Ms. Frizzle, who may be the coolest teacher ever, has a magic school bus which takes her (sometimes reluctant) class on incredible trips. They travel on the ocean floor; get lost in the solar system; have an electric field trip; explore in the time of the dinosaurs; and go inside the earth, a bee hive, a hurricane, the human body, and the waterworks. Yet they are always back before the end of the school day without anyone knowing of their adventures.
These books are well designed and fun to look at, are packed (packed!) with scientific information, and have fun stories too (with the exception of Lost in the Solar System, which has a truly annoying guest student as a major focus–I avoid that one whenever possible). I expect that, once the boys get older, they will enjoy reading all of the dialogue boxes and side notes that I usually skip in the interest of time. Their favorites are: Inside the Earth, Inside a Bee Hive, Inside a Hurricane, In the Time of the Dinosaurs, and At the Waterworks.
Author: Joanna Cole
Illustrator: Bruce Degen
Posted in Non-fiction, Picture Books
Tagged A Reading Rainbow Selection, At the Waterworks, beach, Bruce Degen, In The Time of the Dinosaurs, Inside a Beehive, Inside a Hurricane, Inside the Earth, Inside the Human Body, Joanna Cole, Lost in the Solar System, Magic School Bus, On the Ocean Floor, school, science, science fiction, series, The Electric Field Trip
Tommy knew he wanted to be an artist when he grew up.
He drew pictures everywhere he went. It was his favorite thing to do.
His friends had favorite things to do, too. Jack collected all kinds
of turtles. Herbie made huge cities in his sandbox. Jeannie,
Tommy’s best friend, could do cartwheels and stand on her head.
But Tommy drew and drew and drew.
This book is a great portriat of a young artist (“Tommy” is Tomie de Paola himself) and a very different time. The boys really enjoy this book. Highlights are Tommy’s joy in the sixty-four colors found in a large Crayola box (they agree that gold, silver, and copper crayons are especially exciting) and they are always amazed that each first grader in Tommy’s is given one (and only one!) precious piece of paper for art class.
In the final page of this book, a grown-up Tommy is sitting in his studio. Pictures from some of his most famous books (many of which the boys recognize) are on the wall. Tommy drew and drew and drew…
And he still does.
Author: Tomie de Paola
Illustrator: Tomie de Paola
Jam on biscuits, jam on toast,
Jam is the thing that I like most.
Jam is sticky, jam is sweet,
Jam is tasty, jam’s a treat–
Raspberry, strawberry, gooseberry, I’m very
FOND… OF… JAM!
This book is a treat and a hoot, with a charming main character, a supportive (yet firm) family, and lots of lovingly described food. The useful morals (that some variety really is a good thing and you won’t know if you like something until you try it) are just the icing on the cake.
Author: Russell Hoban
Illustrator: Lillian Hoban
I’m not going to pretend this book needs an introduction. I read it on my honeymoon and now I’ve read it to my six year old. I loved it then. He loves it now.
Author: J.K. Rowling
Illustrator: Mary Grandpre
Posted in Chapter Books
Tagged Animals, birthday, England, food, Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling, knitting, Mary Grandpre, school, series