Welcome to #NF10for10!
In August 2012, I participated in my first #pb10for10 event, and I loved it. The event is a great way to think about the books we have in our classroom libraries and then to discover those that we would love to have. The event also allows us to view how other people curate book lists, which is really quite entertaining.
So, to help with this process (and just because we love picture books so much), Cathy Mere (Reflect and Refine), Mandy Robek (Enjoy and Embrace Learning) (the original conspirators), and I decided to give #nf10for10 a go.
Ways to participate:
- Write a post with your 10 favourite non-fiction books and link it in the comments below. In the coming days, Cathy has generously offered to create a jog of all the posts.
- Leave a comment with your favourite non-fiction book(s) .
- Stop by Enjoy and Embrace Learning or Reflect and Refine to comment
- Tweet your favourites using the hashtag #nf10for10
Without further ado, let`s get started!
March 20, 2014 is World Storytelling Day. What a great event! We all have loved hearing tales of the wonders of the world spun by master storytellers.
This year the theme is ``Dragon Tales & Monster Stories`` and I couldn`t resist using this theme as a way to curate some non-fiction picture books. So let`s get on our way to exploring the world of dragons and monsters....if you dare!
(Reviews are from Amazon.com unless otherwise indicated)
The mythical dragon is an essential part of many fairy tales and adventures. This mysterious creature breathes fire and flies. This is a great book for kids with different dragon pictures, statues, etc. The photographs are beautiful and it is so interesting to see that our modern world is still full of dragons.
This text comes in ebook format only.
If you have ever wanted to know about the anatomy of a dragon, then this book is for you. From head to toe (or actually from head to tail) it covers facts regarding dragon scales, which are made of keratin and are overlapping so that when old scales fall off, new ones are ready to take their place since if a dragon shed its skin all at once it would have no protection. If you ever wondered why it is hard to sneak up on a dragon, the book explains that the amazing sense of smell that dragon's possess is because of their Jacobson's organs. (Jacobson's organ is an odor-detecting organ in the mouths of some reptiles.) Dragons' tails are flexible and powerful and can be used for surprise attacks. Some little known facts: four-legged dragons have thumbs on their front feet, the feet of some water dragons have turned into fins over the years, and dragons can see both infrared and ultraviolet light. A good way to introduce the study of anatomy, this book treats the mythological dragon with the seriousness of a real-life creature, which adds to the fun of learning all about them.
Reviewer: Lesley Moore Vossen
This lavishly illustrated guide showcases the wide array of fantastic dragons encountered on the world of Krynn. Sindri Suncatcher–wizard’s apprentice–opens up his personal notebooks to share his knowledge of these awe-inspiring creatures, from the life cycle of a kind copper dragon to the best way to counteract a red dragon’s fiery breath.
Do you believe in dragons? Now, for the first time, the long-lost research of renowned nineteenth century dragonologist Dr. Ernest Drake is presented in all its eccentric glory, happily bridging the gap between dragon legend and fact. The meticulous Dr. Drake assigns Latin names to various dragon species, ruminates on why dragons are able to speak, speculates on how they could fly, and explains the true purpose of their notorious hoarding habits.
In his afterword, Dr. Drake reveals that one of the crucial goals of dragonologists is to preserve the magnificent creatures of their study wherever possible - a goal this tongue-in-cheek volume most affectionately achieves.
Through the ages, the dragon has been an important symbol for the Chinese. A time of Golden Dragons is the most auspicious possible. In fascinating text and beautiful paintings, Song Nan and Hao Yu Zhang trace the dragon’s history. Perhaps inspired by giant crocodiles, the image of the dragon affects every aspect of life in China, including the marking of dragon years, the flying of dragon kites, and the eating of dragon cakes at dragon boat races.
Throughout time, myths and stories have been full of fantastical beasts, monsters, and legends, some wondrous and some downright scary. Learn about these creatures from around the world in this eye-popping compendium. From fairies and hobgoblins to mermaids, vampires, sea serpents, yetis, and so much more, this book also includes information on the real-life “monsters” behind the myths. Divided into Creatures of the Air, Creatures of the Land, and Creatures of the Water, this collection is packed with dynamic illustrations, photography, and plenty of information to keep readers hooked.
