Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday's Riddle: Space to Grow...

Hello, Riddlers! Can you guess our theme this week? Being from Manhattan, I didn't realize how amazing these are until I moved to Connecticut, where they line the hills to the horizon. ; ) ~ F

A cultivated swath of land, created by mind and hand. From the ground things shall grow, tendered by those who sew. Wilderness beyond a fence, much was learned by common sense. A country side cloaks the hills; rolling landscapes, barns, and mills. 

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Margo's Musings: What Do Snowmen Do at Night?


Winter is nipping at our noses and soon snow will be blowing down around us. As we drive around our small town we see sparkling lights on trees, wreathes on doors and the smell of evergreens is in the air. We’re getting ready for the holiday season and my little sister, Margo, can’t wait to play outside in the snow again. She knows it’s almost time for sled rides and snowmen, which is why she had to get Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner during our last visit to the local library. I remembered this one from when I was her age, and honestly, it still gets my imagination going.   


In this book, a child builds a snowman and notices the next day that its grin wasn’t the same and its arms had moved. This makes the child start wondering what happened during the night to make these changes. Could the snowman have been playing with others, drinking hot cocoa or skating on ice? It seems like anything could have happened!


Margo loved seeing the activities that the snowmen could have been doing at night. The bright pictures are beautiful and really help create a fun winter scene. She especially loved the facial expressions on the snow faces! Seeing all the fun the snowmen were having has made my sister even more excited for our first snow fall. From the weather reports she doesn’t have ling to wait. I know that when we have enough snow my sister will want to build a snowmen, and then she’ll be dreaming of all the adventures it will get into when we go to sleep.

Has anyone else read Snowmen at Night? Or have you read another book by Caralyn Buehner? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Happy reading!
~ F

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Answer to Monday's Riddle: Some Like It Hot...

But, they like it cold! Excellent guessing, Riddlers! This week, we're chilling out with snowmen. Tune in Friday for Margo's Musings, Children's Book Review, and find out how the answer ties into story. See you all around the book block. ; ) ~ F

When it snows, I'll come to play; a warm touch melts me away. I'll stand by in a storm, ice and cold is how I'm born. Imagination sets me free, though my eyes can't really see. Sticks and stones make my bones, but my chilly vibes conjure festive tones. 

What am I? Answer: Snowman!



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Monday, December 4, 2017

Monday's Riddle: Chilled Out...

Hello, Riddlers! Can you guess our theme this week? These make winter fun for everyone. ; ) ~ F

When it snows, I'll come to play; a warm touch melts me away. I'll stand by in a storm, ice and cold is how I'm born. Imagination sets me free, though my eyes can't really see. Sticks and stones make my bones, but my chilly vibes conjure festive tones. 

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Friday, December 1, 2017

How Many Goldfish?

Ellie's kindergarten teacher gave each kid in the class a goldfish. It wasn't long before everyone's fish died, but not Ellie's. Hers didn't pass away until she was eleven. Only then did she find out that there hadn't been one fish, but thirteen. Her mom had simply bought her another fish every time one died. Ellie's fish is gone, and she's in a new grade, at a new school. Her best friend has moved on to a different crowd and Ellie isn't really sure where she fits in anymore. When a strange teenage boy shows up at her apartment she can't help feeling that he reminds her of someone. Ellie almost can't believe it when she finds out the teenage boy is really her grandfather. He has found a way to stop getting older and start getting younger. Of course, he wants to be recorded in the history books for his scientific breakthrough. Unfortunately,  he's having trouble getting what he needs out of his lab, now that he's about fifty years younger. Plus, being a "teen" again, he's back at school so he doesn't get in trouble for truancy. Will Ellie's grandfather make a scientific name for himself? What will it be like for her to go to school with her grandfather? Is being able to stop aging something we should strive for? You will have to read this book to find out what Ellie thinks about it all.

I've read a few books by Jennifer L. Holm and enjoyed them all, so I was excited to read The Fourteenth Goldfish. I didn't know what to expect, but I fell into the story. I was able to relate to the main character, and I liked her voice. I thought it was unique for a kindergarten teacher to give kids a goldfish so they could learn about death. I had never heard of anyone doing that before. It was interesting to watch Ellie and her grandfather's relationship develop now that they were close to the same age. I can see how going back to middle school with the mind of someone close to seventy would have a big effect on all the social struggles most people are going through. I enjoyed this book because it made me think about scientific discovery and the impact that different things have on us. I would recommend it to anyone in fourth grade and up who likes realistic fiction and science. It will definitely make you think about what it means to get older.

Has anyone else read The Fourteenth Goldfish? Or have you read another book by Jennifer L. Holm? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy Reading!
~L