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Great Nate is on the case

July 05, 2009

"Nate the Great and the Lost List"

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Claude loses his list and goes to Nate the Great to ask him to find it. Nate was on his vacation, so he didn't want to solve the case -- but he took it on anyway.

First Nate makes a map. Claude drops the map to see where the wind is blowing. This helped Nate to solve the case. How can that be? Read the book to find out.

Reviewed by Nolan, 7

Canyon Charter Elementary

Santa Monica

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"Frog and Toad"

Arnold Lobel

I am going to tell you about the story of spring and the friendship of a frog and a toad. Frog runs up the path to toad's house. He knocks on the front door. Now I told you a little bit about the story. What do I like about the story? It is when Frog rips off the pages of Toad's calendar all the way up to May. Why would he do that? When you read the book you will see that part and understand everything.

Reviewed by Chloe, 7

Coeur d'Alene Avenue School Venice

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"The Tale of Despereaux"

Kate DiCamillo

As soon as Despereaux, a tiny mouse, is able to learn, his brother Furlough tries to teach him to scurry like a mouse. Despereaux doesn't even try. When his sister Merlot teaches him how to nibble on the outside pages on a book, he reads the book.

Now this is bad. Despereaux goes to the Princess Pea's room where the king is playing the guitar. Despereaux sits on the king's foot. Furlough happens to be watching him. He reports to dad, then his dad has to tell it to the Wise Mouse.

What will happen to Despereaux? Read the book to find out.

Reviewed by Matthew, 10

Vena Magnet School

Arleta

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"Officer Buckle and Gloria"

Peggy Rathmann

Officer Buckle knows more safety tips than anyone. But when he gives his safety speeches to kids at school no one listens. One day he gets a little dog named Gloria. Now the children's eyes pop! Gloria is acting out all the safety tips! But Officer Buckle doesn't know Gloria is doing all this stuff. He sees himself on TV on the Ten O'clock News! What will happen next? Read the book to find out.

Reviewed by Hannah, 2nd grade

Helmers Elementary

Valencia

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