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Alphabet Mystery by Audrey Wood
The Best Friend I Ever Had by David Nuffer
Beyond the Blue Event Horizon by Frederik Pohl
Black Rainbow by Barbara Michaels
The Bomb That Followed Me Home by Cevin Soling
Catalog by Eugene Mirabelli
The Chemist by Janson Mancheski
Culture Shock! California by Mark Cramer
The Dead Fathers Club by Matt Haig
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
Heechee Rendezvous by Frederik Pohl
How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo
Keeping Hannah Waiting by Dave Clarke
Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
Love in 90 Days by Diana Kirschner
The Night We Buried Road Dog by Jack Cady
Of Dreams and Reality by Frank L. Johnson
Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
Purplicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann
School Days by B. G. Hennessy
The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay
Sister Margaret by Rhonda Parrish
A Surprise for Rosie by Julia Rawlinson
Texas Bake Sale by Charles Coleman Finlay
There's a Wolf at the Door by Zoë B. Alley
Tiger Burning Bright by Theodora DuBois
Venice by Adrian Stokes and John Piper
Winding Broomcorn by Mario Milosevic
The Whole Shebang by Timothy Ferris

Ulysses:
Episode 2: Nestor: Kif
Episode 3: Proteus: Georgia Nicholson
Episode 4: Calypso: Parasites Lost
Episode 5: The Lotus Eaters: Down to the River to Pray

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Comments for School Days

School DaysSchool Days: 03/02/09

With Sean now in elementary school and Harriet in preschool, both kids like stories about school. One of the books we started reading together at the start of school year is School Days by B. G. Hennessy and illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson. The story covers a day in the life of an elementary classroom.

There are lots of books about school. What sets this one apart is two fold: the simple and easy to read text by B.G Hennessy and the colorful and busy illustrations. Each page shows a different time in school day and a different activity.

The rhyming words stay on topic and help build vocabulary for preschoolers and reinforce high frequency words for beginning readers. Meanwhile Pearson's illustrations back up the text. Sean likes the pictures for confirmation that he's reading the words correctly and Harriet likes to point things out as her brother reads to her.

Finally there are little recurring details that the kids and I have been pondering over. For instance, there is a cat who shows up on the playground and is there for the remaining pages. Harriet and Sean have come up with a dozen different reasons for why the cat is there and what she's doing.

Read another review at goodnight moon, goodnight. Visit the author's website. Visit the illustrator's website

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