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Five Best Books for Teen Readers Miss Frog Recommends

This post was written by our teen writer, Miss Frog. If you scroll down after reading her book reviews, you will find links to more of her posts. She is a vegetarian, hedgehog owning, artist, reader, writer, and believer in the power of crystals.

 
 
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The Bitterwine Oath

by Hannah West

The Bitterwine Oath was an astonishing read. There is changing plot and emotions, changing feelings, and a happy ending, this book has it all. You can read this book and not get bored, the one thing I will note though is that it is very hard to get into, it doesn’t get to the point fast enough for me personally to be into it. If you have plenty of time on your hands though this should be a good read. If you like witchcraft and and thrillers, this book is for you. It puts witchcraft in a bad light but then the perspective changes. I highly recommend reading The Bitterwine Oath as a longer read if you are between the ages 12-20, I recommend this age range because it has all teenage characters, so it might be hard to relate to the almost all teenage characters otherwise, if that make sense. This link will take you to the Goodreads page with dozens of reviews.

Carolyn’s notes: I also read this book. It is clear and understandable. In my opinion, the book is just too long. But it does seem to be an exciting teen read for the right age group interested in independent characters after a long beginning.

 
 
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Pride and Premeditation

by Tirzah Price

Pride and Premeditation is a re-do of Pride and Prejudice, I had an amazing time reading it 100% recommend. This book is old fashioned and has great visual imagery. It defeats the standard that women can’t do crime solving while also being somewhat romantic. This book was sold as a somewhat-romantic novel, which it turned out not to be, it was one kiss at the last page, so if romance is what you are looking for I wouldn’t get this book; on the other hand, there is a huge plot twist and curious sisters, so it still is very entertaining, and kind of mysterious. This books about a 16 year old who has a father with a law firm, she wants to work for it but they won’t let her because of her gender, once she solves the case however, they let her work there. Overall this book was a very fun read with a huge plot twist and interesting characters, I think this book could be read by people 12 and above! See more on Goodreads. 

 
 
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Fear Street: The Beginning

by R.L. Stine

I loved every second of reading this book! This book had such good visual imagery and has very short reads considering it is a series of 4 tiny books. The good part of having it be a mix of 4 stories is that it is all the same kids, or the same high school at least, you get to know the characters very well by the end. This book was definitely a thriller, every last story, every chapter left you at a cliff hanger which just made you even more interested, this book gets a 5 stars from me. My one problem with this book however is that I found myself often reading the bottom of the page first at the end of a chapter simply to see what happens because you know something is going to. I recommend this to people ages 10-16. There is more information on Goodreads.

 
 
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A Silent Night: A Christmas Suspense Story

by R.L. Stine

This book was an intoxicating read, it had cliffhangers at the end of every chapter, so you get very wrapped up in it pretty quickly. A silent night is a quick read, around 200 pages or so. If you like scary books and certain holidays, this book is for you as it is based around Christmas time! I recommend this book for people 10-15, a very fun read if you are short on time. Find more on Goodreads.

 
 
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Wilder Girls

by  Rory Power

This book was okay, it was very hard to get into but once your into it, it is amazing! Wilder Girls is a sad book about an epidemic at a school named Raxter, it is a disease called the Tox, it causes a bunch of ailments to the girls of the school and can make you turn grey! It has great description of everything so this is a very easy book to envision. I liked this read, it was fun, it was kind of sad in a way because of the deaths from the Tox but overall has a baseline of strong connections with others. I recommend this book for people 12-17. More information about this title is available on Goodreads.

Carolyn’s Notes: I also read this book. The Tox is terrible but limited to an island with the Raxter school and not much else. Friendships are very important to the protagonists. I say  it is “worse than the curse” as the Tox seems to be based on female hormones. There are only two kisses in the book for parents who may be wondering.

 
 
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Introducing Miss Frog, artist and author

Miss Frog is a vegetarian, artist, reader, writer, and believer in the power of crystals.

 
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Miss Frog colored the Elmer the Elephant PDF on her iPad as an example. She used the PDF and she filled in the spaces with a variety of colors and textures. She has many talents and is an artist.

 
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The Story of Ferdinand (1936) by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson is about a pacifist bull. He prefers to smell flowers. Miss Frog helped Miss Owl enjoy this book.

 
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Hi! Ms Frog here, and I’m here to tell you why I chose to be vegetarian! First off I really care for animals truly, I think they are beautiful creatures and deserve to be treated as such. (Warning! This is all my opinion and if you chose to eat meat I don’t disagree at all!, that is your belief.)

 
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Miss Frog knows about crystals and has written a post for people who might want to learn more. She discusses several crystals. Some crystals are for beginners. Very interesting stress relief!

 
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Elmer’s Christmas by David McKee is a sweet story in the Elmer elephant book series. While the adults work on festive preparations, Elmer takes the young ones up the mountain. Seeing their first snow, they have a fun time. They find a tree they can “easily return.” Good idea! In this story, the baby elephants want to give people gifts, too, not just receive presents. And Elmer, a star among the elephants, helps the young ones meet Papa Red. Miss Frog is a star who helps Miss Owl read and create art.

 
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Why Ms. Frog adopted a pet hedgehog!

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Elmer and the Rainbow Free Printable

Book by David McKee

Elmer and the Rainbow is one of the books in the ELMER series of books by David McKee.
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Elmer is a patchwork elephant who has fun and imaginary adventures.  His elephant friends are the usual color, gray.  Elmer is the leader because he thinks about and solves problems.

