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review 2018-01-14 02:25
Audio Book Review: Biscuit Witch
The Biscuit Witch: The Macbrides (The Macbrides: Crossroads Cafe) (Volume 1) - Deborah Smith

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This is my first book with Misty Gray narrating. I found her interesting because we start with Delta who wrote the letter and get a Southern accent, then we get a section from Douglas with a Scottish accent. We end with chapter one from Tallulah's voice, which is different than the previous two. I was struck with these different accents and taken by them. Misty was clear and clean throughout the book, nothing to distract from the words of the story.

Delta feels like a strong woman with solid beliefs of all around her from her letter we read in the prologue. She sounds like a kind person based on that first line. From that letter, it feels that family is important to Delta. She keeps track of the family line as though it's important, and uses it. However, we only meet Delta at the beginning in the letter and at the end by phone.

For listening, the book is broken up strange and, at times, it's hard to pick up on. There are sections in each chapter with sub-titles instead of a new chapter. For audiobook, it doesn't always translate well because we don't see these titles, and sometimes sound to be part of the story. I did adapt and knew to keep an ear open for them.

Okay, in the beginning I wasn't sure where the story was going. We get Delta's letter then Doug's account with the sheep. I thought I knew where the story was going, but then we get into chapter one that's Tal's reminiscing about her family past. This felt like it was a huge info dump without leading us on the story. It was about her parents - who related to, who died, and what they did and how they died. Then we end the chapter right where Doug ended up with the sheep. The story took off from there.

The story is good. But it's not my style of writing and format. I like Tallulah and her story. She's on the go, trying to get away from the father of her child as he's not a good person or the lifestyle she wants for her daughter. She makes her way to the home town of her family roots. And here she finds a good man and good people. Tal even learns about her family heritage, which she didn't know with losing her mama so young.

The romance... Tal does find a man. But the relationship between her and him and him and her daughter seems to happen so fast. Like in two days fast. Okay, maybe three? I know it's a novella and looking past the quickness, it made for a sweet story.

The story has a few different angles to it. There is a sweet love that blossoms, of course. But we also see more here. Tal has a daughter and some troubles she's running from. Tal gets a solution to those problems and grows as a character too. We also see the thread that will connect the stories in this series - Free Wheeler, a small town. There is a history here that Tal starts to dig into and learns.

As for the cooking reference, I was expecting more "magic" in the baking. There is love backed in those biscuits, and people love them but I thought there would be some spark related to the baking. It wasn't as much of a tie as I thought there would be, but that's okay.

It's a sweet story with Tal who's drawn to bake all sorts of goodies with heart and memories. Family and friends are everything, and will help you when you are in need.

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review 2017-04-08 03:04
Review
Biscuit Goes to School - Alyssa Satin Capucilli,Pat Schories

This story is about a puppy named Biscuit who sneaks into school with his owner. Throughout the story, he learns about everything at a school and all what a students does on a normal day at school. I would use this in my classroom as a first day of school book to start off the day. This book could possibly calm the nerves of students of what the day and year will bring.

Grade Level- Kindergarten through First Grade

Lexile Level- 100 L

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review 2016-11-11 21:49
Biscuit
Biscuit Goes to School - Alyssa Satin Capucilli,Pat Schories

Biscuit decides he is going to sneak with his owner to go to school with her. In my future classroom I would want this book to be read and used as an activity. This activity would be introduced during the first few days of school. I would hope this would make my students feel more comfortable about going to school and safe. We would then talk about if they could bring a pet/animal to school who would they decide to bring. This would be a writing prompt that the students could work on and then discuss together as a class.

 

Intended Audience/Grade Level: Kindergarten-First Grade.

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review 2016-11-11 02:54
Show and Share
Biscuit's Show and Share Day - Alyssa Satin Capucilli,Mary O'Keefe Young,Pat Schories

In my future classroom I would share this book with the class by introducing the "All about me" week. I would relate Biscuit's owner to my students and talk about how they will be bringing something special from home with them to present to the class. This will engage the students to really put thought behind what they would bring to share.

 

Intended Audience/Grade Level: Kindergarten

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review 2016-01-25 00:45
Biscuit - Valentines Day
Biscuit's Valentine's Day - Alyssa Satin Capucilli,Pat Schories

This is another simple book, I would use it for kindergarten. Not very wordy and has flaps on the inside. This would be a fun book to read before Valentines day and to have different crafts that the class makes for each other after reading it. This is the book that I used for my Valentines Day activity. I suggested the class read it, then make cards for the principal, nurse and other hard workers in the school.

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