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'The President has been Shot!: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy

James Swanson (2013), 270 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction
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On Thursday November 21, 1963, President John Kennedy and his wife Jackie said goodbye to their children Caroline, 5 and John Jr., 2 and flew to Dallas, Texas. They were beginning the campaign for John's second term as president. 1300 miles away Lee Harvey Oswald was waiting for President Kennedy to come to Texas so he could shoot him. No one knows why. This book describes the events of November 22, 1963 in riveting detail, illustrated with maps, diagrams and black and white photos from that time. The following three days are likewise described. This was the first time such a tragedy happened almost before the country's eyes, as the television stations and newspapers filmed events as they happened. Before mobile phones, the Internet, iPads or personal computers, this was the first time everyone in the country would watch and grieve as one. The first presidential debate, the on air killing of the President's killer, and a public funeral as grand as Abraham Lincoln's all happened live on television as people around the country watched. The Epilogue contains an excellent bibliography, places to visit and more.
Similar books: Kennedy Assasinated!: The World Mourns : A Reporter's Story by Wilborn Hampton; Bomb: The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin; Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James Swanson
Awards nominated: 2016 Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee
Reviewed by: donna
Date read: 6/15/2015
ISBN-13: 9780545490078
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101 Freaky Animals

Melvin &Gilda Berger (2010), 112 pages
Audience: Preschool - 6th Grade
Category: Animal, Nonfiction
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The book, '101 Freaky Animals' by Melvin & Gilda Berger is a fascinating book about 101 amazing creatures. From the armadillo, to the stinkybug; to the ghost crab to the smelly hoatzin; the reader is taken on an incredible journey through the air, under the sea, and on land to discover some of the earth's most unusual animals.
Similar books: Weird-But-Tue Facts About Animals by Lauren Coss ; Bubble Homes and Fish Farts by Fiona Bayrock ; Smartest and Silliest by Camilla de la Bedoyere
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/18/2014
ISBN-10: 0545237580
ISBN-13: 9780545237581
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14 Cows for America

Carmen Agra Deedy (2009), 36 pages
Illustrated by Naiyomah
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Nonfiction, Picture Books
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To the Maasai people of Kenya, the cow means life. These people were once feared warriors, now they live peaceably as nomadic cattle herders. Kimeli's greatest dream as a child was to own his own cow. In September of 2001, he was studying to be a doctor in New York City. He was there on September 11. Upon returning home, he told his village about the horrible attack on the twin towers. Like Kimeli, his people were moved to compassion. They decided together to give the American people a gift. They presented 14 of their most precious possessions, their cows, to an American ambassador.
Awards nominated: Bluestem Award Nominee 2012
Reviewed by: caroll
Date read: 5/24/2011
ISBN-10: 1561454907
ISBN-13: 9781561454907
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2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow's Kids

Amy Zuckerman (2009), 32 pages
Illustrated by John Manders
Audience: K - 4th Grade
Category: Nonfiction, Time Travel
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Have you ever thought about what the world might be like in the future? No one knows exactly what the future holds, but the authors of this book have done some research and talked to scientists, engineers, and 'futurists' to create a view of tomorrow. From a computer that translates a dog's barks and body movements into words to 'talk' to its owner to broccoli spears that taste like French fries to eco-friendly cars that drive themselves, this book paints an interesting picture of what life might be like for kids in the future. How old will you be in 2030? Grab this book, settle in, and take a trip to 2030.
Reviewed by: mec
Date read: 2/5/2010
ISBN-10: 0525478604
ISBN-13: 9780525478607
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26 Fairmount Avenue

Tomie dePaola (1999), 64 pages
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Biography, Nonfiction
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'26 Fairmount Ave' by Tomie De Paola is a brief autobiography of events that take place during an early part of his life. In this book, Tomie De Paola shares with us the various excitements and disappointments he experiences as his family builds a new house on 26 Fairmount Ave. Anyone who has ever needed to be patient and wait for something very special to occur will be able to sympathize with Tomie as events happen to postpone moving in to his new home.
Awards nominated: 2005 Monarch Award Nominee
Awards won: 2000 Newbery Honor Book
Reviewed by: mbottger
Date read: 7/24/2013
ISBN-10: 039923246X
ISBN-13: 9780399232466
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