In this particular book, the rainbow is gray and Elmer wants to give it his colors.  To do that, he has to find where the rainbow touches the ground.  “What are we waiting for?” said Elmer.  “Let’s start searching.” If Elmer gives his colors to the rainbow, will he turn gray like all the other elephants?  Of course not, this is a children’s book.

At the happy ending, his friends ask how he could give away his colors and still have them.  Elmer says, “Some things you can give and give and not lose any.  Things like happiness or love or my colors.”

 Free Printable

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Here is my FREE PDF page of Elmer for your students to color:  ELMERpattern anELMERpatterntofoldcolorandcut

This book is perfect for the beginning of the school year when sharing, happiness, and kindness to others are being emphasized.

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Miss Frog colored her PDF on her iPad. She used the PDF and she filled in the spaces with a variety of colors and textures. She has many talents and is an artist.

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This is one of the PDFs colored with crayons. By using different shapes, colors, and lines, each child may create a different elephant.

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And finally, this is one Elmer filled in using a computer and background papers. Each square can be different.

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There are quite a few Elmer the Elephant books, each with a little lesson on kindness or getting along. They are highly recommended for primary grades.

Thank you for reading,

Miss Frog and Carolyn

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Introducing Miss Frog, artist and author

Miss Frog is a vegetarian, artist, reader, writer, and believer in the power of crystals.

 
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Miss Frog colored the Elmer the Elephant PDF on her iPad as an example. She used the PDF and she filled in the spaces with a variety of colors and textures. She has many talents and is an artist.

 
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The Story of Ferdinand (1936) by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson is about a pacifist bull. He prefers to smell flowers. Miss Frog helped Miss Owl enjoy this book.

 
Why Ms Frog is a Vegetarian
 

Hi! Ms Frog here, and I’m here to tell you why I chose to be vegetarian! First off I really care for animals truly, I think they are beautiful creatures and deserve to be treated as such. (Warning! This is all my opinion and if you chose to eat meat I don’t disagree at all!, that is your belief.)

 
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Miss Frog knows about crystals and has written a post for people who might want to learn more. She discusses several crystals. Some crystals are for beginners. Very interesting stress relief!

 
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Elmer’s Christmas by David McKee is a sweet story in the Elmer elephant book series. While the adults work on festive preparations, Elmer takes the young ones up the mountain. Seeing their first snow, they have a fun time. They find a tree they can “easily return.” Good idea! In this story, the baby elephants want to give people gifts, too, not just receive presents. And Elmer, a star among the elephants, helps the young ones meet Papa Red. Miss Frog is a star who helps Miss Owl read and create art.

 
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Why Ms. Frog adopted a pet hedgehog!

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LiFE Award: Literature For Environment: Climate Change Captives 2035

LiFE Award: Literature For Environment: Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE

Dr. Bob Rich’s LiFE awards celebrate publications that help to look after our wonderful planet. The latest recipient is a book to be used by classroom teachers for instructing kids on the facts of climate change. The book earned Dr. Bob Rich’s 47th award. Check out the other titles and authors, too. I appreciate his environmental blog and being included on this list of climate change authors and their books.
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In this futuristic book, the world has changed due to global warming. All characters are learning to cope in a new world faced with the effects of climate change from a previous society who disregarded the build-up of greenhouse gases. Living towers house those willing to stay inside community walls while resisters live in the nearby forest. Transportation is mostly limited to walking. Going outside to be in the sun involves dealing with rampant poison ivy which thrives on the increased carbon dioxide levels. Air transport can only be used in emergencies. Readers meet the main student characters Brea, Robert, Kalli, Tristan, who want to work on solutions to help the earth.

Brea and Robert who live in the forested area both earn scholarships to attend city center secondary schools. Robert’s parents have been missing since their house slid down a hill and was covered in mud during a land bomb cyclone. Robert has also won an award allowing him and his grandfather to move to an apartment tower due to his asthma. Kalli and Tristan have a once in a lifetime opportunity to fly from Northern Ireland to the USA to work on climate solutions at the city center school.

Transportation vehicles were suddenly banned in 2028. Most work efforts were directed to renovating large apartments in tall towers previously built to accommodate more families. Construction toward travel was stopped. Wars were banned, being bad for the environment as well as human life. The Slip-Away spaceship, built but never really taken seriously by wealthy business people, becomes essential to them when they wish to avoid prosecution for polluting the planet.

References provide documentation and online links for the many facts mentioned in the story.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

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LiFE Award Recipients

Titles and authors informational list from Dr. Bob Rich’s Bobbing Around blog. 

 
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Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE:

Students Help Save the Earth

Reading level L820. This title is available in paperback and as an ebook. The ebook does have “free days.” The teaching supplement is always free on Wise Owl Factory. It is a free instant download PDF.

 

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Show Jumping Team by O’Beara Book Companion Free

Horse books with free book companions for Clare O’Beara Novels.

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Show-Jumping-Team-Clare-O-BearaShow Jumping Team was written by a National Show Jumping Champion of Ireland, Clare O’Beara. The book is multi-genre as it is realistic fiction with nonfiction information about horses and horse shows. I enjoyed the book, learned so much about horses, and found the story compelling. I then made a student book companion pack with a focus on comprehension. The PDF also includes a writing project with ISNs (interactive students notebook pages), writing frames, and a rubric. Instructors may select from the pages in the printable as to what might fit the needs of the class. It may be used with one, a few, or a large group of students. O’Beara’s books seem to have mechanical scenes where women are not afraid to help, or indeed solve their own car or van issues. I like the strong women protagonists in her books.  There is plenty of adventure to keep teens and pre-teens reading.

