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review 2017-04-08 02:55
No, David! - David Shannon

This is another simple and silly read. Very few words are used in the book, almost all of which are “no” and “david.” The story follows David as he does crazy things and his mother telling him no. At the end, his mom makes sure to reassure him that she loves him though.


This book is good in the classroom for showing how illustrations help to tell a story. The illustrations show everything that David does that he shouldn’t be doing.


Lexile Measure: BR

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review 2017-04-08 02:50
Good Night, Gorilla - Peggy Rathmann

This book is a very simple and silly read about a zookeeper closing his zoo for the night. When he says goodnight to the gorilla, the gorilla steals the zookeeper’s keys and unlocks himself and the rest of the animals. The animals all follow the zookeeper home and to bed, but are eventually caught and taken back to the zoo.



This book can be used in the classroom for teaching students about how illustrations help to tell a story. Without the illustrations, the reader would not be able to know much about what’s going on in this story.



  • Lexile Measure:BR
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review 2017-04-06 05:55
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Illustrations by Michael Sieben - Michael Sieben,L. Frank Baum

I'm not sure if I ever read this book before, but I bought it thanks to the unusual illustration style of Michael Sieben, thinking Lily would like it. We just finished it up as her bedtime story, though at 2.5 years old, she's short on attention, so we'll be reading it again when she's older and more appreciative :) 



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review 2017-04-06 04:30
Aunt Pitty Patty's Piggy - Jim Aylesworth,Barbara McClintock

Aunt Pitty Patty takes her niece Nelly to the market where they buy a pig.  But, when they get home the pig will not go through the front gate.  Aunt Pitty Patty gives Nelly the job of getting the pig through the front gate.  Nelly goes to a series of animals, inanimate objects, and people trying to get them to help her get the pig through the front gate.  When she finally convinces a cat to help her in exchange for some milk, it sets into motion a series of events that ends with a dog biting the pig to get him to go through the front gate.


This book is good for guided reading because it is repetitive and rhythmic.  It can be used for a lesson on predicting and cause and effect.


The lexile level is AD680L

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review 2017-02-12 05:07
Douglas Delivers
Douglas, You Need Glasses! - Ged Adamson,Ged Adamson

Douglas is a dog with a problem.  He is having trouble seeing.  But, he doesn't know it!

His owner, Nancy, can no longer ignore the signs.  After a game of fetch goes goes horribly wrong she decides to take Douglas to the eye doctor.  Douglas is positive that he can pass the eye exam.....until the doctor tells him that he needs glasses.  Will Douglas be able to embrace his new look?

I love Ged Adamson's illustrations!  His use of water color for the trees mixed with hand drawn characters create truly stunning pictures.  I greatly enjoyed this story and can totally relate.  When I was in the fourth grade, I literally lost my ability to see things far away in one day.  This was a very traumatic experience and this book would have definitely helped me understand what was going on.

While I like the story, I feel that it ends abruptly.  After Douglas gets his new glasses, the story simply stops.  I wish that Adamson would have showed how having glasses has changed Douglas' life.  I would have liked to have seen Douglas succeeding in walking in the park and playing fetch.

I do feel that this book would be a great gift to any child who is in the process of getting glasses.  Douglas is such a lovable character that I know children will adore.

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