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Grandma Moses

Alexandra Wallner (2004), 32 pages
Audience: K - 4th Grade
Category: Biography, Nonfiction
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Anna Mary Robertson (Grandma Moses) is one of the most well-known folk artists in United States history. This picture book traces her lifetime, using painting as her medium. Her interest in drawing and painting started when she was still in school, and continued until her death on December 13, 1961 at age 101. In 1938, Grandma Moses decided to exhibit some of her paintings in the Hoosick Falls drugstore. And, as luck would have it, an art collector from New York saw her pictures, and fell in love with them. In 1940, the Museum of Modern Art displayed a few of her paintings in an exhibit of unknown American painters, and her career was born. Everyone loved the scenes of long-ago - quilting bees, playing in the snow, and families getting together on the holidays. Through her pictures, people felt that they knew her, and everyone started to call her Grandma Moses
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/14/2009
ISBN-10: 0823415384
ISBN-13: 9780823415380
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Great American Dust Bowl

Don Brown (2017), 80 pages
Illustrated by Don Brown
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Graphic Novel, Historical, Nonfiction
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Dust is so small we can hardly see it. However, what about when billions and billions of particles are swept up by strong winds? It will form a major storm called a duster, capable of making the sky so black it's impossible to see your hand in front of your face! These events happened frequently during America's Dust Bowl. This book presents a gripping account of what it was like to live during the 1930's through one of America's most catastrophic natural events.
Reviewed by: jea
Date read: 10/5/2017
ISBN-10: 1328740870
ISBN-13: 9781328740878
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Great and Only Barnum: The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P. T. Barnum

Candace Fleming (2009), 160 pages
Illustrated by Ray Fenwick
Audience: 4th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Biography, Historical, Nonfiction
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P.T. Barnum lived a fascinating life, and this biography does an excellent job of showing the many sides of this uniquely American character. From an early age, Barnum realized that he wanted to be a showman and worked his way up from displaying various oddities to filling a museum with strange and interesting things. In his 60's, he began a traveling circus that eventually turned into the three-ring Barnum and Bailey Greatest Show on Earth. When he died in 1891, his obituary said, '...he furnished delights to millions, and added to the sum of childhood's and of human joy.'
Reviewed by: msp
Date read: 2/17/2011
ISBN-10: 0375945970
ISBN-13: 9780375945977
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Great Big Book of Mighty Machines

Jean Coppendale (2009), 160 pages
Audience: 1st Grade - 3rd Grade
Category: Books about Boys, Nonfiction
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This book has great color photos and simple text of all different kinds of vehicles that move, work and rescue. The important words are printed in bold and at the end of the book, there is a glossary that gives their meanings. It also provides activities after each chapter.
Reviewed by: rn
Date read: 8/22/2014
ISBN-10: 1554075211
ISBN-13: 9781554075218
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Great Women of the American Revolution

Brianna Hall (2013), 32 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction
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There were many great women who played a role in the American revolution. Have you heard about 14 year old Phyllis Wheatley? She was a slave who became the first African-American poet and the first black woman in America to publish her writing. Phyllis wrote poems about freedom even before the war began. Then, there was Deborah Sampson. She cut her hair, changed her name and joined the continental army. There were many successful women spies during the war because officers didn't expect women to do such dangerous work. Elizabeth Burgin helped captured patriots escape from prison ships because the British officers thought she was just bringing food to and visiting the Patriot prisoners. Emily Geiger was sent into enemy territory with a message. She swallowed the paper with the message so she wouldn't be caught. This book begins with a simple explanation of why the war was fought. There are Fast Facts throughout which can be used as interesting facts for reports. A very accessible book for intermediate aged students.
Reviewed by: jb
Date read: 2/25/2013
ISBN-13: 9781429684514
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