Rodeo-Finn-Clare-O-BearaRecently, I reviewed O’Beara’s book, Rodeo Finn, and made a free book companion for teachers and homeschools at this link. Boy and girl characters are in both books, making them appealing to all readers. Neither book has romance or kissing, so parents are advised the books are wholesome reads. They are also educational with detailed information about horses, horse care, competitions, levels, prizes, practice, and final events. The facts flow seamlessly into the story and fit naturally.

 
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Click the next link for the free printable student pack.

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The student novel companion contents include:

Page 5 Discussion Questions

Page 6 Charting Characters (circle correct answers)

Page 7 Matching Time (match letters with numbers)

Page 8 Color and name the horses

Page 9 Writing project teacher talk and student interactive notebook directions

Page 10 Create-a-Team (name the characters)

Page 11 Story star pre-writing planning page

Page 12 Character traits student notebook interactive

Page 13 Horse characters student notebook interactive

Page 14 Settings for the story student notebook interactive

Page 15 Show jumping competition awards student notebook interactive

Pages 16 and 17 Blank writing frames for student story diamond drafts (if word processing is not used)

Page 18 Writing piece rubric

Pages 20 and 21 Possible story cover art

Page 22 Optional car parts diagram to label

Page 23 Optional sequencing Shay’s accident page

Pages 24-28 Answer Keys

 
 
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The discussion page may be assigned for small group work, used as a teacher led discussion for a large group, or even assigned as written work for students to write their answers. Writing out all the answers could become tedious, so perhaps groups of students are assigned six or so questions to answer.

 

For the “charting characters” page, students only have to circle correct answers that match the characters. An answer key for instructors is provided in the printable.

 
 
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This matching page is to help students make connections to characters and events in the story. Letters A through O are filled in next to numbers to demonstrate reading comprehension. An answer key for teachers is provided.

 
 
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A story star pre-writing page is provided for students to think about and plan their stories for the writing project. Characters, settings, the problem/solution, and story goal are all considered so students have a map to follow when writing.

 
 
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A few interactive student notebook pages are included, and it would be up to the teacher as to how many of the pages should be copied and completed by students. This one is to plan characters, and only four will be in the final show team. Which one should be captain? Which one will groom and help the day of the competition? Students have an opportunity to think and brainstorm as these pages are completed, cut according to directions, and added to their writing notebooks.

 
 
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A rubric for student self-assessment is provided, and another for teacher assessment. The rubric could be shown prior to work on the book companion pack, and during a teacher-student writing conference, also. This will help students understand how they will be assessed and what is expected of them as far as the writing project. Teachers might add word length requirements, also.

 
 
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Madeline helps Gary change a flat tire in the book. Teens might like to know the names of some car parts, or those who know could teach those who don’t. It is important knowledge for everyone! This is an optional page.

 
 
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Two coloring pages are included for students to demonstrate their artistic talents. These may be used to help create covers for the finished writing project, also.

 

You might also like to see:

Clare O’Beara’s website

Clare O’Beara’s Blog

Clare O’Beara on Goodreads

and Clare O’Beara on Amazon

I know upper middle grades and YA readers will really enjoy O’Beara’s horse themed books!

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

 
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Clare O’Beara Author Interview

Clare O’Beara is a prolific, award-winning author who also happens to be a tree surgeon, national showjumping champion, book reviewer for Fresh Fiction, previous MENSA leader and volunteer, and advocate for gifted education among other talents and abilities.

 
 
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Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara Free Student Work Pages

Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara is a multi-genre novel for teens and young adults. Realistic equine fiction with nonfiction information regarding Ireland’s and Arizona’s farming, ranching, and equestrian competitions form the story. The free book companion PDF for the book.

 
 
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Show Jumping Team by O’Beara Book Companion Free

Show Jumping Team was written by a National Show Jumping Champion of Ireland, Clare O’Beara. The book is multi-genre as it is realistic fiction with nonfiction information about horses and horse shows. Free teaching supplement at this link.

 
 
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A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara is so much more than a “horse” book as by way of the pony theme it shares many life lessons for teens. A free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
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A Dog for Lockdown by O’Beara

Second in the lockdown series by Clare O’Beara, A Dog For Lockdown is a story about a thirteen-year-old boy who lives with his mother. The free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
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Dining Out Around the Solar System by Clare O’Beara (Book 1 of 4)

In a future where giant corporations run countries, all British Space Mines has to fear are journalists and hackers.
Donal and Myron are their worst nightmare. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Two journalists in an alternate future London meet the people from the outer planets – during one of the worst winters for cold and flooding that London has suffered. From political misdeeds to mushroom picking in a disused Tube station, Donal and Myron uncover all sorts of activities… and dangers. See what Wise Owl Factory’s thinks about this book on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out With The Gas Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 3) by Clare O’Beara

Donal and Myron are journalists who’ll go anywhere for a story. This summer, as tempers flare and riots are sparked in London’s heat, they get a lead they can’t resist. Not all the off-world immigrants are friendly. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out on Planet Mercury by Clare O’Beara

When a girl from Mercury is suspected of murder, the police need Irish journalist and hacker Donal as interpreter.
Off-world workers are being exploited in more ways than one. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara

Quarantine! Moya, age 13, is sent home from school. She isn’t sure what is happening. Her parents and brother are home, too.  She can hear neighbors cleaning to be prepared in the event they will be sick. Her own parents leave to shop for food, and although they might not get everything they want, will be able to get food. The store is only allowing 100 people inside at a time.

