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review 2018-02-04 18:54
If You Give A Pig A Pancake
If You Give a Pig a Pancake - Laura Joffe Numeroff,Felicia Bond

If You Give A Pig A Pancake is one of my FAVORITE stories. I can recite this story without looking at the words! The text is easy to read, silly, and accompanied by beautiful illustrations. There are so many activities that can accompany this title! I used this book to demonstrate a cooking lesson with preschoolers! I allowed them to make their own pancake batter. They made predictions about what would happen when they added specific ingredients. They especially loved enjoying a yummy snack! A sequencing map would be easy to include while covering this text. I think it would be fun for students to write about their favorite pancake toppings or construct a recipe and describe how to cook pancakes.


Guided Reading - L

Lexile - 480L

DRA - 18

AR - 2.5

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url 2018-01-23 20:47
Books to Make You Healthier
Silence: In the Age of Noise - Erling Kagge,Becky L. Crook
My Friend Fear: Finding Magic in the Unknown - Meera Lee Patel
Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done - Jon Acuff
The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child - Daniel J. Siegel,Tina Payne Bryson

From publisher's newsletter.  More books at the link.

Source: www.penguinrandomhouse.com/new-year-new-you-2018
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review 2018-01-22 19:56
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

A lot of people have already written great reviews of this book. I highly recommend Obsidian Blue's review, which you can find here, as an example of strong review. I'm not going to try to outdo the reviews that have already been written, so think of this as my voice added to the chorus, focused specifically on how the book resonated with me.


Angie Thomas has a gift for characterization and a unique narrative voice. Starr, the main character, was complex, convincing and compelling. She infused her characters with realism and her settings with the kinds of details that make a place come alive. Nothing is one dimensional for Angie Thomas, or even for Starr. She doesn't insult her readers by suggesting that complex questions are simple.


I devoured this book, reading it in about two hours. I was immersed in Starr's world. This book is the reason that #weneeddiversebooks. I need diverse books. Hearing Starr's voice has, in a very real way, changed my perspective. She provided me - 51 year old white lady - with a window into her world. I can only imagine that if I were a young black girl, having her as a mirror would be immeasurably satisfying.


Anyway, read Obsidian's review. And then read this book. 

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review 2018-01-12 20:43
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

Wow. This book was phenomenal. it completely lived up to the hype.


I have a lot of thoughts on this so here they are (keep in mind this is coming from an Asian American from the Bay Area):


I loved how educational it was. It really made you understand the Black Lives Matter movement and the reality of it. It hit every single point and put you right in the middle of it.

I also liked how Angie Thomas made brought up big points in really subtle ways. For example, “Funny how it works with white kids though. It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black” (11). That is so true. People only like black culture when it’s cool , but the minute something bad happens to the black community, they distance themselves from it. But the quote that really hit hard was, “Funny. Slave masters thought they were making a difference in black people’s lives too. Saving them from their ‘wild African ways.’ Same Shit, different century. I wish people them would stop thinking that people like me need saving” (246). I read that quote and was like, damn, preach it girl!


The minority alliance between Starr and Maya made me so happy. It was so good to see a black girl and her Asian best friend team up. Angie Thomas could have done a bit more with it, but it was still nice to see it included. Personally, I think we need more minority alliances because there is more that unites us than divides us and together we can make a big impact. #Asians4BlackLives


I also liked that this tackled interracial dating. It added an extra layer to the complexity of this novel.


The pop culture references were a really nice and unexpected touch. I was definitely not expecting High School Musical and the Jonas Brothers to be mentioned in this book.


Overall, this book was everything. It should be taught in schools because despite being fiction, it was so informative, thought provoking, and leaves the door open for a lot of discussion.

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text 2018-01-12 05:39
Reading progress update: I've read 409 out of 464 pages.
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
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