Kidsmomo Podcast #42: “I Have a Dream”

February 22nd, 2011 by

From the Underground Railroad to the Great Depression to the civil rights movement of the 1960s — we’re traveling through time in our latest podcast, in honor of Black History Month. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Kidsmomo podcast without a couple detours along the way too…

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  • “That’s my name, don’t wear it out!” — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our Black History Month picks (One Crazy Summer and Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman)
  • A review from YOU (Fiery Vision: The Life and Death of John Brown)
  • A Groundhog Day report (yes, you read that right)

Also, don‘t forget: our new theme is books told from multiple points of view! So send us a review of your favorite book told from alternating perspectives our picks for books with One Story, Multiple Narrators.

— Karen and Nancy

Houdini: Master of Illusion by Clinton Cox

December 1st, 2009 by

houdini-by-clinton-coxReviewed by: Kathy, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

My book about Houdini was fantastic, but what;s sad is that he was poor in his childhood and has to work to help his family live. But, he had fun working with his brother Theo on magic tricks. One of the tricks he did was very cool and how he did it was fantastic. If you wnat to know how he did his tricks, just read this book. I think it was cool how Houdini got married twice to the same girl. But I’m not telling who.

Did you know that he was a master at unlocking locks? One example of this is when the officers of the town came with a new lock. They wanted Houdini to try to get out. When Houdini got in, he immediately tried to unlock the lock. But it wouldn’t budge. Hours passed, but it still wouldn’t budge. Houdini got frusterated and just pushed on the door and it opened. So really it was just the lock in his own mind. So I think the biography about Houdini is amazing. I think you should read this book.

Fiery Vision: The Life and Death of John Brown by Clinton Cox

December 1st, 2009 by

life-and-death-of-john-brownReviewed by: Rori, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

Wow, this book had such an interesting setting! The setting was in the early 1800’s. It is a time when slavery divided the Union in the North from the Confederacy in the South. This is the time the John Brown lived in.
There were also three major people that John Brown cared about in his life. The most important person was Dianthe Brown. She was his first wife. She died after giving birth to her seventh child. The second person that was important to John was Frederick Douglas. The last person was Harriet Tubman, a black woman who helped slaves escape through the underground railroad.
John Brown had three children that lived. Their names were Hannah, Sarah, and Owen. John also had a second wife named Ann Brown. In the end, John Brown was executed for his belief in ending slavery. I hope you love this book!


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