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Margaret McNamara

Autor/a de Robin Hill School: The Playground Problem

93 obres 11,651 Membres 214 Ressenyes

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Obres de Margaret McNamara

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? (2007) 767 exemplars
Robin Hill School: Snow Day (2007) 477 exemplars
Robin Hill School: Picking Apples (2009) 454 exemplars
Apples A to Z (2012) 416 exemplars
Robin Hill School: Election Day (2004) 379 exemplars
Robin Hill School: A Tooth Story (2004) 334 exemplars
Robin Hill School: Halloween Fun (2008) 306 exemplars
Eloise Has a Lesson (2005) 203 exemplars
Eloise Breaks Some Eggs (2004) — Autor — 194 exemplars
Robin Hill School: Groundhog Day (2005) 165 exemplars
The Apple Orchard Riddle (2013) 157 exemplars
Secret Santa (Robin Hill School) (2012) 151 exemplars
Robin Hill School: Earth Day (2009) 147 exemplars
Eloise at the Wedding (2006) — Adapter — 125 exemplars
Vote for Our Future! (2020) 90 exemplars
A Poem in Your Pocket (2015) 87 exemplars
The Bug Girl: A True Story (2020) 87 exemplars
Sylva and the Fairy Ball (1742) 82 exemplars
The Dinosaur Expert (2018) 74 exemplars
Too Many Cooks (Ratatouille) (2007) 52 exemplars
Poop or Get Off the Potty! (2019) 38 exemplars
The Whistle on the Train (2008) 30 exemplars
Class Mom (Robin Hill School) (2009) 26 exemplars
The Life Cycle of a Butterfly (2009) 14 exemplars
Always elegant Eloise (2017) 8 exemplars
Lily and the Fancy-dress Party (2013) 7 exemplars
The battle of Gettysburg (2006) 6 exemplars
Brazil (2006) 5 exemplars
Mexico (2006) 4 exemplars
The Navajo (2006) 4 exemplars
The Iroquois (2006) 4 exemplars
The Lakota (2006) 4 exemplars
Canada (2006) 3 exemplars
Whay Do Animals Need? (2009) 3 exemplars
The underground railroad c.3 (2006) 3 exemplars
Why People Move (1999) 2 exemplars
The north and south c.2 (2006) 2 exemplars
The north and south (2006) 1 exemplars
Why People Move 1 exemplars
Classroom Atlas 1 exemplars
Too many valentines (2003) 1 exemplars
Weather and the Seasons (2009) 1 exemplars
Polygons in Communities (2007) 1 exemplars
Polygons at School 1 exemplars
Children around the world (1999) 1 exemplars
The Navajo 1 exemplars


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Nom oficial
Bowen, Brenda
Data de naixement
20th Century
Llocs de residència
New York, New York, USA



When Sophia was little, she loved bugs. Once she got to school, the other kids made fun of her and hurt the grasshopper she brought to class. To cheer her up, her mom suggests she write to some bug scientists, and she gets lots and lots of responses from all kinds of bug scientists telling her not to give up on bugs.

This true story was fine but kind of lost the plot in a kid-telling-a-story way. Seems to be more about the adults than the kid. Having a bunch of strange adults telling her on social media (a thing she is legally not allowed to use) that bugs are cool does not actually help her with her peer problem. What does help, in the end, is developing some other interests in addition to bugs, but the book presents that as a thing that just happened, not a conscious decision or a sign of maturity.… (més)
norabelle414 | Hi ha 14 ressenyes més | May 23, 2024 |
These pages center around Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but instead of diving into this great man's history, accomplishments and facts, it heads toward a broader direction.

It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the class is on a fieldtrip to learn more about what the day means. Of course, the kids are packed full of ideas and Mrs. Connor knows exactly how to grab their attention and shift their thoughts in an inspiring direction.

This is a book for those readers, who have learned enough words to handle many sentences on their own but still need practice. The words are in a larger font, nicely spaced, and kept to a minimum. There are illustrations on (almost) every page, too. Plus, it does build vocabulary gently along the way. So, it's great for beginning readers.

The students and Mrs. Connor come across with kindness and fun. The kids' responses are very natural, and Mrs. Connor has an amazingly patient and caring way of reacting to them. It shows a wholesome classroom setting with classmates, who are kind to one another, use their imagination, and will connect with many young readers. The situations and settings are familiar and, again, easy for readers to recognize and identify with. There's enough of a light humor to bring slight smiles, and the pacing moves along steadily to keep boredom away. It's a nice, simple, and quick read.

At first, I was surprised that there wasn't much information about Martin Luther King Jr. but have to admit that it wouldn't have worked well in this level of read. The very basics are explained...just what the age group can understand...and then, the author cleverly brought it into the big dream direction and left with a very inspiring message. So, kudos on that end.

It's a gentle and fun way to introduce beginning readers to the holiday while improving the reading skills in a way, which won't scare them away. I received a complimentary copy and found it well done, especially as an early reader.
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tdrecker | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Feb 17, 2024 |
"The children of fictional Stanton Elementary School educate themselves and their community about the vote in this picture book.

With its illustrations of simple shapes in bright colors imbuing a sense of positive action and a diverse cast of characters, this picture book rocks—and that’s even before the narrative takes hold. When Stanton’s students learn that their school becomes a polling station every two years, they want to be part of it—but learn they can’t vote until they are 18. Undeterred, they take action. The kids do their research and then engage their community to encourage those of voting age to go to the polls. They go door to door with voter-guide pamphlets, they hold a bake sale (with clever reminders like “Donut forget to vote”), and remind their families to vote. Each child-empowering scenario is paired with an adult’s excuse (“I’ll be away”; “I’m not even registered”; “I can’t walk so far”), and with each comment, the kids have an answer that draws on their research: “You can vote by mail”; “It’s not hard to register”; “A volunteer can drive you!” These kids mean business; it’s their future after all. Children and adults depicted represent a range of skin colors, hair textures, and gender presentations; one girl and her aunt wear hijab. Backmatter includes a quick listing of kid-relevant federal legislation.

Essential—the energetic narrative and uplifting illustrations will inspire and empower young readers to get out the vote. (Picture book. 5-9)", A Kirkus Starred Review
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CDJLibrary | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Feb 26, 2022 |



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