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review 2019-01-02 18:55
The Giver
The Giver - Lois Lowry

















The fictional world within this book is nothing but short of amazing, fictional characters within this book are nothing but short of amazing, and the story itself and the plotline itself is nothing but short of amazing. Not the biggest fan of the young-adult book genre at all, but for some reason the cover and the first pages of the book that I have read, convinced me to continue all the way until I reached the end. I was pleasantly surprised by the world the author has created, and especially by the fictional characters, and terribly disappointed when I heard of the movie being made. Some of the books are better left alone if you ask me, and this one should be one of those books that should have remained a classic far away from the infamous entertainment industry.

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text 2018-11-09 09:59
4/24 Tasks: 7th of November: Diwali
Anna Karenina - Larissa Volokhonsky,Richard Pevear,Leo Tolstoy
Gathering Blue - Lois Lowry
The MacKinnon's Bride (Highland Brides, # 1) - Tanya Anne Crosby
El oso de karantania - Cristina Loza
Heidi - Johanna Spyri
Anne of Avonlea - L.M. Montgomery
Pygmalion - George Bernard Shaw
Reforming Lord Ragsdale - Carla Kelly
Her Sister's Baby (Harlequin Superromance No. 627) - Janice Kay Johnson

Task 1:  Share a picture of your favorite light display. ~ I might be reaching here, but no man-made display has ever captivated me as much as the night sky (though lantern festivals come close).

Task 2:  Cleaning is a big part of this holiday; choose one of your shelves, real or virtual, and tidy / organise it.  Give us the before and after photos.  OR Tidy up 5 of the books on your BookLikes shelves by adding the CORRECT cover, and/or any other missing information.


Well, since I can never help myself, while searching for the girl with flowers covers I ended up merging one of my books into it's proper author, and I bet I'll end up doing some more, lol.


As for my physical library, I plan on an overhaul around Christmas, so I'll post pictures then.

Task 3: Eating sweets is also a big part of Diwali. Either select a recipe for a traditional sweet, or make a family favorite and share a picture with us.


Dulce de Leche!!


This is not an easy one to make, actually. I think we only attempted it once, it took a looooong time, and the consistence was not that firm (plus, I think we got a bit enthusiastic with the sodium bicarbonate)

Task 4: During Diwali, people pray to the goddess Lakhshmi, who is typically depicted as a beautiful young woman holding a lotus flower. Find 5 books on your shelves (either physical or virtual) whose covers show a young woman holding a flower and share their cover images.


I'm among those having a lot less difficulty finding women brandishing weapons than carying flowers among my covers, but children and classic books came to my rescue. Clearly, I might want to "make love not war" more reading-wise. If only I could find more romances that treaded better the line between crazy drama and blandness.

Book: Read a book with candles on the cover or the word “candle” or “light” in the title; OR a book that is the latest in a series; OR set in India; OR any non-fiction book that is ‘illuminating’ (Diwali is Sanskrit for light/knowledge and row, line or series)

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-09-10 03:26
The Giver - Lois Lowry,Ron Rifkin

At the age of 12, each citizen is assigned a job. Jonas is assigned to be the Receiver of Memories, who is the sole collector of the community memories, including past memories of joy and also sadness and suffering. Jonas collects these memories from The Giver and in order to keep the sameness of the community, Jonas is not able to share them with anyone. Jonas wants to salvage the relationships he has built with these memories and devises a plan to escape to Elsewhere so that all the memories he has received so far will be released back into the community. The students could create their own Utopian world and incorporate vocabulary.

Lexile: 760L

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-09-09 21:14
The Giver - Lois Lowry,Ron Rifkin

This is a story about a boy named Jonas who lives in a "Utopian" style community. This community is closed up from the rest of the world. As Jonas grows up to the age of 12 he gets a job. His friends get normal jobs within the community but Jonas is given the job of receiver. The receiver is given memories about the past. The giver delivers the past to Jonas through touch. Jonas experiences things such as color and snow for the first time but he also experiences war and death. Jonas realizes how bad the community is and runs away with a baby named Gabriel before the community kills the baby. They find a house that is decorated with lights. 

Color is a big part of this book. I would give each student a colored piece of paper and have them write about why the color means to them. I would also have them write what they think it would be like if we didn't have the color. This book should be used in 6th grade or above as it deals with euthanasia. 

Lexile Level:760L

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review 2018-09-09 17:49
The Giver
The Giver - Lois Lowry,Ron Rifkin

This is a long chapter book for much older children. It is about a boy who lives in a "perfect" world.  Fountas & Pinnell label it as a Level Y book and I think that is fair and appropriate considering the subtle themes, complex plot, social problems with explicit details, fantasies, and analyzing by the reader. Level Y means this would be a book for 6th graders which I think is perfect. I personally heard this story for the first time when I was in 4th grade while my teacher read it aloud to the class. Most of my classmates did not seem to understand it or even be very interested in it. I understood it and enjoyed it, but it was somewhat confusing even though I was a very advanced reader. I read it over again in 6th grade and appreciated it and understood it much more. I may be comfortable reading it aloud to a 6th grade class if we stopped very often to review and discuss what we've read. I may assign it to an advanced reader to read alone.

As an activity, I would break my students into groups of 4-5 depending on reading levels and comprehension. I would give the assignment of creating their own imaginary society like Jonah's community in the book. What would the rules be? What would each job consist of? Who would live there? 

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