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review 2017-03-25 19:44
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is such a perfect book to include science in your ELA lesson! This book focuses on a hungry caterpillar that turns into a butterfly. This would be an awesome book to mix some science into your lesson and learn about caterpillars and butterflies. A teacher could use this book to look into these insects and possibly a sequencing lesson. For example, the class could go back and list what he ate on Monday, then on Tuesday, and so on. For the younger grades, they could practice sequencing with pictures of the food he ate. I believe this book would make a great read aloud with K-2nd grade.


Lexile Level: AD460L 

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review 2017-03-21 06:12
A Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

This book is about the caterpillar eating more and more food in order to become a beautiful butterfly. I would use this in my classroom by reading the book and talking about personal growth. I think we could do an activity that would involve them talking about what they want to be when they grow up and what they can do to get their. We might can even have a show and tell career day. I think this is for children in 1st grade and higher. The Lexile Level is AD460L.

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review 2017-03-20 23:40
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

This book is about a caterpillar who eats many different food items.This book is highly predictable and fun for young children to read. This book would be excellent to help young children learn about different food items as well as the words used to represent food items. This text could also be used to help children understand the concepts of metamorphosis. This book has a lexile level of AD460L so this text would be appropriate for Pre-K and under.

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review 2017-02-17 18:38
Spoiled sour meets spoiled sick
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

LOVED it. Sour Mary, spoiled Colin, chatty Martha, angelic Dickon, curmudgeon Ben, wise Mother, the whole thing.


Best part for me was where Mary starts shouting to Colin over his hypochondria induced tantrum. Lord, was the girl vicious! It was funny in an overboard, freeing way.


A very sweet classic  that makes you love unlikely leads.

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review 2017-02-16 02:50
An uneven collection from one of America's top writers
Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writin - Jennifer Weiner

I'm not the biggest Jennifer Weiner fan in the world, nor am I in her target demographic in any way, shape, or form -- but I've enjoyed (in some cases more) those books of hers that I've read. So I figured there was a better than even chance that I'd appreciate this collection of essays about her life, career, love life, dogs, social media and more. It's also read by Weiner herself, which is almost always a winning characteristic for me.

Sadly, this audiobook was better in theory than it was in real life.


There's a scene in the last season of Gilmore Girls where Logan points out to Rory that despite her prejudices, attitudes and belief, she's actually part of the same privileged class that he is -- which she doesn't take too well (understandably). I kept thinking about that as I listened to some of Weiner's tales of woe about her childhood and college life. I'm not saying that she didn't have problems in her childhood, that she didn't have trials that no one should have to go through, or overcome a lot in her professional life. But man...the self-pity was overblown -- she got an Ivy League education, came out of it with less debt than many people I know who went to less prestigious schools, took a high school trip to Israel, and a largely pleasant childhood.


It doesn't get much better when she starts talking about her adult life, either. She assumes sexism -- and has faced, continues to face, and will probably face a good deal of it in the future -- but seems to have some fairly strong gender biases herself. She will frequently say something like "As a woman, I know I'm supposed to be X in this situation." Almost every time she said something like that I thought, actually a man in the same situation would be expected to behave the same way -- it may not be honest, healthy, or "authentic" in the contemporary understanding -- but it's what how an adult person in polite Western culture should act.


Oddly, for someone who lamented her own inability to be a stay-at-home mom/writer, the scorn she displays for stay-at-home moms later in the book seems out of character. Actually, she is dismissive of people with other beliefs and convictions than hers. I'm not suggesting for a moment that she shouldn't be an opinionated person (of any sex), but it's hard to respect anyone who can't reason with their opponents with out dismissing or vilifying them.


I actually had a few more things in my notes along those things, but seeing this on the screen makes me want to stop before this becomes a diatribe against the book. Because, believe it or not, I enjoyed this book -- when she tells a narrative or goes for a laugh, I really got into the book and wanted to hear more. It's when she gets on her soapbox or when she doles out advice that wouldn't work for women less-well-off than she is, I couldn't enjoy it.


If anything, this book makes me like her fiction more -- because the flawed people she writes about are a lot more relatable than she presents herself as. But listening (I think reading would be better -- see below) to Weiner describe her problems with overeating, or the journey to get her first book published (and the real life experiences that shaped the book), her mother's reactions to her book tours, getting the movie In Her Shoes made, stories about her dogs, and so on -- man, I really liked that and would've gladly consumed more of that kind of thing.


As an audiobook, this was a disappointment. I found the little sound effect/chime thing between chapters grating. Weiner's reading was too slow and her cadence demonstrates that she reads a lot to her kids. Which would be fine if the prose matched, but it didn't.


I can't rate this too low -- it was well-written I laughed, I felt for her and some of the other people she talked about in a way that I can't justify rating below a 3. But man, I want to.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/02/15/hungry-heart-audiobook-by-jennifer-weiner
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