Archives for August, 2008
Hello world and all who inhabit it! This is Abbie, and I still can’t believe that out of thousands of entries for the Hands-On Explorer Challenge, mine was one of the lucky few picked!!
I had the most surreal experience in Australia and I’m still soaking it in. I wanted to talk about my favorite experience in the land of Oz.
The Great Barrier Reef: Low Isles are a small group of islands in the Great Barrier Reef that we’re all happy the ocean created. They may be the closest thing to paradise only accessible in your wildest fantasies. We not only got to go on the island, but we got to snorkel the reef! It had rained earlier so the water was a little murky, but the experience was still magical. To top it all off, I even ran into a group of three green sea turtles!!! They are beautiful and majestic, but they can be a little daunting…mostly due to their HUMONGO sizes! One sneaked up on me and almost gave me a heart attack! HAHA!
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Hello to all of you who read our blog! Thank you so much for your comments and feedback. Thanks for all the comments on our amazing adventures.Your questions about our amazing adventure are welcomed… Here is more information on our trip.
We are going to keep adding to the blog and add new pictures too. We did have a fantastic time in Oz! Australia’s time difference from L.A. is about ten hours ahead-also, some of the kids were like me…they live on the eastern U.S., so add another 4 or 5 hours to that! And yes, the plane delays and layovers did make us VERY tired, but it also gave us time to get to know one another. The 13 hour flight was very long, but our flight attendants kept us supplied with food and meals, warm and comfy with pillows and blankets, and everybody had individual TV screens on the seat in front of them to keep entertained. We could watch TV shows, movies, or play games or listen to music. Thank goodness for that!
The videographers from Tourism Australia, Jeff and Chris, were very nice to all of us! Here is a photo of me with them.
It was fun to be in the movies and to watch them! When we went to Taroona Primary they let us into their library, so we all crowded around the few computers to watch the movies!
Throwing the boomerangs was very hard. It was sort of like throwing a baseball, except that you had to lean back, then hurl the boomerang forward, and we only got one try. My mom bought a boomerang while we were there, however, so I’m going to practice throwing it at my school’s football field (before summer ends). I am determined to throw it hard enough to make it come back to me! When the Aboriginal guides did it, it was amazing hearing the *WHOOSH* of the boomerang as it circled you, then dropped. They actually do come back! One even nailed one of the guys filming us for a video. He tried to catch it, but it whacked his equipment instead. It’s harder than it looks.
BOOK NAME: When Irish Guys are Smiling
AUTHOR: Suzanne Suplee
I just finished the book When Irish Guys are Smiling. This book is about a girl named Delk who goes on a “Students across the Seven Seas” (S.A.S.S.) exchange program. She goes away to Ireland with a group of other kids.
Delk is going on this trip because she wants to get away from her problems back at home. Her mother died two years ago, her dad has already married, and Paige (her stepmom) is going to have a baby. Her friends are also overly obsessed with a debutante pageant. Delk doesn’t want to the debutante pageants and she’s been invited to more than 10 parties. She wants to forget about all of this, so she decides to join the S.A.S.S. program.
While she is on the S.A.S.S. program she makes really good friends, and also meets a cute guy who lives at the farm next to the castle that they are living in. Did I mention that she lives in a castle? How cool is that? Anyway, she tries to keep it a secret that her mother is dead. It gets harder, though, when her friends start complaining about their own moms and she has nothing to say. The only person she tell is Pather (her boyfriend there), because his mother also died. They’ve gone through the same kind of thing, so she feels comfortable telling him this.
My favorite part of this book was when Delk’s friend Latreece, goes to a modeling agency for an interview with her aunt, without her parents knowing. Then later in the book her parents find out. Will she leave the S.A.S.S. group in Ireland or will she stay? Either way, I recommend that you read this book to figure it out, and I will be reading other books in this series about girls traveling in different countries.
BOOK NAME: For Boys Only: The Biggest Baddset Book Ever
AUTHOR: Marc Aronson
This book is for boys only because it has stories about sports, how to be a spy, weapons and other cool guy stuff. This book is different because there are a lot of chapters and they are only one page long. I’m reviewing my favorite chapters.
My favorite chapter is Super Cars. My favorite is the Mclaren F1. There are only 64 of them in the world. They cost a million dollars or more! There’s a lot more but I can’t tell you. You have to find out. Super Cars is my favorite. I think you will love it too.
My next chapter is How To Fight A Shark. This is going to be your favorite. You can punch a shark on the gill and on the eye. Or the best place to punch a shark is the nose. I think that is really cool!
This next chapter is neat – Who Would Win the Fantasy War ? Vikings vs. Pirates. Vikings had small fast ships. But pirates had better weapons. Who do you think would win? You have to read the book to find out.
BOOK NAME: For Girls Only
AUTHOR: Laura Dower
For Girls Only is not the normal everyday type book. Something different about this book is that it has two minute chapters that are all about liking braces or teaching you to write poems and how to do cartwheels and more! It is also a JUST for girls book because it talks about girl stuff which is really fun.
