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review 2017-02-12 14:41
Families - Shelley Rotner,Sheila M. Kelly

Families is a short nonfiction book describing the many types of families. It received a score of AD210L on the Lexile reading scale, and would be a good book to use in a kindergarten or preschool classroom. This would be a good book to teach about diversity as it explains that families come in many different varieties. 

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text 2016-12-23 02:22
I took this from the library
I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know - Ellen Kirschman

But I don't think I'm going to try explain the convoluted non-logic behind this choice, at least not while I'm this tired.   Not fully.


I'm also curious to see if this will help, and I don't think I want to explain it all before I know.   If it doesn't, then I'll be stuck with this horrible devastation, and nowhere to put it.   It does explain some things, like a certain obsession of mine.   (The most obvious one is Robocop and not what I'm talking about, although I believe I have mentioned this particular boy.)  It explains why I wasn't able to finish a reread.  


I've been grieving for, what, a year now?   And I didn't realize it, but I saw this book cover and there was a lump in my throat.   It won't do anything to bring him back, not in the continuity where I most want him to be alive.   He's not real.   


And yet I've been grieving for him as if he were, I've been sick to my stomach, I've been in a great deal of pain.   And maybe this will give me some sense of closure by going back, accepting what I was in for in the first place, and then processing that book again. 


I'm going to try it.   If it works, I'll consider talking about the whole process.   If not... I don't know, guys, because this is hitting me hard.  





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review 2016-11-16 19:37
Big Little Lies Review
Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

Lies generally serve a purpose.

To save someone from harm. To make one look better to their peers. To get out of a jam.

When we were children, we were always told to NEVER tell a lie. You would get into so much trouble if you told a lie as a child. I for one remember the punishments for lying.

As you got a little older you found out there others have lied to you before...but it's okay. It was just a white lie...which to our understanding THAT lie was to save us from harm.

Then we grew up. One lie after another. But it's okay. We are now adults, so we can tell big lies. We just tell the kids it's a white lie and that they shouldn't lie at all. (And we get away with it.)

Well, sometimes we can get away with them.

A group of parents are getting ready to take their kids to school. A few moms stick together like before; a few new mothers are in town needing guidance. First day of school can be hectic, but once you deal with the cliques; getting the kids ready the rest of the day should go easy as baking a pie.

Apparently someone forgot to set the timer on that pie for it just burned!!

A child is accusing another child of bullying; teachers get worried, want it solved right away so saying your sorry is in order. But, the child in question says it wasn't him. As any parent would do they stick up for their child. Of course other Mom's don't agree with that policy and name calling gets thrown out into the air, and people start having opinions of others (especially if they are new to the town) and start gathering in their cliques to force others to choose: Truth, or power.

It isn't easy for Jane to be new in town and trying to understand the small town antidotes but when her son is accused of bullying and she fully well knows he didn't do it, it just takes the cake. Good thing she became good friends with a woman wouldn't shouldn't be reckoned with. Madeline has been there, done all that even had a divorce. She knows the in's and out's of the small town and knows everyone and everyone knows her. Even though she used to part (or known) the cliques, she sides with the new girl. Helps her out of jams once in a while. Of course she doesn't do this alone, she has help from her friend Celeste.

A woman who has everything: wonderful, handsome husband and two loving boys. She has a wonderful house, beautiful looks, great clothes. Everyone marvels on how she can handle twin boys and always being there for the school/church activities. But we must ask ourselves...do we really know our neighbors? Or do we see what we are supposed to see?

Lies are like a domino effect: once one gets going, it gets tough to stop them from growing. But also like in domino's, somehow, somewhere the domino's stop falling. How would you like the domino's to stop thought is the question? Towards you? Or something more sinister?

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/19486412-big-little-lies
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review 2016-11-10 21:59
Boundless Grace
Boundless Grace - Mary Hoffman

My first day of placement this semester, my cooperating teacher used this book in her whole group lesson. The book is about a girl named Grace and Grace lives with her mom and grandmother. Once day, Grace sees a family that has a mom, child, and a father. Grace then begins to think that her family is incomplete. It Grace traveling to where her father lives and to see that there is a variety of different families and that who she lives with, s her complete family. She ends up to know that just because her father does not live with her and she does not live with him, its OK. I would use this book in two different ways. I would first teach the students how to inference. The other thing I would teach the students is just because you mom or dad does not live you, doesn't mean your family is incomplete. Your family is anyone you care about whether they do or do not live with you. I think this book would be good in grades 3 -4. The actual level of the book is  4.1.

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review 2016-11-10 14:14
Boundless Grace
Boundless Grace - Mary Hoffman

This book is just great!  I recently used it in a lesson.  We discussed inferences and used the beautiful illustrations to talk about how we can infer the characters' feelings based on facial expressions and such.  Also we discussed the truth that "families are what you make them," as this is frequently said in the story.  The grade level for this story is a 4.1, but we used it in my 3rd grade classroom and it worked very well.  The students learned a great lesson on not comparing your family to others'.

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