Merry Christmas from All of Us to You!


Afrikaans – een plesierige kerfees

Argentine – Felices Pasquas Y felices ano Nuevo
Armenian – Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand

Azeri – Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Basque – Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
Bohemian – Vesele Vanoce
Brazilian – Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo

Breton – Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
Bulgarian – Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
Chinese – (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan          (Catonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
Cornish – Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Cree – Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
Croatian – Sretan Bozic
Czech – Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish – Glædelig Jul
Dutch – Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
English – Merry Christmas
Esperanto – Gajan Kristnaskon
Estonian – Ruumsaid juulup|hi
Farsi – Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
Finnish – Hyvaa joulua
French – Joyeux Noel
Frisian – Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
German – Froehliche Weihnachten
Greek – Kala Christouyenna!
Hawaiian – Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew – Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
Hindi – Shub Naya Baras
Hungarian – Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Icelandic – Gledileg Jol
Indonesian – Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi – Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish – Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Italian – Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese – Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Korean – Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Latvian – Prieci’gus Ziemsve’tkus un Laimi’gu Jauno Gadu!
Lithuanian – Linksmu Kaledu
Manx – Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa

Maori – Meri Kirihimete
Marathi – Shub Naya Varsh
Navajo – Merry Keshmish
Norwegian – God Jul
Pennsylvania German – En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
Polish – Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia
Portuguese – Boas Festas
Rapa-Nui – Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
Rumanian – Sarbatori vesele
Russian – Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom

Serbian – Hristos se rodi
Slovakian – Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce

Sami – Buorrit Juovllat
Samoan – La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou

Scots Gaelic – Nollaig chridheil huibh
Serb-Croatian – Sretam Bozic. Vesela Nova Godina

Singhalese – Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slovak – Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Slovene – Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
Spanish – Feliz Navidad
Swedish – God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År
Tagalog – Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
Tamil – Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Thai – Sawadee Pee Mai

Turkish – Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian – Srozhdestvom Kristovym
Urdu – Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
Vietnamese – Chung Mung Giang Sinh
Welsh – Nadolig Llawen
Yugoslavian – Cestitamo Bozic

Papua New Guinea – Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu

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Favorite Christmas Stories

texasWhat stories do you love to read at Christmas time? Do you have a favorite? When my daughter was young, her Grandfather always read a Texan version of  The Night Before Christmas in his strong Texas accent. Instead of stockings, there were boots and instead of reindeer, it had long-horn cattle. The funny version always made her giggle. 

This week I will be reading Jan Brett’s version of The Night Before Christmas to the first graders. It’s the traditional story and I love it for the illustrations. In my mind, there is no equal to the quality and elaborate detail of Jan Brett’s illustrations.brett Every stroke of her brush has a purpose. Every panel tells a story and every building has a meaning. Set in Stockbridge, Mass, you can see the historic  1773 Red Lion Inn, a New England inn which has been catering to visitors for over 200 years. It’s Brett’s attention to detail which sets her work so far apart from the others.

We also have another version of the story, illustrated by Mary Englebreit. In this book, Englebreit’s distinctive and bright style is another winner for the young and old.

moo Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas by Jane O’Connor and illustrations by Robin Preiss Glasser is a new addition to my favorite list. Nancy is a little girl who dresses like she is ready to greet the queen, but lives with rather ordinary parents. Now it’s Christmas time and Nancy wants to make sure everything is “la-ti-da”!  This is a fun story for little girls who love to dress up!xmas

The last book on my list is the one that makes me laugh out loud!  Dav Pilkey’s Dragon’s Merry Christmas, follows Dragon who is busy preparing for Christmas. Dragon is a fun-loving fellow, but always seems to get in trouble. His adventures will make you giggle!dragon

Now it’s your turn! What is your favorite Christmas Story? We would love to hear recommendations from our blogging friends around the world!

Keep Reading! Mrs. Hembree

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Student Book Reviews- See What We Like

The Lost Hero By: Rick Riordan Review by Tracy

         lostThe Lost Hero is about a prophecy that needs to be completed. This is the first book of the series The Heroes of Olympus.  This book is about 3 demigods, Jason, Piper, and Leo. Jason woke up on a bus forgetting his memories. Piper, a girl who says that Jason is her boyfriend,  has a secret. And Leo has his way of using tools to create amazing items. The prophecy that was for told was very eerie to me; “Seven half-blood shall answer the call. To storm or fire, the world must fall. An oath to keep with a final breath and foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.”

Together these three must overcome every obstacle in their way to save the queen of Olympus. Will they succeed or will they fail?  Read to find out the story that’s about to unfold.

This book also has Percy Jackson and a bunch of his other previous characters that he used in the series Percy Jackson and the Olympians. This is the author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which include The Lightning Thief, Sea of Monsters, Titians Curse, Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympians. Also, he is the author of the Kane Chronicles, which  has The Red Pyramid, and the author of Maze of Bones the first book of 39 clues. So if you’re an adventure loving, Greece lover then this is a superb book to read.   I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did!

Later Gater by Lawrence Yep Review by Diana

This book is about a boy named Bobby.  Tomorrow is his birthday and his brother Teddy has to buy him a present. Bobby’s mom tells Teddy to get an animal instead of a pair of socks. So, Teddy drove to a pet store on a bus with a ton of people while Bobby was with his dad at work having fun.

