Seven and a Half Tons of Steel

Seven and a Half Tons of Steel
by Janet Nolan (Author) and Thomas Gonzalez (Illustrator)

Booktalk: There is a ship, a navy ship. It is called the USS New York. It is big like other navy ships, and it sails like other navy ships, but there is something special about the USS New York. Following the events of September 11, 2001, the governor of New York gave the Navy a steel beam that was once inside one of the World Trade Towers. The beam was driven from New York to a foundry in Louisiana. Metal workers heated the beam to a high, high temperature. Chippers and grinders, painters and polishers worked on the beam for months. And then, seven and a half tons of steel, which had once been a beam in the World Trade Center, became a navy ship’s bow.

Out in the ocean, a storm started to swirl.
Wind twisted. Water churned.

Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans.
Levees broke, homes flooded, and
businesses were swept away.

Many shipbuilders lost their homes.

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Copyright © 2016 Anastasia Suen All Rights Reserved.

National Geographic Kids Everything Sports

National Geographic Kids Everything Sports: All the Photos, Facts, and Fun to Make You Jump! by Eric Zweig (Author)

Booktalk: Become an expert on sports for the 2016 Olympics! From archery to zip lining this book covers EVERYTHING about the world’s favorite team and individual sports. Dive into the history, rules and regs, training, and practice for baseball, basketball, football, soccer, tennis, fencing, curling, table tennis, and more!

Snippet: Many Olympic sports are popular around the world at all times, but some sports only get attention during Olympic years. Summer sports such as team handball, archery, and rowing, and winter events such as biathlon, don’t generate much interest. When adding new sports to the Olympics, the IOC looks for something with worldwide popularity. Over the years, sports such as croquet, polo, and tug-of-war have been part of the Olympics. Baseball, lacrosse, and cricket have come and gone from the summer Olympics over the years.

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Nadia ~ the girl who couldn’t sit still

NadiaThis is a perfect book for the season, especially if you have a gymnastics-crazy kid who cartwheels down the hall.

Nadia ~ The girl who couldn’t sit still

by Karlin Gray; illus. by Christine Davenier

40 pages; ages 6-9

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016

Nadia Comaneci loved soccer, swimming, and climbing trees in the forests beyond her village of Onesti, Romania. “She didn’t just climb the trees,” writes Karlin Gray, “she swung from branch to branch until her family would call her home.”

To find an outlet for all that energy, Nadia’s mom signed her up for gymnastics classes. It would be great to just say …”and the rest is history…” but that would ignore the years of hard work and learning that Nadia put into developing her skills on the bars and beam. It would ignore the falls and failures.

When she fell, Nadia picked herself up and brushed herself off and practiced some more until she perfected each move. Until she got first place in national competitions. Until she reached the Olympics in Montreal (1976). She whipped around the bars, balanced, flipped, and won the highest score ever – a perfect 10.

At the end of the competitions, Nadia took home five medals (three gold). Back home she did just what you’d expect a girl who couldn’t sit still to do: keep on practicing.

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Choose Your Own Career Adventure at the Olympics

Choose Your Own Career Adventure at the Olympics
by K. C. Kelley (Author)

Booktalk: What do people do at the Olympics? Readers pick from eight different scenarios and experience “next best thing to being there yourself” opportunities for interactive career exploration. Sidebars promote additional learning activities and independent research.

Snippet: The Olympic Games are the biggest sports events in the world! Big events need lots of people to run them. The athletes may get all of the glory, but thousands of professionals work for years to make those golden moments happen too.

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Time for Kids Awesome America

At Wrapped in Foil blog we are featuring Awesome America: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the History, People, and Culture (Time for Kids) by Katy Steinmetz, a “timely” book that would be perfect for kids who want to know whether the state capital of Nevada is Las Vegas or Carson City.



At 208 pages it is a hefty tome, but Awesome America is not a dry or like a textbook. Instead it is a colorful overview highlighting important events and people that have shaped the United States. In addition to discussions of the presidents and states, it is organized into chapters that cover topics such as “Our Government,” “Civil Rights,” “Great Americans,” and “America’s Role in the World.” The final chapter contains a timeline revealing the main events of 400 years of history.

Awesome America is a veritable treasure trove of information. It would be a useful addition to any reference library, especially as a resource for school reports. Pick up a copy and see what it inspires today!