Million Dollar Throw by Mike Lupica
In this book the main character is Nate. The boy is eleven years old and he is the Valley’s quarterback. The coach of his team puts him in as a quarterback because of his big and strong arm. Everybody calls this football fan “Brady”, after the New England Patriots quarterback because he can throw long like him and the young player is Brady’s biggest fan.
The main problem is that Nate wants to meet Tom Brady. One day, he went to the shop, “Sportstuff” and he saw a big poster saying “During the Thanksgiving game, at half time, there will be a contest to see who can throw the longest. The winner will receive a big check for million dollars.” The boy signs up immediately for the contest. Will he win the contest? You must read this to find out.
What an awesome book!!!!! I recognize myself in this book, and it makes me happy. Nate loves football and I love soccer. Nate is eleven years old and I am too. I will recommend this book to students who love sports.
At the Washington Library Media Association conference in October I attended a session led by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery, authors of The Two Bobbies and Nubs. Kirby also talked briefly about her new book, The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis. This is the first in the Scholastic Dear America series to be published in 5 years.
I have really enjoyed some of the other Dear America books, so I thought it would be great to add this book, by a local Seattle author to our library collection. The story takes place in Seattle during World War II. Piper’s brother joins the Navy and is soon assigned to the USS Enterprise. Piper’s mother died when Piper was very young, and her father is the pastor of a Japanese Baptist church. In December of 1941, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, life changes dramatically for citizens of Japanese heritage and for Piper. She worries about her brother, and deals with the realities of incarceration as her father follows the members of his church went they are sent away first to Puyallup and then to Minidoka, an incarceration camp in Idaho. This story is historical fiction and is based partially upon the life of Pastor Emery “Andy” Andrews.
I have to admit that prior to reading this book, I had very little knowledge about this grim part of US History. Growing up on the East Coast, my relatives had served in WWII in France and Germany. In high school in California and in college in Maine, when we were taught about the war, nothing was said about the Japanese incarceration camps in our own country. It’s really only been in the last few years that I have started to learn more about this sad chapter of history. Kirby Larson’s book is a welcome addition to anyone interested in this aspect of American History.
Students, here are some related research topics. Minidoka, Japanese incarceration, Pastor Emory “Andy” Andrews, Issei, Nikkei, USS Arizona, bombing of Pearl Harbor, Japantown, Puyallup Assembly Center, Camp Harmony, Minidoka Irrigator, 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team, Civil Liberties Act, Densho Project.
The pies are made, the Macy’s parade is on the television and the green bean casserole is next on the cooking menu. Then it’s off to go for a walk and get some exercise before this day of eating gets fully started.
I was watching some of the Macy’s parade and realized that so many of the flying balloons and floats are based on familiar figures from comics and books! Yea for reading! This year’s addition? Diary of a Wimpy Kid! Quoting from The Beat, the newsblog of Comic Culture, “Jeff Kinney’s best-selling Wimpy Kid is about to get another honor reserved for only the greatest of kids entertainment legends — this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will include a Greg Heffley balloon. This honor is reserved for only the greatest icons of cartooning, including Bart Simpson, Garfield, Snoopy, and of course Spider-Man.”
“I’m incredibly excited that Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been chosen to be a part of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Jeff Kinney. “When I think of all of the iconic characters that have flown in years past, I feel humbled and honored that my character will be a part of the Parade’s history.”
So, on this Thanksgiving 2010, I wish you all an enjoyable day with friends and family. I especially wish all our servicemen and women a Happy Thanksgiving Day and we all thank you for your sacrifice to your country. We are thinking of you and hope you return home safely.
Photo:Craig Ruttle / AP
Tomorrow Americans will celebrate our version of Thanksgiving Day. In kitchens all across the country, cooks will be preparing our traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner of roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce and pies. Many different cultures celebrate some kind of autumn harvest festival. Most historians believe the American Thanksgiving dinner dates back to the fall harvest celebration in 1621 at Plymouth Plantation after the Wampanoag Native Americans taught the Pilgrims how to hunt, fish and cultivate the land so they wouldn’t starve. According the History.com, our Thanksgiving Day didn’t become an official holiday until 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed that it would be celebrated in November of each year. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed it into law that each year the holiday would be celebrated the 4th Thursday of November.
