Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Leaking Fountain of Words...


There is a leaky fountain at Dry Creek Middle School and Mr. Walter Russ, the principal, hopes that Florence (Flo) Waters can help by replacing it with a new one from her catalog. Flo lets the school know that there is no catalog and that each fountain she creates is one of a kind. She begins working with the fifth graders in Mr. Sam N.’s class to find out what they think should be included in the fountain design. Their creative ideas are stunning! As the project unfolds, the reader gets to see a variety of amusing memos, faxes, articles, and letters from different people involved in the project. The more you read, the closer you will get to solving the mystery of the leaky fountain! Why has the fountain been leaking? Will Flo Waters be able to make a fountain that doesn’t leak? What kinds of designs will the fifth graders come up with for the fountain? Once you start sorting through the notes, you won’t want to put this book down until you have solved the case!

Regarding the Fountain by Kate Klise is told in an interesting format that makes this book stand out. I love to get mail, so reading the letters was a treat! The delightful drawings helped me to picture the story and the characters, and it was fun to try to figure out what was happening. The notes and articles made it easy to read this whimsical book in a day. Even though this book comes to a close, it was so entertaining that it left me wanting to read the rest of the series. The names of the characters were puns that all related back to water in some way. I can’t imagine coming up with all of them. I even laughed out loud at times! Readers should pay attention so that they don’t miss a thing! You never know where the clues are hidden! I recommend this book to kids and adults of all ages because it is so refreshing. A sense of humor is a must! It is especially exciting to notice all of the hidden meanings. Can you wade through the words to find what is buried underneath it all? 

Has anyone else read Regarding the Fountain by Kate KliseOr have you read another book by Kate Klise

We were lucky enough to interview this clever author a few months ago, and it was such a treat to learn more about her.  

Happy Reading!  ~L


23 comments:

  1. (Oh goodie, I got one right!) This should be on your previous post but it won't let me post it.
    I’ve not read Regarding the Fountain or anything else by Kate Klise but this sounds like a lovely story.

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    1. I have never heard of this book! Once again you girls introduce to another wonderful book. Letters always remind me of Officer Buckle and Gloria for some reason so that's a good reference. I would think this book would be more about the design of the fountain not the mystery. But I like a little mystery now and then. You must tell me one of the name/puns!

      (won't let me post regularly so it's here)

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    2. Barbara- I am sorry that the other post wouldn't let you comment! Good for you for guessing right!

      Regarding the Fountain is a fun book!

      Adriana- I love Officer Buckle and Gloria! Yes- from the cover it looks like the book is all about the fountain- but the fountain uncovers a mystery that is fun to figure out. :) Every name in the book has to do with water and the school's motto does, too!

      Mr. Sam N.s' class (salmon)
      Florence Waters (Flo or Flowing waters)
      Mr. Wally Russ (Walrus)
      ~L

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  2. This sounds like a really unique story. I haven't read it yet, or any of her other books. I bet it's a good one to read, though.

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    1. Creative Writing in the Blackberry Patch- THis is a unique story. I hope you get to pick up one of her books soon. They are fast and fun! ~L

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  3. This sounds like a delightful book, I love fun, and think fifth graders are more creative at solving puzzles than I am. I know for certain they are more proficient at solving electronic devices than I am.

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    1. Anna- It is a delightful book! You are right, 5th graders are good puzzle solvers. I bet you are, too! :) ~L

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  4. I love the title and cover already, and it sounds like a really fun book. When I was a kid, I'd pick out books written in this style (clues dropped here and there) because they were more interesting to read. Thanks for the share, Jess & Stephanie!

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    1. Claudine- I bet you will love this book. The notes and letters are so clever and fun. I love to solve a good mystery, too! :) ~L

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  5. How unique this book sounds! From the title to the blurb, it has my attention. Thanks.

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    1. Lee- Regarding the Fountain is definitely unique! Glad to bring it to your attention. :) ~L

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  6. A leaky word fountain? This sounds so cute and creative. I am sure MG would love the idea behind this one. I am definitely putting this on my radar for my kiddos!

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    1. Heidi- It is a cute and create book. Perfect for MG readers. When your kiddos get older they will enjoy it! ~L

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  7. Sounds like such an interesting book! Thanks so much for posting about it. I grew up reading Encyclopedia Brown books and they certainly made you think about how the mystery was solved before they told you. Thanks.

    Paul R. Hewlett

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    1. Paul- It is an interesting book! I enjoy Encyclopedia Brown books. So fun to try to solve each mystery! :) ~L

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  8. This sounds so cute!! Once again, you give Katertot and I a great book to add to our list. Thank you so much! xo

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    1. Cheles Bells- It is a cute book! Glad I gave you and Katertot a new book to add to your list. :) ~L

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  9. Awwww this one sounds super sweet! Looks like a fun adventure for sure!!!!!! Thanks for the review!

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    1. M. Christine- It is a super sweet book. Lots of fun and definitely an adventure! ~L

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  10. I've not read this one yet but I HAVE read several of her other works of which all are brilliant! ^_^ Sounds like this one was another winner....thanks for sharing.

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    1. Gina- If you have enjoyed other books by Kate Klise then you will love this one, too. It is fun and quirky! :) ~L

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  11. What a cute idea for a book. I bet it's fun to read.

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    1. Donna- I agree! It is a fun read! :) ~L

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