Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Visit To The Reef

We went to Coral World. We saw sharks. We saw stingrays. We saw fish. We saw turtles. We saw iguanas. It was fun!

We went to Coral World. We fed iguanas lettuce. I touched a starfish. We went into an underwater observatory. We saw multicolored tortoises sunbathing. It was fun. It was cool.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Lizards and Geckos

A gecko's cousin is a lizard. Lizards live in warm climates. The flying gecko has webbing that allows it to glide from tree to tree. It lives in rain forests. It is a reptile which means it lays eggs instead of giving live birth. It eats bugs. It lays eggs, three at a time.

Leapord Geckos, like Leperdy, like sunbathing.

I saw a lizard today. It was tan with diamond-shaped spots on its back. It was about the size of your middle finger. He was hanging out at the entrance of Coral World. I caught him, but I let him go quickly. It is cute. It was probably a Crested Anole.

I love lizards and geckos.

Here is a geckoriffic Virgin Islands website:

Smiling Lizard Research

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Comparing Two Books

First, I will talk about each book individually. I will start with Water Horse by Dick King-Smith.

Water Horse is the best book ever. It is about a pair of siblings, Angus and Kirstie, who find an egg by a bay in Scotland and hatch it into a water horse that they name Crusoe. Now the water horse goes through different homes. First, he lived in the bathtub, believe it or not. Second, he moves to a goldfish pond. Third, he moves to a lake. Finally, he goes into a really huge lake.

The central conflict in this book is that Crusoe eats all the food in the lake so that he needs to move to a bigger home, but he can't be seen. The kids, and some of their family, are afraid that if the water horse is seen he will be put in a zoo or speared! Pum, pum, pum, pummmm....

Next, I will talk about Whales On Stilts! by M. T. Anderson.

This is a very bad book, except for accidental laughter. If you read it, you will be wishing you never read it. Boys won't like it because most of main characters are girls.

The main characters are three kids: Lilly, Katie, and Jasper. They live in a town called Horror Hollow that is attacked by whales on stilts with laser beam eyes. The whales attack because they are under the control of a scientist who wants to take over the world.

The central conflict of this story is that the kids have to save the town because no one believes them about the whales.

Comparing The Books

Both books are fantasy stories with water animals that breathe air but live in water. In both books, the kids are trying to save something. In Water Horse, they are trying to save Crusoe. And in Whales On Stilts!, the kids are trying to save the town.

Here are the differences. One is funny, and the other is not. One is a good book, and the other is not. One has an evil person, and the other does not. The big difference in these books is that in Water Horse, the parents help the kids. And in Whales On Stilts! the parents don't help at all.

Friday, January 11, 2008

My Interview On Spiderwick

Interview of Alex, avid Spiderwick Chronicles reader and fan.

Mom: Did you like The Spiderwick Chronicles?
Alex: Yes, I liked them very much.

Mom: How long did you take to read the series?

Alex: Three days.
Mom: How did you read them so fast?

Alex: They are very short, but they are the funnest books you would ever imagine.

Mom: Can you tell me about one exciting scene?

Alex: When Jared and his sister Mallory were fighting five common goblins. Mallory had a fencing sword and Jared had nothing. Jared was almost caught. They were fighting for their life because goblins would eat them.
Mom: Is there a scene in the books that should go in the movie, and why?
Alex: Yes. Jared, Mallory, and Simon were on the poison ivy trying to get a hobgoblin out of a hung cage. This should go into the movie because it is one of the most exciting scenes.

Here are some funnerific Spiderwickiffic links: