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review 2016-03-18 16:57
Totally entertaining!
A Bear Called Paddington - Michael Bond,Peggy Fortnum

Paddington bear was found in a London train station with a note around his neck saying, "Please look after this bear, thank you." The Browns just couldn't pass by and do nothing, so they took him home, not realizing that things would never be the same. Paddington was a sweet bear and he tried to do the right thing, but somehow it always ended in a mess. Grab a copy of this book and experience all of the crazy predicaments that Paddington finds himself in. Trust me, you won't want to put it down. It's too much fun!


Use in the classroom: I would use this book during Literature circles and have students really dig deep into the text. I might even have a research project on Peru and London... have students find facts about each. I would also like them to create their own suitcases and bring things from home that are special to them.


Target grades: 3rd-5th

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review 2016-03-18 03:00
Madeline - Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. This story is based in France where a little girl named Madeline lives in a convent. Madeline is the most daring of all the little girls that she lives with. One night, Madeline wakes up in terrible pain and finds out that she has to get rid of her appendix. The other little girls visit her in the hospital and decide that they want to have their appendix removed too! This book is a super fun read. Your little ones are sure to be fascinated with it. In fact, they will probably  have a million questions about what they are seeing and reading! 


Use in the classroom: I would use this book as a way to introduce my students to a world of new things! I would have word sorts and creative writing projects. My students will be immersed in facts about France. I might even have my students do a little research project on French culture and how it differs from American. I would  connect the author's life to the text and show how they correlate. Finally, I would have a French party at the end (French food, music, colors, etc.)


Target grade: 1st or 2nd

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