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review 2017-01-24 04:56
Duck! Rabbit!
Duck! Rabbit! - Amy Krouse Rosenthal,Tom Lichtenheld

This book is about differing perspectives when looking at an animal. The book doesn't show the whole picture of the animal, but people see different things. After the animal leaves, the people begin to see the other person's side and perspective. At the end, however, a new dilemma arises when a new animal appears and they disagree on whether it's an anteater or a brachiosaurus. 


I think book could open up great conversations about how we see things differently based on our perspectives. We can become fixated on our point of view and forget that people see things differently than we do.


Lexile Level - AD20

(AD: Adult Directed, a book typically read to students)

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review 2017-01-24 04:30
Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman,Caroline Binch

Amazing Grace addresses the issues of traditional roles of race and gender and how we can break out of these traditional roles. Grace proves the other kids in her class wrong by getting the part of Peter Pan in the school play, despite being African-American and a girl.


I think this book is great at addressing these issues with a class setting in the story which can transition to a real classroom. I would use this with middle elementary students who would be addressing some of the issues presented in this book. I think it could open up wonderful, open discussions in the classroom, too.


Lexile Level - 680

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review 2017-01-20 16:44
A Bad Case of Stripes
A Bad Case of Stripes - David Shannon

A Bad Case of Stripes is about Camilla Cream. Camilla loves lima beans, but doesn't want to eat them because her peers do not like them. Throughout the book, she gets some crazy symptoms from not eating the lima beans and learns that it is perfectly ok to like what you like and be yourself.


This would be a great book for bringing up conversations about our differences in likes and dislikes. I think this would be a great to transition to a writing activity about something that each individual student likes that others might not like, just like Camilla likes lima beans, but others don't.


Lexile Level - AD540

(AD: Adult Directed, a book typically read to students)

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review 2017-01-14 04:05
Red: A Crayon's Story
Red: A Crayon's Story - Michael Hall

Red is a story about a crayon labeled as red but that is actually blue. The story is composed of the crayon's family and friends attempting to 'fix' it so it can be a red crayon like it 'should be' since it is labeled red. Close to the end of the story, a new friend encourage the 'red' crayon to draw something blue, which is what this crayon truly is. The 'red' crayon realizes it is blue and nothing has been wrong with it.


I would use this book in my class close to the beginning of the school year. I would encourage my students to think about a time when they felt like the red crayon and maybe write a short story about it and what happened with that situation. I would especially use this story with a class that had students with disabilities to emphasize their abilities and that they might just need to try another way to accomplish a task.  


Lexile Level - AD120 

(AD: Adult Directed, a book typically read to students)

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