by Mary Humpal Bain Illustrated by Lorna Humpal
Juvenile Historical Fiction
This is the story of my childhood during the mid-1950's in South Carolina. It's the story of new friendships, new adventures, ordinary family life, and my introduction to racial prejudice.
All of the people are real, and the stories are as true as I can recall. Since young children tend to exaggerate and embellish stories, to add details, and forget others, I cannot guarantee complete accuracy. Of course, I also had to fill in some of the blanks in my memory, because the events occurred about 60 years before this book was written, and memories fade with the passing of time.
This book does, however, accurately depict conditions and attitudes in South Carolina during the 1950's, and all historical references are correct. Included are several photos from the National Archives.
A glossary will help the reader with unfamiliar words. (Most of the words are translated into Spanish. All the definitions and explanations are in English.)
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Crossword Puzzles for Phonics and Fun is designed to be enjoyed by elementary school children of different ages and reading abilities, or by one child, as the reading skills increase. The puzzles are grouped into four sections, with each group becoming increasingly more challenging. To assist reluctant readers, the words are in tables below the puzzles. More proficient readers may choose to cover the word tables, but it’s still okay to peek once in awhile! Extra blank puzzles make it easier for siblings to share the book. Three sections have six puzzles; one has eight, for a total of 26 puzzles, including a few Find the Word puzzles.
More than 50 short poems, nestled in otherwise blank spaces, provide additional enjoyment for children. Simple illustrations enhance the puzzles and poems.
Most of the puzzles and poems in this book are either in the 5-book Reading Logically series, or in the supplementary reading and activity books (More Great Beginnings, More New Adventures, More Higher Skills). Because they are originally part of a reading program, the puzzles usually concentrate on a particular skill, such as “o” sounds like a short “u,” “OW” Crossword Puzzle, “LE” Crossword, and Homophone Puzzle.
For the Texas families, four pages of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for English Language Arts and Reading list the TEKS that are supported by each section of Crossword Puzzles for Phonics and Fun.
My Favorite Children's Bible!
This is a Scripturally-accurate Bible story book, which is beautifully illustrated, and gives Bible references for every story. We gave one to each of our grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and often use it as part of a baby-shower gift. If there were any concern, it would be that Jesus, as well as the vast majority of the people, are depicted as Europeans, which they definitely were not.
I wish that I could find a feather
Made from soft and silky leather.
I'd use it to spread
Some jam on my bread,
And shield my head in rainy weather.
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This is a compilation of stories and poems from Levels Four and Five of the five-book Reading Logically series. If you already have the Reading Logically series, there is no need to also have this book, since all the stories and poems in this book are contained in the series.
This book is written on a fourth or fifth grade level, and is simply for enjoyment. Since the stories are taken from Reading Logically, which is a phonics-based reading program, many of the stories and poems have concentrated practice of a particular concept. Several of the more difficult words are broken into syllables at the end of the story as an aid and encouragement for the student.
Nicely-detailed illustrations add interest and enjoyment.
The baby is fussing. "Boo hoo, boo hoo!"
She can not pet the baby cat.
Sometimes I feel like fussing too,
But, I'm too big to fuss like that!
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This is a compilation of stories and poems, mainly from Levels Two and Three of the five-book Reading Logically series. There are a few stories and poems from Level One, and five new poems. If you already have the Reading Logically series, there is no need to also have this book, since all the stories, and all but five of the poems in this book, are contained in the series.
This book is written on a second or third grade level, and is simply for enjoyment. Since the stories are taken from Reading Logically, which is a phonics-based reading program, many of the stories and poems have concentrated practice of a particular concept.
Charming illustrations add interest and enjoyment.
Enjoyable Story Books!