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review 2018-09-09 20:21
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush - Tomie dePaola

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush is an inspiring text about the main character Little Gopher pursuing his destiny. Although he is smaller than all the other boys and can never keep up, he perseveres and uses his artistic gift to paint pictures that his people would remember forever. This would be a great book to integrate when teaching a unit on Native Americans or when discussing culture. An extension activity could be to create an anchor chart with key characteristics of legends so students have a better understanding of them. It would also be fun to create a list of descriptive words and give students Indian names. 

 

Guided Reading level: O

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text 2018-09-06 22:05
Reading progress update: I've read 5 out of 192 pages.
The Story of Kullervo - J.R.R. Tolkien,Verlyn Flieger

Did you know there's an entire academic journal dedicated to Tolkien Studies?!

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review 2018-09-04 16:47
Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

I have no comparison to make with any other re-telling or the source material, so, taking this at face-value:

 

This is an entertaining set of tales about the creation of the world and its eventual destruction and some things that happen in between. The best of the tales are the comedic ones where Loki is both the author of and the solution for some troublesome eventuality. It was good to finally read some of these Norse myths and it makes me keener to read the source material, the prose and poetic Eddas.

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text 2018-09-02 11:52
Reading progress update: I've read 193 out of 256 pages.
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

Thor lifting a giant house cat is a delightful image.

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text 2018-09-01 00:41
Reading progress update: I've read 108 out of 256 pages.
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman

I wonder if the original sources are so openly comedic?

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