Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Make Something! Kids

Sewing School 2 : Lessons in Machine Sewing
by Amie Patronis Plumley and Andria Lisle

These 20 projects are great beginning projects for kids who want to use a sewing machine.  Rated in stars for easy to hard projects, each project has many color pictures, a list of supplies, a review of skills, and a note for grown-ups.  There are information pages about fabric and selection, about using a sewing machine, and how to position fabric, stuffing and topstitching.

There are stuffed creatures, handbags, toy instruments, art/decor and cushions among the projects, and many children will enjoy making these items for themselves, or as gifts.  They are all for use with sewing machines, so if you do not own one, this is probably not the book for you.  They have practice projects and bigger projects, and the beginning of each project has a picture of that item in use.  Make something amazing!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

Read This! Grades 4-6 Grades 5-6

Mountain Dog
by Margarita Engle - Illustrations by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov

Tony's mother is sent to prison for running pitbull dog-fighting rings.  Tony has seen and experienced terrible things in his old life with his mother, and now he is taken to the Sierra Nevada to live with his uncle, Tio Leo, who is a park ranger.  Tony's life is very different, and he quickly loves Leo's dog, Gabe, who is a search and rescue dog.

Tony is afraid of going back to his old life while he's also trying to fit into his new life.  The book is told from Tony's point of view in verse (free style poems) and alternates with Gabe-the-dog's point of view, in a dog's interpretation of what is going on.  It's a really beautiful story.

Animal loving kids will love this story!  It's not hard to read, but it touches on some real sensitive issues -- a parent who takes advantage of their kids, immigration, dog-fighting, hunting, and more.  Tony, the male main character is sensitive but may portray to other boys that it is okay to ask questions about their circumstances and futures.  If you loved Love that Dog or Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech, you should totally give this a try!