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review 2018-09-07 21:05
The Kissing Hand
The Kissing Hand (Chester the Raccoon - Nancy M. Leak,Ruth E. Harper,Audrey Penn

I love love love this book! My mom use to read this book to me when I was a little girl. The book is about a young raccoon named Chester that is nervous about starting school. His mother kisses his palm and tells him that "whenever you feel lonely and need a little loving from home, just press your hand to your cheek and think, 'Mommy loves you. Mommy loves you." This book would be great to read to your class on the first day of school. It allows the students to make book to self connections. You may also add an activity at the end of the read where the students get to trace their on hand draw a heart in the middle of their palm to connect with the book and fully comprehend the text. Then they may place the hands where they are visible to the class as a reminder of love from home. 

PreK-K

Fountas and Pinnell: Level I

 

 

 

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review 2018-03-26 00:04
CODE TALKER: THE FIRST AND ONLY MEMOIR....By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII - Judith Schiess Avila,Chester Nez

Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir By One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII

Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila

Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Berkley (first published January 1st 2011)
ISBN:  0425247856 (ISBN13: 9780425247853) 
also available in hardcover, Kindle, Audible Audio, and Audio CD
 
Reading Chester Nez's impression of his early life and military experience was a wonder read. There are books about the Navajo Code Talkers, as well as movies, but this is the only memoir. Using code talkers were kept confidential and top secret for quite a while.
 
A lot of military terms and such were used throughout the book. This is an important part of the book, but not being military, I struggled and sometimes skimmed these parts of the book. I was definitely more interested in Nez's personal side than the actual military tactic specifics.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2018-01-21 04:46
Kevin Henkes' Text
Kevin Henkes 8-Book Set: Chester's Way; Chrysanthemum; Jessica; Julius, the Baby of the World; Lily's Purple Plastic Purse; Owen; Sheila Rae, the Brave; and Wemberly Worried - Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes has several great books in his collection. This particular one I chose is "Sheila Rae, The Brave". I love this story because it portrays a fearless character who isn't afraid of anything. Young children can relate to this character because, typically, they aren't afraid of much either. Sheila wasn't afraid of the dark, thunder or lightning, or big dogs. She tied up bullies and laughed when the principal walked by her in the hall. She stepped on cracks, fought off monsters in closets, and rode her bike with no hands! Fearless she was, until one day she decided she would walk home. Her little sister, who looked up to her in every way, said she was afraid to walk home. Sheila set out on her journey home and ended up getting lost. She tried to convince herself she was still brave and fearless, but out of her element she was terrified! She cried for mom, dad, and Louise, her sister. To Sheila's surprise, Louise was there! She had followed her and remembered the way back home. The little sister saved the day and Sheila was so thankful! This story can portray being brave no matter how small you are. Students could write stories about a time in their life where they had to be brave and get through a situation that was scary. It could also show them that you don't always have to be brave and that it is OK to ask for help when needed!

 

Lexile: 500L

ATOS Reading Level: 2.5

Reading A-Z: K

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review 2018-01-04 21:25
Building Better Teams this year
The Best Team Wins: The New Science of High Performance - Chester Elton,Adrian Gostick
The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups - Daniel Coyle
The Age of Agile: How Smart Companies Are Transforming the Way Work Gets Done - Stephen Denning

Working on my next review for Global Business and Organizational Excellence with 3 inspiring titles that deserve the press they are getting. Told with a nice combination of anecdote, interviews and compelling data.

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review 2017-05-14 23:52
Chester and Gus - Cammie McGovern 
Chester and Gus - Cammie McGovern

I am so emotional these days that just reading the blurb made me tear up. What a good dog! I liked that it was written from the dog's perspective, and that Gus was so uncommunicative.

Library copy 

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