Around the hive, Newsbee always drones on about how grateful he is to get Book Buzz reviews. It means a lot to your literary bee buddy to know that the books he’s suggesting are being read and enjoyed.
So thanks to the kids who submitted reviews this month and to the teachers who encouraged them to do so. Keep “Paging On!”
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“Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement,” by Stephanie Roth Sisson.
Reviewed by Newsbee.
Magnifying glass in hand, a girl explores the wild places around her home, so begins “Spring After Spring.” Though spring was Carson’s favorite time of year, she relished all seasons and found joy in nature. She was most happy outdoors, and filled notebooks with her observations. When it was time for her to go to college “she wanted to be a writer until . . . ”
A microscope entered the picture; Carson was entranced at the “tiny plants and animals” she saw in a drop of water. The ocean provided additional wonder and influenced her to study biology. But soon Carson noticed things changing; birds and animals weren’t as plentiful as they had once been.
Carson didn’t let this concern slip by her — she researched what was happening and wrote “Silent Spring,” a nonfiction book about how chemicals disrupt the life cycle of plants and animals. It’s a masterpiece as relevant today as when it was published in 1962.
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“Otis and Will Discover the Deep,” by Barb Rosenstock and Katherine Roy.
Reviewed by Colin Vorderbruegge, fifth grade, Clark-Vitt Elementary School.
“This nonfiction/informational book is based on a true story about two men desiring to explore the ocean depths. The first main character is a man named Otis Barton who’s still in college engineering new kinds of helmets to use as underwater equipment.
“The next character is a famous explorer named Will Beebe who wants to explore the deep. The setting takes place the summer of 1930. Both men desired to explore the deep ocean so they designed a 5000-pound, 4-foot steel sphere.
“I loved the beautiful illustrations and onomatopoeia that seemed perfectly matched. My favorite part was when the men were all the way down and the book’s pages unfolded to show us the deep blue sea.
“l also enjoyed how relatable this book is. I have been the first to discover many things in and outside of school like cool movies or new unfamiliar foods.
“This book is great for any child in fourth through eighth grade; anyone who enjoys deep sea, adventure, or teamwork would love this book too. I give it five beehives out of five.”
Reviewed by Tucker Burrington, Megan Donovan, and Charles Hill, fourth grade, St, Bridget of Kildare School.
“Otis discovered the ocean early when he was a kid. Otis tried many different ways to explore underwater until he was finally successful. Will didn’t discover the ocean until he went for a dive in the Galapagos Islands.
“Will and Otis finally met and agreed to work together to make a diving tank. Their diving tank, the bathysphere, helped them go down hundreds of feet deeper into the ocean than anyone else had gone before.
“We liked this book because it was very inspiring. It encourages people to follow their dreams even if no one has done it before. The book was very interesting because it was a true story. The book was very detailed because it had lots of amazing and cool pictures.”
Reviewed by Kendall Patient, fifth grade, Clark-Vitt Elementary School.
“This is a really good book. The main characters are Otis and Will. They want to go down in the deep ocean and see what new types of animals and plants are there.
“I liked the way this book is written because it catches my attention really fast. I'm pretty sure that the authors got their point across because I got to learn about them. The part I liked the most was when Otis and Will got to see all the new plants and animals. The part where they had to get in and out of the bathysphere made me laugh and so did the part were one of them got water on him and started freaking out.
“I related to both Otis and Will because I love to explore and swim; they both liked to see new things and I do too. I don't think this book is like anything I've read. My big brother would like this book because he likes learning about new things.”
Reviewed by Michael King, fifth grade, Clark-Vitt Elementary School.
“This is an exploration-type book and it’s nonfiction. It mostly takes place in the ocean. The purpose of the book is to inform kids and adults about the history of the famous Otis Barton and Will Beebe.
“The start of the book tells us about the characters and introduces the mainframe. Almost halfway through the book Otis tries to reach out to Will but doesn't get an answer so a friend sets up an appointment and Otis and Will go out to sea, 100 feet down. They are nervous. Will they make it? Read the book to find out.
