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review 2016-11-26 03:29
The Coldest Girl Coldtown - My Thoughts
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black

Rating 4.5 Stars - Audio Version.

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I just wanted to say Christine Lakin (the narrator) did a marvelous job with all the voices, she really gave this story life. The music was a wonderful touch as well, really added to the suspense & really should be included in more readings.

Tana was one of those characters that drive you nuts, but in the best of ways. At the beginning there she is sitting surrounded by corpses having a full on mental breakdown. Her brain just said 'nope, can't do this' & switched off for a few hours. Of course in turn I was like 'move you bloody idiot!' with the best of intention of course, I didn't want her to end up like everyone else. But the thing is her reaction, no matter how frustrating was realistic. You grab a teenager & throw them in a situation like that of course they're going to loose their shit. This is a big part of why I enjoyed this book so much, another factor was after Tana had her spaz moment, she picked her ass off the floor & planed her best course of action. No running around screaming, or being hysterical. Tana used her brains to improve her situation. Gotta love a girl like that!

This is pretty much how the rest of the story went - shit would go down and Tana would react, then use her noggin to improve her situation with the knowledge and skills she possessed at the time. Plus the girl had some Made self awareness. She knew she occasionally made reckless and insane decisions but she also knew why she did it. There's thousands of adults who wonder around on a daily bases doing this exact thing with no clue as to why they did it. 'It's just who they are'. Pfft. Tana (yes a fictional character, but the point still stands) could see when she was spiraling down hill and take maters into her own hands.

Anyways I'll stop fangirling over Holy Blacks talent to write fascinating characters (hello Gabriel) or her incredible skill at creating the scene, leaving me to be very concerned and creeped out throughout certain parts of the book..... okay after I say a few more things, then I'll stop!
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown could be pretty gory at times (makes sense being a vampire story) what sets this book apart from others was Tana's intimate fixation with said gore. She at times would go into hyper-awareness & just forget everything except what she was focused on with an unusual combination of lust and disgust. I'm not sure how H.B pulled it off to be honest but kudos! She did a spectacular job of it. Even I couldn't help but be dragged under and feel similar sensations when hearing from Tana's POV, which equaled a confusing mix of feelings and emotions for me. Which I imagine had probably been the point.

All in all I am a massive fan of this audiobook. It was perfect for Halloween (even if we don't officially celebrate here in Aus). I'm cut up that this isn't a series, I would have loved to read further adventures of Tana & Gab's. Bound to have been interesting that's for sure.

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review 2016-11-10 17:41
Froggy's Halloween
Froggy's Halloween - Jonathan London,Frank Remkiewicz

Froggy's Halloween is a great read for any student in any grade, kindergarten to sixth. However, while I would still read it around Halloween time to kindergarten through second, I would mainly use is for third through sixth. The way I would use is would be having the students write a summary of the book. To further explain this, toward the beginning of October I would allow my students to select from a big selection of Halloween picture books, this one included, to read. Then once the students have read their selected book, I would ask them to write a summary of their chosen book on a slip of paper, which would then be placed in a brown paper bag that they had decorated. Once everyone had completed their summaries, I would have the students share and then use the summaries for a cute bulletin board for the rest of the month. To modify this for kindergarten to second grade, I would probably read the book to the class and then have them draw a picture of their favorite part of the book.

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review 2016-11-10 17:22
Should I Share My Ice Cream?
Should I Share My Ice Cream? - Mo Willems

This book is a great book to read at the beginning of the school year to students in kindergarten to second grade. Its simple story promotes sharing in a fun and colorful way. After reading the book to my class I personally would talk to the students about different scenarios that could call for sharing something with their friends. I might also have the students draw a picture of a time that they shared something with someone and have them tell me how they felt after sharing as I hung them up on the wall. For second grade I would still use this idea, but instead of drawing a picture, I would have them write about a time they shared with a friend.

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review 2016-11-10 17:09
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly - Simms Taback

I believe this is a great book that I would use with kindergarten through second grade. It is a fun read that can keep them entertained, especially when one uses resources along with it. One such example of these resources would be puppets and another would be a song. As for how I would use this book, I would personally use it for sequencing purposes. This book is all about the order that the old lady swallowed things in. Therefore, after reading the book I could test the students’ comprehension of the book by getting them to put some form of manipulatives that represent the animals she swallowed in the order she swallowed them. This would work as a quick and easy assessment while giving me a quick overview of who was paying attention.

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review 2016-11-08 18:59
Room on the Broom
Room on the Broom - Axel Scheffler,Julia Donaldson

Room on the Broom is a fun book that I got to see being used in my placement this semester. Therefore I would personally use this book for kindergarten to second grade. The way I would use this book is, in the same way, I saw it used first hand. I would first use it to introduce a few new words to the students' vocabulary, such as cauldron and cloak. Then when reading the book I would use it to provide practice with rhyming words for my students. To do this I would read the first two pages with few pauses and then I would start to stop at the end of a sentence. This would give the students an opportunity to call out a rhyming word that they believe is used where I paused in the story.

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