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text 2017-02-04 04:27
Thank You, Mr. Falker
Thank You, Mr. Falker - Patricia Polacco

Talk about a great book for discussing students with learning disabilities! I loved how Mr. Falker truly cared for Trisha. He noticed a problem in her writing and did not let it set her back. He worked with her to overcome dyslexia and not let it control her life. This book truly highlights that teachers can make a huge difference in their students lives. For students, this highlights that even if your own weaknesses there are ways to overcome! The teacher could have an activity in class where the students write one weakness they feel they have and one strength on a notecard and the teacher could keep this for her own record and work throughout the year to improve students weaknesses and shine a light on each student's strengths! There are endless possibilities with this book but I feel shining a light on learning disabilities and strengths and weaknesses would be perfect! I recommend this book for all teachers and students! This book is geared for grades 3rd-5th specifically and has a lexile level of AD650L. 

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review 2016-03-13 20:36
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up For Others - Bob Sornson,Maria Dismondy,Kim Shaw

Pete is at a new school and he is somewhat of a bully. Luckily he is in a classroom with students that know how to handle situations with a bully. They learned how to handle bully situations from what went on in 2nd grade ("Spaghetti in a Hotdog Bun"). The teacher and the students have made "The Promise" to not be a bully and to not be a bystander when someone is being a bully. Pete continues to be a bully even after the students share with him "The Promise" that they all have made in their class. He makes a girl named Ruby really mad when he poured his juice box all over her shirt. Ruby get really mad and decides to forget about "The Promise" and she tries to get the rest of the class to do the same. Her classmates choose to not be bystanders and stick to their promise. This is shocking to Pete that someone would stick up for him after he was so mean. This is a great book for K-5th grade. It teaches students that being a bully does not work, but sticking together and helping others out is always the best way to go. I would have 1st-3rd grade students do a character analysis before and after with this book and "Spaghetti in a Hotdog Bun". This will helps students have a better understanding of how "The Promise" changed the students and why they came up with "The Promise". 

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review 2015-12-02 18:04
Carla Fine: Strong Smart and Bold
Strong, Smart, and Bold: Empowering Girls for Life - Carla Fine,Jane Fonda
This book is like a basic primer on specific things you can do to open a conversation with your daughter about being a woman in a man's world. For example, the section on body image starts with a parent having a conversation with a daughter about biased media representation, and ends with the parent encouraging the daughter to try all different physical activities in the hopes of finding one she loves, so the daughter can learn to value her body for its accomplishments and not just its looks. It's very hands-on and practical.

That being said, if you don't know what Girls Inc is (I didn't), it's weird to have 100% of the experts and citations come from a source you don't recognize. Girls Inc is mentioned every few pages, like it's a household term that you know all about and accept as an authority on the topic. This is what caused me to put the book down after just a few chapters. I felt like I wanted the advice, but not the marketing.

I looked up Girls Inc online after deciding not to finish this book. It's hard to tell what they actually do though. Is it a scholarship foundation? Do they have meetings like Girl Scouts? It's not clear, but it is very, very slick. I mean I don't know if they take girls camping, but they definitely have a line of clothing at The Gap. In fact, they partner with dozens of retailers and you can sign up to "shop pink" by shopping through their portal and support women-owned businesses. Cool, but I got a weird vibe. Like they 100% focus on businesses and it's very hard to see how girl empowerment is being accomplished. Maybe it is a terrific organization with a terrible web site, I don't know. But I got the same weird vibe from the book, which is more self-promotiony than girl-empowery, if you know what I mean. I don't know if I can recommend this one or not.
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review 2015-10-09 21:34
The Little Vanilla Book: S&M Wisdom to Improve Your Everyday Life - Lux Alani


This is one badass book that is meant to inspire equally badass women.


I am going to write this review a little different than I normally do. I am going to focus on one section of this amazing little book... On Body Image.


We all worry about how we look. It is easy to become discouraged. A lot of us the hate our body. We shouldn't, we are what we are. I am not saying we should just let ourselves go, but we should at least not think of ourselves as lacking because of how we look. We need to have confidence in how we look. 


