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review 2020-01-21 15:52
Ho hum...
Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Russell Munson,Richard Bach

For all hoopla I heard about this book as a kid but never read it because I thought it was about a boy and that did not interest me much as a young girl, ha ha - this story turned out to be a disappointment, and a snooze of a read.

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review 2019-05-27 02:16
Jonathon Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach
Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Russell Munson,Richard Bach

According to this book:
1. The point of life isn't merely mundane daily survival.
2. It's actually the pursuit of absolute freedom.
3. Sufficient freedom will give you magic powers.
4. This is because reality is just a projection of thought.


According to me:
1. OK - you can impose whatever purpose you want on your life.
2. Absolute freedom isn't possible. All societies are a trade-off between mutual benefits from working collectively and giving up freedoms that are harmful to others. Becoming an outcast isn't a solution; you still have to complete basic survival tasks and you're excluded from any social activity - you're not completely free to do what you want at all times.
3. No, it won't.
4. Because actually, reality is reality and no amount of practice will allow you to break the rules of reality.


Even taken (as probably intended) as a fable that exagerates in order to make it's message clear, it's still an unrealistic repetition of the survivor bias fallacy that if you persevere hard enough you can acheive your dreams, whatever they may be. The psychology goes like this: You've succeeded at something. You attribute this solely to your own efforts, ignoring all other possible contributing factors (e.g. privileged background, educational opportunity, patronage, physical appearance, etc, etc). You assume that the only reason others don't succeed is because they give up. So you tell everyone to pursue their dreams and persevere, like you did, because that's guaranteed to work.


This is of course, not possible; it's not anyone's dream to be a refuse collector, but all modern societies need them far more than some guy who flies small planes for a living, as you will know if your refuse collectors have ever gone on strike. We cannot all be artists or scientists or actors or astronauts and none of us could if all of us tried to be...society would collapse and we'd all starve, instead.

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review 2019-01-24 01:01
Enemy Pie
Enemy Pie - Derek Munson,Tara Calahan King

Enemy Pie is a great book on friendship. It begins as the perfect summer until Jeremy Ross moves into the house down the street and becomes neighborhood enemy number one. His dad has a guaranteed way to get rid of enemies. That is enemy pie, but part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day playing with the enemy! It turns out that they are not enemies after all. This would be a good book to read at the beginning of the school year. Students can create their own pie and fill it with ingredients (ways) to keep a friend or to be a good friend. 


Lexile: AD 550L

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review 2018-07-22 23:40
The Mortification of Fovea Munson
The Mortification of Fovea Munson - Mary Winn Heider
If you’re ready for some silliness, this children’s book is for you. If you can handle talking heads and I am not talking about the band, this kids book is for you. If you like a feisty, entertaining grandma, who loves to have a good time, start reading this book, as grandma will show you how she’s leading her life and she will not let you down.
You start to feel sorry for Fovea as her parents work on cadavers and she’s embarrassed at what they do. Her best friend has ditched her and when summer camp is cancelled, Fovea plans for the summer are zilch.
When Fovea’s mother suggests that she work at the lab with them, Fovea immediately thinks of many other things she’d rather do but her mother wins and Fovea summer plans are at the lab. Supposedly alone at the lab, Fovea hears voices but that can’t be right. She soon discovers that two defrosting heads are carrying on a conversation on the lab table. Try to wrap your head around that one! In a restricted room, Fovea tries to cover her tracks so her parents don’t find out she was in that room, but the heads know she was there and they talk to her. They want a favor from her but she must leave quickly before her parent return.
As Fovea tries to come to grips with her encounter, she notices that her parents are acting quite peculiar. Left alone again, Fovea makes some new discoveries on her own before talking to the men who sit on the table.
The men which now amount to three, still need a favor from Fovea and after what she had discovered, she needs help from these men now too. It’s quite an adventure for Fovea as she tries to help them and seek the answers she needs.
It’s a silly escapade for Fovea to undertake but quite an entertaining journey for her summer vacation. I liked how there were a few illustrations inside the novel. I enjoyed having her grandma along for she added spark and entertainment to the adventure. The story moved quickly and I think the story will be enjoyed by kids who like their stories a bit crazy.


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review 2018-02-27 03:46
Easy as Enemy Pie
Enemy Pie - Derek Munson,Tara Calahan King

A boy decided to make an enemy pie with the new boy in town. In order to make enemy pie, you must "pretend" to be friends. After pretending to be friends, the two boys became true friends. This book teaches students about acceptance and that bullying is not acceptable behavior. The activity I would be the opposite of an enemy pie. My students will create a friendship pie. The students will choose what qualities make a good friend and how much of that quality does the friend need. I can also integrate measurement conversions into the lesson. 


Reading Level: Lexile AD550L


Grades: PreK-2nd

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