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review 2016-11-06 02:20
Nina, Nina, and the Copycat Ballerina
Nina, Nina and the Copycat Ballerina - Jane O'Connor,Dyanne Disalvo

This book is great for emergent readers in a kindergarten class.  There are many repetitive sight words for a reader to practice.  The story also could help teach about being yourself but also being respectful of friends.  In this story, Nina meets a new student named Nina who starts to copy everything she does!  This drives Nina crazy!  In the end, they become great friends with their own personalities! 

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review 2016-11-06 02:11
Monster Party!
Monster Party! - Annie Bach

Monster Party is such a fun book!  It would go perfectly with a kindergarten lesson on rhyming words. I would read this after the students had already been introduced and had a little experience with rhyming words.  There are a lot of activities that could go along with this book, too.  Students could create their own rhyming monster and decorate it with words that rhyme.  You could also use this as a writing prompt and have the students write a story about monsters and have them include rhyming words,

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review 2016-11-06 01:45
Franklin's Secret Club
Franklin's Secret Club - Paulette Bourgeois,Brenda Clark

Franklin's Secret Club would be a wonderful story to teach students the importance of not leaving people out of activities and including each other. This would be good to use in a kindergarten through 3rd grade class.  This book could be used to teach about friendship.  It could also be used if anyone in the class is being left out of things.  It would be a good way not to single anyone out but to still get the message across.  This could also be used as a writing prompt where the class could write about a time they were left out of something and how it made them feel.

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review 2016-10-09 17:02
Bad Astrid
Bad Astrid - Eileen Brennan,Regan Dunnick

This book would be good for kindergarten and 1st grade.  This book would be a great way to teach about bullying.  In the story, the main character is bullied by the new girl in town. Astrid is constantly mean and hateful!  One day, Astrid has an accident on her bike and needs help.  Instead of being mean like Astrid was, the main character helps Astrid up and decides that maybe Astrid just needs a friend.  This could also help introduce a writing prompt about a time a student was bullied or how they might could help a friend they know is being bullied. 

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review 2016-10-09 16:44
Petite Rouge
Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood - Mike Artell,Jim Harris,Mike Artell,Mike Artell

This book would be great for 2nd grade.  It is a Cajun version of the original Little Red Riding Hood.  I would use this to show the class that there are several versions of the classics.  I would have them write their own version of the Little Red Riding  Hood.  They would share them with their classmates.  I think this would be a good thing to put in their writing portfolios.  There is a glossary in the beginning of the book that has words that might not be familiar.  This is very helpful!  I would introduce them before I read the story. 

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