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review 2016-03-05 01:23
Dead Cold Level 2 Elementary/Lower Intermediate (Cambridge English Readers) - Sue Leather


Not much to say. Quick, not so easy read. Saw it at the library and thought I'd read it not totally realizing until I got home what the Cambridge books were for...picked up a couple others not sure if I'll read them or not. I picked them up initially because they were short books and hoped for easy reads.

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review 2015-10-12 15:36
Somebody Catch My Homework
Somebody Catch My Homework: Poems - David L. Harrison

10/9/15 ** A hysterical series of poems about the tribulations of school. The voice (and deliberate use of non-conventional English) enhance the poems' humor.


After enjoying the poems for their own sake, they could provide a valuable springboard for discussing the "rules" of language and when/why authors might choose to "break" those rules. 


"My Excuse" and "Ralphy" could be especially good for drawing students' attention to irregular verbs.


"My Advice" could be used as an example of idioms ("eat a horse").

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review 2015-10-12 15:23
Splish Splash
Splish Splash - Joan Bransfield Graham,Steve Scott

10/9/15 ** A delightful series of poems about water in all it's many forms: sprinklers, ice, steam, the water cycle, popsicles, sprinklers, ponds, brooks, etc. 


The word play, rhymes, and rhythms are compelling in their own right. The book would also be an interesting addition to an elementary class's study of the water cycle or states of matter.


The third poem, "Ocean," would also serve well as a short text on inferences - figuring out where the narrator is and using the pictures and textual cues to support one's assertion.

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review 2015-09-26 13:18
Fish in a Tree
Fish In A Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt

9/24/2015 ** Given the buzz I've heard from educators I respect about this book, I expected to feel a punch in the gut. I thoroughly respect the message, but I wasn't especially struck by lyrical prose.


At first glance, I felt this was simply an homage to teachers, and that the primary audience would be teachers. However, I think many kids would connect with the feelings of alienation conveyed by the protagonist. Though not all kids struggle with reading, many feel that they don't fit it - because they don't do sports, or feel geeky, or don't have the right clothes. 


As a read-aloud, this book could be the flint that sparks important conversations about kindness, acceptance, and celebrating everyone's ability to think outside society's boxes.


Read-alike books might by Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper or Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

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review 2015-09-19 00:41
The Wolf's Chicken Stew
The Wolf's Chicken Stew (Goodnight) - Keiko Kasza

Delightfully told - Wolf realizes that the chicken and her chicks make better friends than dinner. A timeless story of giving for selfish reasons, but realizing that the giving can bring unsuspected joy.


Just the write balance of predictability - through repetition and illustrations - with challenging words. Perfect for early independent readers.

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