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review 2016-11-11 01:31
The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

Written by: Shel Silverstein 


This book is about the relationship between a boy and a tree. The tree gives whatever the little boy shade and apples to eat when he is younger and wants to be free. When the boy grows up, his interests change and he no longer comes to the tree to have fun. The boy only comes when he needs something. The tree is so kind and full of love that he gives whatever the boy asks until he is merely a sad stump. When the boy grows old and comes back, the tree thinks it has nothing left to give him when all old man wants is a place to sit. In the end, both are happy because they are both with each other again! 


This is book is great for any age because it really shows the difference of being greedy and sharing with others. You could also teach a lesson on caring for nature and what that entails.

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review 2016-10-30 18:08
Big Red Lollipop
Big Red Lollipop - Rukhsana Khan,Sophie Blackall

Written by Rukhsana Khan

Illustrated by Sophie Blackall


Rubina has just been invited to her first birthday party, and her mother insists that she bring her little sister, Sana, along. No matter how hard Rubina tries to convince her mother that people just don't bring their little sisters along to birthday parties, her mother doesn't listen. Sana and Rubina go to the birthday party, and Sana acts selfishly and embarrasses Rubina. Sana even steals Rubina's prize from the party, a big, red lollipop. Rubina is fed up. She doesn't get any more invitations to birthday parties for a long time after that, either. Then one day, Sana gets an invitation to a birthday party. Her mother insists that she take her sisters with her, and refuses to listen when Sana tells her that you can't just bring your sisters to a birthday party. Rubina steps in and tells her mother not to make Sana take their little sister to the party, and their mother finally agrees. When Sana gets home from the party, she brings Rubina a big, green lollipop to say thank you.


This book would be great to open up a discussion about diversity and cultural differences with second to fourth grade students. It could also be used with younger students to discuss character traits and the importance of sharing.

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review 2016-09-18 16:21
The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein

Written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein


In The Giving Tree, a young boy and a tree love each other very much. He swings from her branches, rests in her shade, and eats her apples. As the young boy grows, however, so do his interests and needs. He spends less and less time with the tree, returning only when he needs something. The tree happily offers him what she has each time he returns, such as her branches to build a house and her trunk for a boat, until she is nothing but an old stump. The last time the young boy returns he is a very old man, and the tree frets that she has nothing left to give him. He assures her that she does, as he only wants a comfortable place to sit and rest. The tree is happy again, because an old stump is perfect for sitting and resting.


This book would be great for a lesson on sharing versus being greedy, or for a lesson about wisely using resources found in nature. It could be adapted for use throughout the elementary grades.

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Off Topic Can You Vote For Our Doggies ?

My daughter made Tweddle Dee and Tweddle Dum Costumes for our dogs, $$ prize can you of FB give us a vote ?


Houston Pet Magazine Facebook Page


Direct link- I hope


They are on the 3rd page here is their photo

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review 2015-10-05 01:31
Two Greedy Bears by Mirra Ginsburg
Two Greedy Bears: Adapted from a Hungarian Folk - Mirra Ginsburg,José Aruego,Ariane Dewey

Genre:  Folktale / Manners / Hungary / Trickery / Animals

Year Published: 1976


Year Read:  2015


Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company


I have read many folktales from around the world, but I rarely read folktales that came from Hungary! “Two Greedy Bears” by Mirra Ginsburg along with illustrations by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey seems like a familiar story that I had heard of many times before, but I have never actually read the actual tale of this lesson. Well, now this is the first time I had read the original tale and I loved it!


The book starts off with two young bear cubs running outside to see the world until they stumbled upon a brook. Both of the bear cubs wanted to drink out of the brook, but when one of them replies that he is thirsty, the other one replied that he is thirstier and this leads to the two bear cubs trying to outdo each other by seeing who could drink the most water from the brook. The bear cubs drank so much water from the brook that they ended up having huge stomachaches and they had to sleep it off until the next morning. When the bear cubs felt better the next morning, they continued to explore the world until they found a large round of cheese lying on the ground. The bear cubs wanted to divide the cheese among themselves, they could not figure out a way to divide the cheese equally. So, they started to fight each other until a fox came by and wanted to help the bear cubs divide the cheese.


Will the fox help the bear cubs divide the cheese?


Read this book to find out!


I was seriously amazed at how Mirra Ginsburg made the story as simplistic as possible, while still delivering the message about how becoming greedy can come with its own consequences. Now even though I had read many folktales that dealt with the consequences of greed, this book was quite unique as it showed more about what happens if you let greed get to you, rather than outright telling the reader that greed is never a good thing. I also thought that it was quite hilarious and creative at what happens at the end of this book (I will not spoil it for anyone who has not read this book yet) as I found myself laughing at how the fox solved this dilemma between the bear cubs! Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey’s artwork were truly cute to look at as the two bear cubs had different shades of color as one was brown and the other was yellow as it helps the reader tell them apart. I also loved the fact that the bear cubs were round and fluffy as it shows how innocent they are and yet, they do not understand about greed and therefore they get themselves into trouble whenever their greed gets the best of them.


Overall, “Two Greedy Bears” is a truly fantastic book for children who wants to learn about the consequences of greed and wants to read a folktale that comes from Hungary! I would recommend this book to children ages three and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.


Review is also on Rabbit Ears Book Blog



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