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review 2017-01-27 22:16
The Little Red Pen -Lexile level AD300L
The Little Red Pen - Janet Stevens,Susan Stevens Crummel

The Little Red Pen, written by Janet Stevens, Is about a little red pen who is struggling to finish grading a pile of papers. The little red pen asks the pushpin, stapler, highlighter, etc. to help her finish the papers, but the others do not want to help because they believe the pen is to strict. Well, when the little red pen falls into the pit of no return (trashcan), the others have to come together to find a way to help her get out of the pit. This is a great story to teach children about helping others and working together with others. It is also a book that appeals to Spanish speaking students because the pushpin speaks Spanish throughout the book. This book is a great book to read during shared reading time, and to guide a discussion of working together, and helping others in need. I would use this book from first through fourth grade. This is also a great book to help incorporate activities, such as re-telling the story with the characters from the book, or using paint chips to review the theme, main character, setting, etc.. 

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review 2016-10-28 03:43
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas - Eric Litwin,James Dean

Cute little Pete the Cat book where Santa is sick and cannot deliver the presents on Christmas Eve. Santa calls Pete to ask him to help and Pete agrees to deliver the presents for Santa. If you are at a school that does discuss Christmas you could use this book to teach your students that you should always help others when you are able to and to teach the students that Christmas is about helping others and giving back. I think you could use this book for K-1.

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review 2016-10-18 01:38
A Chair for My Mother - Vera B. Williams

This is a story of a family displaced after an apartment fire, forced to live with her grandmother. The mother and daughter get a large jar to collect coins for a new chair. The young girl wants her mother to have a comfortable place to sit after being on her feet all day. After they have collected enough coins, the mother and daughter go in search of a new chair. I would use this book to encourage working hard for anything in life you want. I would use this book for 2nd grade until 4th grade.

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review 2015-10-17 01:26
Talking Mice CAN be a letdown
The Rescuers - Margery Sharp,Garth Williams

I think most people won't realize was a book before it was adapted by Disney into a film. Firstly, the illustrations which were done by Garth Williams (he also did Stuart Little and Charlotte's Web) are fantastic. They portray Bernard and Miss Bianca very differently from the movie version because their characters are almost entirely different. In fact, everything apart from there being talking mice who form a secret society that help humans was changed. Bianca is portrayed as a rather vacuous female content with her lot in life but Bernard makes her see herself in a slightly different light. The movie is the exact opposite where Bernard is full of timidity and it is Bianca that draws him out of his shell and shows him what he is truly made of. The film is about the rescue mission of an orphan girl named Penny from a truly horrific woman (who reminds me of Miss Hannigan from the musical Annie) while the book is about the rescue of a Norwegian poet from an impenetrable castle. The essential feeling of the two storylines is the same but if I had to choose between the two I'd probably go for the movie on this one (but you should still check out the beautiful illustrations).

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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quote 2013-12-15 16:38
A man goes out on the beach and sees that it's covered with starfish that have washed up in the tide. A little boy is walking along, picking them up and throwing them back in the water.
'What are you doing, son?' the man asks. 'You see how many starfish there are? You'll never make a difference.'
And the boy pauses thoughtfully, picks up another starfish, and throws it back into the ocean. 'It sure made a difference to that one,' he said.
Now I'll Tell You Everything (Alice, #25) - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

(mentioned in Now I'll Tell You Everything by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, story adapted from the essay "The Star Thrower" by Loren Eiseley)

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