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review 2017-04-02 00:34
The Boy with Pink Hair
The Boy With Pink Hair - Perez Hilton,Jenn Hill

I found this book while I was bargain shopping one day. At first glance, I thought this book would not be very good just because the topic seemed so crazy to me at the time. After I read the book, I definitely changed my mind.  I literally judged a book by it's cover. This happens to be the same ideal the story focuses on. I think that this book would be great for third and fourth graders. It has an ATOS level of 3.7. It covers the topic of bullying, peer pressure, and gender stereotyping in a light hearted way while also using more advanced language. It would be a great way to open the door to a discussion about gender equality and even teamwork. Wits program.ca has a great activity to use an extension to this book. The teacher could pair students with partners of the opposite sex. Each pair could discuss talents or things that make their partner unique. The students could write three to five sentences about things that make their partner unique and illustrate them. They could share these with the class and also display them on a bulletin board. This could promote a loving environment for all students in the class.

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review 2017-04-01 22:59
Olivia - Ian Falconer

This book is about a pig named Olivia who is very active. I believe this book would be mostly enjoyed by younger grades. The Lexile level of this book is AD270L. I believe this would be a good book to use when discussing comparing and contrasting. The students could complete a venn diagram contrasting themselves and Olivia. For an extension, the students could play a game where they wonder around the room until the music stops. Once the music stops, pair up with the nearest student. Then they could compare and contrast themselves an their partner. I think this would be a great way to open a discussion about differences and acceptance.

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review 2017-03-31 22:46
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

This is a book that features a rollercoaster of emotions and has a happy ending. This would be a good book to read with any grade. The Lexile level of this book is 460L. For younger grades, the teacher could focus the lesson on emotions. The teacher could have students identify all the different emotions Chrysanthemum felt throughout the book. They could do a writing activity where they identify times that they have felt the same emotions Chrysanthemum felt. For older grades, teachers could go more in depth and talk about feelings she had at beginning, middle, and end of the story. Students could even compare and contrast Chrysanthemum and themselves.

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review 2017-03-31 20:47
Duck! Rabbit!
Duck! Rabbit! - Amy Krouse Rosenthal,Tom Lichtenheld

This book would be great to use with younger grades such as kindergarten and first grade.  The Lexile level of this book is AD20L. It features two people who discuss whether or not the animal is a duck or a rabbit. This would be great to open a lesson on differences. While reading the book, students could make predictions about whether the animal is a duck or a rabbit. After the book has been read, students could use an activity sheet to draw the rest of the duck or rabbit in their habitat. The teacher could then talk to students about how many people can see the same thing differently, but that each opinion is still important and valuable. 

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review 2017-03-19 21:33
The Errant Prince by Sasha L. Miller
The Errant Prince - Sasha L. Miller

king's guardsman Myron, sent out to find and bring back a missing prince Tam, finds him in an enchanted cottage. They talk, they work, they play school of magic, where Tam spends pages and pages on teaching Myron some spell, they smooch, they cook and clean and so on. Nothing significant happens up until 45% of the book.

Then the prince suddenly decides to return to the royal castle to see his brother, the king. Tam magically transports Myron and himself to the king's quarters. Catching up with the brother and an ex-lover, kiddie scenes, more frigging spell teaching (hey, anyone needs beaming up? I have the manual! *waves "The Errant Prince" in the air*) ensues.

There is a minor issue of arranged marriage, but everyone plays nicely, even the evil ex, and as a result Tam and Myron live happily ever after.

The book is very nearly angst free. I was waiting for a conflict with the ex-lover, but the guy was decent, he apologized and said all the right words, even went an extra mile to teach Tam's new lover new spells. I really felt for the guy and Tam acted like a "bad dude" to him.

2 stars.

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