Archive for November 29, 2011

Jackie´s jokes & Zinnia´s zaniness by Lauren Baratz-Logsted.

The calendar page has turned again. April is here. Jackies´s story takes place in suh a lovely month. First, there´s fun and laughter on April Fools´Day, and then all the beautiful flowers start to bloom, and then… Wait a mu¡inute. April fifteenth. That´s not a fun or laugh-filled day. That´s the day every working person dreads -it´s Tax Day! Aaaaahhh!

Of course, the eight Huit girls have never had to worry about Tax Day.

Their parents always took care of everything. But as we all know, their parents are gone (or dead).

Who will take care of taxes now?

Luckily, Pete the mechanic is on their side. He´ll help them face down the tax man. But what´s really interesting is what the girls discover while taking care of their parents´ taxes.



The penultimate episode in the Sisters Eight saga! Finally! Zinnia’s turn has arrived. The poor girl has been waiting for her time in the spotlight quite long enough. Really, it would be cruel to make her wait any longer. What will her power and her gift be? Will either of them prove to be as much of a doozy as she has been hoping for? There’s only one way to find out: Let her story begin. It’s finally Zinnia Time!

November 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm Leave a comment

The Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman.

Thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, thought they belonged to the world’s most powerful family. They thought the hunt for the 39 Clues leading to the source of that power was over. They even thought they’d won. But Amy and Dan was wrong.

One by one, distress calls start coming in from around the globe. Cahills are being kidnapped by a shadowy group known only as the Vespers. Now Amy and Dan have just days to fulfill a bizzare ransom request or their captured friends will start dying. Amy and Dan don’t know what the Vespers want or how to stop them. Only one thing is clear, The Vespers is playing to win, and if they get there hands on the Clues… the world will be their next hostage

Cahills VS Vespers Book trailer:

Enjoy more at 39 clues site.

November 29, 2011 at 12:52 pm Leave a comment

Make It! by Jane Bull.

STOP-think before you throw away!

Can you reuse your rubbish?

The answer is yes. Make it! is packed with ideas to turn your trash into treasure. Wether it´s paper, plastic, metal, or fabric, you can make gorgeous gifts and terrific toys.

Take another look at your trash and get creative. Going green has never been so much fun!


Make a butterfly container:

Look for more at Simple Kids Crafts.

November 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

Seven Wonders of the World by Carmella Van Vleet.

Over 2,000 years ago, ancient Greek scholars named seven of the most wondrous monuments to civilization, including the Pyramids of Egypt and State of Zeus at Olympia.

Through the centuries these treasures were known as the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Because all but the Egyptian pyramids have been lost to the ravages of time, a new list of seven wonders was wstablished in 2007.

These monuments, including Machu Picchu and the Great Wall of Chine, symbolize the creativity and ingenuity of human civilization.


Visit Carmella Van Vleet site or see the seven wonders of the world from the original and new list:

November 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm Leave a comment

The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley and Brian Selznick.

Can you fathom a time when almost no one in the world knew what a dinosaur looked like?

That was true in the mid-nineteenth century, until a Victorian artist named Waterhouse Hawkins brought these ancient animals to life for all to see. Originally in his native England and later in New York City, he devoted over three decades to building the first life-size models o dinosaurs, and he dazzled the world with his awe-inspiring creations.

Look inside the book:

Activities available at Ms. Anndrea site from Medina MS.

November 29, 2011 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

Cooking with Fruits and Vegetables by Claire Llewellyn and Clare O´Shea.

Step-by-step delicious  and healthy recipes with useful techniques!!

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Roses decoration for your tasty recipes:

November 29, 2011 at 11:56 am Leave a comment

The LEGO Ideas Book: Unlock your imagination by Daniel Lipkowitz.

Be inspired by LEGO fan builders to create amazing LEGO models!

This book is a visual treasury of building ideas, tips, and tricks to inspire your own brick creations. Inside its pages you will find medieval castles, intergalactic spaceships, dastardly pirate ships, soaring jet planes – and much, much more!

Look inside this book: 

Play Lego games here.

November 29, 2011 at 11:47 am Leave a comment

Amulet: The Last Council by Kazu Kibuishi.

Emily, Navin, and the crew arrive in the lost city of Cielis, but they soon realize it is not the utopia they expected to find. While Trellis and Luger are taken prisoner, Emily is forced to fight for her life in a series of tests that will determine who among the new generation of young Stonekeepers will join the Guardian Council, the powerful group of Stonekeepers who govern Alledia. As the number of competitors gets smaller and smaller, a terrible secret is slowly uncovered – a secret that will change the lives of our heroes forever. From The Stacks.

Amulet Website.

Book trailer: 

November 29, 2011 at 11:29 am Leave a comment

Special Effects: an Introduction to Movie Magic to Ron Miller.

Dinosaurs, alien monsters, spaceships, exploding planets .these thrilling movie features are all creations of the wizards of special effects. For more than a century, special effects technicians have dazzled audiences with visions of the fantastic and the impossible.

From the primitive effects of the silent film era to the incredible achievements of the digital age, Special Effects reveals how they were done.. and what the future of special effects may hold.

From young to old in one video:

November 29, 2011 at 11:16 am Leave a comment

Bake Sale by Sara Varon.

Cupcake´s life is pretty good: He´s got his bakery, his band, and his best friend. Things aren´t always so easy, though.

Sometimes, Cupcake could use a little help.

But is he looking for it in the wrong place?




Sara Varon site:

Listen the book review from Bookhouse180:

November 29, 2011 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

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