Curiously, nearly 90% of Americans will eat turkey on Thanksgiving, but it is not clear whether turkeys really were or were not on the original Thanksgiving dinner table. Certainly pies were not because there was a sugar shortage at the time and the Puritans did not have ovens to bake them in! I can’t even imagine Thanksgiving Day without pumpkin pie and turkey. What we do have in common with the original Puritans and Wampanoag Native Americans is the need to celebrate and remember what we are thankful for. So what are you thankful for? Readers, if you live outside of America, does your country have an autumn harvest festival? Tell us about it so we can learn more about our world and its cultures. Keep Reading and Happy Thanksgiving! Mrs. Hembree
Ola is, I think, our resident Rainbow Magic Series expert. She has read nearly all of them, which means I need to get to the bookstore soon to find some more to keep her happy! Thanks for writing these wonderful reviews Ola and of course, …keep reading! Mrs. Hembree
Rachelle and Kristy are excited. It’s their last day on vacation. They want to save Heather the Violet Fairy. They spot a ribbon that says, “Follow me”, so they follow the ribbon. The Ribbon leads them to Heather. Fairy rescued! Now they need to go to the pot on the rainbow and she and her sisters are saved. Yay!
Everything in Fairyland is normal until one day a goblin comes in and steals all the “fun-day” flags. The flags help people have fun. Kristy and Rachelle are ready to help. So they find the flag and go and return it to Fairyland. Six more flags to go…
Oh No! The goblins are up to no good again! They stole all the Christmas presents! Rachelle and Kristy have to find Holly. They are supposed to find 3 special presents. So they do. They give the presents back and save Christmas Day! Now everyone will have a great Christmas thanks to Kristy, Rachelle and of course, Holly.
Now the dance fairies are in danger. They lost their ribbons. They help Bethany find her ribbon at the ballet. They make a trick. They trick the goblin and get the ribbon back. Six more ribbons to find!
Brrrr….it’s cold outside here in the Seattle area. It’s our first snow day of the year and I am happily sitting on my couch, watching endless videos on the news of sliding cars, treacherous streets, and people trying to deal with the snow, ice and freezing cold weather. It’s a warm, balmy, 12 degrees F at my house outside. Now that’s cold! Last night I was standing on the deck and enjoying the absolute quiet. No cars, no traffic, no planes flying over head. Just blissful quiet and the whisper of lightly falling snow.
Today it’s a no school day for all the kids in the greater Seattle area as we deal with our first snow storm of the fall. The amount of snow isn’t so bad, but the problem here is all the steep hills, which are covered with a layer of ice and snow. That combo makes driving a nightmare around here.
Yesterday morning afternoon I was reading Turk and Runt, a funny story about a family of turkeys, who are faced with the dilemma of Thanksgiving! Luckily, Runt understands that all the human visitors to the farm do not want to be friends with the turkeys and he saves the day.
If you like funny Thanksgiving stories, it’s a good choice! so is Dav Pilkey’s Thanksgiving book. So, now I am left with the question of what book to read today! Any suggestions for a sunny, snowy day? Keep Reading! Mrs. Hembree
I found a new series to add to the library called Frankly Frannie. This series is for 1-3 grade students who like to read chapter books. If you like Junie B. Jones, you will probably like this series. Frannie is not as naughty as Junie B, but she makes a lot of mistakes and creates messes like Junie B does. Check out the trailer to the book! Keep Reading! Mrs. Hembree
I was reading an article about student Digital Citizenship this morning and discovered this video made by some students with the help of their teacher. It so clearly illustrates how reliant we are becoming on digital gadgets and are forgetting the effectiveness of our original senses- sight, hearing, talking etc. Take a look. Tell me what you think. Are we stepping over the edge into a digital dominated world? What is going to happen to person to person communication?
For all of you who are Dreamworks movie fans or loved the movie Kung Fu Panda, we now have the Dreamworks book, The Art of Kung Fu Panda. This colorful book is companion to the movie providing information about the characters, behind the scenes stories, sketches of scene sequences and trivia that fans of Kung Fu Panda will adore. I think this book will keep anyone interested in movie story development and special effects occupied for hours. Keep Reading! Mrs. Hembree
We have 2 new cookbooks in our collection for students who enjoy making cupcakes or decorating cakes. I have to admit that I am fairly useless in the kitchen. Whenever I look inside these books and see how creative some people can be with cupcakes and frosting, I am a little bit envious. I wish I was able to create ducky cupcakes or fancy cakes with ribbons and swirls and handmade sugar roses. Unfortunately, I think I will stick to reading and writing and let you creative folks work your magic in the kitchen. If you don’t see the books on the front display rack, look in our cooking section in 641.5. Happy Baking! Mrs. Hembree