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review 2018-02-22 00:05
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? - Bill Martin Jr.,Eric Carle

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? is an outstanding book for young readers to read. The variety of animals in this book allows for a broad representation of animals that can be found in the wild. I adore the illustrations which are simple and clear with a bit of abstract flair. This book also includes many descriptive words. For example, instead of "bear" the character is named "Panda Bear". Each animal has a different verb attached to it, allowing readers to build their vocabulary. I would like to use this book in the classroom by asking students to select one animal from the story and research it. They will read books and use iPads/laptops to find where they live (water, land, in homes as a pet, etc.), what they eat, and more. The students can draw and color their animal as well. After they have gathered all of their research, the students will be encouraged to present their animals to their class.


Lexile: AD640L
Accelerated Reader Level: 2.5

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review 2018-02-21 22:46
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - Bill Martin Jr.,John Archambault,Lois Ehlert

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is an excellent book for young readers. This is an excellent way to introduce or review letters and colors in the classroom. All the letters of the alphabet are written in order and a variety of colors (both primary and secondary) are on every page. I especially like that the book also has a story line so readers don't even notice that the book serves an instructional purpose as well. I would read this out loud to my class and ask students to say the letter sounds every few pages. I would especially focus on letter sounds that may be difficult for my students to say. In first or second grade I would ask the students to create their own coconut tree and instead of writing letters on them, they could write their sight words. 



Lexile Measure: AD430L


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review 2018-02-21 21:07
Somebody At The Door by Raymond Postgate
Somebody at the Door - Raymond Postgate

I haven't read the other BLCC book by Postgate, Verdict of Twelve, which was recommended by Martin Edwards in Chapter 15, The Justice Game, of The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books.


As is the case in most of the BLCC books, Martin Edwards did write an introduction for Somebody at the Door. This one rose to the top of my current reading list based upon the WWII setting and the plot summary which captured my interest.


This is a very odd little book. It operates within a standard mystery framework: Councillor Henry Grayling, the victim, returns home after a day at work, travelling by train and in possession of more than 100 pounds in wages to be paid out the following day. Sometime after making it home, his wife Renata calls the doctor to report that he was later coming home and that he was very ill. Some time later, Grayling expires of what ends up being a mustard gas attack.


Inspector Holly, charged with solving the crime, determines who was in the train car with Grayling and conducts an investigation into their backgrounds. Each of them, in their own way, have a motive to murder Grayling, who was an unlikeable and highly unpleasant man. 


Each of the suspects is granted his/her own chapter, which is where things get either interesting or bogged down, depending upon your perspective, in terms of the narrative. Each chapter functions as a mini-tale, providing detailed insight into what life was like in England during 1942 for various characters and social classes. If you, as a reader, are interested in this sort of thing, then the book is a fascinating read. If you are here for the mystery, well, a great deal of the detailed meanderings are superfluous and tend to grind the mystery narrative to a halt.


I am interested in this sort of thing, so I enjoyed those chapters. But a lot of it has little to nothing to do with the central mystery. In addition, there was a pretty big plot element that was just left unresolved without being addressed by the author in any meaningful way at all. I think that Verdict of Twelve might be a better bet than this one!

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text 2018-02-21 07:27
Here's How To Determine If A Supplier Of Luxman Amplifier Is Reliable

An audio amplifier is an electronic device designed to increase the strength of audio signals. Simply put, this device improves the audio quality of recorded and live music, which makes it audible to the listeners. Due to its amazing features, many people who want to have a complete audio system are considering to buy a Luxman amplifier.

For those who like to get the most out of their audio equipment, this amplifier is one of the items they should have. So if you're somebody who is intending to get such device, recognise that it's important to only purchase from trustworthy sellers in the market. To assist you with this matter, these are some of the things to bear in mind when finding a reputable Luxman amplifier supplier.

1. They supply new and pre-owned devices
A seller who provides a great number of products is certainly the one you need. Check out their products and ask if they sell new and pre-owned amplifiers and other products. The great thing is, you can acquire the device you need regardless of your spending budget. In case you're needing a new item, you can expect that its price may be a little higher than the secondhand ones. Meanwhile, when you're on a tight budget, then you can always choose a pre-owned device.

2. They conduct product demonstration
Another important thing that you need to keep in mind is that the retailer should let you try the amplifier you’re planning to purchase. Bear in mind that it's not a great idea to just pick then get the product. So before getting excited and spending money on such item, verify that the seller offers an in-store demonstration. A reliable one will make the effort to try out the item even before you demand it. If you’re testing out the amplifier, the supplier must provide other audio devices just like speakers in order to see if the product works effectively in boosting audio quality.

Also, they should permit you to try and compare several models as well as the other items they provide. Once they conform to such term, you can be certain that the seller is sincere in providing only quality products for purchasers like you.

3. They have additional sound system devices
In case you're getting a sound amplifier, it's likely that you will require extra equipment just like speakers and other audio systems. That's why, if you're seeking for a good seller, ensure that they supply a number of sound equipment. That is advantageous if you are looking into setting up an entire audio system and not just a single amplifier. Do not forget that a seller who supplies a broad range of sound equipment is skilled and knowledgeable in utilising these devices.

These are a couple of points that you must think about when selecting the best Luxman amplifier provider. By taking into consideration the points listed above, you won’t just locate a good seller but you can even ensure to get the right electronic tool that you need.

Source: www.fanthorpes.co.uk/martin-logan-speakers
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review 2018-02-21 02:49
Great Story and Characters
Windswept - Sabrina Jeffries,Deborah Martin

Welsh widow Catrin Price is haunted by a family death curse. Any man she marries without first drinking from an ancient Druid chalice that was sold by her ancestor long ago is doomed.

This is an early book from Sabrina Jeffries, whose stories I absolutely love. Unlike her other books, this one has a mystical element and Welsh mythology, one type of mythology I’ve never read before. As with her other stories, the characters and story were well written. I enjoyed every bit of it. I highly recommend.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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