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Hello, I'm Johnny Cash

G. Neri (2014), 40 pages
Illustrated by A.G. Ford
Audience: 1st Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Biography, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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Dive into the life of J.R., 'a name that stood for nothing, and nothing was all he had,' the Arkansas boy who would grow up to be Johnny Cash. This illustrated biography features beautiful, full-page illustrations accompanied by a free-verse poem titled by one of Johnny Cash's own hits. With an in-depth look at his boyhood, a grazing of his time in the army and his first marriage, and just barely walking the line of his astronomical career, this biography touches the finer points of Cash's life that may otherwise lay forgotten. Don't dismay, the latter part of Cash's career, along with a list of historical events that took place during his life, a discography, and a bibliography, round out the information in the back index, creating a fully fleshed picture of Cash's life.
Reviewed by: BIS
Date read: 2/6/2015
ISBN-10: 0763662453
ISBN-13: 9780763662455
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Hey, Charleston! The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band

Anne Rockwell (2015), 32 pages
Illustrated by Colin Bootman
Audience: 1st Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction, Picture Books
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Reverend Daniel Joseph Jenkins always tried to turn bad things into good. So when he found some children cold and starving by the train tracks one night, he opened an orphanage. Charleston, South Carolina had lots of former slaves and children of former slaves; more orphans turned up every day. Reverend Jenkins wanted to make the boys self-sufficient; a farm would feed them and teach them useful skills. He formed a band to play in town and raise money for seeds and tools. People donated old instruments used during the Civil War, and the boys started to play. Their music sounded very different from the marches and folk songs the army bands had played. Their raggedy, rattily sound was sometimes called Geechee, or Gullah style; Africans brought their music to our country and they called it 'rag.' 'Give us some rag!' They also gave Americans a new way to dance; we call it 'The Charleston.' This is a great piece of history, well told and illustrated.
Reviewed by: donna
Date read: 3/2/2015
ISBN-13: 9780761355656
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Hidden Life of a Toad

Doug Wechsler (2017), 0 pages
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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How does a tiny tadpole turn into a toad? This book goes through a toad's life cycle from fertilized eggs at day 1 to day 70, when the tiny toadlet hops out in the world. The cycle then begins again with a female toad laying eggs. Illustrated with many close-up photos, this is a fascinating look at these creatures.
Reviewed by: msp
Date read: 12/7/2017
ISBN-13: 9781580897389
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High-Rise Workers

Tony Hyland (2007), 32 pages
Audience: 3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Category: Nonfiction
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What is it like to be a construction worker on a very tall building? Read this book to find out!
Similar authors: Anders Hanson
Reviewed by: Rosario
Date read: 1/16/2017
ISBN-10: 1583407421
ISBN-13: 9781583407424
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Hitler Youth: Marching Toward Madness

Alexa Dvorson (1999), 64 pages
Audience: 7th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Historical, Nonfiction
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This is part of a series of books written especially for teens. It provides the teen reader with documented evidence of what it was like to grow up in Hitler's Germany. How many young teens were spellbound by Hitler's dreams and promises for the 'New Germany' is also described. The young teens that made up 'The Hitler Youth,' soon found out that they were part of Hitler's mad desire to create a super race which was meant to rule the world. As history tells us, this obsession led to disaster for Germany and Hitler's betrayal of a nation.
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/2/2014
ISBN-10: 0823928470
ISBN-13: 9780823928477
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