Shipwrecked! R.

Pedersen, Frank. Shipwrecked! R. 2000.

A young sailor, William Wainwright, is shipwrecked and cast up on a desert isle in the Indian Ocean in this very brief take on Robinson Crusoe. William must solve the problems of how to get the basics for living—shelter, food, water, and fire—using only what he is able to find on his island (coconuts, leaves, rocks, and bits of shipwreck).  Kids like imagining how to build

TAGS: fiction, historical fiction, building, engineering, technology, sailors, ships

Tents. J.

Rollis, Charlemae. Tents. J. 1976.

Tents (Scott Foresman Reading Systems Level 3, Book B)

Like the other books in the odd-covered UNICEF English-language education series, this book is a combination of a short story and a brief nonfiction section. In this case, the short story is  one about two boys named Dan and Carl and their desire to sleep outside in their very own tent—even the rain can’t keep them from enjoying it.  The nonfiction section has instruction on how to make your own tent, whether you make it outside between some trees, off the edge of a porch, or indoors.  The book also has short built-in multiple-choice comprehension questions.

TAGS: J, fiction, chapter, camping, outdoors, tents, crafts, friendship, perseverance

Adventures of the Robber Pig. M.

Mahy, Margaret. Adventures of the Robber Pig. M. 2000.

The robber pig wants to drink the king’s bottle of milk, but hiding in the swamp might not be the best idea. Will he get away with it before trouble finds him? Then, the robber pig wants to steal Mrs. Lockett’s pies, but will her bumbling foil his plan? Finally, can the robber pig find true love and give up his thieving ways?

TAGS: funny, humorous details, fiction, chapter, moral lesson, stealing, fantasy, m

Finding the Titanic. Q.

Ballard, Robert D. Finding the Titanic. Q. 1993.

A more complex book about the Titanic than others. The book alternates between a historical narrative following one twelve-year-old girl exploring and then escaping the ship and a discovery narrative closely following the archaeological team. Kids who are interested probably have outside knowledge from more recent books. Illustrated with detailed paintings as well as period photographs and photographs of the archaeological process. Chapters are 6-10 pages long.

TAGS: Nonfiction, chapter, ships, titanic, history, transportation, shipwrecks, disasters, archaeology, movie, q

The Titanic: Lost… and Found. N.

Donnelly, Judy. The Titanic: Lost… and Found. N. 1987.

This is a nonfiction book about the size and details of the Titanic, the shipwreck, and, finally, the discovery of the wreck 75 years later.  The story of the wreck is a narrative but does not follow any one person in particular.  Kids who are interested probably have outside knowledge from more recent books.  With illustrations in marker. Chapters are 10-15 pages long.

TAGS: Nonfiction, chapter, ships, titanic, history, transportation, shipwrecks, disasters, archaeology, movie, n

Henry & Mudge and the Wild Wind. J.

Rylant, Cynthia and Sucie Stevenson. Henry & Mudge and the Wild Wind. J. 1993.

Henry and his dog Mudge confront their fears of thunderstorms with help from hot cocoa and his father’s invented game of “crawl-through-enemy-lines.” Chapters are 10-15 pages long.

TAGS: Fiction, chapter, henry and mudge, fears, storms, weather, imagination, crafts, j

Buster Makes the Grade. M.

Brown, Marc. Buster Makes the Grade. M. 1999.

This Arthur book is actually about Buster.  Buster needs to get at least a B on his last math test of the year, or else he’ll have to repeat third grade! Can his friends help him get good study habits?

TAGS: Fiction, chapter, Arthur, school, math, testing, fears, study habits, m