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review 2017-12-21 22:13
Not exactly what I wanted
Find the Good - Heather Lende

I went into Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons From a Small-Town Obituary Writer by Heather Lende with a lot of perhaps too many expectations. I anticipated (and hoped for) humor of the macabre variety. Find the Good is a book of anecdotal advice from someone who regular faces death head on...or at least experiences it alongside those left behind. From the book's blurb, I thought that this was going to be a look at death with a light touch because how else can one continually run up against death and retain their positive outlook on life? I guess in a way Lende does explore the way she has had to structure her life so that she can continue to be a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen when the grief overflows. As an obituary writer in a small town, most of the notices that she has had to write were about people that she knew if not intimately then by sight. That takes a toll on a person and also fosters an environment for emotional and spiritual growth.  There are some good, positive points made but in my opinion not enough to warrant an entire book. It would have made a good article or think piece. There's very little I can say about this one other than it didn't really live up to my expectations or blow me away. It would probably work well on a short train ride or as a beach read. It's a 3/10 for me, guys.


What's Up Next: Thornhill by Pam Smy


What I'm Currently Reading: still reading Scythe and Mine Own Executioner

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text 2017-03-19 20:39
The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

This sweet book is about a little boy who complains about needing certain items his whole life and the tree giving what she has to provide for the little boy. The Lexile level is 530L. I would use this with a 3rd grade class (maybe near Thanksgiving) and give the students cutouts of leaves. I will assign each student another student and they must write three positive compliments on their 3 leaves. We will build a construction paper tree on a bulletin board and have each child represent a branch. Then we will hang up their compliments by their name!

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review 2016-12-14 01:51
Lightning struck twice
Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things - Jenny Lawson

I actually finished this book last week but as the site was down I'm taking the opportunity to post it now. :-)


I'm not entirely sure why it's taken my so long to read Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson. As I mentioned in the post where I reviewed Let's Pretend This Never Happened, I freaking LOVE Jenny Lawson and her writing. I actually picked this book up last year shortly after it came out but as with many things I was distracted and I only now got around to it. I adored it. Her debut novel is much like her blog where it's snippets of stories from her life (which is nothing short of eccentric and bizarre like her which is why I love her so much) mixed in with colorful anecdotes. Furiously Happy is a completely different kettle of fish. There are still tales of her life which are off-the-wall but the main focus of this book is Jenny's struggles with mental and physical illness and how she's decided to view it. Instead of seeing it as a dark cloud that obliterates all the joy from her life she has instead chosen to embrace all of the happy moments in between and LIVE THEM UP. Her joyousness and love of life is felt on every page. It's a fantastic pick me up. She takes the stigma of mental illness and throws it completely out of the window (making sure that it's wearing a funny sombrero on its way out). There's more taxidermy and of course arguments with Victor but the overarching theme is shining rays of light into the darkness of mental illness. I've already gotten one of my co-workers reading it and she said that from the first page she was hooked. That's two ringing endorsements, ya'll! This one is a 10/10 for sure and if you don't read it you'll surely regret it.

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review 2016-11-12 04:18
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Ray Cruz,Judith Viorst

I love Alexander. I always enjoyed hearing this story, and when I learned to read, it was one I picked continuously for independent reading.  Alexander is just having a bad day.  Nothing is going well for him.  To us adults, lots of minor things are just piling up to create a bad day.  To Alexander, they are all majorly horrible things to happen.  However, they are pretty normal occurrences that most kids can relate with.  This text could be read and students can brainstorm suggestions for Alexander to turn his day around.  The teacher can offer advice, as well.  Later, when they are going through a similar bad day, they can recall their advice to Alexander and, perhaps, turn their day around.  The text is appropriate for grades 1-2, but I think that with this activity, even 3rd graders could benefit.

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review 2016-11-11 01:32
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids - Carol McCloud

I just recently found this book and, boy, I can't wait to get my hands on it!! My hope and dream for my classroom is that it would be a positive, kind, and "bucket filling" environment! I would use this book to lay down my expectations as a class. I have found so many physical bucket filling reward system for kindness that I would have in my classroom so this book would help me immensely on teaching my students about spreading kindness to all and filling other people's buckets daily! I would use this in a  1st-3rd grade classroom! 

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