 

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Howl’s Moving Castle Student Work Pages PDF

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Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones is a good antidote for children too hooked on other magic books. The book has been made into a movie that students may have seen. For students who might be wishing to attend a magic school and have magic powers, I think this book can help bring them down to earth as most of the magic things go wrong, not much goes right. Like a bad dream, the protagonist, Sophie, becomes old when the Witch of the Waste comes along and curses her. Sophie lives a life of overwork and not much joy for most of the book. This is book one in a trilogy and seems to be the most popular of the three novels.

The castle is magic and has only one window and four doors. The four doors open to different places. The castle can change locations and shapes. The people in the town are scared of the building. They are scared of Howl. The Witch of the Waste scares everyone. Howl is not at all like the typical magician. While he is vain and selfish most of the time, he does dote on his nephews when he makes them what we would call video games years before they are even invented.

When both of the parents leave for different reasons, Sophie is left with the drudgery of a hat shop.  Her sisters become apprentices elsewhere. When Sophie becomes suddenly old, she leaves not really knowing where to go. She walks and walks, and ends up living in Howl’s Castle. Howl isn’t especially nice to her but also lets her stay. Her companions are a fire (Calcifer) and Michael, Howl’s Apprentice. Right, I didn’t say this book made very much sense. It does have an interesting story as far as the three girls are concerned, whose fates do not turn out too badly.

I already wrote a post about this book on The New Book Review, and at that post is a book and movie discussion guide freebie. The post is Howl’s Moving Castle Book and Movie Discussion Questions.

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The next link is to the preview of the pack, and it opens here so you can see what is included.

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For the page below, students match characters and information to show comprehension of the text.

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For the next page, students use creative writing to see the book from the perspective of a journalist. “Lettie and Martha: Are they who they say they are?” This is a good question indeed, because no — they are not for part of the story. Those two sisters trade places using a spell to make them look like each other for part of the time. No one wants to trade places with poor Sophie.

Character traits are important in any story, and these characters have interesting traits. Students will decide which traits belong to the different characters. 
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There are some pages for creative writing such as this one, “fortune-telling hats.”

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This packet has four read-and-respond work pages for students to demonstrate knowledge of the reading material. The pages include matching, circle the answer, and writing to finish the cause and effect work page. Answer keys are provided for the teacher.

Creative writing pages to accompany the story are included for students to paraphrase or apprentice themselves to the writing in the book for clever answers.

Discussion question pages for the book and the movie are included. Each page has 10 questions each. Students should consult the text as necessary to support their ideas.

Worksheets

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Page 5 Mysterious Matching

Page 6 Significant Settings

Page 7 Character Traits

Page 8 Cause and Effect

Creative Writing

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Page 9 Name the Jars

Page 10 The Four Doors

Page 11 Fortune Telling Hats

Page 12 Invention Imagination Reflection

Page 13 Ingary Gazette Newspaper

Discussion Questions

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Page 14 Book Discussion Questions

Page 15 Movie Discussion Questions

Rubrics for Teacher and Student

Pages 16-and 17

Answer Keys for Worksheets

Pages 18-21

Thank you for reading! Carolyn

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Clare O’Beara Author Interview in Dublin, Ireland

Clare O’Beara is a prolific, award-winning author who also happens to be a tree surgeon, national Irish show jumping champion, book reviewer for Fresh Fiction, previous MENSA leader and volunteer, and advocate for gifted education, among other talents and abilities. Her fourteen books are in several genres, including science fiction, mystery, romance, and young adult (YA). She contributed to two anthologies, including Dreamless Roads. She won first place for Arkady Renko, a 2014 short story contest judged by Martin Cruz Smith and Sponsored by Simon & Schuster.

Clare-O-Beara-author-interview-Dublin-Ireland-and-IT-support-webmaster-Allen-TennentI happened upon the author’s books, beginning with one in her science fiction set of four books in a series. Hooked, I had to stop everything and read them all. I later found the rest of her books. I liked the Dining Out Around the Solar System series as much as the Wool series by Hugh Howey, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books by Steig Larsson. All of these series were stop everything, drop, and read as we say in elementary school (DEAR) for silent reading time in class. I was so happy to find another such series. I’m now working my way through the murder mystery series, although I probably should have checked to notice the order of the books first. If she is the author, I click buy.

Most of the books by Clare O’Beara are autobiographical fiction to some degree as she writes what she knows: car engines, tree health, cats, detectives (I am assuming), MENSA, gifted education, and even climate change. I like learning facts when I read, and multi-genre fiction/nonfiction appeals to me. I finish her books “smarter” about a few topics.

As we were in Dublin recently, I met with Clare and her husband, Allen Tennent. When I asked how long she had been writing, she said she had been writing forever. She said she realized self-publishing worked well when she saw an increasing amount of such books on Fresh Fiction (based in Texas). She uploaded the first five books to Amazon all at once in 2014. To me, that was quite an excellent start to have that many books. She bought ten ISBNs immediately and used seven in the first year. With her own YouTube channel, she shares book trailers and other information in videos she creates.

Allen is her IT person. He designs the covers, creates the website, prints the publicity materials, and is the to-go person for technical support. This helps Clare focus on her writing and book reviews.

