New Release: Mara the Space Traveler by An Leysen

Mara’s biggest wish is to become an astronaut ― to discover new planets. Sometimes dreams and wishes come true . . . She lands on the most beautiful planet she has ever seen. But the planet is in trouble and only Mara can help.

A wonderful space adventure about a small girl with big dreams and a big heart. For astronauts and explorers ages 6 and up.

Age Range: 6 and up
Grade Level: 2 – 3
Lexile Measure: 600L
Hardcover: 56 pages
Publisher: Clavis (June 16, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605375276
ISBN-13: 978-1605375274

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New at Guardian Angel Publishing

 

Armida and her family travel by train to Mexico City. The train breaks down, and they find themselves surrounded by thousands of monarch butterflies. Share their sadness when Abuela Dora decides to stay in Mexico rather than moving to the US with them. Gain understanding about caring and freedom.

A clever, heartfelt, and humorous story about a dog that liked to escape and explore and whose love transcended life itself, taken from a song by Cedar Breaks®, filled with strong harmonies and lively instrumentation, that will make you want to dance and sing along.

Amy’s a little dragon with a big temper. When frustrated, she erupts. When confused, she fumes. And flame-throwing practice often ends in disaster. Will she be able to keep her flames under control in order to win a prize at the Dragon Day Fun Fair…and how?

 

DandyLion is a rhyming tale of Leo the Lion overcoming his fear of failure as King. He sings his commands thereby causing ridicule from his peers. Leo upsets his best friend, Lilah, when she runs away. However, he finds a way to reconcile his fear and keep his friendship.

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The Story of Civil War Hero Robert Smalls by Janet Halfmann

Part of “The Story of” biography series from Lee & Low books, The Story of Civil War Hero Robert Smalls by Janet Halfmann is a chapter book providing a glimpse into this brave, amazing man who was born into slavery and became a national hero.

Born in the slave quarters of a plantation in Beaufort, South Carolina, Robert Smalls began working for his master at the age of six. As his master’s favorite, Smalls led an easier life than other enslaved people, but he still witnessed the evils of slavery. As he grew into a young man, he knew he wanted more for his life and for his people than living as the property of another man. The Story of Civil War Hero Robert Smalls tells the story of the daring plan Smalls implemented to bring his family and others to freedom and how he helped the Union cause. It also follows his life after the war as a member of the United States Congress, a publisher, and a lifelong advocate for African Americans.

 

This is the second book by Janet Halfmann about the life of Robert Smalls that I’ve read. The picture book, Seven Miles to Freedom, is an excellent choice for younger readers. The Story of Civil War Hero Robert Smalls is geared toward school-age children. In addition to the biography of Smalls, additional historical content  provides an in-depth look into the times in which Small lived. According to the publisher’s website, “The Story of” books include: informative sidebars, highlighted vocabulary words, a timeline, a glossary, a bibliography, and a recommended reading list. This information makes The Story of Civil War Hero Robert Smalls the perfect book for school and public libraries and a great resource for all types of school projects. An inspiring story of a true American hero, The Story of Civil War Hero Robert Smalls is a welcome addition to any Civil War library.

The style of artwork from talented children’s book illustrator Duane Smith allows the reader to envision Smalls’ journeys from his dreams of freedom through his days of piloting the Planter wood-burning steamer. The book also includes historical photos.

I am proud to add The Story of Civil War Hero Robert Smalls to my Civil War library.

Highly recommended!

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Age Range: 8 – 11 years
Grade Level: 3 – 4
Series: Story of…?
Paperback: 80 pages
Publisher: Lee & Low Books (February 25, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1643790161
ISBN-13: 978-1643790169

I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Ella the Swinging Duck by Suzan Overmeer

Ella is different from her brothers and sisters.
Less neat. And less sweet.
And she sings her own songs, all day long!
The other animals need time
to get used to it …

An inspiring picture book about music, friendship, and the courage to be yourself. For swinging music makers ages 4 and up.

Age Range: 4 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Lexile Measure: 530L
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Clavis (April 28, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605374989
ISBN-13: 978-1605374987

 

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New Release: The List of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead

 

After her parents’ divorce, Bea’s life became different in many ways. But she can always look back at the list she keeps in her green notebook to remember the things that will stay the same. The first and most important: Mom and Dad will always love Bea, and each other.

When Dad tells Bea that he and his boyfriend, Jesse, are getting married, Bea is thrilled. Bea loves Jesse, and when he and Dad get married, she’ll finally (finally!) have what she’s always wanted–a sister. Even though she’s never met Jesse’s daughter, Sonia, Bea is sure that they’ll be “just like sisters anywhere.”

As the wedding day approaches, Bea will learn that making a new family brings questions, surprises, and joy, and readers will discover why the New York Times called Rebecca Stead a “writer of great feeling.”

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Lexile Measure: 0680
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books (April 7, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1101938099
ISBN-13: 978-1101938096

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