Do krakens really lurk below the ocean waves? Do griffins command the air above? In a fascinating new discovery sure to rival the ground-breaking DRAGONOLOGY, the intrepid Dr. Ernest Drake turns his inquisitive gaze from dragons to other so-called mythical creatures. For anyone who has ever wondered whether legendary beasts still wander among us, this lush look at an astounding array of creatures offers everything a true believer would want to know.
How do you trick a troll? Do vampires sleep? Why worry about yuan-ti? This lavishly illustrated guide showcases the spooky, unexpected, and always fascinating world of monsters!
The Himalayan yeti and North American Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, are included in this text as are featured sections of reports on the "Wildman" of China and the "Almas" of Asia.
While eyewitness accounts and footprint evidence of these creatures are much like those of the yeti and Bigfoot, the description of a female Almas, named Zana, who purportedly lived among humans in the 19th century, is particularly fascinating. The usual explanations for reports of large, hairy humans are presented.
This is a good, simple overview of an endlessly controversial topic. Millennium Prophecies draws on Edgar Cayce, hidden Bible codes, Nostradamus, astrologers, and the Great Pyramid at Giza, plus two Irish prophets and the Book of Revelations. It opens with an explanation of the different major types of calendars and dating systems that do not coincide with the Christian calendar's millennium. Unlike Daniel Cohen's Prophets of Doom (Millbrook, 1999), this title just presents the prophecies and leaves readers to judge whether or not they will come true. Cohen's tone is more reassuring. A clear glossary, effective index, and small list for further reading complete this tidily packaged view of the possible near future.
Ann G. Brouse, Big Flats Branch Library, NY
This book describes sightings of unidentified water creatures, including the Biblical Leviathan, sea serpents, and the monsters supposedly inhabiting various lakes. Another in the Unsolved Mystery series that will satisfy young reader's curiosity about what is hiding in the depths of the watery unknown.
The epic tale of the great warrior Beowulf has thrilled readers through the ages — and now it is reinvented for a new generation with Gareth Hinds’s masterful illustrations. Grendel’s black blood runs thick as Beowulf defeats the monster and his hideous mother, while somber hues overcast the hero’s final, fatal battle against a raging dragon. Speeches filled with courage and sadness, lightning-paced contests of muscle and will, and funeral boats burning on the fjords are all rendered in glorious and gruesome detail. Told for more than a thousand years, Beowulf’s heroic saga finds a true home in this graphic-novel edition.
A book of poems that take the fear out of nighttime demons. Can Melissa tiptoe past the eight sleeping dragons in her house to reach the Mocha Maple Chocolate Cake or will Ms. Lindy Lean, the fitness dragon, or Fagan, the punk dragon, get there first?
This was my story to my children. For years, I would read this story to my kids at Valentine`s day and then present them with a Mocha Maple Chocolate Cake. Today, they do they reading and the baking....now that`s a story.
Mocha Maple Chocolate Cake
Combine and set over simmering water 4oz unsweetened chocolate.
Blend water when chocolate is melted.
Add 1/2 cup of sugar.
Set aside to cool.
Cream until softened 1/2 cup butter and 2 tsp vanilla extract
Add gradually 1 1/4 cups of sugar; beat till fluffy.
Add in thirds; beating well after each 4 beaten eggs.
Mix in cooled chocolate mixture.
Measure 2/3 cup milk; beating only until smooth; alternating milk and dry ingredients.
2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not over bake. Cool. Cut cake in half horizontally to form two layers.
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 sqr unsweetened chocolate
3tbs instant coffee
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
In a medium saucepan, combine 1/2 cup sugar with flour and instant coffee. Gradually stir in milk until smooth. Add chocolate. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and chocolate completely melts. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature. In a small mixer bowl cream butter 1/2 cup of sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add cooled chocolate mixture; blend at low speed until combined.
The icing....Chocolate Maple Butter cream Frosting
1/3 cup butter
4 cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
dash of salt
4 tbsp milk
3-4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
8 tbsp maple syrup
Cream butter. Add remaining ingredients
Assemble cake layers with mocha filling and Chocolate Maple Butter cream frosting.