 When Teddy went inside the pet shop, the owner said he should get a hamster or a turtle. Teddy thought that they were too nice. So Teddy got an alligator because he wants to scare Bobby. Do you think Bobby got scared? Read this funny book to find out.

sab The Missing: Book 3, Sabotaged By: Haddix Review by Alice

     This book is the 3rd book in “The Missing” series by Haddix. In this book, Jonah and Katherine take a girl, Andrea, one of the 36 missing kids from history, back to Roanoke Colony. If you are in the 5th grade, I am sure you know of Roanoke Colony, one of the settlements England brought to the USA. Although, mysteriously, when John White (the colony’s leader), goes back to England for 3 years and comes back. everything is missing. No clues, except one carving that says “Croatoan”

            So, when they go back into time, they see nothing, they lost the Eculator. The Eculator is a time travel device that keeps them camouflaged and safe. On their walk they bump into tracer Natives. They follow them and find something surprising! They later find out why time seems messed up. They are being sabotaged.

            This book is recommended by me to all of the adventure, sci-fi, and mystery fans. This book will make you want to keep going and NEVER stop! Both genders will LOVE this book. But, I highly recommend reading the first and second book beforehand.

 Into the Gauntlet  Review by Mosesinto

Into The Gauntlet is the grand finale of the 39 Clues series.  Dan and Amy are hopeless, they have no leads. When they finally find the Clues, it is stolen.  Suddenly, they find a poem on their doorstep, but it is stolen by evil Isabel Kabra.  Somehow they manage to find out the Clues, but they do not know that they are followed by others.  The clues lead Amy and Dan to a small island, only to be discovered by everyone else.  They decide to team up and find out that the clues are the recipe to a serum which will make you the most powerful person in the world! Suddenly, evil Isabel crashes their celebration and she is holding a gun….  Read this wonderful book to find out what happens next.

 The Sorcerer’s Stone by J K Rowling Review by Moses

This book is one of the most delightful fantasy books I have ever read.  With a mix of Roald Dahl and J.R.R. Tolkien, it is both funny and suspenseful.  The story begins when Harry receives a letter from Hogwarts, a school for Wizards.  At the school he makes friends with a boy named Ron and a girl named Hermione.  They “accidentally” find out that there is a stone that can give any wish the user wanted.  They learn the hard way that someone else wants the stone too, and that someone will hurt, even kill anyone who gets”in the way”!  Who will win, who will perish?  Find out by reading this terrific book.

 Firestorm reviewed by Gabe

I liked this book a lot.  It is about a boy named Jack who goes on a quest to save the oceans.  On his quest he meets new friends and learns new skills. The reason that I liked this so much was because it has a good balance of action, adventure and science fiction.  It was also interesting because Jack learned about pollution and how it could affect his future.  I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Chocolate by Wendy Blaxland Reviewed by JudyAnn

This book is a great book to read if you adore chocolate like I do!  It tells interesting facts about chocolate.  For instance, chocolate is made from powdered cacao beans which are the seed of the cacao tree. Also, the first chocolate was made thousands of years ago and was loved by many Aztec Indians.  Well, now that I’ve told you so much about this book, you should check it out and I hope you enjoy it!

 Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Review by Willhunger

The Hunger Games was the best book I have read in a long time!  I would recommend it to anyone who likes action, romance and suspense. The most suspenseful part of the book was when there were only three people left in the games.  Read it to see why.

dk Diary of a Wimpy Kid  Review by Yana

Greg’s life is miserable; his mom buys him a diary and makes him write in it, he is forced to join the swim team, his parents make him do everything that he does not want to!  Greg’s has to make sure that his friends do not find out about his diary.This book is funny and silly and I really enjoyed reading it.  I think that you would like it too.key

 Skeleton Key  Review by Mark

This book is very interesting because in the beginning it just tells you that no one knows where the skeleton key is.  I started to read it and I enjoyed it.  I would recommend this book for people who like adventure because this is big journey to a haunted house to get a key for an old kingdom.  When they find the key, they discover that it is cursed!  There is a letter saying that they will be taken to horrible places.  Read this excellent book to find out what happens to them.

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The Fences Between Us by Kirby Larson

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.fences

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.

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Happy Thanksgiving Day!

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.” g-cvr-101125-macys-parade2-615a_grid-8x2

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

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A Little Thanksgiving History

thanksgiving_dinnerTomorrow 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, 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

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Frankly Frannie by AJ Stern

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

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Digital Reliance

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?


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The Ugly Truth by Request Only

uglyWe now have 4 copies of the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Ugly Truth for all you Wimpy Kid fans. Because we have so many students wanting this book,  I will be checking it  out only to students who give me a request sheet. So far we have a waiting list of about 25 students, so please be patient. It may take a week or two to get the book to you.

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Did You Know???

Two blogging teachers in Canada posted this Did You Know video on their blogs recently. The staff at our school also watched this same video before school started. I think it offers some amazing statistics and questions to think about. Please watch the video and then comment below.


The following questions are reproduced with thanks to Mr. Ferneyhough at Chili Sauce ( There is a great deal of information in this video. Please comment on the following….

What surprised you, or didn’t surprise you about this information?
What was interesting about this information.
What does it say about our world and about our future?
Is this a positive, negative or neutral perspective of our world?
What are your feelings about technology? Is it a good thing or a bad thing?
Do you think the earth can continue to hold the ever increasing number of people?
What are our options?
What jobs do you picture having in your future?

Mrs. Hembree’s question–What do you think will happen to libraries and books in the future?


Bulldog Readers and others- think about the following as you form your comment. You can comment directly on the blog or write your response on paper and submit to me.

  • Did you respond in detail to the video using specific examples?
    Did you relate this information to yourself and your future?
    Did you use proper grammar (paragraphs, capitals, no net-speak)?
    Did you provide opinions worthy of other people responding to?
    Take your time. Be thoughtful.
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