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Kidsday reviews: 'A Perfect Time for Pandas'

I read "A Perfect Time for Pandas" by Mary Pope Osborne (Random House) because I really enjoy the Magic Tree House series. I wasn't disappointed.

Like all the Magic Tree House books, it follows the adventures of Jack and Annie as they travel through time. Jack and Annie are whisked away to China, landing next to a panda reserve.

The story is very exciting because they rush around trying to find their friend Merlin's beloved penguin, Penny. Of course, every Magic Tree House book teaches you about a famous historical event. This one happens to be about a famous earthquake. The book was very suspenseful because you didn't know if Jack and Annie were going to be able to rescue Penny, help pandas or survive the historic earthquake.

'Lincoln's last Days'

I just finished reading "Lincoln's Last Days" by Bill O'Reilly (Henry Holt and Co). This book is the kid's version of the adult bestselling novel "Killing Lincoln."

The book tells the story of the events leading to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the chase for his killer. If you are a history lover, this is a perfect book for you. The book also has great illustrations.

It starts at the end of the Civil War with the Union army defeating Gen. Robert E. Lee at Petersburg, Va. in April 1865. Lee and his army retreated from both Petersburg and the Confederate capital of Richmond; within a week, on April 9, Lee surrendered.

John Wilkes Booth had plotted to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln after he issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. The book details the true story of how Booth successfully plotted to kill Lincoln, who died on April 15, 1865.

--Kidsday Reporter Jared D'Agostino

Now that's funny

What is the fruitiest lesson?

History, because it's full of dates.

--Ryan Polidoro

Why did the stupid racing driver make 10 pitstops during the race?

He was asking for directions.

--Giovanni DiVerde

What illness did everyone on the Star Trek Enterprise catch?

Chicken Spocks.

--Giovanni DiVerde

What's gray, has a wand, huge wings and gives money to elephants?

The tusk fairy.

--Ronald Gibbons

Who is the biggest gangster in the sea?

Al Caprawn.

--Chris Alessi

CLASS OF THE WEEK: Jennifer Giordano's fourth-grade class, TIMBER POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, East Islip

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