat is taken in by a heartless, greedy midwife, Jane Sharp, who appears to want her just for free labor, but as the story develops, our heroine discovers self-worth beneath her filth and realizes Sharp is more than she appears as well.

The dialogue is a simplified peasant dialect. For example, Jennett, the inn-keepers wife says, "There is a midwife in the village some walk down the road. I will point your man the way" (106). Although it may be uncomfortable for readers initially, the dialect becomes easier as s/he reads on.

Appealing more to a female audience, Cushman's novel reveals the child-birthing dangers of medieval times where medical practices were as much superstition as trial and error. Leeches, herbs, oils, and spices are a few remedies readers will encounter in this enjoyable, brief novel told in third-person narrative.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet and fascinating
A fascinating tale of one girl's life in the Middle Ages. The setting and story line alone are worth the read. You'll be spellbound and touched by every page.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Positive Girl's Story from Cushman
Beetle is an orphan of indefinite age, wandering from village to village and working for food. At one stop, the midwife takes her on as apprentice and Beetle's life changes dramatically. The midwife is by no means a gentle mother figure, but she feeds Beetle regularly and the life is not hard.

The reader follows Beetle (or Alyce as she later calls herself) as she matures, sheds her insecurities, becomes self-confident and self-loving, and finally learns to face up to and conquer her fears. It's a very positive tale, excellent for young girls who need to see positive female role-models face problems and succeed by sheer determination--and not fairy godmothers or money or good looks.

While unconsciously absorbing these lessons, young readers will also find themselves learning about Medieval Europe. Cushman manages to slide historical facts in so casually that the reader will come away knowing about Medieval customs and practices, the art of early midwifery and life in a village.

This is an excellent tale, well-written, witty and touching. I enjoyed it on many levels and would recommend it (along with Cushman's other excellent novel, Catherine Called Birdy) for pre-teens and teens--and adults like me who enjoy a light story with a postitive girl character. ... Read more

138. Milkweed (Golden Kite Awards (Awards))
by Jerry Spinelli
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Average Customer Review: 4.85 out of 5 stars
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Newbery Medal-winning author Jerry Spinelli (Maniac McGee, Stargirl) paints a vivid picture of the streets of the Nazi-occupied Warsaw during World War II, as seen through the eyes of a curious, kind, heartbreakingly naïve orphan with many names. His name is Stopthief when people shout "Stop! Thief!" as he flees with stolen bread. Or it's Jew, "filthy son of Abraham," depending on who's talking to him. Or, maybe he's a Gypsy, because his eyes are black, his skin is dark, and he wears a mysterious yellow stone around his neck. His new friend and protector Uri forces him to take the name Misha Pilsudski and to memorize a made-up story about his Gypsy background so that no one will mistake him for a Jew and kill him. Misha, a very young boy, is slow to understand what's happening around him. When he sees people running, he thinks it's a race. Nazis (Jackboots, as the children call them) marching through the streets appear to him as a delightful parade of magnificent boots. He wants to be a Jackboot! (Uri smacks him for saying this.) He compares bombs to sauerkraut kettles, machine guns to praying mantises, and tanks to "colossal gray long-snouted beetles." The story of Misha and his band of orphans trying to survive on their own would have a deliciously Dickensian quality, if it weren't for the devastation around them--people hurrying to dig trenches to stop Nazi tanks, shops exploding in flames, the wailing of sirens, buzzing airplanes, bombs, and human torture. Spinelli has written a powerfully moving story of survival--readers will love Misha the dreamer and his wonderfully poetic observations of the world around him, his instinct to befriend a Jewish girl and her family, his impulse to steal food for a local orphanage and his friends in the ghetto, and his ability to delight in small things even surrounded by the horror of the Holocaust. A remarkable achievement. (Ages 11 and older) --Karin Snelson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Milkweed- An exceptional novel
Milkweed, by Jerry Spinelli, was an interesting and vivid novel about a young boy with many names, whos only memory lies in a yellow stone on a necklace around his neck. The setting of this book, Warsaw in Poland, really describes the terrible conditions all of the people living as a Jew or Gypsy during the Holocaust. The characters are are very different and special in their very own way. Misha, the main character in the story, is timid at the beginning and later is courageous and bold. Uri, who is his companion, is a very quiet and self-centered character. The last thing that really stood out in this book was the writers style. He writes with a very strange format and it is confusing at first, but later becomes stands out in a good way. Overall, the book potrayed the time o the Holocaust through a young boy perfectly and it was one of the best books I have EVER read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking yet Hopeful
Jerry Spinelli has crafted a stark and horribly vivid portrayal of the Nazi occupation of Warsaw, Poland during WWII.
Through the eyes of a young vagabond we see a childlike view of what it was like to live through this horrific time.
Misha is a young boy who is orphaned and living on the streets. He is told he is a gypsy and given the name Misha, by his friend and protector Uri.
From this point on Misha progresses in his understanding of all that is going on around him... he comes face to face with "Jackboots", Nazi soldiers... "Flops", turncoat Jews tormenting their own people... and those being persecuted-- Jewish people.
The saddness of this story comes through loud and clear when Misha becomes attached to the Jewish family, the Milgorms. Misha befriends, Jainna a young girl and quickly becomes part of the family and embraces his background as a Jew.
I applaud Spinelli for writing this book. I realize there are many books written for middle school students on the Holocaust, but we must never stop reading about it... if we do we may forget just how terrible it really was. And if we, as tolerant caring people forget the horrors, we could easily slip back into the cruelty and utter stupidity of the Nazi tormentors. We must never become like them.... ever!
This is a mistake from history no one should ever repeat!
So as you read this... remember that all people have value and it's our job to make sure we never allow something like the holocaust to happen again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another classic from Spinelli!
Milkweed is about Misha, an orphan living on the streets of Nazi-occupied Warsaw. The whole story is through his humble eyes as he steals, befriends a group of boys and gets a family. How he always escapes the fearful Flops and Jackboots. How he gets his ear shot. How every night, he enters homes and shops and innocently steals food. How he is sadly separated from his "sister" finally one day. This enchanting story weaves to what happens after the holocaust as well.

