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Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Run-Run is a young elephant trainer in ancient Siam. After he displeases the prince, Run-Run is given a gift as a punishment- a sacred white elephant that must be pampered and fed and is not allowed to work for it's keep. How will Run-Run manage to support an extra elephant? Read this book to find out about the bond between men and elephants, and also to learn about giving a real white elephant gift!
Date read: 11/28/2009
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
This tale takes place in England during the seventeenth century or Restoration era or the Civil War between England and Cromwell. Gwendolyn (Gwen) is like an 'angel here on earth' to her Father. She has white hair and pale skin and has a way with animals and a good friend, Jack. When a plague comes to England, the villagers call her a White Witch and blame her for the plague. Her father hides her in a secret place and tells her to stay there no matter what might entice her out. As you are getting used to the way the villagers talk as you begin reading, the plot draws you into this slim tale of historic realism. There is an author's note and a glossary to help you understand some of the context.
Date read: 8/24/2009
Wicked and the Just
Audience: 7th Grade - 8th Grade
In 1293, Cecily and her father move to Wales since the King needs Englishmen to keep the savage Welsh under control. Bratty Cecily wants to return to Edgeley Hall in England where her father was Lord of the Manor, but she slowly adjusts to life in this strange, primitive place. They have a Welsh servant girl named Gwenhwyfar who is struggling with her much more difficult role of serving the English. The narrative is told in alternating chapters between Cecily and Gwenhwyfar's points of view. What will happen when years of famine push the Welsh too far? Will Cecily and Gwen ever become friends? Read this engaging, well-written historical novel to find out, but be forewarned that there are scenes of violence and brutality later in the book that probably make it only appropriate for older grade school readers.
Date read: 1/17/2013
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
A true story of the wild horses of the American West, the moors of England,and the Australian Outback. In this book, you will learn all about how horses were introduced into the regions and what became of them. It is a perfect book for any horse lover.
Similar books: Mustangs and Wild Horses by Gail B. Stewart
Wild Horses by John Bonnett Wixo
Wild Horses I Have Known by Hope Ryden
Date read: 6/29/2009
William Shakespeare & the Globe
William Shakespeare & the Globe
Audience: 3rd Grade - 7th Grade
Did you know that words and phrases like puppy-dog, 'to be or not to be,' 'knock knock - who's there?' and puke were all invented by the same man? William Shakespeare was a famous poet, and playwright, in 17th century England. He wrote many famous plays, like Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and Twelfth Night. Shakespeare's plays are still being performed. The Globe was a theatre Shakespeare, and others, built so they could perform their plays. The Puritans closed all the theatres in London after William Shakespeare died. In 1988, a man named Sam Wanamaker, began building an exact replica of The Globe in London, and now, we can see Shakespeare's plays performed just like he did long ago.
Date read: 4/14/2009
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