Archive for March, 2012

The Doll Shop Downstairs

These are my dolls, Jesse, (left) and Kit, (right) "reading" the two books in the series. So cute!

“ ‘If you and Mama can’t fix dolls, what will happen to the shop? And what will happen to us?’ asked Sophie. Those are the same questions I want to ask, but I’m afraid to hear the answers.’’

If you are interested in dolls or World War 1, then this is the book for you. The Doll Shop Downstairs by Yona Zeldis McDonough is the story of 9-year-old Anna, whose parents own a doll repair shop. But when the war breaks out, Anna’s parents cannot order the doll parts from Germany, so Anna finds a way to help her family and the doll repair shop stay in business.

The character I most like and identify with is Sophie. She is the oldest in the Breittlemann family, and I am the oldest in mine. Sophie can get pretty bossy at times, and so can I. It has just the right amount of love and affection and is based on a true story, which makes it even better. The reading level is 7 and up, though once again I will say that this book is great for all ages.  There is only one other book (so far) in this series, which is, The Cats in the Doll Shop.  This is my 2nd favorite book series that I’ve read this year so if you want to know my 1st favorite, stay tuned for my next buzz!


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The Clementine Series

Have any of you ever wished your parents had named you something else? Clementine is an unusual name for an unusual girl. Clementine, by Sara Pennypacker is a book about Clementine, a 9-year-old who lives in New York. She has a mom and a dad and a little brother. It’s hard to remember Clementine’s little brother’s real name because when Clementine was old enough to understand what her name really was, she thought it wasn’t fair how she had a fruit name and her little brother had a normal name. So, she thought it would it would be fair if she called her little brother vegetable names, so zucchini, spinach, and so on, though her parents disapproved.

Though this book is a little below my reading level, every time a new book is released, I come back to read it because I love how Clementine is so funny and when I am reading the book I find myself laughing out loud at what Clementine has to say. One character I think is a little snooty is Margaret, Clementine’s girly-girl best friend. The problem with Margaret is that Clementine is a tomboy, and you know how tomboys and girly-girls don’t mix.  One of my favorite scenes in the book is the Great Pigeon War, when Clementine’s dad, who is the manager of their apartment building, has to scare all the pigeons off the front of the building, and Clementine helps.

This series would be best for girls ages 7-10, but my mom is 34 and she has read the Clementine books and she laughs out loud, just like me. Personally, my favorite book is the first one, Clementine.

Books in this series:  Clementine

                                        The Talented Clementine

                                        Clementine’s Letter

                                        Clementine and the Family Meeting

                                        Clementine, Friend of the Week