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Reviews:
Acting Class: Take a Seat by Milton Katselas
All in Fun by Jerry Oltion
The Cat Who Went Up the Creek by Lilian Jackson Braun
The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans
Dance of Shadows by Fred Chappell
Diary of a Dead Man by Walter Krumm
Earth Odyssey by Mark Hertsgaard
eNursery Rhymes by Mother Mouse
Ella: A Baby Elephant's Story by Kathleen Duey
Emily Waits for Her Family by Carol Zelaya
The Exchange by Inga C. Ellzey
Festival of Deaths by Jane Haddam
For the Love of St. Nick by Garasamo Maccagnone
Forgive My Trespassing by Cynthia Blomquist Gustavson
A Garden from a Hundred Packets of Seed by James Fenton
The Illusion by Tony Kushner and Pierre Corneille
Jimmy Buffet: The Man from Margaritaville Revealed by Steve Eng
The Little Lame Prince and His Travelling Cloak by Dinah Muloc Craik
Mojo Hand by Greg Kihn
The Monopoly Man by Barry B. Longyear
Nana Volume 2 by Ai Yazawa
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
The Perfect Infestation by Carol Emshwiller
Rising Waters by Patricia Ferrara
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Sea by John Banville
Seafarer's Blood by Albert E. Cowdrey
Shadow on the Stones by Moyra Caldecott
Signatures of Grace edited by Thomas Grady and Paula Huston
Silence is Golden by Penny Warner
"Slowly, Slowly, Slowly" Said the Sloth by Eric Carle
The Tall Stones by Moyra Caldecott
The Temple of the Sun by Moyra Caldecott
Tsunami by Gordon Gumpertz
Written on the Knee by Dr. Theodore Electris and Helen Electrie Lindsay (translator)

Don Quixote:
Q and Sancho Panza Strike Back
Harold and Kumar
The La Mancha Story
Disarmed and Dangerous

Miscellaneous:
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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for Ella: A Baby Elephant's Story

EllaElla: A Baby Elephant's Story: 01/06/09

Ella: A Baby Elephant's Story is one of a series of books based on current animal research. Each book is designed to teach family relationships while also teaching about the animal and it's environment. In the case of Ella, the story is about an elephant herd and the birth of a new baby.

Until the baby is born to her aunt, Ella is the baby of the herd. Once the baby is born, Ella beings to realize how much she has grown. She takes on the roll of a big sister remembering the lessons her older brothers had taught her before they left the herd to live the bull herd.

By reading Ella, children will learn about the strong matriarchal lines in elephant herds, the importance of family and safety in numbers. Hyenas of course are a danger but Ella has learned from her family how to protect herself and the baby.

The book is illustrated by Lara Gurin. They are somewhere between photo-realistic and impressionistic. The pictures give a good sense of life on the savanna.

Besides the book, there is also a DVD with "carefully edited" BBC footage and a website for online games and videos for children. I am not reviewing the website as it requires me to sign up with demographic information about my children. There is absolutely no reason for them to be collecting such personal information.

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