Molly-Malone-statue-Dublin-IrelandWe saw the statue of Molly Malone that appears on the cover of Murder at the Irish Mensa and snapped this photo. I didn’t even realize there was such a statue until I saw it on the book’s cover before our trip. It was more interesting having just finished reading Murder at the Dublin Mensa as we landed there.

O’Beara is a lifelong learner. She has multiple interests and is a multimedia journalism student. She has learned WordPress, how to make videos on her YouTube channel, how to self-publish, how to prepare her marketing materials, how to enter and win writing awards, take care of cats, organize MENSA events, and be an active tree surgeon. (She informed me a tree surgeon in America would be called an arborist.) Such a person is mindful to me of the multi-potentiality of gifted education students. A real-life example of a person with multiple potentials!

She makes her own video book trailers, such as this one for Dining Out Around the Solar System. Take two minutes to watch the video and see why the book is so interesting. Although science fiction books are set in the future, the problems of society are mirrored in the future lives of people. Racism, college grads with huge debts and low-paying jobs, struggles of young people as they climb the work ladder, oppressive corporations, the competitive work environment, and climate change are all threads woven through this series. O’Beara said she is happy if people read them as allegory or narrative fiction. Reading happens in the reader’s mind, not only from the text. I previously reviewed these books on The New Book Review site.

Dining Out Around the Solar System (Book 1)

Dining Out with the Gas Giants (Book 2)

Dining Out with the Gas Giants (Book 3)

Dining Out on Planet Mercury (Book 4)

Murder at Irish Mensa coverI also have reviewed other books by O’Beara on Amazon, such as this one for Murder at the Dublin Mensa.

Being interested in climate change, she recommends the movie Mimicking Africa for those interested in sustainable animal agriculture. She spoke fondly of the Fota Wildlife Sanctuary in Ireland, where some of the giraffes and zebras spend half the year there and then rotate with places in the zoo. Those animals do not have to live in a zoo all year. Fota is known as a successful cheetah breeding center. She mentioned a book, Mules, as being highly informative.

I was lucky to catch her when her schedule allowed as she has just helped as the official film recorder for the Science Fiction World Con (notice her t-shirt) and was their Hugo Awards problem-solver. She is back in journalism school soon, and the tree season is still busy. Whew! It was wonderful to meet her in person.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn

 
Clare O’Beara Author Interview in Dublin, Ireland
 

Clare O’Beara Author Interview

Clare O’Beara is a prolific, award-winning author who also happens to be a tree surgeon, national showjumping champion, book reviewer for Fresh Fiction, previous MENSA leader and volunteer, and advocate for gifted education among other talents and abilities.

 
 
Rodeo Finn blog post and free student book companion
 

Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara Free Student Work Pages

Rodeo Finn by Clare O’Beara is a multi-genre novel for teens and young adults. Realistic equine fiction with nonfiction information regarding Ireland’s and Arizona’s farming, ranching, and equestrian competitions form the story. The free book companion PDF for the book.

 
 
Show Jumping Team novel by Clare O'Beara review and student book companion freebie
 

Show Jumping Team by O’Beara Book Companion Free

Show Jumping Team was written by a National Show Jumping Champion of Ireland, Clare O’Beara. The book is multi-genre as it is realistic fiction with nonfiction information about horses and horse shows. Free teaching supplement at this link.

 
 
A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara for Read Around the World
 

A Pony for Quarantine by O’Beara

A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara is so much more than a “horse” book as by way of the pony theme it shares many life lessons for teens. A free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
A Dog for Lockdown Book Teaching Supplement Free
 

A Dog for Lockdown by O’Beara

Second in the lockdown series by Clare O’Beara, A Dog For Lockdown is a story about a thirteen-year-old boy who lives with his mother. The free teaching supplement is at this link.

 
 
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Dining Out Around the Solar System by Clare O’Beara (Book 1 of 4)

In a future where giant corporations run countries, all British Space Mines has to fear are journalists and hackers.
Donal and Myron are their worst nightmare. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2)
 

Dining Out With The Ice Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 2) Clare O’Beara

Two journalists in an alternate future London meet the people from the outer planets – during one of the worst winters for cold and flooding that London has suffered. From political misdeeds to mushroom picking in a disused Tube station, Donal and Myron uncover all sorts of activities… and dangers. See what Wise Owl Factory’s thinks about this book on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out With The Gas Giants (Dining Out Around The Solar System Book 3) by Clare O’Beara

Donal and Myron are journalists who’ll go anywhere for a story. This summer, as tempers flare and riots are sparked in London’s heat, they get a lead they can’t resist. Not all the off-world immigrants are friendly. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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Dining Out on Planet Mercury by Clare O’Beara

When a girl from Mercury is suspected of murder, the police need Irish journalist and hacker Donal as interpreter.
Off-world workers are being exploited in more ways than one. See Wise Owl Factory’s review on The New Book Review.

 
 
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A Pony for Quarantine by Clare O’Beara

Quarantine! Moya, age 13, is sent home from school. She isn’t sure what is happening. Her parents and brother are home, too.  She can hear neighbors cleaning to be prepared in the event they will be sick. Her own parents leave to shop for food, and although they might not get everything they want, will be able to get food. The store is only allowing 100 people inside at a time.

 

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Children’s Books by Carolyn Wilhelm and Family

Wise Owl Factory LLC Books

  

Books written by Carolyn Wilhelm for children have Lexile reading levels as well as free supporting teaching resources for teachers and homeschools.

