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Roanoke: The Lost Colony

Brooke Coleman (2000), 24 pages
Audience: 2nd Grade - 4th Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction
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In 1587, a group of brave English men, women, and children set off to make a new colony in America. This was the first attempt by families, not soldiers, to tame the new world. The colonists were ill-prepared to settle the wild land. They didn't have enough supplies to build the houses, or grow the crops they would need. It was decided that John White would return to England to gather everything they would need to make their colony successful. Unfortunately, on the way back to America, John's ship was attacked, and the supplies were stolen. He was not able to return to Roanoke until 1590. Upon his arrival, he was dismayed to find the colony deserted. No one knows what happened to the people left in Roanoke which is a mystery from history.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/14/2009
ISBN-13: 9780823954735
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Robert Frost: The Life of America's Poet

Sara McIntosh Wooten (2006), 128 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Biography, Nonfiction
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Robert Frost had a difficult life. From his childhood through his adulthood, he had a constant struggle with shyness and depression. Books and poems that he wrote are mentioned in this book, but it is mostly about his life and thoughts. There are black and white photographs and research sidebars that help interpret the text. This is a good choice for students who would like to know more about Robert Frost.
Book Series: People to Know Today
Reviewed by: cjones
Date read: 2/14/2011
ISBN-10: 0766026272
ISBN-13: 9780766026278
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Rumpelstiltskin: The Graphic Novel

Martin Retold by: Powell (2008), 40 pages
Illustrated by Erik Valdez Y Alanis
Audience: Preschool - 8th Grade
Category: Classic, Folklore, Graphic Novel, Nonfiction
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Maribelle has a big dilemma. Her father, Daniel the Miller, has gotten his family into a load of debt. King Konrad has ordered him to pay his debt or be punished in prison. In all the excitement of not wanting to be a prisoner, he tells the king his daughter can turn straw into gold. Mirabelle, in order to save her father, lies about her gift and tells the king that it is true. Who can help her now?
Book Series: Graphic Spin
Reviewed by: Rosario
Date read: 9/1/2013
ISBN-10: 1434207684
ISBN-13: 9781434207685
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Sandy's Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder

Tanya Lee Stone (2008), 40 pages
Illustrated by Boris Kulikov
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Biography, Easy Reader, Historical, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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'Sandy's Circus' by Tanya Lee Stone introduces the young reader to the extraordinary artist Alexander Calder. Although Calder would never call himself an artist, he invented the mobile as a form of moveable art and created giant sculptures that can be seen all over the world. 'Sandy' (Alexander) first became famous for his creation of a moveable and 'magical' circus. People came from miles around to see Calder make his minature circus figures perform. For the young reader who loves to create,'Sandy's Circus' is an inspiration.
Similar authors: Laurence Anholt; Mary Arrigan; Linda Lowery
Similar books: Alexander Calder by Mike Venezia; Pablo Picasso by Linda Lowery; Dreamer From the Village: The Story of Marc Chagall by Michelle Markel; Camille and the Sunflowers: a story about Vincent Van Gogh by Laurence Anholt
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/30/2010
ISBN-10: 0670062685
ISBN-13: 9780670062683
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Sea Horse: The Shyest Fish in the Sea

Chris Butterworth (2006), 32 pages
Illustrated by John Lawrence
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Animal, Nonfiction
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What fish has the head of a horse, a tail like a monkey, tiny prickles down its back like a dragon, and a pouch like a kangaroo? By the title, I bet you can guess- it is a sea horse. But did you know that sea horses can change color and are the only male fish that can be 'pregnant'. This book has a great way of supplying a lot on information is a fun and informative way.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0763629898
ISBN-13: 9780763629892
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