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text 2017-03-19 20:39
The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

This sweet book is about a little boy who complains about needing certain items his whole life and the tree giving what she has to provide for the little boy. The Lexile level is 530L. I would use this with a 3rd grade class (maybe near Thanksgiving) and give the students cutouts of leaves. I will assign each student another student and they must write three positive compliments on their 3 leaves. We will build a construction paper tree on a bulletin board and have each child represent a branch. Then we will hang up their compliments by their name!

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quote 2015-04-29 18:41
I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough.

~ Mark Twain, Speech, 23 September 1907

Source: interestingliterature.com/2015/04/29/15-great-sourced-mark-twain-quotes
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review 2014-05-18 00:00
Compliments
Compliments - Mari K. Cicero Was pretty good. Liked the story, was entertaining and a pretty quick read. Would have loved to had a chance to read Hawks side of things since so much of this story is about him. Over it was great reading this one between darker or more intense books, which fit perfectly to for lack of a better term - cleanse your pallet. For more info please check out my blog - A life Bound By Books.
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text 2013-09-24 12:26
First Posts, Compliments and Importing Books!

Well I just started importing all my books from Goodreads, it will take some time since I have quite a lot of books and reviews. I hope sincerely that everything will go ok, and that my Dutch book will also be imported. Otherwise I will miss about 50% of my books. :( And that would be a shame.

 

Thanks for having me, and this site looks beautiful! Thanks!

 

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review 2012-06-12 00:00
The Careful Use of Compliments (Sunday Philosophy Club, #4) - Alexander McCall Smith This book is the fourth of a series, and as usual with series, follows about a character or a set of characters. Isabel Dalhousie is the protagonist of this one. She is very interesting: philosopher, editor of The Review of Applied Ethics, unmarried mother of a boy whose father is her niece Cat's ex-boyfriend and fourteen years her junior. Isabel keeps on a running monologue in her head which the reader is privy to: this is the main charm of the novel.

This novel, though standalone, presumably picks up from where it left off last time and moves its serene way forward. There are no earthshaking events, no moments of truth which allows characters to grow beyond their humdrum existence; these are your friends next door whose adventures are limited to the marriage of a cousin, the birth of a nephew or that long-awaited trip to Europe. Important things happen to Isabel, of course. She almost loses her editorship before she turns the table smartly on her opponents; she makes up with her estranged niece; and solves a relatively lukewarm mystery of a long-dead painter. All very interesting, however, but nothing very remarkable. Other than Alexander McCall Smith's prose, that is.

Speaking as a man who loves the music of language for its own sake, reading this book was sheer pleasure. Alexander McCall Smith writes really beautiful English, from an era when stories were usually not peppered with (to borrow from Wodehouse)"words most often heard in a lower type of bar." See a sample below, where he is talking about a painting collection put up for auction:

This collection had been put together by a businessman who had done well with a small oil company and had attracted attention by his colourful, and tactless, remarks. The oil wells were on the shores of the Caspian, in one of those republics that people are not quite sure about-where it is and who runs it-and had suddenly dried up. There had been mutterings about geological reports and manipulations at the other end, and the share price had plummeted. The sale of the Colourists was the result, along with the sale of a Highland sporting estate and a small fleet of expensive vintage cars. Of course people were sympathetic, but secretly delighted, as they are whenever those who boast of their wealth take a tumble.

See how a few deft strokes, humorous, empathetic, and mildly sarcastic paints a picture in the mind of the reader.

The only thing that was a mild source of irritation was the frequent POV shift between Isabel and Jamie, her boyfriend. However, in the midst of such writing, such minor drawbacks can be excused.

The verdict? Not your Nobel-winning tome, but something to curl up with a glass of Scotch at the end of a tiring day.

scotch

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