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review 2017-08-18 00:00
Accept My Surrender
Accept My Surrender - Jane Davitt,Alexa ... Accept My Surrender - Jane Davitt,Alexa Snow Originally reviewed at Sinfully.

John is 39, bisexual and lonely. His wife walked away from their marriage one year ago and he has had some dates, but there are a few things lacking. One he is aware of and the other comes as a big surprise when he hears his new tenant’s D/s scene through the wall. John is ready to explore sex with men, but submission is a big surprise to him.

Logan is 27 and seems to be somewhat new to Domination. He’s had scenes with men and in a prior relationship, but that was about the extent of it; his Domination never went past the scene, but he has considered it. He thinks he has John pegged as a submissive pretty quickly, but he didn’t expect John to be so willing. Being a tenant in John’s home makes it easy for them to explore things and soon they are fully immersed in a D/s relationship.

The story is told in alternating POV and it started off really well with Logan and John, seemingly complete opposites, feeling each other out as landlord/tenant and potential friends and then starting a D/s relationship. After their first few scenes though, the relationship felt very rushed and the story started to feel scattered. The timeline has gaps where we’re told that time passed and things have happened and I feel like I missed out on them building up to things both emotionally and physically. John surrenders completely fairly quickly and considering his prior inexperience I expected more of an internal struggle. Within just a few weeks John is ready to jump into a 24/7 relationship and I found that just a bit hard to understand. There are some external stumbling blocks, John still has to get divorced and a tragedy shakes up Logan’s life, but overall things go almost too smoothly for the two men.

I did like having a smaller, younger Dom and there is an interesting switch that is introduced in the middle of the book and I would have liked to have seen these aspects explored a bit more. These authors write kink very well and the first half of the story had me fully on board, but ultimately the relationship here felt a bit rushed with the gaps in the timeline taking away from its development. Not a bad story, but not my favorite from Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow.

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review 2017-04-01 04:05
The Story of Ferdinand
The Story of Ferdinand - Munro Leaf,Robert Lawson

 Lexile Level: AD830L

 

This is a  book about a bull who is unlike all the other bulls in the pasture. He doesn't want to fight! The story finds Ferdinand in a pickle when he is picked to fight in Madrid, only he is distracted by flowers! Ferdinand is also an admirable role model because he is different, and he is comfortable with himself

This would be a great book for 2nd or 3rd grade, for social studies, you could teach a unit on Spain and talk about the culture of bullfighting and bulls; you could also use this book you always believe in the right thing and to believe in yourself. That you don't have to be like everyone else to fit in, you were born to stand out. 

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review 2017-04-01 03:37
Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

Lexile Level: 460L

 

The story is based on a little girl’s journey of dealing with her very unique name. She starts loving her name, she ends up getting teased about her name at school. Eventually with the help of her teacher, Chrysanthemum is able proudly love her name again.

 

I would read this to talk about bullying and show that everyone  is special and that we need to be accepting of others and yourself for who we are as individuals. 

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review 2016-11-11 22:28
Be Different
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum is made fun of for her name being different. In my classroom, I would teach students about how different our community is. From race, gender, sex, beliefs, and customs, there is many attributes that come into making you who you are. I will discuss with my class that you should always be accepting to one another. You may not know what they could bring to the table if you never gave them a chance. The students would be given a "secret friend" and would then have to write on construction paper one thing they liked best about their friend. We would share this to the class. It would bring my class together and make every student feel good.

 

Intended Audience/Grade Level: 2nd-3rd Grade.

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