Milkweed has fascinating details from the Holocaust and Misha's life is described brilliantly. You feel as though you are right there, next to Misha, running beside him as he escapes from the Jackboots, crawling behind him through the two-brick hole in the wall, from beginning to end. The characterizing is done very vividly; you can visualize every character instantly! The style of writing is also so unique and captivating! Once you start this book, it's just too hard to put it down! Milkweed is another classic from the great author of Crash, Loser, Maniac Magee and Stargirl. Two thumbs up!

5-0 out of 5 stars Milkweed
My teacher assigned us 2 books relating to the Holocaust to read, and I couldn't be happier that I got Milkweed.Milkweed is a wonderfully dramatic novel that's unique writing style makes it an astounding addition to realm of Holocaust literature. Through the eyes of a young naive boy we see a child's perspective of reality in this horrific time. Jerry Spinelli creates a sense of realism within the book with a bold cast of characters that really get you hooked. The beginning is strong; superbly enthralling, as is the entire book. I HIGHLY reccomend this book to anyone interested in a different view of the Holocaust. ;)

5-0 out of 5 stars Milkweed SUPEAR NOVEL
I thought it was a good book because it is an interesting story of a boy who does not know anything about himself during the period of the WWII holocaust. Misha the main character.has no idea where he came from or what his name is. He is befriended by a group of Jewish orphans who steal food for a living. After a while he meets a little Jewish girl, named Janina. When her family is forced to move to the ghetto, Misha goes to live with them. Just as everyone is starving, there are deportations (to the concentration camps but the Jews don't know where they are going) Janina is taken to the concentration camps, but Misha escapes to America, to tell his story.
I liked this novel very much, because it told a story that is still in some existence today, racism. The Holocaust is no longer a problem for Jews and gypsies today, but they still face some discrimination. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good story with strong characters. Several emotions I experienced are, anger, sadness, happiness, excitement and relief. This is a very well written novel because the novel is written because it is told in the perspective of a little boy who is clueless to what is happening in the time period. ... Read more

139. Shh! We're Writing the Constitution
by Jean Fritz, Tomie dePaola
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Asin: 0698116240
Catlog: Book (1998-03-01)
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
Sales Rank: 65910
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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1-0 out of 5 stars Good Author Bad Book
I dont hate the author and her books are good but this one SUCK!!! This book is a review of the 5th grade test study history with the boring Social studies book this book is much more boring. If you like this author DONT BUY THIS BOOK buy other books she made like Paul Revere but Dont buy this Boooooorrrrriiiinnngggg book!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Are you a nervous reck over the constitution?? I was!
Hi! I am a twelve year old girl from California and i was verry nervous about the constitutioin test.This book helped me a lot on the test. I was so woried and nervous, but once i read this book, along with If You Were There When They Wrote THe Constitution,I knew i had studied to my full capability! I was so overloaded with information i didn't even need for the test! But all of that studying paid off because ,with the help from this book, I got***********100%*********************! My family was so proud of me. well i didn't just write this review to brag i wrote it to tell you that this book was a great investement for me! also if you are anything like me you will still think you need to study more so you should also buy if you were there when they wrote the constitition.Good Luck!

5-0 out of 5 stars It has great illustrations.
It is important for a book about a Constitution to be very good. It has good illustrations and it has a lot of interesting and cool facts. It is a good book overall. ... Read more

140. History of the World
by Perry
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Asin: 0395688272
Catlog: Book (1994-04-01)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Sales Rank: 621999
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