The Miniature World of Marvin and James by Elise Broach is a fun book. It takes place in the house of a boy named James. While he is going out on vacation his bug friend, Marvin, has to stay behind at his house. But when Marvin’s cousin, Elaine, takes him off into the house to play they get stuck in a tricky situation.
I give this book 4 out of 4 L’s:
The Polar Express is a fun movie for the whole family. This Christmas movie is about a boy who was waiting to hear Santa’s sleigh bells and ends up on a train heading toward the north pole. The best part of the movie is the music 🙂 I’ve never gotten tired of hearing the songs even after watching the movie 3-5 times.
I give this movie 4 out of 4 L’s
This is how to get Christmas presents in Washington starting in 2017:
1. Stay awake to let Santa in.
2. Be polite when writing your Christmas list.
3. On Christmas Eve set out healthy snacks like apples, pears and bananas.
4. Make lots of room for the presents under your tree.
If you don’t do all of these things you might end up with no presents. 😦
Freckle juice by Judy Blume is a fiction book for ages 6 and up. It’s a story about a boy who wants freckles. When one person in his class gives him a recipe that the person says will give him freckles, he tries it out to see if it works. I liked the story overall but I think the outcome at the end is not so great.
Rating: 3 L’s
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Corn Popper (Book 11) by David A. Adler is a suspenseful mystery. Cam and her friend, Eric, are getting school supplies from a store when someone’s shopping bag is stolen. Cam and Eric have to figure out who did it. The setting of a department store creates a challenge because there are so many people there and only one is the culprit. I recommend the story for ages five and up.
Rating: 4 out of 4 L’s
Here are three facts about zebus.
1: The zebu’s main foods are grass, seeds and flowers.
2: Zebus are related to the water buffalo and the yak.
3: The zebu’s predators are wildcats, bears and humans.
Here is a cool video of a zebu:
Here are three facts about yaks:
1: The scientific name for yak is Bos Grunniens.
2: Male yaks grow to 2 meters tall and females are 1/3 the size of males.
3: The female yak gives birth to one calf at a time.
Here is a cool video about a herd of yaks:
Here are three facts about x-ray tetras:
1: X-ray tetras are also known as the water goldfinch.
2: X-ray tetras are native to the Amazon River’s coastal waters in South America.
3: The x-ray tetra’s predators are frogs, birds and larger fish.
Here is a cool picture of an x-ray tetra:
Here are three facts about whale sharks:
1: Whale sharks eat small fish and tiny creatures called plankton.
2: Whale sharks grow to the size of a school bus.
3: Whale shark pups are 60 cm long when ‘born’ and grow quickly during their first few years.
Here is a cool video about divers saving a whale shark:
Here are three facts about vampire bats:
- Vampire bats are nocturnal.
- Vampire bats have a heat sensor at the end of their nose.
- Vampire bats do not suck the blood of animals, but instead they lap it up. Their prey are tapirs, cows and pigs.
Here is a cool video of a vampire bat: