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review 2017-04-18 23:39
I AM a pink cat!
I am a Pink Pig (Reading Stars) - Calee M. Lee

Now that I have grandchildren with whom I can share children's books, I have started to review a few more of them. This one was given to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review, so I tried it out on my 20 month granddaughter. Obviously she isn't starting to read yet, but this book works on two levels - as a simple book to read to a small child and as an early reader to a child who is ready to learn to read words.


On an initial read it seemed to be a great success - the Pink Pig introduces himself and then explains that he's not a blue, green or red pig - although the background colour is changing accordingly. On a second read through, I realised that her reaction had changed when we came to the next few pages - an illustration of a pink cat says "I am not a pink cat", similarly a pink dog, a pink turtle and a pink bird, all claim not to be what they are clearly illustrated as. If a 20 month child can spot that this is rather incongruous, I can't really recommend this book.


The illustrations are cute and the words are fine for young learners, so this book still has value, but it also has a glaring error. Maybe something can be done on a second printing to correct this.


With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, Xist Publishing.

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review 2017-04-08 03:45
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White,Garth Williams,Rosemary Wells

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White is one of my favorite books to read growing up. I remember our teacher reading this to us and allowing us to watch the movie afterward. The story takes place of a farm where a piglet (and also the runt of the litter) is saved by a farmers daughter, Fern. Fern raises the piglet into a healthy full grown pig, where is is then sold off to the farm down the street. There, Wilbur the pig meet Charlotte the spider and they become instantly acquainted. Wilbur is getting ready to be slaughtered when Charlotte devises a plan to save Wilbur's life. The story has many events where Charlotte saved Wilbur's life by writing messages in her web above his stall. I would rate this book a four out of five stars and is listed as a 680L on the Lexile scale. an activity I would use for this book would be a cause and effect sheet. i would have a list of causes (events in the story) and ask my students to list the effects of each cause.

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review 2017-04-08 01:45
How To Be A Practically Perfect Pig - Nick Ward

in this book the main character is a pig and he shows you a guide on how to be a perfect pig. these include factors such as never make your bed, never pick up after yourself, and take a mud bath every day.


if i were to use this in a lesson i would have the students do a compare and contrast chart where the students would have to differentiate between the manners in the book and the manners that they were raised with.


I could not find any type of reading level for this book but i would have to say it is around 1st-2nd grade


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review 2017-04-07 21:19
Dumpy La Rue (Owlet Book) - Elizabeth Winthrop

Dumpy is a pig who loves to dance, but everybody tells him that pigs DON'T dance. Dumpy doesn't listen to them and dances anyway. Soon after Dumpy has inspired the rest of the animals whom after watching Dumpy dance have come to love dancing themselves.


This would be a great book for career day. This can be used to tell them the message that they can be whatever they want to be.


The lexile level of this book is AD380L

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review 2017-04-06 03:55
If You Give a Pig a Pancake - Laura Joffe Numeroff,Felicia Bond

Story about an unlikely series of events that will follow if you give a pig a pancake.  Once the pig is given a pancake she will want some syrup to go with it, which will lead to her getting sticky, which will make her want to take a bath, etc.  At the end of the story, the series of events leads back to the pig wanting you to give her a pancake.


This book could be used to teach a lesson on sequencing or cause and effect.


The lexile level for this book is 570L

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