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review 2017-04-18 21:49
War of the Words
Frindle - Andrew Clements,Brian Selznick

I had never heard of Frindle despite it being an award-winning book (2016 Phoenix Award) with many admirers (teachers, librarians, and children alike). Written by Andrew Clements with illustrations by Brian Selznick, this is the story of Nick Allen who is the premier 'idea man' of the 5th grade...until he meets Mrs. Granger. It's then that Nick's place among his peers is questioned as she challenges him to think more creatively than ever before. The humor, inventiveness, determination, and perspicacity of our main characters makes this an instant favorite for all ages. This is a super fast read (I read it in an afternoon commute in its entirety and I'm not a particularly fast reader.) and I think it would be a great one for reluctant readers especially if you're reading with them at home. Bonus: It's educational without ever really making that a big thing which is the perfect recipe for this age group especially if they're reluctant readers. *hint hint* This book is full of heart and more than a few surprises (this might give the little ones in your life some especially mischievous ideas) which means it gets a 10/10 from me. XD

 

Source: Book-A-Day Almanac

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review 2017-04-08 03:22
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Big Al by Andrew Clements (1997-09-01) - Andrew Clements

This book tells a story of a big fish that feels awkward and left out because of his appearance. This story is great because it is perfect for a classroom filled with diversity, and the teacher trying to encourage friendships between different types of students. I would use this book in my classroom as a group reading lesson to encourage good behavior and cooperation as a class as a whole to each other. This book also opens great discussion about anytime they have felt left out.

Grade level - K - 3rd

Lexile Level - 880L  

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review 2017-04-01 03:01
Big Al
Big Al by Andrew Clements (1997-09-01) - Andrew Clements

 

Lexile Level: 880L

 

This is a picture book about a big, scary looking fish who wants to find a friend. But no other fish will be friends with him because of the way he look, but on the inside he is the nicest fish you will ever meet in the ocean. No matter how hard he tries to be friendly and nice, all the other fish are afraid of him. He is finally able to make friends after one little fish gets caught in a net and Big Al saves them.

I would use this in my classroom on the first week of school and throughout the year to remind students that actions speak louder than words and you can't judge a book by its cover. 

 

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review 2017-01-20 01:22
Big Al
Big Al by Andrew Clements (1997-09-01) - Andrew Clements

This story is about a fish who may not look so sweet and nice on the outside; however, he is the nicest fish in the sea. He is in desperate need of a friend but everyone swims away when he comes around. He even tries disguising himself to fit in with all the other fish. They still do not accept him. Then one day, a fisher's net becomes full with many fish, and only one fish is able to save the day. Big Al saves all the little fish and that is when they learned to accept him for who he is and they truly understood what a nice fish he is. I would say this would be read for grades 1st-3rd. This book is great to teach children not to judge another peer by their looks. It would be a great book to start the year with. This book would also be good to pair students up and allow them to make a story map pertaining to the story.

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review 2017-01-17 16:33
Big Al by Andrew Clements
Big Al - Andrew Clements

Big Al by Andrew Clements is a great book about not judging people by their "cover". This is a children's picture book about a big, scary-looking fish named AL who just wants to find a friend. Even though Al appears to be mean, he is actually the nicest fish in the entire ocean. Later on in the book, Al tries to do all these things to "fit in" with the other fish, but nothing ever works. At the end of the book, he finally was able to make bonds with friends because Al saved the other fish from being captured in a net. Overall, this book is a great story for reminding the readers that actions speak louder than words and looks can be deceiving. 

I would use this book in kindergarten through the third grade. I would use this book to implement character education, and how I expect my students to be with their "friends" throughout the school year.  

 

Lexile Level: 880L

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