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review 2017-04-07 00:11
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Velveteen Rabbit - William Nicholson,Margery Williams

The Velveteen Rabbit written by Margery Williams is a 4.7 on the Accelerated Reading leveling system. The book is about a stuffed rabbit that loves his boy. One day the boy gets sick and must throw out the stuffed bunny because it carries germs. This makes the rabbit sad. However, the rabbit soon turns into a real bunny and gets to live a new life in the forest next to the boy's house. This is a perfect book for young children as a read aloud for the beginning of school. It demonstrates that growing up is inevitable, but it is also very exciting. 

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review 2016-03-17 18:27
The Velveteen Rabbit - William Nicholson,Margery Williams

This story is actually one of my all-time favorites. It is the story of love and friendship and something that children can really relate to at a young age. Many students in the younger grades will have a stuffed animal or a significant item in their life that they feel means everything to them. I would use this in any grade K through 4 common but for my first graders I would have them write a story about their own Velveteen Rabbit.

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review 2016-02-19 18:55
About The Velveteen Rabbit
The Velveteen Rabbit - William Nicholson,Margery Williams

For me, this book is a MUST HAVE! I have to have this book in my classroom and in my life simply because it is my all time favorite! To me, this book just epitomizes childhood as well as the transition from childhood into adulthood. I do not have any specific ideas on how to use it in my classroom other than the following:

1. I WILL use it for a read aloud no matter what grade I am teaching (ages 0-100+), and

2. It WILL be in my classroom library!

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review 2015-10-17 01:26
Talking Mice CAN be a letdown
The Rescuers - Margery Sharp,Garth Williams

I think most people won't realize was a book before it was adapted by Disney into a film. Firstly, the illustrations which were done by Garth Williams (he also did Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web) are fantastic. They portray Bernard and Miss Bianca very differently from the movie version because their characters are almost entirely different. In fact, everything apart from there being talking mice who form a secret society that help humans was changed. Bianca is portrayed as a rather vacuous female content with her lot in life but Bernard makes her see herself in a slightly different light. The movie is the exact opposite where Bernard is full of timidity and it is Bianca that draws him out of his shell and shows him what he is truly made of. The film is about the rescue mission of an orphan girl named Penny from a truly horrific woman (who reminds me of Miss Hannigan from the musical Annie) while the book is about the rescue of a Norwegian poet from an impenetrable castle. The essential feeling of the two storylines is the same but if I had to choose between the two I'd probably go for the movie on this one (but you should still check out the beautiful illustrations).

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2015-06-07 22:43
Reading Challenges: May Recap
The Prenatal Prescription - Peter W. Nathanielsz,Christopher Vaughan
Maybe Baby: 28 Writers Tell the Truth About Skepticism, Infertility, Baby Lust, Childlessness, Ambivalence, and How They Made the Biggest Decision of Their Lives - Lori Leibovich
Bound - Donna Jo Napoli
Attachments - Rainbow Rowell
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Zondervan NIV Wide Margin Bible - Zondervan Publishing
The Boy in the Black Suit - Jason Reynolds
The House at Pooh Corner - A.A. Milne,Ernest H. Shepard
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
The Rescuers - Margery Sharp,Garth Williams

Another month is behind me, and another handful of books read toward various 2015 challenges. As a quick recap, my challenges this year are:

1) A personal challenge created to help me read down my own collection;

2) A challenge from Into the Forest, a fairy tale group I belong to on Goodreads

3) A challenge to read as many source materials for Disney movies as possible and

4) Just for the fun of it, a challenge to see how many of the books I read happen to fit with the criteria of this challenge.

 

From my personal reading challenge, I was reading books about "my current obsession." As I'm getting to "that certain age" (34), questions about whether to tackle parenthood have been on my mind for more than a solid year. This month, I read two books relating to this topic:

 

The Prenatal Prescription by Peter W. Nathanielsz - A book about the impact a mother's prenatal choices will have on her child for life. An informative read, but probably not the most outstanding book on the subject.

 

Maybe Baby: 28 Writers Tell the Truth About Skepticism, Infertility, Baby Lust, Childlessness, Ambivalence, and How They Made the Biggest Decision of Their Lives by Lori Liebovich - That is one godforsaken long subtitle. I would have just subtitled it 28 Writers on How They Made the Biggest Decision of Their Lives. Cumbersome title aside, this was a solid collection about all of the above. I always feel as if I learn more about big decisions by reading personal accounts than self-help books.

 

I really wanted to squeeze in a book about the "working mom" vs. "stay-at-home mom" debate, but I had to cram in a book for book club instead. :/

 

 

From my Into the Forest Reading Challenge, I read

1. A book by a favorite author that you haven't read yet - Bound by Donna Jo Napoli. Bound is a retelling of the Chinese version of the Cinderella story. I used to devour DJN books, but then abandoned them for 10 years or so. It was nice to go back. 

 

For this 2015 Reading Challenge I read ...

A popular author's first book - Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

A Pulitzer Prize Winning Book - Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

A book you started but never finished - The Bible

A book published this year - The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds (haven't written my review yet)

A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet - Bound by Donna Jo Napoli

 

 

For Disney Source Materials, I read ...

The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

The Rescuers & Miss Bianca by Margery Sharp and

The Fox and the Hound by Daniel P. Mannix

 

My theme for the month of May is "Take Me Away" -- fantasy, sci-fi, historical, or travel books -- anything that takes me far afield from my current 2015 South Dakota reality.

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