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review 2017-06-11 18:40
Dealing with Dragons
Dealing with Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede

I distinctly remember buying this book at the same time I bought The Bad Beginning. I never finished A Series of Unfortunate Events, but I read all of the Enchanted Forest Chronicles. I really want the nine-year-old to read them. I think she'd enjoy the series.

 

I think of this series as fantasy for non-fantasy readers. It's fantasy, but there's lots of accessible references to other fairy tales/myths. I meant to read them in publication order this time around (Book 4 was published first and then the others came after), but I forgot when it actually came time to read them. I thought about skipping ahead and then backtracking, but I think I'm just going to press on to Book 2.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-02-26 14:16
Dealing with Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles #1)
Dealing with Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede

Dealing with Dragons

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review 2017-01-09 00:00
Dealing with Dragons
Dealing with Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede Dealing with Dragons - Patricia C. Wrede Princess Cimorene, after a being told that everything she wants to learn and do just isn't done by Princesses, runs away. She uses the advice of an enchanted frog and becomes the princess of the dragon Kazul. She is soon having the time or her life. There's something funny going on between the dragons and the wizards though, and Cimorene has to figure out what before its too late for her new friend.

This series turns fairytale expectations on their heads. There's a lot of that going on these days in middle grade and young adult, which is awesome, but it was much more rare back when I was combing the kids section at the library for something new to read. I remember being intrigued by the watercolor covers and checking out all four in the series at once, the librarian and I were on good terms.

I read this a long time ago and remembered loving it. I remembered enough to leap on it and rate it when I stumbled on it on Jan 15th 2011. What made me remember it? Looking back it seems I was on a roll adding favorites from childhood: [author:John Bellairs|101070], [author:Bruce Coville|10087], and [author:Diana Wynne Jones|4260]. Dealing with Dragons holds up well twenty-something years later, and I'm glad the series was recently reissued - these editions all come with a foreward from Wrede detailing how she was inspired to write the Enchanted Forest Chronicles (long story short, Jane Yolen made her) and what she was attempting to do. I love it. Except for the covers, each is more hideous than the last. I tried selling a customer on the story, and she took one look at the simpering Cimorene and blushing eye-lashed Kazul on the cover and turned away with all the scorn a 9 year old girl can muster.

Put a little more effort into these please, give the artists more money, get better focus groups, something.

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review 2016-11-08 00:06
Crankenstein - Dan Santat,Samantha Berger

Crankenstein is a book about a little boy that becomes so cranky that he turns into a monster called Crankenstein. This would be a great book to talk to any grade about emotions. We all have our own monster moments and laughter is the quickest way to tame it. An activity that could be used along with this book is a chance for students to write about a time that they became a Crankenstein. It's also a great transition into talking about ways that we can deal with our anger without lashing out at others. 

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review 2016-11-07 23:44
Ida, Always - Charles Santoso,Caron Levis

I think that it is very important to include a book about how to deal with loss or grief to your bookshelf. You may or may not have students encounter the loss of someone or something in someway. Whether that connection being direct or indirect, it's gonna happen. This book is about the friendship of two polar bears. Gus and Ida learn that Ida is very sick. When Ida passes away, Gus is sad but quickly realizes that Ida may be gone, but she is never forgotten. This would be a good book to use when dealing with grief or loss within your classroom. Teaching that even though these people or this thing is gone, they or it will never be forgotten. Having the student recall happy memories with the subject could be a good activity to use within any grade. 

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