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text 2017-03-31 11:29

"And all the fairytales
she’d read
and the princes
she secretly loved
and the castles she’d
hoped to live in
and the magic
she’d expected to feel.
They had come right back
to bewitch her days
and charm her nights
and she was left surprised
how could one person
be so much
in fact, be everything
she ever longed for…"


Asha Seth

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text 2017-03-28 23:36
The Three Ninja Pigs - Corey Rosen Schwartz,Dan Santat

The Three Ninja Pigs is a primary example of a fractured fairytale, and it is written by Corey Rosen Schwartz. If your students really enjoy the story of the three little pigs, they are sure to love this modern version with ninja pigs! The three pigs attend a Dojo where they train to fight the big bad wolf. In the end, it is the ultimate showdown between the ninja pigs with their quick moves and the wolf with his stealth. The book’s Lexile reading level is AD630L, but I believe children of all ages from kindergarten to fifth grade would enjoy this modern spin. This would be a book that I would use to discuss fractured fairytales in the classroom. I would first read students the original version of The Three Little Pigs, and then I would read this book along with a couple of others for students to see the difference. I would then organize the students into their own book groups to do a study on fractured fairytales. I would assign each group an original tale, such as Little Red Riding Hood or Cinderella, and then give them fractured fairytale books to read and compare with. We could then organize a class book fair, where students in their group would present their original story and show the class examples of fractured fairytales that go along with the original.

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review 2017-03-19 08:02
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Beatty, Robert (July 14, 2015) Hardcover - Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty is written for ages nine to twelve years. While I'm way past my childhood, I enjoyed this book very much. I gave it five stars because it kept me guessing.

 

"she stepped closer and read the inscription on the pedestal of the statue:

 

our character isn't defined by the battles we win or lose, but by the battles we dare to fight."

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Disney-Hyperion and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1484709012

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review 2017-03-19 07:42
What Can Your Grandma Do? by Anne Sawan
What Can Your Grandma Do? - Anne Sawan,S... What Can Your Grandma Do? - Anne Sawan,Sernur Isik

What Can Your Grandma Do? by Anne Sawan is a fun-to-read children's book for ages four to seven years. It is illustrated by Sernur Iski. It's about grandparents with special talents. But does Jeremy's grandma have one? He learns what it is. I gave it four stars.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from Clavis Books and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/What-Can-Your-Grandma-Do/dp/160537332X

 

This book is in pre-order status until May 16, 2017. I could not leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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review 2017-03-18 17:40
The Three Little Pigs
The Three Little Pigs (Railroad Books Series) - James Marshall

This version follows the story line that a mother pig let her 3 baby pigs off when they got old enough. The first pig built a house of straw, the second built a house of sticks, and the third built a house of bricks. After the big bad wolf blows down the first two pigs' houses and eats them, he attempts to do the same to the third pig but fails. The wolf tells the third pig he was only kidding and tries to befriend him, only to find out that the pig was plotting revenge the whole time. I had not previously read this version of The Three Little Pigs, but I liked how the pig tricked the wolf at the end! It also has a video version of the story to go along with it on YouTube. 

 

In the classroom, this story would be great for comparing and contrasting with The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.

 

560L - Lexile Measure

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