 
Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story is an easy reader picture book

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story by Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Pieter Els

Read more at the blog post

eBook for Kindle

Paperback

Free airplane, gotcha, or adoption day coloring cards PDF available, link at this post

500 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story

Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story

Written by Gary L. Wilhelm, Edited by Carolyn Wilhelm, Illustrator Pieter Els

Read more at the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

Free teaching resources pack PDF available, link at this post

700 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

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The Frogs Buy a New House: An Economics Story for Children

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by Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Oxana Cerra

Read more at the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

Free teaching resources pack PDF available, link at this post

700 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? by Betsy and Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Pieter Els

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? by Betsy and Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Pieter Els

Read more at the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

eBook for Nook (Barnes and Noble)

Free teaching resources pack PDF available, link at this post

600 L Lexile Level Informational Page on hub.lexile.com

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Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota Book

by I. Reid, Gary L. Wilhelm, and Carolyn Wilhelm

Read more and the blog post

Paperback (Amazon)

Kindle eBook (Amazon)

 
  

A coloring book with a story:

Chloe and the No Good, Very Sad, Deplorable Pandemic

As the months of the year pass, the pandemic gets old. For a while, school is at home, then there is hybrid school, then back to regular school, off and on again. It is a difficult time for an eight-year-old girl who happens to be Miss Owl. The Lexile level is about 600L.

Free PDFs with a similar topic are also included in the post.
This paperback coloring book is available on Amazon.

 
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Super Spoons to the Rescue: A Math Measuring Story by Carolyn Wilhelm, illustrated by Oxana Cerra
Lexile Level 560L This is a math story about the spoon superheroes who help people measure ingredients for things like chocolate cakes. When their town is hit by a tornado, they help dispense the exact amount of medicines needed. They fly to the rescue as requested. This book also has math worksheets and activity cards for math class.
Carolyn wrote this story to help parents provide some fraction readiness at home.

Kindle eBook

Paperback

 
Super Spoons to the Rescue: A Math Measuring Story
 
  
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The Frogs Buy a New House: An Economics Story for Children

Lexile Level 750 The Frogs Buy a New House is an economics story for children who are moving, have moved, or know someone who is moving. The Frog family includes the parents Felix and Flora, and their little tadpole, Fred. The story begins: “The Frog family had always lived in the pond far out in the country. They had purchased their one-gallon watery home space when prices were low because the pond was low. Recent rains had raised the pond level and also the prices of the house. It was time to cash in on the gallon of equity they had earned.”

Paperback

Kindle

 
  
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Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota

Written by I. ReidGary L. Wilhelm, and Carolyn Wilhelm, Cover Illustrator Pieter Els

The beauty of the prairie and the loveliness of the area inspired the main author, I. Reid. Faulkton is known as Carousel City. Faulkton is an example of a city that refused to simply exist (and perhaps become obsolete) and turned to its arts council for ideas.

Learn more about Faulkton at this post on the Gary L. Wilhelm author site.

 
  
Good Afternoon Vietnam: A Civilian In the Vietnam War by Gary Wilhelm
 

Good Afternoon Vietnam: A Civilian in the Vietnam War by Gary Wilhelm

This story of a civilian technology engineer working with the Marines in DaNang, Vietnam, in 1968 and 1969 was written by Gary Wilhelm, Carolyn’s husband. Wilhelm arrived in a blue suit and tie from a military chartered plane and finally found his back way to the USA for a company that resisted ending his work term and allowing him to come home.

A Civilian Working in a War Zone

The position was working with the computer technology of the time and the US Marine Corp. No one else from his company who had previously gone to Vietnam was available to tell him what he could expect. No one was there to meet his plane!

Working with the Marines

The memories include the night sky being alive with planes circling the base, listening to a bamboo band play American military songs, learning first-hand how difficult holidays are in a war zone, where as a civilian he was not allowed to carry a weapon. His volunteer position as a substitute English teacher for the South Vietnamese was protected by Marines with shotguns and side-arms.

Life Learning: This is a story of adaptation, survival and the life perspective war can bring. Gary’s blog, The Frugal Engineer.

Paperback

eBook for Kindle

 
  
Teacher Guide Free Good Afternoon Vietnam: A Civilian In the Vietnam War by Gary Wilhelm
 

Good Afternoon Vietnam: A Civilian in the Vietnam War by Gary Wilhelm

This story of a civilian technology engineer working with the Marines in DaNang, Vietnam, in 1968 and 1969 was written by Gary Wilhelm, Carolyn’s husband. Wilhelm arrived in a blue suit and tie from a military chartered plane and finally found his back way to the USA for a company that resisted ending his work term and allowing him to come home.

A Civilian Working in a War Zone

The position was working with the computer technology of the time and the US Marine Corp. No one else from his company who had previously gone to Vietnam was available to tell him what he could expect. No one was there to meet his plane!

Working with the Marines

The memories include the night sky being alive with planes circling the base, listening to a bamboo band play American military songs, learning first-hand how difficult holidays are in a war zone, where as a civilian he was not allowed to carry a weapon. His volunteer position as a substitute English teacher for the South Vietnamese was protected by Marines with shotguns and side-arms.

Life Learning: This is a story of adaptation, survival and the life perspective war can bring. Gary’s blog, The Frugal Engineer.

