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text 2017-05-29 01:28
Reading progress update: I've read 40 out of 272 pages.
Selected Short Stories - Conrad (Wordsworth Classics) - Keith Carabine,Joseph Conrad

Running arms to the natives in the South Seas.

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text 2017-03-06 18:42
Reading progress update: I've read 172 out of 298 pages.
Lost in a Pyramid: & Other Classic Mummy Stories - Andrew Smith

I've read half the stories in this collection; Mummy Mania has now officially taken hold of me, so I put an even more recent Mummy story book on my wishlist--looks like newer efforts. I was going to take Tank Girl out with me to the coffee shop tonight, for my evening read, but that plan was in place if I was bored of these mummy antics and only managed 100 pages of the embalmed undead this morning. instead--much as I am anxious for Tank Girl--I think I can knock off the last six mummies on tap as twilight hits, and save the graphic novel for tomorrow. I'll see how I feel later...Mummies or Tank Girl tonight, it's all good. as for reaction to these stories so far: nothing mind-blowing, but I foresee a solid 3.5 Rating--not set in stone yet, some mummy somewhere could elevate things considerably--and I do love the variety, I love the fact that some of these stories are so obscure they haven't been print since they first appeared (!), and this has been a lot of fun. I can't say Louisa May Alcott's mummy story is gonna make me rush off to get Little Women, but, um--well, I guess technically I'm closer to doing that than I was before...

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text 2017-03-05 19:24
Reading progress update: I've read 8 out of 298 pages.
Lost in a Pyramid: & Other Classic Mummy Stories - Andrew Smith

contents of this book:

'Lost in a Pyramid, or The Mummy's Curse' (1869), by Louisa May Alcott

'A Night with King Pharaoh' (1869), by Baron Schlippenback, KSL

'My New Year's Eve Among the Mummies' (1879). by Grant Allen

'Professor Petrus' (1884), by Justin Huntly McCarthy

'The Curse of Vasartas' (1889), by Eva M. Henry

'Lot No. 249' (1892), by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

'The Unseen Man's Story' (1893), by Julian Hawthorne

'The Story of Baelbrow' (1898), by Kate and Hesketh Prichard

'The Mysterious Mummy' (1903), by Sax Rohmer

'The Dead Hand' (1904), by Hester White

'A Professor of Egyptology' (1904), by Guy Boothby

'The Necklace of Dreams (1910), by W. G. Peasgood


That's what's in here. A few thoughts...can't believe this is gonna be my introduction to Louisa May Alcott--a Mummy story, who knew?!...looking forward to reading the Sax Rohmer and the Guy Boothby entries, since I've sampled novels by both of them...final thought: Lost in a Pyramid may be my favorite title for anything, ever, after Stuck in a Pagoda with Trisha Toyota, and that's a song. Lost in a Pyramid! How do I resist that!

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review 2016-09-27 19:21
The Three Little Pigs
The Three Little Pigs - Gavin Bishop

Many stories have other stories that are similar but with a twist.  This is true for some of the classic stories that may bore children after some time.  So, when introducing classic literature in the elementary grades, it is fun to introduce several books at once that all originate as the same.  This book is the perfect example!

So many fun activities can be done with this story and those like it.  Have fourth grade students create book covers for each one you present and make a shelf for those. If there are many books, students can choose the three or otherwise, students can work in groups and rotate with one book at each rotation. 

(On the copy paper, have them fold it hamburger style and then write the who, what, when, where, why of the story on the inside.  They should create three of these.)  Then, have students create a 'bookshelf' with a legal size piece of paper by folding it hotdog style but only 2/3 of the way.  The 'books' can then be placed on the 'shelf'.  And if time allows, they can illustrate the covers and the shelf too.) 

As an individual activity, students could be asked to compare and contrast the stories they read and complete a venn diagram.  The title may be The Three Little Pigs but is this the same as the version you have always heard?


grade level equivalent 1.9

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review 2016-08-22 00:00
Classic Irish Short Stories, Vol. 1
Classic Irish Short Stories, Vol. 1 - George Augustus Moore Solid collection of (somewhat dated) Irish shorts with characteristic Irish black humor, but maybe a "wee" too much of the use of stereotypical Irish accents rendered into print. My favorite was the last, a running feud between two village elders as to the proper location of a deceased neighbor's family burial plot, and the only semi-bereaved widow (a fourth wife of the deceased) finding much to admire in the gravedigger twins who put her late husband in the ground.
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