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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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url 2017-03-06 20:47
10 Words You Didn't Know Existed

Wouldn't it be great if we all had the time to read through the entire dictionary? Okay, maybe not for all of us, but there are so many words in the English language that we don't know about because they're not used often. We went on a hunt to find some of the most interesting words that aren't used in everyday speech, but should be!

 

Read more here.

Source: www.bookstr.com/article/10-words-you-didn-t-know-existed/3232?trr_article_source=post-ribbon-module&utm_campaign=687014_newsletter_170603&utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Reading%20Room%20&dm_i=2P56,EQ3Q,Z2B5Q,1I8XH,1
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text 2017-01-27 23:09
Book haul for word nerds!
The Australian National Dictionary: Australian Words and Their Origins - 2 Volumes A-L and M-Z - Bruce Moore

I've been lusting after this 2 volume set since Oxford announced its scheduled publication and today MT gave it to me for my birthday!  It's so very, very beautiful.  I just keep staring at it.  It's 2 volumes of 16,000 Australian specific words, so MT is also hoping now I'll be able to understand him.  ;)

 

He also ordered a new timber bookcase for the 'library'... so expect some shelfies in a few weeks.  :)

 

 

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text 2016-12-14 00:09
Reading in French without dictionary
La Pyramide de glace - Jean-François Parot

I've lost track of my old school French dictionary, and I already have one French historic mystery to read (will get another one for Christmas). Of course I could just read it without the dictionary, but - well, I prefer to look up every single word I don't know. I found one for my Kindle (or in this case it will probably be a Kindle app) but it's a bad time to buy new stuff, so I guess I'll have to wait. Or hope the old dictionary turns up.

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review 2016-11-06 23:49
Frindle
Frindle - Andrew Clements,Brian Selznick

Grade: 5th

 

I love Andrew Clements and Frindle! This is a story about how a boy makes up a new word for pen. I will do a novel study with this book in my class. This is a great book to get students creativeness flowing. We will intertwine this lesson with how to use a dictionary. Throughout the story, we will do different activities. For one, they will make up a new word for an object just as the boy in the story did. They will create a dictionary entry for their word. They will include things such as the old word, the new word, a picture of the word, how to pronounce the word, the part of speech, other forms of the word, the definition, synonyms, and an example of the word in a sentence. They will also create an advertisement to sell their newly named product. They will also write a newspaper article about how their new word has been a huge hit worldwide. They will include why they chose the word, what the word means, and what the success of the word being put in the dictionary means for them.  

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