“I personally think the story was perfect. I loved how the author used quotes here and there. My favorite part of the book was at the beginning when Otis made a helmet and someone else pumped oxygen into the helmet that Otis put on to go down into the ocean.
“I think the book is like Christopher Columbus, how Will was a famous explorer and so was Columbus. I recommend this book for basically all ages and rate it four out of five beehives.”
Reviewed by Juliana Allums, fifth grade, Clark-Vitt Elementary School.
“This is a nonfiction book. Otis is an engineer and Will is a famous explorer. They meet up and create a bathysphere. They both want to be the first to discover the deep.
“They see clear fish, rainbow fish all sorts of cool things. But then their bathysphere springs a small leak they both start freaking out. They go deeper and get a couple of sparks from the searchlight so they both start freaking out again because they have an oxygen tank in the bathysphere with them.
“I liked how the book showed real pictures of Otis and Will with the bathysphere. I also like how the book is kid friendly. I like how the book has real information. I love the illustrations too.
“I rate this book a five out of five beehives. It is a great book and I recommend it to readers in fourth through sixth grade.”
Reviewed by Ethan Robins, fifth grade, Clark-Vitt Elementary School.
“This book is a nonfiction and is set in the 1930s, mostly in the ocean. The purpose of this book is to inform the readers of what Otis Barton and Will Beebe did in real life.
“The book starts by introducing the two main characters Otis and Will. They both wanted to be the first ones to get to the deep sea but they couldn't do it by themselves. When Otis learned more about Will he tried to get a hold of him by sending a letter every single week. After a while he was able to get a hold of Will.
“The men had a meeting. During the meeting they made a blueprints for a bathysphere. The two of them agreed to go on an adventure into the deep sea.
“My favorite part of the book is when they went on the adventure because the way the author writes the book using small sentences for each page. This makes you want to keep reading. I recommend this book for mainly for readers in second through sixth grade, but this book is still amazing for any age.”
Reviewed by Morgan Sherwood, fifth grade, Clark-Vitt Elementary School.
“This is a nonfiction/informational book about an engineer and an explorer who team up to be the first to discover the deep by the explorer, Will, who writes a book about the deep. Meanwhile, Otis builds the bathysphere that takes them to the bottom of the ocean. The story was written wonderfully; my favorite parts are ‘Down Down Into The Deep’ and when ‘Sparks Showered Down From The Search Light Right Above Wills Head.’
“The great illustrations made me want to keep reading and the very detailed story made me want to keep reading. My connection is when my three sisters, Lindsey, Evelyn and Abby, and I played explorers. We climbed into a green hole onto a ship and explored the ocean. We had to attach ourselves to a rope. We explored the ocean all the way at the bottom.
“This book would be for kindergarten to sixth grade because the little kids would love all the sound effects and the inspiration all through this book.”
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“The Third Mushroom,” by Jennifer L. Holm.
Reviewed by Ryan Hanneken, fifth grade, Immaculate Conception School.
“I chose to read ‘The Third Mushroom’ because I really liked Holmes previous book ‘The Fourteenth Goldfish.’ In ‘The Third Mushroom’ I liked how the author used real life experiences and fantasy. I can relate to this book because I like to do the same things my parents do. I always laughed when Ellie’s grandpa injected himself with serum.
“This book is a great, kid-friendly book. I really like how they used teenage words. That kind of sounds funny but I mean it. The grandpa reminds me of my sister Noelle, the reason he reminds me of her is because they both take risks. This book is a good read, and you should read it too.”
Reviews on next month’s Book Buzz Books are due by December 15. Those reviews are for “Imagine,” “The Day You Begin,” and “Front Desk.” These books can be checked out at school libraries and at Washington Public Library or Scenic Regional Library and its branches. E-mail reviews to Chris Stuckenschneider, Missourian Book Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org.