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review 2016-08-27 18:42
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse - Leo Lionni

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse is a sweet story about friendship and differences. The story involves a mouse named Alexander and a wind-up mouse named Willy.  They quickly becomes friends.  When Willy is suddenly in danger of being thrown out, Alexander uses an opportunity where he could have helped himself, to instead help Willy. 


This book would be great for kindergarten through 2nd grade.  It teaches about selflessness and consideration. It also teaches that even though someone might look the same on the outside, they can be very different on the inside. 


I would have small reading groups read this story and pause at certain parts of the book to ask what they think might happen next.  I might draw a picture of what they think might happen next and have them share it with their group. 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-08-27 17:58
Harriet the Spy
Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh

Harriet the Spy is a classic children's book.  It is a book that is best introduced around the 4th or 5th grade.  The main character, Harriet, keeps a journal where she writes down everything she is thinking!  This includes some not so very nice things about her friends, enemies, and anyone she happens to cross paths with. 


When her journal is discovered and all of it's contents are shared to everyone she talked about , Harriet learns the hard way just how much words can hurt.  She ends up friendless and miserable.


This is a wonderful story that can be used to show the importance of words.  You could do several activities that show a child they should be very careful about what they say about one another.  A teacher could have the class write one compliment about a friend to share with the class.  Another good activity would be to have the class write a short story about something that was said about them, whether it be positive or negative, and how it made them feel. 

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