Newsbee is no wanna-bee this month. He’s over the moon about the reviews that arrived at the hive. This makes your literary bee buddy so proud he could add another stripe to his chest. Thanks to the teachers, moms, dads, grandparents and other family members and friends for helping grow readers. Page On!
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“Steam Train, Dream Train,” by Sherri Duskey Rinker.
Reviewed by Mrs. Crow’s first-grade class, Clearview Elementary School.
“We enjoyed the dreamy tale ‘Steam Train, Dream Train’ by Sherri Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld. Each car in the train represents a different thing you can dream about.
“For example, the gondolas hold sand. The reefer car holds ice cream. The tankers hold paint. We liked the different animals, especially the purple elephants. Our favorite part was when the hopping kangaroos filled the hopper car. At the end, the animals drift into a peaceful sleep, and you will too.
“The illustrations looked like they had texture and they helped tell the story. This book rhymes so it was fun to read. It will be good to read right before bed because it would give you good dreams. We recommend this book for all ages.”
Reviewed by Mrs. Prehm’s kindergarten class, Crosspoint Christian School.
“Have you ever had a cool dream? In this book a little boy has gone to bed. We noticed a train set on the floor in his room. He dreams about animals loading the train with different things.
“Vince said, ‘Those are prairie dogs loading sand in the cars!’ Alyssa thought elephants pouring paint in the cars was ‘hilarious!’ The class mascot is a dinosaur named Rocky, and Skyler was quick to point out the dinosaurs eating the plants.
“The class got into teams to make lists of ‘real’ and ‘not real’ parts in the story. We recommend this book to our pre-kindergarten friends in Mrs. Young’s class. Ivanna wants to make sure they notice the polar bears eating ice cream. ‘It’s just a good picture,’ she said. ‘We give this book two thumbs up!”
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“Lucy,” by Randy Cecil.
Reviewed by Chris Kroon, second grade, Clearview Elementary School.
“This book is about a dog named Lucy. She doesn’t have a home, but she is still a happy dog because she finds an apartment with a red door. She goes to it every time a car wakens her when she is sleeping, but one day she is lost and finds her way home.
“Also, there is a guy named Sam. He likes to juggle but has stage fright, and when he looks at the crowd his hands turn numb, and he gets dizzy.
“My favorite part of the book is nothing, because it all is really good. I recommend this book to anyone who likes chapter books and who likes dogs.”
Reviewed by Olivia Jensen, second grade, Clearview Elementary School.
“Do you like a sweet dog? Well, if you do read ‘Lucy.’
“Lucy is a dog that roams the streets. A girl named Eleanor give Lucy sausage for breakfast; Eleanor wishes she could have Lucy. Meanwhile, Lucy is out roaming the street, and she gets lost. What is she going to do?
“I can make a connection with Eleanor because I really want a dog! I recommend this story if you like characters that are sweet, nice and friendly.”
Reviewed by Perry Bieg, second grade, Clearview Elementary School.
“Lucy is a dog. Eleanor is a girl that feeds Lucy. Sam is Eleanor’s dad; he is a juggler that has stage fright that he got over.
“When Sam juggled it made me think of my first time juggling. I recommend this book to everybody who has a dog.”
Reviewed by Morgan Krimmel, third grade, Immaculate Conception School.
“A homeless dog woke up by a trumpet every morning. Eleanor would give the dog, named Lucy, a piece of sausage. Eleanor’s dad was a juggler with stage fright. He started with snow globes and lots of other stuff too.
“Lucy slept under a bush when Eleanor didn’t give her a piece of sausage. Eleanor tried to find Lucy, will she?
“I recommend this book to my family because my dog got sick and her old owner didn’t know what to do and took her and her brother to a dog rescue. They got better and we adopted one. We named her Riley. Now she lives a healthy and happy life with us.”
Reviewed by Johnathan Brinkmann, second grade, Clearview Elementary School.
“Lucy is a dog. She goes to a little girl’s house, called Eleanor. She gives Lucy food every morning. Her dad juggles in a movie theater, and he has stage fright.
“My favorite part is when Lucy got completely lost and ran into the movie theater where her dad juggle. I recommend this book because it is so cool.”
Reviewed by Gabrielle Langford, second grade, Clearview Elementary School.
“I think you should read the book ‘Lucy’ because it is kind of like a movie. My favorite part is when Sam juggles because I have always been trying to juggle!
“I recommend you read this book if you like many different things going on and a boy juggling, and a lost dog.”
Reviewed by Nella Reiss, second grade, Clearview Elementary School.
“This story is like a movie because it has acts. This story is about a poor dog that lost its home. I recommend this book to my grandparents because they got a dog.
“My favorite part is when Sam dropped the globes. This was a great story.”
Reviewed by Kellen McCormack, second grade, Clearview Elementary School.
“I like this book because it is like a movie, but with words. There is a dog that is homeless, and it comes to a red door every day hoping for someone to adopt it.
“Does anybody adopt it? Read this book to find out.
“I’d recommend this book to people who like to cuddle up in the corner and read.”
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“The Girl Who Drank the Moon,” by Kelly Barnhill.
Reviewed by Bridgette Hanneken, fifth grade, Immaculate Conception School.
“One sacrifice day each year the people of the Protectorate sacrifice a baby to the witch (so the people) will be safe. The witch, Xan, is actually very kind and sends those babies to the free cities on the other side of the forest, giving them starlight to drink.
“One year, Xan accidentally gives a baby moonlight to drink, filling the baby with magic. In knowing this, Xan has to raise the baby on her own, naming her Luna. Meanwhile back at the Protectorate a young man, willing to die to free his city from the witch, goes on a journey to kill her.
“I really enjoy fantasy books about magic. These books are easy to get stuck in. I think my Aunt Mary would love this book because she helps me find great books at the library.”