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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-24 03:06
Crooked Kingdom
Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows was so good it would be hard to make a sequel but Leigh Bardugo succeeded with Crooked Kingdom begin even better. The plot was even more complicated than in Six of Crows but just as easy to follow. There where so many twists and turns; so much plotting and countering it blew my mind. In this book we get to experience so much character development; Kaz starts to become more human, we see more of Pekka Rollins and explore the fears of each member of the team. We got input from Wylan how his appearance effects him and Jesper both. Bardugo sets up Kaz and Inej and it is interesting to explore why their relationship is so cautious whereas Jesper and Wylan can love each other with no strings attached. Inej can see the good in Kaz but believes that if he doesn't give up parts of the monster he has created of himself she can't help him and will move on with her life. It almost saddens me that she found a purpose and will leave the gang. It makes sense that she will hunt slavers and I hope that one day Kaz can join her. I think that would help them both work though their fears. Jesper is a particularly interesting charter because unlike all the others he has a live to go back to and chose life in the barrel. His need for risk drove him to the barrel and gambling. I think that if Jesper's father had understood that need Jesper would not have become a gambler and sharpshooter. Although Nina is my least favorite character the new development in her grisha power is intriguing and I wished there was more time to explore it. I understand why the Bardugo had Mathias killed; it had to happen to further the character of Nina. After Mathias is killed Nina goes through stages of wanting to bring him back with her newfound character and hating herself for not being able to heal him, she decided that it was even more important to make more of the druskelle see their point of view on the grisha. Wylan was intriguing to me because unlike everyone else he came a very privileged background and had one flaw that took it all away from him. He dealt with it exceptionally well considering that he cant read. I wish there was another book that included all of these characters. I am seriously considering writing a fan fiction in a time after they are all settled into their new rolls.  

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review 2018-03-19 12:52
Amazing Origami Boxes - Tomoko Fuse

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

I just adore it when new Origami books hit Netgalley. My boyfriend and I are big lovers of origami (my boyfriend especially is pretty dang awesome with it). So yesterday I decided to open the book, get the origami papers and grab my boyfriend and get to folding.

We tried out various different models, from cute to practical. We wanted to do more, but it was already quite late so we will have to get back to the book and try a few others later. 

The book's instructions are quite clear for most of the time, though some of them had us scratching our heads and checking how the final product looks. Some reactions while folding: "Whut?" "Um, wait, how?" "WTH?" "What kind of magics is this?" 
But again, most are really good to follow and it was quite fun to see the box become real, and some looked even prettier in real life than in the pictures. 

There is a wide variety of boxes, from tiny open boxes to boxes that can close to flowers and cats. I definitely love that there were so many varieties to pick from. Though it was also quite hard as we couldn't try out all of them and had to select the prettiest ones. And then it was another hard choice as so many were pretty. :P

The photographs are very well made, often showing various sides to a project. Which really helped when we couldn't figure out the instructions. 

All in all, we really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to all who like origami. 

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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review 2018-03-14 11:17
Amazing Origami Boxes
Amazing Origami Boxes - Tomoko Fuse

by Tomoko Fuse


Origami has interested me since childhood but these 20 original designs take it to a new level. Tomoko Fuse has achieved recognition for her modular designs and these intricate boxes and dishes show why.


This is not a beginners book. However, the instructions are clear and although I think practicing on cheap paper is a good idea before using the beautiful, decorative origami papers shown in the colorful illustrations, at least most of them should be possible for anyone with patience and prepared to practice.


If you have no experience with origami, I suggest an easier beginner's book would be better to start, but some of the square boxes are reasonably easy and once those are mastered, the harder ones should be doable. As I said, practice with cheap paper first. Common printer paper can be squared by folding it over and removing the excess. When you've got the hang of a design, then the origami papers will make it beautiful.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-02-27 03:08
Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman,Caroline Binch

This is a story about a girl that wants the lead part in a play. It's Peter Pan her classmates tell her she can play that part because it's a boy and the boy is white. Her family supports her and she believes she can be anything she wants to be. It turns out to be very good. I would use this is my classroom to show students that they can do many things as long as they set their mind to it and work hard. I would like to have a "play" and there would be no limitations on who could play which parts. It would be whoever was the best at it.


Lexile Measure: 680L

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review 2018-02-24 21:21
Let Your Imagination Run Free!
Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman,Caroline Binch

This book can really entice children to love, and get into reading. It encourages students to become part of the books and let their imagination grow freely, no matter the role. I love the illustrations and the message it sends that children can be anyone they want to be if they put their minds to it. One activity would be to complete a character traits chart during a read aloud, or even to work on free writing with a prompt such as, "I Will Be... ."

Grade Level: K-2

Lexile measure: 680L

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