"Madeline Finn and the Library Dog"

What a blessing to have reviews flood the hive this month. It certainly made Newsbee’s antenna twinge with excitement to see how kiddos enjoyed the books he suggested. Without further ado, your bee buddy has reviews to share with you. Congrats to the winners! Keep Paging On!

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“Madeline Finn and the Library Dog,” by Lisa Papp.

Reviewed St. Francis Borgia preschool.

“We love this story and it had pretty pictures. We liked that Madeline didn’t like to read at first, but she wanted a star sticker for reading well.

“Madeline went to the library, and with Bonnie the big white dog’s help she started to read better and got her star sticker. Our favorite part was Bonnie’s surprise at the end of the story!”

Reviewed by Zach T.

“This book is about a girl named Madeline Finn that does not like to read but she wanted a star. So she goes with her mom to the library then finds out they have dogs. She read to a dog named Bonnie. Bonnie helps Madeline Finn with reading. Madeline looks for Bonnie. She can’t find her because she’s having puppies. Madeline’s mom told her to imagine Bonnie was there. Madeline finally got her star. Madeline wanted to give her star to Bonnie.”

Reviewed by Jadin R.

“I liked this book! The little girl reads to a dog named Bonnie. The girl is named Madeline. She had trouble reading and reads at the library every Saturday. Madeline finally gets her star at school. Madeline was afraid of reading in front of the class.”

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“Sergeant Reckless,” by Patricia McCormick.

Reviewed by Bryce Collins, third grade, Immaculate Conception School.

“This is a true story. Reckless was a racehorse first, but the Marines found her and took her in. They loved her, but they had to put her in training. When that was over, she was ready.

“She carried ammunition. When she was in war, she just kept walking up the hill. One battle she was hit with little pieces of metal. Then the Marines fixed her. Then she just kept doing what she was doing. This book made me happy.

“I liked this book because I like the Army. I liked the pictures when they started firing guns.”

Reviewed by Logan Floyd, Immaculate Conception School.

“My favorite part of this book was when Reckless was getting trained by Sgt. Joseph Latwan. It made me feel like I wanted to keep reading. I thought that it was interesting when Reckless got hit by shells, and she kept on going. I could never do this. I would have stopped, but she kept going. I thought it was funny when she kept trying to get food. This book was funny, sad and interesting.”

Reviewed by Mark Straatmann, Immaculate Conception School.

“I like this book because it tells about a horse that never gave up and never surrendered. Reckless carried ammunition shells a lot of times. She jumped up when she heard a loud BOOM, but the second and third time she ducked down. She never gave up because she was strong, and the servicemen let her eat their chocolate bars.”

Reviewed by Ky Hofstetter, Crosspoint Christian School.

“There was a little hungry horse in town. He was thin and boney. But one day a United States Marine man came and got him. He brought him to the United States Marine camp. He ate everything. Then the men trained him. When Reckless did something good the men would give him a chocolate bar in return. Then the Korean War started. A real war!

“I thought this book was terrific. It kept my attention because there were cannons going off. Guns were going off too and it was tense. I would recommend this book to people who like history and action. It was bloody but just a little bit.”

Reviewed by Allie Guenzler, Crosspoint Christian School.

“This is a true story during the Korean War about a scrawny horse that was found by the American soldiers and went through training, with food as a temptation. Slowly Reckless became strong and eventually was a war hero.

“I think this book was super-attracting and at some points I was kind of scared. There were lots of ups and downs but it ended happily. I would recommend this book to someone who likes excitement. This book has tons of action. I hope you enjoy it.”

Reviewed by Corban Niermeyer, Crosspoint Christian School.

“This is a true story set in the Korean War. The horse Reckless was scrawny and hungry. But got taken to be a carry-horse for the army. She carried a lot of ammunition even though she was bleeding because a piece of shrapnel hit her in the eye and the leg.

“I loved this book because it made me feel excited and worried at the same time. I would recommend it because it was a very heart-tugging book. I think it would be like that for others too.”

Reviewed by Seth Weldy, Crosspoint Christian School.

This book is a true story about a horse that became a hero in the Korean War. She was trained by the United States Marine soldiers. They coaxed her with chocolate to train her. One day the Koreans attacked and Sgt. Reckless got hit beside the eye with a piece of metal. But she kept doing her job carrying ammo.

“I thought this book was great. It got tense at times. When our teacher Mrs. Nantz said, “BOOM” we all jumped. I would recommend this book to the army because it might teach them to be strong and brave.”

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“Wishtree,” by Katherine Applegate.

Reviewed by Emma Grafath, fourth grade, St. Vincent de Paul School.

“This was such a good book—it was about animals, people and a tree (named Red.) I would recommend this book for fourth-fifth graders. I chose this age group because of the word level in the book.

“As a fourth-grader, I would recommend ‘Wishtree’ to anybody who likes nature. I would recommend it to friends that like nature and animals. It also is a good story because of the way everyone worked together to try to save the tree.”

Reviewed by Luke Meyer, St. Vincent de Paul School.

“This book was about animals and people trying to cut down a tree. There was also a saw cutter. My favorite part was the ending. My least favorite part was when the bird was in danger.

“I recommend this book for fifth-sixth grade children. I chose this age group because the words are a little hard for the fourth-grade level. I would recommend this to people that are a little older than me and also to those who like trees and animals. There is a lot of action in the story.”

Reviewed by Clara Nowak, St. Vincent de Paul School.

“I would recommend this book for fifth-seventh grade level readers. As a fourth-grader I think people who like nature, trees, or animals would like this book. I would recommend this to my cousin Becca because she loves nature and animals. My favorite part was when the opossums act dead.”

Reviewed by Max Borgerding St. Vincent de Paul School.

“I think the book ‘Wishtree’ would be for advanced fourth graders and even fifth graders. I recommend this book for these grades because of the difficulty level of the words.

“I found the book to be a learning experience. As a child I would recommend this book to people who like animals, and if you want to get more specific I would recommend this book to people who like animals saving things. I believe they would really enjoy this book about a woman who wanted to cut down the tree. I think that the person who carved “leave” in the tree was the lady. People did not want to cut down the tree, and the animals were trying to save the tree.”