I would give it a five out of five. I couldn’t put it down because it was so interesting. One of my favorite chapters was about Dreams and how you can tell what you’re dreaming about. Did you know that if you are dreaming about a door than there are opportunities ahead? Neat isn’t it!
Another chapter that stuck out to me was Palmistry. The book told you which line on your hand is your lifeline and what it meant. It said that since my lifeline was long and curved that I will have a long and healthy life!
I recommend this book to girls who are in need of a break of long books and want a fun book. I also suggest For Boys Only for all boys. If you want a review on the For Boys Only book check out my brother Reed’s review coming soon.
P.S. The day that I got the book and read the part about liking braces was the day before I got some! But here’s the thing, I still don’t like braces.
BOOK NAME: Frindle
AUTHOR: Andrew Clements
This is a story about a boy that thought differently than everybody else. He has good ideas in his head, but doesn’t know where to put them. His name is Nick Allen and this story is about how he changed the world.
Nick always wondered why things were called the words they were. Like, why is a dog called a dog and why is a house called a house. So, Nick decided change the name of thing that everyone uses everyday. He decided to rename the word “pen” to the word “frindle”. He needed help from his friends to make the word popular so everybody would use it. He used his new word in school, at home and when he went to the store. All of his friends did the same thing. Soon, even the clerk at the store knew what frindle meant. When they came into the store and asked for a frindle, she would ask them “Do you want blue ink or black ink?”
Everybody seemed to like his new word, except for his Language Arts teacher, Mrs. Granger. She even punished everyone who used the word by keeping them after school. But he stuck to his plan and even had some fun at Mrs. Granger’s expense.
I really liked this book because it shows how even little kids can change things if they come up with an idea, stick with it and don’t let people tell them what they can’t do.
BOOK NAME: The Day Joanie Frankenhauser Became a Boy
AUTHOR: Francess Lantz
This book is all about being yourself. Joanie is a huge tomboy and moves to a new school. The secretary at the new school typed her name as “John” instead of “Joanie”. So, she decides to roll with it, and live as boy at school and a girl at home because as she sees it boys have it easy. As she goes along she realizes that boys don’t have as easy of a life as she thought they did.
Back at her old school Joanie had a writing assignment and she wrote a super kid story. She liked it so much that she writes a series of stories about her Super Kid. She tries to keep them a secret, but the class bully named Zane gets a hold of them. He uses the ideas from the stories to make up his own League of Super Dudes. But when the Super Dude’s pranks go too far, Joanie has to decide whether to reveal her secret or to keep pretending to be a boy. Check out the book to see how she handles it.
I really liked this book because it has adventure and the story has things that I could relate to. It’s really about finding happiness with who you are and not judging people by what you think they are, but by their actions.
BOOK NAME: The Case of the Perfect Prank: A Jigsaw Jones Mystery
AUTHOR: James Preller
Jigsaw Jones is a kid detective. He is in second grade and he solves mysteries. He has older twin brothers and a friend named Joey who will eat anything, even ants and worms.
There are at least 23 books about Jigsaw and his mysteries. I’ve read two of them. This book is #23. In it, Jigsaw fools his friend Mila with a whoopee cushion, so she wants to get even. So Mila and her friend, Danika, ask Jigsaw to look for Danika’s lost cat. They tell him that the cat was cat-napped, but really Danika doesn’t even have a cat. That’s the perfect prank!
Jigsaw gathers clues at the pet store, from Danika and from his older sister to solve the mystery. I won’t tell you anymore because I don’t want to give it all away. I like the book a lot because the prank is pretty hard to figure out, but Jigsaw is really smart and he finds out what happened. My favorite part of the book is the two last chapters when Jigsaw puts the pieces together. I give this book a four out of five because I’ve never read a book that’s five out of five.
BOOK NAME: The Second Summer of the Sisterhood
AUTHOR: Ann Brashares
I recently just finished the book The Second Summer of the Sisterhood a book that I would call realistic fiction. There are four characters in this book: Tibby, Lena, Brigdet, and Carmen. This book is about the four girls and a special bond that they have together. They found a pair of blue jeans last summer (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Book 1) that mysteriously fit them all, even though all of them are different sizes and have different body shapes.
The four girls have been friends since they were zero, since their moms met in a prenatal yoga class. Over the summer, they pass the pants to each person; the person who has the pants has them for one week. After one girl has the jeans for one week, she gives them to the next girl in line for the “lucky” pants.
I think that the most exciting part of this book was when Kostos comes back from Greece. Kostos has not seen Lena in a year and they have broken up, but then he comes back. Want to know what happens next? You’ll have to read The Second Summer of the Sisterhood yourself! I would definitely recommend this book, because it’s actually like a real girl’s life. It’s about friendship and trust and it is very interesting. I would give this book a four out of five.