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WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant/Animal Tails/Night Creepers/Living Things and Nonliving Things

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CAO CHONG WEIGHS AN ELEPHANT by Songju Ma Daemicke, illustrated by Christina Wald Arbordale Publishing, 2017 ISBN:9781628559040 Ages 6-9 Source: publisher for review All opinions expressed are solely my own.
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How much does an elephant weigh? How do you know? How would you know if you didn’t have a modern scale? Six-year-old Cao Chong, the most famous child prodigy in Chinese history, faced just this problem! Chong watches as the prime minister’s most trusted and learned advisors debate different methods. The principle of buoyancy and a little bit of creative thinking help this boy come up with a solution. REVIEW Based on true events, Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant,  tells the story of six-year-old Cao Chong, who helped a group of Chinese governmental ministers figure out how to weigh an elephant without putting it on a scale.  It's delightful to see a child outsmarting the adults.  This is a fun book to use in STEM lessons on buoyancy and problem solving.  The publisher pr…

PICTURE BOOK REVIEWS: Miguel's Brave Knight/ Polly and Her Duck Costume/Rapunzel/Dangerous Jane

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MIGUEL'S BRAVE KNIGHT Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote Poems by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Raul Colon Peachtree Publishing, 2017 ISBN: 978-1-56145-856-1 Ages 4-8 Source: publisher for review All opinions expressed are solely my own.
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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra finds refuge from his difficult childhood by imagining the adventures of a brave but clumsy knight.

This fictionalized first-person biography in verse of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra follows the early years of the child who grows up to pen Don Quixote, the first modern novel. The son of a gambling, vagabond barber-surgeon, Miguel looks to his own imagination for an escape from his familys troubles and finds comfort in his colorful daydreams. At a time when access to books is limited and imaginative books are considered evil, Miguel is inspired by storytellers and wandering actors who perform during festivals. He longs to tell stories of his own. When Miguel is nineteen, four of his poems ar…

MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN'S BOOK DAY!

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