KIDS’ BOOK REVIEWS
“Benjamin Franklin: Young Printer” (Childhoods of Famous Americans)
This is a great book about Benjamin Franklin. He does many things in his life, including inventing and sailing. One of my favorite parts is when a bad sailor tries to trick the young boy Ben into slavery. His father comes to Ben’s rescue. When Franklin was little, he wanted to invent new things. When he was only 10, he created paddles for swimming.
Reviewed by Christian, 5th grade
Hugo Reid Elementary, Arcadia
“And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?”
This is the story about Paul Revere warning the American colonists that the redcoats were coming. It is also about dressing up like Indians and dumping tea in Boston Harbor.
I like this story because it tells you about what was going on back then.
Reviewed by Kaitlyn
Lincoln Elementary, La Crescenta
“A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence: Gonzales, Texas, 1836” (Dear America Series)
What would you do if you heard thunderous cannon booms near your home? Lucinda Lawrence, also known as Cinda, and her family decide to move to a different place when warned that Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and his soldiers are coming to Gonzales to claim Texas as Mexican territory. If you want to know how this turns out, read this book!
Reviewed by Carina, 11
Centralia Elementary, Anaheim
“The Lemonade War”
A brother and sister compete while selling lemonade. Whoever makes $100 in five days takes all the money the siblings make.
They play pranks on each other. Find out who wins by reading the book.
I recommend this book because I learned tips on how to run a lemonade stand, and I felt really involved.
Reviewed by Behar, 8
Lanai Road Elementary, Encino
“Island of the Blue Dolphins”
A girl named Karan is left behind on a desert island when her tribe has to leave suddenly. She and her brother Ramo survive by themselves. She goes against her tribe’s taboo by using tools to hunt and fish. Many years pass, and she keeps waiting for a boat to rescue them. She never gives up hope.
This great book deserves four stars because it teaches kids how to survive.
Reviewed by Cindy, 5th grade
Vena Magnet, Arleta