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review 2017-02-21 18:18
Boing!
Mr. Bounce (Mr. Men Classic Library) - Roger Hargreaves

Just as funny. It's great that these age well.

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review 2017-02-21 18:17
Hello Mister Richard
FREE: Classic Love Poems - William Shakespeare,Edgar Allan Poe,Elizabeth Barrett Browning,Richard Armitage

Ah, Richard Armitage reading love poetry, what more do you want? Well, keep your x-rated comments to yourself.

Nice collection. Bonus points for including work from the Bible that was not Song of Songs. Good definition of love.

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review 2017-02-17 23:56
Politics, drama, and horses...not necessarily in that order
South Riding - Shirley Williams,Marion Shaw,Winifred Holtby

I decided to tackle a rather formidable bit of fiction pretty much on a whim in the form of South Riding by Winifred Holtby. It took me much longer to read than I had anticipated but that's just a good lesson that sometimes you need to take your time with a book. :-) Apparently this book is a literary classic although I had only heard about it recently through a YouTube channel (Mercy's Bookish Musings if you're curious). What drew my interest (besides the gorgeous cover art) was the setting which is a small area of Yorkshire. (As some of you may know, I'm kinda obsessed with the English countryside and I had the very good luck to visit Yorkshire in 2015 and fell a lot in love with it. THE MOORS, YA'LL.) South Riding is a fictional area of Yorkshire where city councilmen (and a councilwoman) pretty much run the show. If you've ever lived in a small town, particularly a rural one, then you'll recognize the intricate balance between government "officials" and their fellow townspeople. This was set in 1933-35 right at the start of WWII when the country was still harboring hope that the war could be avoided. Our main character, Sarah Burton, is a headmistress who is a revolutionary (at least to the people in South Riding) and ready to shake things up. The lone female on the City Council, Mrs. Beddowes, sees in Sarah a chance to improve the reputation of the school but she also feels that she can muster some amount of control over her (spoiler alert: this is doomed to fail). There are quite a few side stories such as that of Lydia Holly who lives in poverty but aspires to be an academic success the likes of which South Riding has never before seen. Not to mention the rather despicable men who like Mrs. Beddowes are on the City Council. One of them really turned my stomach. *shudder* I went into this book thinking that it was likely to be a romantic tale but if anything the romance was between the characters and their town. It's quite plain that Holtby harbors a nostalgic love of the Yorkshire where she grew up and it's palpable on nearly every single page of this book. If for nothing else, I enjoyed South Riding because of this. Otherwise, it wasn't exactly a life changing read (read Dickens for that). I'd give it a solid 6/10.

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-02-09 22:44
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly - Simms Taback

This is a story and a song about the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a bird, and even more. This is just a funny, creative, story to grab students attention and this book can also help with students memorization and sequencing. I would read this in kindergarten through first grade.

 

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review 2017-02-05 16:57
CAPS FOR SALE by Esphyr Slobonkina
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some... Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business - Esphyr Slobodkina
  The peddler carries his caps on his head. When he wakes up from a nap his caps are missing. He looks up and sees a tree full of monkeys wearing his caps. He cannot figure out how to get the caps back and he get frustrated.

This is a classic tale. I liked how the peddler showed his frustration and the monkeys followed suit. It teaches children about imitation. It also got the peddler back his caps. It is a fun, easy read.
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