Archive for the ‘Books about Animals’ Category

War Horse

While we’re in war zone, let’s time travel back to World War I. This post is about a book called War Horse, by Micheal Morpurgo.

Joey is just an ordinary horse working on a farm with his best friend, Albert. (Albert is a human) But when Joey goes to war, Albert doesn’t get to go with him! Will they ever see each other again?

joey and albert

My favorite part of the book is when Joey and his horse friend, Topthorn get a break from the war and go to live with a little girl named Emily and her grandfather. A sweet friendship develops and they become fast friends. There is a bit of gore in this book, and if you aren’t interested in World War I,  you might not like this book. But other than that, I think you will! War Horse is fairly advanced reading, so I’d recommend it for girls (or boys) 10 and up. Once you finish the book, there is also a movie out based on the book, but your parents might not let you watch it because it’s PG-13. I hope you enjoy reading this book!

war horse

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The Magic Tree House Series

The wind started to blow. The tree house started to spin. It spun faster and faster. Then everything was still. Absolutely still.

These are the words that begin each adventure for Jack and Annie in the Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne.  In this series (47 books and counting!) a brother and sister find a magic tree house in the woods. The tree house whisks them back to different time periods and Jack and Annie have to go on missions to help people, save an animal in distress, or break a spell.  In the books, Jack is the bookworm and I think that if I were one of the characters in the books I would be Jack because I’m the bookworm of my family too. I have read all the books written so far, and my favorite is Dolphins at Daybreak, which is #9 in the series. The reason that’s my favorite book in the series is because my favorite animal is the dolphin, (I think I might’ve mentioned that in my post about Dolphin Tale) and when Jack and Annie are in distress themselves, dolphins come and give the pair a ride to shore!

The reading level is best suited for ages 6-10, though my brother started reading the series when he was 5, and he caught up to me in only 4 months! He is eagerly awaiting the next title in the series, which will be released in July, called A Perfect Time for Pandas, because he is obsessed with pandas. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the genre of the series. The books don’t exactly fit into one genre, it’s historical fiction, adventure, and a hint of fantasy. The following is a list of the books currently published, and I think there is something here for everyone.

  1. Dinosaurs Before Dark
  2. The Knight at Dawn
  3. Mummies in the Morning
  4. Pirates Past Noon
  5. Night of the Ninjas
  6. Afternoon on the Amazon
  7. Sunset of the Sabertooth
  8. Midnight on the Moon
  9. Dolphins at Daybreak
  10. Ghost Town at Sundown
  11. Lions at Lunchtime
  12. Polar Bears Past Bedtime
  13. Vacation Under the Volcanoe
  14. Day of the Dragon King
  15. Viking Ships at Sunrise
  16. Hour of the Olympics
  17. Tonight on the Titanic
  18. Buffalo Before Breakfast
  19. Tigers at Twilight
  20. Dingoes at Dinnertime
  21. Civil War on Time
  22. Revolutionary War on Wednesday
  23. Twister on Tuesday
  24. Earthquake in the Early Morning
  25.  Stage Fright on a Summer Night
  26. Good Morning, Gorillas
  27. Thanksgiving on Thursday
  28. High Tide in Hawaii

Merlin Missions

29. Christmas in Camelot

30. Haunted Castle on Hollows Eve

31. Summer of the Sea Serpent

32.Winter of the Ice Wizard

33. Carnival at Candlelight

34. Season of the Sandstorms

35. Night of the New Magicians

36. Blizzard of the Blue Moon

37. Dragon of the Red Dawn

38. Monday with the Mad Genius

39. Dark Day in the Deep Sea

40. Eve of the Emperor Penguin

41. Moonlight of the Magic Flute

42. A Good Night for Ghosts

43. Leprechaun in Late Winter

44. Ghost Tale for Christmas Time

45. A Crazy Day with Cobras

46. Dogs at the Dead of Night

47. Abe Lincoln at Last!

Dolphin Tale

Dolphin Tale is the heart-warming, true story of Winter, a dolphin who gets caught in a crab trap and is rescued by the Clearwater Marine Hospital.  The team finds so much dead tissue in her caught tail that it has to be amputated. When I read the book, I wanted to cry and laugh at the same time! I think that any of you who make an attempt to read it will love it no matter what age you are, but it’s probably a good reading level for 2nd to 4th graders.

I especially love this book because dolphins are my favorite animal, and I love true stories that I know actually happened. I would also recommend it for girls or boys who maybe their life is a total failure and need some cheering up by Winter like Sawyer did when he failed all his classes and had to go to summer school.

There is also a really great movie that’s out on DVD now and after you read the book, you can watch the movie. (If you hate reading books, don’t you dare watch the movie before you read the book!)

Be sure to check out Seewinter.com to see the real Winter in action.