Reading online and references
PBS kids– Educational games and videos from Curious George, Wild Kratts and other PBS KIDS shows! http://pbskids.org/
Starfall- Free site to teach the basics of reading. Features interactive books and phonics games. http://www.starfall.com/
ABC Mouse- https://www.abcmouse.com/
Enchanted Learning- http://www.enchantedlearning.
My Vocabulary- http://www.myvocabulary.com/
Reading Rockets- http://www.readingrockets.org
Free online audio program (podcast) that promotes and celebrates literacy and great children’s books
Barks and Books – Reading to Pearl, the poodle from the Pasadena Humane Society’s Home Companion Program. This reading enrichment program at the Altadena Library makes reading fun, boosts confidence and encourages respectful, humane treatment for all animals. The Barks & Books program runs the 4th Saturday of each month at 11:00 am. http://www.pasadenahumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=services_barks
Altadena Library- Lego club- http://www.altadenalibrary.
Allendale Library– 1130 S Marengo Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106 (626) 744-7260
Hasting Library– 3325 East Orange Grove Boulevard Pasadena, CA 91107 (626) 744-7262
Linda Vista Branch– 1281 Bryant Street Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 744-7278
Hill Avenue Branch– 55 South Hill Avenue Pasadena, CA 91106 (626) 744-7264
La Pintoresca Branch– 1355 North Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 744-7268
Kids’ Book Reviews
Joseph-Maurice Ravel born March 7, 1875, was a French composer of Impressionist music known for his melodies, orchestral and instrumental textures and effects.
Ravel had his first foreign tours to England and Scotland during 1909 and 1911. He considered becoming an aviator, but during World War I was not allowed to enlist because of his age and weak health. After his mother’s death during 1917 and his fondest relationship collapsing he fell into a “horrible despair,” adding to his ill health.
But in 1928 he had a four month concert tour in North America. In New York he received a standing ovation, unlike any of his premieres in Paris. After returning to France, Ravel composed his most famous and controversial orchestral work Boléro. Years later a Hollywood film titled “Bolero” (1934), used his theme.
During 1932, Ravel suffered a blow to the head in a taxi accident; afterwards he began to experience absentmindedness. He had begun work on music for a film, “Adventures of Don Quixote” (1933), but became unable to compose because he could not write down the musical ideas in his head. During late 1937, Ravel had brain surgery and awoke from the surgery, but soon collapsed into a coma and died shortly afterwards at the age of 62, on December 28, 1937.
-Review by Brandi Armstrong
The Playground Playbook
By Todd Rosenthal
Illustrated by Gene Wisinewski
“Todd does a nice job of explaining the basics of joining and enjoying games. It’s easy to read and the concepts are those I can relate to even as an adult. For example instead of sitting feeling left out, he suggests one gets into the game whether or not you are good. Everyone is not an expert in the beginning.”
– Review by Jill
By Deneen Renae
Illustrated by Lelsie Pinto
“Demanding Dudley” is a cute story with the good lesson of learning manners and respect. However the art style is very similar to that of Disney’s Monsters Inc franchise. If you compare Dudley to Art, a character in Monsters university, their resemblance is uncanny, same eyes, mouth and fur color/ pattern.”
-Review by Jack