Archive for November 7, 2012

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy

Written and Illustrated by Nathan Hale

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Scheherazade meets American History. Nathan Hale, the spy is able to put off his execution, whetting his interlocutors’ interest with the promise of more tales to come.  

“Are you a ghost?” the hangman asks him.

“Did you hang me yet?”


Although the title of the book is One Dead Spy, this story does not end with the death of the spy. He lives to tell another tale, and we readers look forward to more books in the series.
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A Day at the Fair

By Judyann Grant

Photos by Janice Boland

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A Day at the Fair is a short picture book with text that is easy for a second grader to read alone. The pictures are excellent examples of activities at a local county fair and give  readers a focal point for comprehending the text.
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Sarah Gives Thanks

By Mike Allegra
Illustrated by David Gardner

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Today we take Thanksgiving for granted. However, this day of thanks might never have become a national holiday if it wasn’t for a determined woman named Sarah Josepha Hale. This book tells her story and provides second-grade readers with a fascinating glimpse into her life and work.
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