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review 2017-03-25 17:58
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo

This book is about a young girl who moved to a new place with her father. The girl, India Opal Bologna, finds a dog at Winn-Dixie. She claims the dog as hers and takes him home. The dog, Winn-Dixie, assists Opal in many adventures and discoveries about he community around her. Opal makes many new discoveries about her neighbors that she had previously not known. She discovers the importance of learning about others' lives before she makes a judgement about them. People are the way they are for a reason. Although we may not know that reason, it is important to to judge others. You never know what they have been through. This book could defiantly be used in the classroom to encourage the class to get to know each other. You never know where a great friendship could lay. This book has a lexile level of 610L, so students in the 4th or 5th grade could read it.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-03-25 17:39
Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

This book is about a boy and girl who become friends. They form a friendship unlike any other. To escape life, they then come up with a fictional land that they call Terabithia. At the end of the book, the little girl dies in a tragic accident while trying to go to Terabithia. The boy then learns to appreciate friendship, how to deal with a tragic lose, and how to stand up for one's self. This book is a wonderful teacher of the previous three lessons. Many children will go through a tragic lose at some point or another. This book is a great example of how to deal with that lose. This book has a lexile level of 810L, so students around the 5th or 6th grade should read it.

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review 2017-03-21 23:54
I seriously need to know what the teacups signify
Henry & Leo - Pamela Zagarenski

I tried explaining the Caldecott Honor to a group of pre-k children the other day. (It was pretty funny.) If you're unfamiliar, the Caldecott Medal and the Caldecott Honor are awarded to American illustrators whose work is singled out by the ALA as being "the most distinguished picture book for children". [Note: This does have a bearing on this post.]

 

I had decided to use a different style of picture book for my storytime and I chose to use Henry & Leo by Pamela Zagarenski. Two of the books that Zagarenski illustrated have been awarded the Caldecott Honor (Sleep Like a Tiger and Red Sings From Treetops: A Year in Colors). You might have guessed that because she was both author and illustrator that Henry & Leo is most likely a visually stunning book...and you'd be correct. However, the kids weren't overly impressed with the storyline. :-/ I don't think this was so much the fault of the author but more a mistake on my part for trying this out with a group of pre-k aged children (solo reading for this age would most likely work fine though). It's a bit too introspective for such a large age of young children. The story centers on Henry who has a best friend named Leo...who is a stuffed lion. To Henry, Leo is absolutely 100% alive and he can't understand why his sister and parents fail to see this simple fact. Through a series of adventures, the reader learns just how much Leo and Henry mean to each other. I encouraged the kids to point out the crowns and other little treats that Zagarenski uses in all of her illustrations (without any explanation I might add). This was everyone's favorite thing to do but none of them could tell me much about the story after we'd finished so it wasn't as successful as I would have ultimately liked. Personally, I felt it lacked the heart that I had expected based on the premise and the beautiful artwork. I recommend that you check it out for yourself because I (and the children) might be overly harsh in our judgment. :-) For the record, this doesn't mean that I won't be checking out more of Zagarenski's work just that this one wasn't my all-time favorite. 3/5

Source: readinfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-03-21 18:36
"Life is stronger than death"
The Big Wave - Pearl S. Buck

What a lovely book. Buck never dissapoints me. In short pages, simply written, she tackles overcoming grief with quiet grace and wisdom. She talks about the meaning of death and how it makes life and enjoying it important, about the courage of going forward, and about not letting the sadness of remembrance or the fear for it get in the way of joy. The impressive part is that it's done in 60 pages of telling about two boys lives. Kino's dad is the speaker of most of the wisdom, and it's done so plainly you wish he was your own dad.

 

Beutiful tale. Full stars.

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text 2017-03-17 21:30
Because of Winn-Dixie
Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo

"Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo is my hands down favorite children's chapter book. I remember reading this book in third grade and it increased my love for chapter books tremendously. The story is about a little girl named Opal who moves to a new town and has to meet new friends and adjust to a new environment. Fortunately she meets a dog who changes her world and helps her get through many trials such as asking difficult questions to her father. This book is a great text to use for setting, main events, and all the elements a story has to offer. Along with these, it has great vocabulary for a beginning lover of chapter books and will draw a reader in quickly. When discussing theme, this text has several different realistic themes and each student could easily write about one. The accelerated reader level of this text is 3.9. 

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