Paperback

eBook for Kindle

 

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A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children’s Book

What is a mother? A mother is the same whether children are adopted or biological. In this story, the child has been adopted. It is written from the viewpoint of the child to help explain mother is the same in any family. Mom helps check under the bed for monsters, reads books, and watches movies with the girl. She does the same things every mother does. Visually, the images show a white mother and an Asian daughter. The main author, I-Reid, has previously written blog posts for this blog, and now she has written her first children’s picture book.

Every Mother’s Day, I-Ried has given owl-themed gifts to Carolyn. Last Mother’s Day, however, she gave a story. Upon consideration, it seemed like a possible children’s picture book, and so we contacted Pieter Els, our illustrator. He created the clever art for the text, and the book is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. There is a Kindle version, a Nook version, as well as a paperback. The story is short and sweet.

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While this book is for any family, this illustrates the bond between an adoptive mother and daughter is not dependent upon genetics.

Pieter Els brought the words to life, such as this illustration of the daughter working in the kitchen. Yes, I-Reid really used to do that. No, the food usually wasn’t edible. Approximation is the key to learning, though, and eventually, children learn.

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And the images of both mother and daughter help show a mother’s love is universal. We read so many books! I-Reid earned a star for every 10 books read in kindergarten and she had 120 stars that were ironed on her reading T-shirt. Then, we read together, and when I-Reid was ill or tired, Carolyn continued to read to her through elementary school. With her love of reading and writing, she became an accountant. Go figure!

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We hope you will like our book! You can read more about it on the New Book Review blog.

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children's Book

You may also like another book with I-Ried the auntie, in Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story.

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Thank you for reading! I-Reid and Carolyn

Adoption Matters: Orphan Train to Modern Day Nonfiction Short Stories of Adoption & Foster Care
 

Adoption Matters: Orphan Train to Modern Day Nonfiction Short Stories of Adoption & Foster Care

Beginning with a story about a mother who had been adopted from the Orphan Train and continuing on through the years, this anthology is a collection of stories, poems, and letters about the experiences of fifteen authors. Read the blog post here. See also the book on Amazon.

 
Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story
 

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story is an easy reader picture book to help young children learn about multi-race family adoptions. Carolyn and her husband adopted a girl from South Korea many years ago.

 
A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children’s Book
 

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children’s Book – What is a mother? A mother is the same whether children are adopted or biological. In this story, the child has been adopted. It is written from the viewpoint of the child.

 
Math Measuring Story with Fraction Work Pages Free
 

Math Measuring Story with Fraction Work Pages Free – This is a math measuring story and also has fractions posters, activities, and work pages with answer keys. Find the free printable instant download in our free level members page.

 
Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE for Middle Grades
 

Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE for Middle Grades – Download the free student pack at this link. 

 
Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story
 

Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story

In this story, a young child is wondering about the “olden days” when his grandpa was young like him. His mother takes the child to Grandpa’s house so he can ask some questions about life long ago.

 

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story is an easy reader picture book to help young children learn about multi-race family adoptions. By looking at the celebration through the eyes of the youngest family member, the “gotcha day” party helps him understand his aunt was adopted from South Korea. The family gets ready, starts out driving, has a flat tire, and makes it in time. They ring the doorbell and auntie answers.

The now auntie arrived as a baby to the Minneapolis airport — to be placed into the waiting arms of the adoptive mother, Carolyn (who writes the Wise Owl Factory blog and lessons). The “twist” in the story is that the adopted person is an adult, not the child in the story.Alex Asks About Auntie's Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story

Adoption Day

Over 30 years ago, I (Carolyn Wilhelm) and my husband adopted our darling daughter from South Korea. She was 10 months old. We welcomed her home with a party. The cake decorator made an error spelling her name and wrote, “Besty.” She has been the best! The misspelling is a family joke, of course.welcome-home-cake-for-auntie-airplane-day

Auntie-Airplane-Day-in-the-bookAuntie Airplane Day had this photo taken when she was at the St. Patrick’s Day parade a few years ago. She was born in South Korea, therefore has lived in Asia. We lived in the Netherlands when she was 3 and 4, so she has also lived in Europe. She lived in North America also, twice (before and after we lived in NL). By the age of 3, therefore, she had lived on three continents. She still gets around being proficient in German and knowing some Japanese, and has traveled using those languages. She is the expert behind some of the posts, printables, and freebies on this site such as Shanghai A to Z.  She also helped with the presentations about Japan, as well as other posts. She sets me straight on German words and important cultural knowledge I should probably already understand.

This year’s party included the new storybooks.

Alex Asks About Auntie's Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story

The storybook was written by Carolyn Wilhelm, and illustrated by Pieter Els of Surfer Kids clip art and Surfer Kiddies. Although Carolyn and Pieter live almost 9000 thousands miles apart, they have become online friends and teamed up to self-publish this book together.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson posted a short review of this book on MyShelf.com.

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There are three versions of the book.

There is a paperback version available on Amazon.

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A plain eBook for Kindle Paperwhite or iPad is available. This is the non-interactive version of the eBook.

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The interactive version is for Kindle Fire and Android devices only.

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The interactive edition was made with the Amazon Kindle Create textbook creator, so each page has an icon to press which makes an interactive appear (an illustrated word, a sound, or a video). It is not a game or app. Textbook, you know, I’m a teacher. The sound icon when pressed has a sound recording, and the play button must also be pressed. It is not instantly interactive. One sound is a baby crying, one is a baby cooing. The videos work the same way: press the icon first, then press the play button. My husband tries to answer the door each time I play the doorbell sound, be forewarned.

Castleview Academy says it best and has described the different versions, and also has some videos of her adorable children reading the book on her blog post about the book.

