Miss Lisa’s Book Review – Christmas 2016

“It’s beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS, everywhere you go! Take a look at the five and ten, caroling once again…” Yes, we are into the season everyone, and here at Amazone we have a nice jungle canopy that you can jump, slide, and climb into for your holiday off of school. So join us!

I am sure by now your tree is up, decorations are all over the house, and the excitement is building! It is a beautiful time to GIVE and SHARE with family, friends and neighbors, there is SO much we can do to make the season special. And, you know one of the things that I am going to recommend the most! Yes, INCLUDE SOME WONDERFUL BOOKS!

So, in honor of “setting up” for Christmas, here are some delightful stories designed to get you in the holiday mood, because they are all ABOUT characters getting into the holiday mood!

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry (Preschool through Elementary Grade Readers) this is an absolute MUST READ! The hilarious story takes you through one tree, and how many people benefit from it in the strangest ways! It keeps going, and going, and you will never want this story to end!

A Wish to Be a Christmas Tree (Beginning and Elementary Grade Readers) lovely illustrations and verse will take you through the Christmas season through the perspective of the many trees in the grove, just waiting to be chosen! One tree, taller than the others, is hoping and hoping—go with him through his journey to find a home!

The Littlest Christmas Tree by R. A. Herman (Preschool through Elementary Grade Readers) I don’t know what size your tree is, but even the littlest of trees wants a home! In companion to the story The Littlest Pumpkin (same author) with only five days till Christmas, all little tree wants is for someone to take him home, decorate him and sing his favorite song, “OH Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree,” does he get his wish! Find out in this sweet story.

Many more books to recommend in the weeks to follow, friends, to join me to keep reading alive in your homes this Christmas!

Miss Lisa

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Miss Lisa’s Book Review – Thanksgiving 2016

Welcome to Thanksgiving Week! I can’t believe we are already here, and I am SO excited to spend the time with my family and friends. How about you? Do you host dinner at your house, or do you go off to Grandma’s or Aunt’s or stay at the home of a dear friend? Are there cousins to run around with and play with, watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, and smell wonderful smells coming from the kitchen in the form of Turkey, Ham, pie, or all of them?

I do hope as you are enjoying your time, you reflect on what Thanksgiving really means. We know that the FIRST Thanksgiving Day was in honor of the union of Native Americans and Pilgrims in the New World. The Pilgrims had SO many problems when they first came to America, including illness, poor crops, etc. And with the help of some very friendly neighbors (the Indians) they were able to make a life in the new world. They were so thankful that they planned a feast, the very first Thanksgiving! And believe it or not, it lasted THREE DAYS! I would love that! They feasted, enjoyed each other’s company, and reflected on all they were grateful for. Well, we need to do the same thing on our one day of celebration, my friends. Let’s take a moment to consider all we can be thankful for:

    Family and friends
    Shelter such as a house or apartment and a bed to sleep in
    Food, an education, transportation, city police and fireman to keep us safe

In light of all this, let’s consider these great books for the day, some historical and some funny! I hope you make reading part of your holiday!

This First Thanksgiving Day, A Counting Story by Laura Krauss Melmed and Mark Buehner(Beginning through Elementary Grade Readers) counts the wonderful things that made up that first historical Thanksgiving in a kid friendly way. Lively wording tells the tale with surprises hidden in the art!

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano and Lee Harper (Preschool through Elementary Grade Readers) Not everyone is happy about Thanksgiving day! Turkey is in trouble, but he has a plan. Let’s see if his disguises make it the best day ever…for him! Very cute book that everyone will enjoy

Ten Thankful Turkeys by Angela Muse and Ewa Podles (Preschool through Elementary Grade Readers) This book follows ten turkeys as they get ready for the celebration! It teaches about thankfulness, something we all need to concentrate on with some great turkey facts. Read it to everyone with dessert!

Have a great day my friends, as the holidays continue I am so excited about all the books we will read, so join me!

Miss Lisa

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Miss Lisa’s Book Review – Expand Your Mind

How goes things, my friends? Hope you are spacing out your candy from last week, and enjoying the beautiful fall weather here in Northeast Ohio. I am truly amazed how wonderful the weather has been, it has allowed fall’s golden glow to continue on and on. We can still walk and exercise outside, but I wonder, however, how many of you are taking some time to exercise your BRAIN with some fantastic books? There are so many great titles to choose from, for any age, and some BRILLIANT authors who have made their mark in a lasting book you can find online, in a shop or your local library. Expand your mind and imagination today!

