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Pink and Say

Title: Pink and Say

Bibliographic information: Polacco, P. (1994). Pink and Say. New York: Philomel Books.

Brief annotation: Pink and Say are unlikely friends who were fighting in the same war. Pink saves Say after he was shot and takes him to his mother until he is better. They become very close but are torn apart.

Grade:4th – 5th grade

Genre: Contemporary realistic fiction

Readers who will like this: This book would be good for students learning about the civil war or for anyone that likes reading about history.

Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed this book. It showed a different side to a war that everyone knows about. Two regiments that would not normally work together, became friends.

Question: What do you know about the civil war? What were the two sides fighting? Who made up these two sides?

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The Next Place

Title: The Next Place

Bibliographic information: Hanson, W. (1997). The Next Place. Minneapolis, MN: Waldman House Press, Inc.

Brief annotation: This book is about one idea of what happens after we die. It shows pictures of a beautiful place where nothing from life matters because everyone is the same.

Grade: Kindergarten – 2nd, but its good for any age really

Genre: Picture book

Readers who will like this: Readers who are dealing with loss and want an idea of what happens after death.

Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed this pictures in this book and thought that the idea behind painted a good picture of what I believe happens after we die.

Question: Where do you think people go after they die? What does it look like to you?

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Good-bye, Sheepie

Title: Good-bye, Sheepie

Bibliographic information: Burleigh, R. (2010). Good-bye, Sheepie. Tarrytown, NY: Marshall Cavendish Corporation

Brief annotation: This book is about a little boy who loses his best friend – his dog. he and his father have to say good-bye but his father tells him that he can see Sheepie whenever he wants in memories.

Grade: 1st – 3rd grade

Genre: Realistic picture book

Readers who will like this: Children who have dealt with the loss of a pet will like this book.

Rating: 4 – This book was very good. I just recently lost my dog and i think that this book covers the topic very well. When ever you miss a pet, and even a person, you can keep them alive in your memories.

Question: If you have, or have had, a pet, what is your favorite memory with them?

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Samantha Jane’s Missing Smile

Title: Samantha Jane’s Missing Smile

Bibliographic information: Kaplow, J. & Pincus, D. (2007). Samantha Jane’s Missing Smile. Washington, D.C.: Magination Press

Brief annotation: This book deals with the loss of a parent. Sarah Jane always loved to smile but after she loses her dad, her smile disappears.

Genre: Realistic picture book

Grade: 2nd – 4th

Readers who will like this: Readers who are dealing with the loss of a parent will like this book.

Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed this book because I thought that it showed many great ways that we continue to see the people we have lost even after they are gone.

Question: Have you ever lost someone close to you? How did you feel?

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The Purple Balloon

Title: The Purple Balloon

Bibliographic information: Raschka, C. (2007). The Purple Balloon. New York: Random House Inc.

Brief annotation: This book talks about how death is hard to handle but there are many people that can make it easier.

Genre: Picture book

Grade level: Kindergarten – 2nd

Readers who will like this: Children who are dealing with the death of a family member or friend will like this book.

Rating: 4 – I liked this book because it focused more on the help that surrounds death rather than death itself.

Question: Who are some of the people that help when people get sick?

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The Great Hamster Massacre

Bibliographic Information: Davies, K. (2010). The Great Hamster Massacre. New York, London, Toronto, Sydney: Beach Lane Books

Short Annotation: Anna and Tom have always wanted a pet hamster. They kept begging their mom for one, but she kept telling them no. One day, she finally gave in and bought them each a hamster. One of their hamsters had babies, but when Anna and Tom woke up, they found them dead. Anna and Tom must figure out what happened to their hamsters.

Genre: Nonfiction.

Grade level: Second to Third grade.

Audience: Students would like this book.

Personal Rating and Response: I give this book a rating of seven. I liked how these two children  wanted to find out what happened to their pet hamsters and they did not give up until they found out what happened.

Question: Do you have any pets?

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Where the Wild Things Are

Bibliographic Information: Sendak, M. (1963). Where the Wild Things Are. United States: Harper and Row

Short Annotation: Max was sent to his room after showing bad behavior in his house. When he was in his room, it turned into a jungle. In this jungle, he met a bunch of different creatures, known as the wild things. They made him the king of the jungle. When it was time for him to go home, they did not want him to leave, even though he wanted to.

Genre: Nonfiction.

Grade Level: Third grade.

Audience: Students would like this book.

Personal rating and response: I give this book a rating of seven. I think how this book showed how imagination can play a great part in a young child’s life but can also serve as a life lesson.

Question: Do you use your bedroom as an imaginative place?