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Midwest Book Review, MBR Bookwatch, May 2019

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story
Carolyn Wilhelm, author
Pieter Els, illustrator
Wise Owl Factory
9780999776612 thewiseowlfactory.com $9.75 31 pages

“Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day” is an Easy Reader story about an Anglo-American family’s celebration of the Adoption Day or Airplane Day of a boy’s adopted aunt who was born in Korea. Alex is excited and curious about the celebration of Airplane Day on his ride to the party. The problem of a flat tire is cheerfully solved by his parents with the aid and assistance of his grandfather who comes when called. Alex asks many questions about the Airplane Day celebration. Finally, they arrive at his Aunt Betsy’s home to see a sign announcing Happy Airplane Day!

Alex notices that his Aunt Betsy does not look like the rest of his Anglo family. Her skin color is different, and her eyes are slanted. When he asks, his grandpa explains: “Today is Auntie’s airplane day as it is her adoption day. This was the date years ago when she arrived from South Korea on an airplane. So we have an airplane theme party each year to celebrate the day. (p.21)” There is more information about how Auntie Betsy was born at home in South Korea, then put in a box and left at the police station. After that, she stayed with 10 different foster mothers before she was adopted and brought to her new family in Minnesota on an airplane. Alex is curious about Airplane Day and his Auntie Betsy, and he is happy to understand why the family celebrates Airplane Day with her.

“Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day” is based on a true adoption story about the author and her adopted daughter. A picture of Carolyn with her new Korean daughter is included at the end of the book. Easy to read, “Alex Asks About Airplane Day” is a wise, gentle story to explain to curious children how some families become multi-racial through adoption. cheery, bright-colored illustrations complement the simple narrative to make this Adoption Day Story accessible and appealing to young readers.

Pieter Els is the illustrator. He sells clip art on Teachers Pay Teachers as well as his own site, Surfer Kiddies. Pieter has designed much of the art on this blog. He has also been a technical help to me. He is all-around talented in art, graphic design, and technology. I highly recommend his work.

Another review is available on the New Book Review site by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, as well.

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I try to have some sort of free download for most of my blog posts. For this post, I made some free adoption day cards you may download, print, color, and give to people. There is a lack of such cards available in stores. In recent years I have noticed more awareness for this kind of commercial card. I hope this will help some people celebrate adoptions and celebrations.

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Thank you for reading. Carolyn

You might also like the story of the daughter when she was younger, A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? 

Thank you for reading. I-Reid and Carolyn

Adoption Matters: Orphan Train to Modern Day Nonfiction Short Stories of Adoption & Foster Care
 

Adoption Matters: Orphan Train to Modern Day Nonfiction Short Stories of Adoption & Foster Care

Beginning with a story about a mother who had been adopted from the Orphan Train and continuing on through the years, this anthology is a collection of stories, poems, and letters about the experiences of fifteen authors. Read the blog post here. See also the book on Amazon.

 
Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story
 

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story

Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story is an easy reader picture book to help young children learn about multi-race family adoptions. Carolyn and her husband adopted a girl from South Korea many years ago.

 
A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children’s Book
 

A Mom: What is an Adoptive Mother? Children’s Book – What is a mother? A mother is the same whether children are adopted or biological. In this story, the child has been adopted. It is written from the viewpoint of the child.

 
Math Measuring Story with Fraction Work Pages Free
 

Math Measuring Story with Fraction Work Pages Free – This is a math measuring story and also has fractions posters, activities, and work pages with answer keys. Find the free printable instant download in our free level members page.

 
Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE for Middle Grades
 

Climate Change Captives 2035 and Project SAVE for Middle Grades – Download the free student pack at this link. 

 
Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story
 

Alex Asks Grandpa About the Olden Days: A 1940s Story

In this story, a young child is wondering about the “olden days” when his grandpa was young like him. His mother takes the child to Grandpa’s house so he can ask some questions about life long ago.

 

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How to Assemble a Sling Bookshelf for Kids

How to Assemble a Sling Bookshelf for Kids

How to Assemble a Sling Bookshelf for KidsThis is an informational step by step blog post with photos of how we assembled our sling bookshelf for children. I do not mean children should assemble this, I mean the product is for adults to make a children’s bookshelf. We bought the product ourselves and are not affiliates and do not earn money for the sale of the product. 

When I was teaching grades one and two, all the teachers had their own drills. We made trips to Target to get bookshelves and were always on the lookout for good shelves we could use at school. During those years, I wasn’t aware of sling bookshelves, and the ones I first knew about were expensive. These do not require a drill or very much time to assemble, and I want to share how easy these are to assemble. They are ready for use in only a short time! Nice!

First, set up one side of the bookshelf by leaning it against something. Push all the dowels in the tubular slots before assembly. At least, we started this way as it seemed to be best.

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Fasten one dowel to the top inside and right side of the product. This will be an anchor for the rest of the assembly.

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Next, continue down on one side only attaching each dowel with the Allen wrench. assemble-a-hanging-bookshelf-for-childrens-books (6)

The outside will look like this when the dowels are attached after using the Allen wrench.

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At this point the sling bookshelf will have the dowels attached only on one side, but this worked for us.

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The left or second side to assemble is next. Beginning at the top with the first dowel, use the Allen wrench to fasten it to the wood. Tighten as needed.

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When finished, the fabric will bunch a little which just offers some give when the books are placed in position.

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Our finished sling bookshelf with books ready for the children!

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Thank you for reading!

Carolyn & Gary

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