Interest Level: K-3; Reading Level: 3.5
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Do you hear music everywhere you go? Do you hear it in everyday chores and activities? Elizabeth Cotten did! She heard it in the water she brought to her mother, in the ax she used to chop wood, and in the freight trains that passed by. She loved music so much that one day she snuck into her brothers room when he was at work to play his guitar. The only problem was that her brother, Claude, was right-handed and Libba was left-handed. This sure didn't stop Libba! She just flipped the guitar upside down and played it backwards. When Claude moved out to get a job, Libba had to work extra chores to earn enough money to buy a guitar of her own. By the age of eleven, Libba had written her first song, Freight Train. However, life went on and Libba grew older and had quit playing the guitar, that is until she got a job as the Seeger's housekeeper. Read this beautifully illustrated and written book to find out what happened to Libba and how she became one of the most well-known folk singers.
This book is beyond amazing! The story is written in such an incredibly easy way to read and the illustrations are just gorgeous. I have never heard of Elizabeth Cotten until I read this book, but now I am a big fan! Do not miss reading this book!!
Interest Level: 5-8; Reading Level: 4.8
5 out of 5 stars!!!!!
What if you lived a happy life in Connecticut with your family and you were the top of your class at your dance studio, winning all kinds of awards? What if you found out that your dad got transferred to Florida and the closest dance studio was DanceStarz, a highly competitive dance studio? Will you fit in and be accepted by your new teammates? Well, this is exactly what happens to Harper McCoy. She is used to being the "top dog" at her dance studio in Connecticut, but when she makes the competitive dance team at DanceStarz her new teammates are not so willing to take her in. Harper learns to rely on her family and her new friend, Lily, who is also new to the team. It takes a while for this group of three girls, the Bunheads, to accept their new teammates, but they learn that they have to work together if they want to beat their rivals and former friends, Energii. All of the girls learn about friendship, deception, trust, and teamwork.
I am not a dancer and have never been associated with anything dance related so I was wary about reading this book, I just didn't think I could relate to it. Oh boy, was I wrong! This book is so much more than dance! The trials these girls go through and the friendships that they forge make this book one that I could not put down. This book got 5 out of 5 stars from me and I so hope there is a book two to continue the DanceStarz story.
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.
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