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text 2017-03-28 23:59
The Diary of a Young Girl - B.M. Mooyaart,Eleanor Roosevelt,Anne Frank

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written during the period of World War II. Anne Frank was a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl whose family fled their home to hide from the Nazis who were occupying nearby territories. Her family lived in an attic for years hiding from the Gestapo who would seize them if they were to be found. Eventually, their whereabouts were betrayed, but Anne’s diary was found in that attic where it has become a world classic in history. The book’s Lexile reading level is 1080L. This would definitely be a book read no earlier than about fifth grade. Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book when I was growing up. It opened my eyes to the horrors of our world’s history, and it showed me so much more than a school textbook ever could. In my classroom, I would use this book to discuss historical events that occurred during World War II. Students would be assigned this book to read, and I would want them to complete a research project on this particular time period. Students could write an essay, create a Prezi presentation, or draw a picture book to explain events that occurred. They could complete this from different perspectives, such as that of an American soldier, a German soldier, or maybe a Jewish child or adult. I would really want my students to dive into the historical information from this time period so they could connect with the history that took place.

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review 2017-03-28 22:09
Fabulous!!
Easter Delights: A Stonebrooke Novella -... Easter Delights: A Stonebrooke Novella - T.M. Cromer

Easter Delights by T.M. Cromer is, ok, I'm really going to say it...a delightful read.  Ms Cromer has once again delivered a well-written book.  Lip and Katie's story is packed with amazing, lovable characters.  The dialog gets a big thumbs up in this book, the conversations between characters often lead readers into laughter.  There's plenty of suspense, humor, action and spice to keep readers glued to their ereaders.   I loved reading Easter Delights and can't wait to read more from T.M. Cromer.  Easter Delights is a fairly short read, a perfect choice for those with limited time for reading.  Easter Delights is part of the Stonebrooke Series, but can easily be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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review 2017-03-28 20:44
The Forest Sleeps by Calee M. Lee
The Forest Sleeps - Calee M. Lee,Erin Kenna

I am very fortunate to have a very close family. Between my husband and I we have 4 grown children and they have blessed us with 11 Grand children, 6 of which are under 6. The kids spend a lot of time here with us. We love to snuggle in a chair and read books and when they sleep over they always get bedtime stories.. 

 

This book is perfect for those nights. Each set of pages feature a single type of animal. It tells the animals name, where they live and tells them goodnight. The book has just one sentence on each page, so it is a very short book. I like books with an educational aspect to them. I feel like I am not just reading a mindless story to the kids. And usually the kids do remember at least part of the lessons in the book.  The pictures in the book are very engaging with the kids as well. You have Momma or Daddy critter tucking the baby in, so it gives it a sweet and loving aspect as well. What more could you ask for in a book.

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2017-03-28 19:32
This Book is One in a Million!
If You Made a Million - David M. Schwartz,Steven Kellogg

I had this book when I was younger but lost it. After going to the thrift store and finding it again, I realized just how educational it was. I used to read it just because I thought it was a funny book. The book talks about money- money conversions, what you can buy with certain amounts of money, interest, loans, checks, saving v. spending, and general fun facts about money. The visuals help children learn and the pictures are well drawn and fun. If it could interest 2nd grade me, I feel like it could interest almost any kid. This is probably a book that I would keep in the math section in my classroom so that students can read it without any pressure to do so. I would also incorporate it into any lesson about money. I have been thinking about a money project idea for a long time and think that this book would go along great with it. I would have students create a store that "sells" products. Each student would have a role in the fake economy. It would be a hands on project that I believe kids would love but it would also teach them about money (which is crucial to being an adult) in a fun way that I hope would stick with them in the future. Every teacher needs this book! You can even incorporate it in younger grades by just reading the first few pages that talk about pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollars.

 

A.R.- 4.1

Guided Reading- O

Lexile- AD 840L

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review 2017-03-28 19:02
Baa's Shapes by M J Berke, Jake Tebbit (Illustrations)
Baa's Shapes - M J Berke

This is a really cute and very short book. But it is educational.  It teaches the 4 main shapes, square, circle, triangle, and rectangle.  The book features Baa a happy little sheep who enjoys munching on grass. While munching he turns the grass into the different shapes. After his busy day he takes a nap on the small square of grass he has left. Cute and quick story for children from 1 to 4 and even new readers. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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