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review 2018-04-13 17:10
I'm a Frog! - Mo Willems
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I love the Elephant and Piggie books and this one is no exception. A hilarious book about the power of pretending.

As with the other Elephant and Piggie books, this one is told entirely in different colored speech bubbles, which makes it a wonderful book to take turns reading lines with children. Each reader can be their own character. One of the kids I work with really enjoyed this. He is, of course, always Piggie and gives her a very high, screechy voice. This is a wonderful way to make books and reading more engaging for children. 

As always, great illustrations. I love the emotional range of the cartoon characters.

A very fun books. 
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review 2018-04-10 19:50
Frog by Mary Calmes 4 Star Review!
Frog - Mary Calmes

Weber Yates's dreams of stardom are about to be reduced to a ranch hand’s job in Texas, and his one relationship is with a guy so far out of his league he might as well be on the moon. Or at least in San Francisco, where Weber stops to see him one last time before settling down to the humble, lonely life he figures a frog like him has coming.


Cyrus Benning is a successful neurosurgeon, so details are never lost on him. He spotted the prince in a broken-down bull rider's clothing from day one. But watching Weber walk out on him keeps getting harder, and he’s not sure how much more his heart can take. Now Cyrus has one last chance to prove to Weber that it's not Weber's job that makes him Cyrus's perfect man, it's Weber himself. With the help of his sister's newly broken family, he’s ready to show Weber that the home the man’s been searching for has always been right there, with him. Cyrus might have laid down an ultimatum once, but now it's turned into a vow—he's never going to let Weber out of his life again.




This book made me happy. I loved how the heroes adored each other. Very sexy, hot, and sweet. 

However, Web's stubbornness and not every looking around for how to stay was annoying in places. 

But the strong connection between the heroes and the rest of the cast (I like kids in books) made it a very good read for me.

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review 2018-02-15 18:05
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
Frog and Toad Together - Arnold Lobel

Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel is another great Frog and Toad book. It is easy to read and follow, with simple language. This book also is relatable to students as they likely do the same activities in the book with their own friends.


With that being said, this book would be excellent for a Connections activity--specifically text to self. Many connections can be made for friendship, activities/hobbies, kindness, etc. The students can write about how they can make connections between Frog and Toad's friendship and their own friendship with their siblings, parents, or friends.


Accelerated Reader Level: 2.9


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review 2018-02-15 17:57
Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Frog and Toad Are Friends - Arnold Lobel

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel. This is an excellent read for beginning readers to read independently. I enjoy the simple and relatable language used in the text as well as the short and easy to follow story lines. Children will be able to improve their reading skills considerably because they can do so on their own and use the images and other text for context clues on any words they may not understand.


I believe this book would be great to compare and contrast. Frog and Toad may be friends but they have very different characteristics that would be great to compare and contrast. This book could also be used to compare and contrast the plot and main events from story to story.


Accelerated Reader Level: 2.9 


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review 2018-02-10 13:24
Chocolate Facts and a Story
The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up - JoAnna Carl

This is the third book in the series and it can be read out of order (I should know this is the 2nd time I have read this series out of order). Lee is the niece of Nettie, who owns the Chocolate shop in Warner Pier. Lee is the business manager and she is dating Joe, an attorney who rebuilds old wooden boats. One day, in town, Joe is attacked by Hershel, the local town problem, in front of everyone. Joe doesn't hurt Hershel, but he is confused by what happened. As they try to figure out what has happened, Hershel's boat is found in the water near Joe's boat ramp. The town is searching for Hershel and just as Joe is getting ready to take Lee back to her van, Hershel appears at her window and says he doesn't trust the people near Joe's shop and he wants to meet Lee's aunt at the chapel. When they get there, Hershel is dead and Joe is accused of the murder. As they try to find out the truth, they are being attacked and now they really need to know what is happening. 


I enjoyed the story, but there were some misused words, not related to the malapropisms of the character of Lee. The story would stop so she could describe the chocolates that they were ordering, offering or eating and this would slow the flow of the story. The fun part in the book was all the chocolate facts. There were no recipes, just facts. 

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