Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Library Will Always Be Open...

Dearest Good Readers...

I've come to the sad conclusion that it's time to focus my time and efforts on areas which will move my dreams and aspirations forward.

Though I've enjoyed introducing new books to you, and offing ideas on how to make those books more fun, I simply no longer have the time needed to put up new weekly post.

So, with that said, The Castle Library will always remain open, but I will no longer be adding fresh books, nor will I accept any more books for review.

Please feel free to check over past book post and I hope you continue to take advantage to the books which have been featured.

Thank you for stopping by.
If you have time, check out my other blogs and leave a comment if you stop in.

Happy Reading and may you continue to enjoy adventures in the pages of a story.

The Queen
aka: Jackie Castle.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Horse Raid: The Making of a Warrior by Paul Goble

Good Day Reader Friends,
The Queen here with an interesting tale of bravery and courage. Paul Goble's Horse Raid: The Making of a Warrior is an engaging story of a young brave's wish to prove himself to his family and community. Despite the story being historical in setting, I believe children of today can relate to Lone Bull's desire to be taken seriously.

Hope you enjoy it.


Author: Paul Goble
Illustrator: Joseph Bruchac

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Wisdom Tales (June 1, 2014)
Reading level: 6 - 9 years Grade Level: 2 - 4
Book Info: Hardcover: 44 pages
Genre: Realistic fiction
ISBN: 978-1937786250

Book Theme:
coming of age, Native Americans, bravery, courage

Book Summary
For the tribes of the American plains in the Buffalo Days of the pre-reservation life, horse raiding was a chance for men to show their courage and bravery in battle. “No man can help another to be brave,” says grandfather to fourteen-year-old Lone Bull, “but through brave deeds you may become a leader one day.” Lone Bull wanted to be a warrior and he knew he could be victorious in a horse raid if only given the chance! But when Lone Bull’s father refuses to let his son and his best friend join the raid, what do the young boys do? They set off to follow the group with the help of grandfather! Will it all end in disaster?
Master storyteller Paul Goble brings to life this exciting and timeless coming-of-age story of Lone Bull, a young Lakota boy eager to join the warriors on a horse raid against the Crow. This newly-revised edition features digitally enhanced artwork, completely revised text, a brand new layout, and a fascinating “Foreword” from world-famous storyteller Joseph Bruchac.

Activity Adventures:
Places to find lesson resources

Recommendations and Sources for Native Children's Books

Native American Indians Theme Activities, Lessons, Printables, and Teaching Ideas


Authors Arena

Author: Paul Goble
Paul Goble is an award winning author and illustrator of children's books. He has won both the Caldecott Medal and The Library of Congress' Children's Book of the Year Award. To date, Mr. Goble has illustrated over 30 books. He has given his entire collection of original illustrations to the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, South Dakota.

Goble, a native of England, studied at the Central School of Art in London. He has lived in the United States since 1977 and became a citizen in 1984. Goble's life-long fascination with Native Americans of the plains began during his childhood when he became intrigued with their spirituality and culture. His illustrations accurately depict Native American clothing, customs and surroundings in brilliant color and detail. Goble researches ancient stories and retells them for his young audiences in a manner sympathetic to Native American ways. Goble lives with his wife in Rapid City, SD.

Illustrator: Joseph Bruchac
 For over thirty years Joseph Bruchac has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies and music that reflect his Abenaki Indian heritage and Native American traditions.

   He is the author of more than 120 books for children and adults. The best selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children and others of his “Keepers” series, with its remarkable integration of science and folklore, continue to receive critical acclaim and to be used in classrooms throughout the country. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Noodles and Albie by Eric Bennet

Hello Dear Reader Friends,
The Queen here with a new book feature for your reading pleasure.
Noodles and Albie is a fun, adventure story about friendship. The artwork is beautifully done and provides much to look at. And the story is both touching and meaningful.

Please check it out.
Happy Reading,
The Queen


Author: Eric Bennett
Illustrator: Liz Bannish

 Amazon link for this book
Amazon Link to this book
Book Information:
Publisher and date: Small Batch Books (November 4, 2014)
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Book Info: 32 pages (hardback and e-book)
Genre: fiction picture book

Book Theme:
Penguins, friendship, the sea, adventure

Book Summary
Noodles and Albie
- By Eric S Bennett
 Illustrations by Liz Bannish. A penguin tale of friendship and coming of age. It's the story of a young penguin named Noodles on his first (very memorable) adventure at sea in the mysterious Southern Ocean. When his fun takes a turn and Noodles discovers he is lost, he tries to find his way home before darkness sets in, meeting an interesting cast of characters along the way. Noodles has nearly given up when he meets a friendly fish named Albie who knows the sea "like the back of my fin." They begin the journey together. But will they make it home to the penguin colony before dark? This charming and imaginative story is set against a backdrop of beautifully intricate watercolor illustrations that help bring the story to life.

Activity Adventures:

Find several lesson ideas and coloring pages here
Here’s a large, 5 day thematic unit on Penguins

Writing Prompts:
Pick a character from the story and put them in their own story. Who is your favorite? If you could be a sea animal, what would you be? Write about it.

Discussion Questions:
Read the story behind the making of this book. Talk about what prompted Mr. Bennet to bring his story to the world.
Sometimes we have stories lurking inside us. What fears or worries keep us from sharing them with others? What are ways to overcome those fears and let you talents shine?

Authors Arena

Author: Eric Bennett
Growing up in Queens, New York, Eric Bennett's passion for penguins began
as a kid. Shortly after graduating Queens College he opened the world's first all-penguin shop, and eventually his penguins found a home at his online igloo at Eric presently lives in Northampton, Mass, with his daughters and a few hundred penguins.

Illustrator: Liz Bannish
Liz Bannish was raised in land-locked West Springfield, Massachusetts. She received her BFA from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and currently lives in Northampton. Bannish spends her time making art, exploring strange new worlds, and thinking about her favorite sea creatures. See more of her work at