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review 2018-02-26 23:29
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar shows the cycle of a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly. We experience all the food he eats and changes with him. this can be used for counting and the lifecycle of a butterfly.


Level: J 

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review 2018-02-26 14:41
A Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar introduces readers to a caterpillar as it curbs its hunger. The caterpillar then becomes a beautiful butterfly who is not so hungry. This book allows teachers to showcase days of the week and counting to students. I would use this book to help my students learn sequencing along with counting and addition. My students will put the events in order and they will tell how much food the caterpillar ate during the week. 


Reading Level: Lexile AD460L


Grades PreK-2

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review 2018-02-24 20:38
Love Who You Are!
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

Chrysanthemum is a very relatable story to students who are just starting school. Dealing with the anxieties of trying to make new friends and being afraid of not fitting in can be addressed to students in a read aloud. The illustrations are colorful and detailed and connect with exactly what the text is saying. A fun example of a class chart to complete can be found at the following link. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AVEzzFgNE5RXoPkSn2qTfz1ITgAdr5ht8-fY_sSpIhDRkSzapHSmFnI/. 

You could even have students create their own flower pots with each letter of their name written on a flower petal, and then everything they love about themselves written on the pot. 

Grade Level: Pre-K-2

Lexile Measure: 570L

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review 2018-01-30 02:18
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons - Eric Litwin,James Dean

I adore Pete the Cat! Whether he is rocking in his school shoes, magic sunglasses, or his groovy buttons, all kids love Pete. This particular book would be great for sequencing, number recognition, or color recognition. I've had the pleasure of watching a class play bingo while listening to the audiobook. It was a fun activity that had them on the edge of their seats!


Lexile - AD350L

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review 2017-09-16 13:42
Non-Flash-in-the-Pan SF: “Counting Heads” by David Marusek
Counting Heads - David Marusek

“I am not pouting, and I am certainly not indulging in self-pity, as Eleanor accuses me. In fact, I am brooding. It is what artists do, we brood. To other, more active people, we appear selfish, obsessive, even narcissistic, which is why we prefer to brood in private.”


In “Counting Heads” by David Marusek



SF stories often regurgitate medieval themes and settings, including wars, sword fighting, emperors, dukes, and so on. Star Wars and Dune do this, too. They would have us believe that people still fight with (light) sabres although they master FTL travel as well. Light sabres may be entertaining, but to me they are not serious SF. I prefer another kind of SF, the kind that shows NEW forms of human/alien behaviour induced by alien settings and new technology, NEW dilemmas and choices, and shows how current developments will play out in the not-too-distant future. In short, it kind of sheds light on the human condition as I’ve been writing “ad nauseam” on this blog. David's Marusek brilliant "Counting Heads" has no sword fighting, no laser guns. It does have court cases being pursued by Artificial Intelligence Assistance up to the Highest Court within milliseconds. People being "seared" - deprived of their online identity and thereby being unable to live a normal life. Societies with large numbers of clones such as "Maries" (that often marry Freds, who are fond of making lists for everything they do).



If you're into SF, read on.

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