So, today we are going to focus on some CHAPTER books, books that are a continued story, so you will sharpen your mind and pass these fall and winter months:

Amelia Bedelia Chapter Book Box Set: Books 1 – 4 (Beginning through Elementary Grade Readers) she always means well…even if sometimes she doesn’t get it right…and the results are HILIARIOUS! Join Amelia as she goes on her adventures in these first four books from a classic character in literature. You will enjoy every page!

Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4 (Beginning through Elementary Grade Readers) Jack and his little sister Annie…two ordinary kids, you would think? But when they discover a MAGIC tree house filled with books they find themselves going from adventure to marvelous adventure! Join them in the first four, Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon.

The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Suess (Preschool through Elementary Grade Readers) I did recommend a substory from this book, but PLEASE this week take some time to read The Zax and The Sneetches. These are wonderful tales, one with a happy ending, and one…well, you will have to OPEN it out to find out! Check it out today.

Enjoy these books my friends, and I would love to hear your comments!

Miss Lisa

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Miss Lisa’s Book Review – Halloween 2016

Happy Halloween everyone from the jungle here at Amazone! I trust this week you will be hitting the streets trick or treating, having school parties, getting together with family, and COUNTING LOADS AND LOADS OF CANDY, RIGHT? In the middle of all this walking in the brisk fall weather, apple cider, candy, pumpkin seeds and traveling around, here’s hoping you will include these nice Halloween reads by some of my favorite authors as part of your tradition:

Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming (Preschool –Beginning Readers) look at this Halloween even through the eyes of your friendly neighborhood jack o’ lantern! In this poetic rhyming tale with cute illustrations you WILL see what pumpkin sees ACTUALLY coming to the town…and maybe even to yours!

Just Say Boo! By Susan Hood and Jed Henry (Beginning and Elementary Grade Readers) for the little bit hesitant trick or treater, here is a great story to let your kids know THEY have the power in their words to keep the scary things away on Halloween night, so only the fun remains! They can join in with the “Boos” and the “Shoos” and the “Ewww…s” as well! Easy enough for your beginning reader to entertain the family with!

What Was I Scared Of? From The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Suess (Preschool through Elementary Grade Readers) I would be REMISS friends, to not include this sub story as part of the year’s Halloween lore, as I can remember this from MY childhood! What happens when a friend, minding his own business, comes across a peculiar sight, a pair of pale green pants with nobody inside them? In this lyrical rhyming tale you will find out things are not always what you think! Don’t pass up the opportunity to read this today!

Have a great, SAFE evening and week friends…and don’t forget to brush your teeth!

Miss Lisa

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Miss Lisa’s Book Review – The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin

Good day everyone! Autumn colors, autumn rain, autumn chill, the days are turning to the time of jack o lanterns, indoor play (by the way, you KNOW we have a great huge indoor playland here at Amazone you can run, jump, and climb in!), preparations for Halloween, which is coming soon…do you have your costume picked out? I hope you do! This is a wonderful time for family and friends to get together to trick or treat, have a party, or just warm up to some hot apple cider, donuts, and watch the pumpkins light shine through their cut out faces! Just remember on those rainy days, which come back in full force in the fall, you can cozy up in your house with a nice book and enjoy the time!

So here are some recommendations for the week, and these are SO sweet because they are play on some common tunes you know and love! The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry and Sanja Rescek (Toddler –Beginning Readers) gives you another variation of a childhood favorite with cheerful bright illustrations—sure to become a family favorite at this time of year! Also, check out The Spooky Wheels on the Bus (Toddler through Elementary Grade Readers) which will keep you singing and singing all day long, and all around the town! And if you are STILL looking for the BIGGEST pumpkin from last week, check out the tale of Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington (Preschool through Elementary Grade Readers) to see how his pumpkin, which started from a tiny seed, ended up being the biggest pumpkin of all! And I hope your pumpkin picking, scooping, carving, and baking goes well…as well as the rest of your week.

Take care!

Miss Lisa

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