I have a friend who thought she was too big. She was so desperate to be "beautiful" that she starved herself. At ne point she had no clue how small she had truly become. It took me and her sister forever to get her to step on a scale. When she did she was shocked at what she actually weighed. The person she saw in the mirror was still overweight. Before she actually weighed herself, I remember her arguing that she knew she was still going to be over 200 pounds. Nope, 125. She had no clue that she had gotten that small. I am glad that she recognized her problem and immediately got herself into counseling and motivating classes. At work i have a resident who was so desperate to be the "perfect" woman for her husband that she start chopping off the bad parts of her body. No lie, she carved away parts of her stomach, upper arms, and inner thighs. Her story doesn't stop there though. When she was taken to the hospital they put her in the psychiatric ward. She was put on a medicine called Depakote. They overdosed her by accident and she suffered brain damage. She lives in one of our lower function group homes and will never be self-reliant again.



If you want to know why women have fucked up body images, blame the media. Or the culture-wide sexualization of girls and women. Or the invention of scales and mirrors. To start the healing process is to stop separating our body image from our relationship with ourselves.


Placing blame isn't owning what's in our control, which is the way we relate to ourselves. It is not possible to connect to our hearts while objectifying our bodies. Nor treating our bodies as projects or as our primary value... (end excerpt)


Something I didn't know:



Did you know that Dr. Seuss wrote a book for adults about naked women heroes? No joke! 'The Seven Lady Godiva' is a subversive satire n the ancient legend. Each of the Godiva I are illustrated as innocent "sheros" with different shapes, sizes, and ages, exemplifying the body positively that roller girls, dommes, and feminists rock today. Each Godiva gains wisdom from from a scruffy, charming horse and shares her truth with her naked troupe. Oddly awesome female empowerment and a reminder that life lessons can come in unlikely packages.(end excerpt)


This book left me feeling empowered. I want to grab that little black dress I have hanging in the closet, put it on, and not worry if I missed a spot shaving. I want to get together with my girlfriends and go out to celebrate my gender. I want to roar. 


I also wanted to point out how pretty this book is. There is not book jacket. It is pretty, and has a very feminine look to it. I love the basic vanilla and black coloring, and the inscription n the back is nice, HOWEVER YOU ROCK IT, YOU ARE A SACRED FEMININE BADASS!




This is a great book. I think the message it gives is amazing. Women everywhere should read this. Yes, this was written with a BDSM theme, but just as examples.


I recieved this book through Librarything in exchange for an honest review. 

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text 2015-08-31 14:24
August Round-up
The Eyes of the Dragon - Stephen King
The Future Memory Man: Episode Five of The Chronicles of the Harekaiian - Shanna Lauffey
Heirs of Empire - Evan Currie
The Banished of Muirwood (Covenant of Muirwood Book 1) - Jeff Wheeler
Synchronicity: Empower Your Life with the Gift of Coincidence - Chris Mackey
Down: Pinhole - Glenn Cooper
On the Wing: Insects, Pterosaurus, Birds, Bats and the Evolution of Animal Flight - David E. Alexander
A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab
Stinger - Robert R. McCammon

In August I have finished a grand total of ONE book!


The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King was a group read and one I really wanted to read. It was a complete disappointment as a book, but it satisfied my need to read it anyway.


I started out with intent to read A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab, but I didn't get too far before...


Netgalley. I lost control. They kept inviting me to read books that actually sounded like things I would like! In the meantime I had found two non-fiction books that interested me on their site: On the Wing by David E. Alexander and Synchronicity by Chris Mackey. I'm really enjoying On The Wing, but haven't properly started Synchronicity yet because I didn't want to have two non-fictions going at once.


So I've added three fiction books from Netgalley: Down: Pinhole by Glenn Cooper, Heirs of Empire by Evan Currie, and The Banished of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler. Down: Pinhole started out really, really good, but I'm not so sure about it now. The middle seems a bit slow. The other two books I haven't actually started yet.


So, add a next group read, Stinger by Robert McCammon and I've got waaaay too much to read!


Just when I thought I had seriously committed too much, I received the ARC for The Future Memory Man by Shanna Lauffey! I will of course effectively drop everything else to read the next episode of my favourite time travel series! This is officially released on 7th September, and there is a pre-release price of .99 until then. She also put all the other books in the series on .99 in the run-up to release.


I've had little reading time this past month due to too many work hours, but hopefully I can clear this lot by the end of September so I can read all the other books clamouring to be next! So many books, so little time. Sigh! Keep me off Netgalley...

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