"Irving is a master at creating book-centered activities for the library and the classroom. This latest work offers a variety of themed activities for grades 2-6 that can be built into the reading program." - Teacher Librarian
"A sequel to Stories Never Ending (2004), this volume follows the same pattern of offering fiction, nonfiction, activities, creative crafts, drama, games, and puzzles related to 10 different themes, for example, Welcome to the Middle Ages and A Glimpse of Tropical Rainforests. A nice feature is the way each chapter has separate sections for programs in school libraries and public libraries, reflecting the fact that programming needs might be different….[t]he ideas are so interesting that it's a pleasure to read through the book, and the programs may encourage children to read beyond their levels. Every library serving children should own and use this invaluable resource." - Booklist/Professional Reading
A companion to Stories NeverEnding (Libraries Unlimited, 2004), this title is divided into 10 thematic chapters that offer programming ideas for children in grades two to six. Each chapter includes an introduction to the subject, a list of related titles, a program for school use, and one for public library use. While this book holds many creative ideas, its inconsistent organization and hazy focus leave much to be desired. The portion of each chapter dedicated to school programming, for example, is sometimes presented as a cohesive unit and other times as a jumping-off point or collection of ideas. The themes of the chapters themselves are scattered, bouncing from the Middle Ages to manners to biographies of children's book authors and illustrators. And, while Web sites are mentioned in a few isolated spots, there are no online resources listed in the chapter bibliographies. In attempting to reach both school and public libraries with a torrent of ideas and topics, this book has not fully delivered to either.-Jill Heritage Maza, Conn Elementary, Raleigh, NC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.