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review 2016-03-17 18:03
About the Narnia Series
The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia #1-7) - C.S. Lewis

The Narnia series was one of my favorite series to read as a child. These books offer a world of magic and wonder, while also presenting realistic problems, people, and events. These books will, hopefully, be a staple in my classroom library in grades 4-6 because they are a great way to engage young readers who have big imaginations! The world of Narnia, like that of the wizarding world in Harry Potter, can be a magical escape for some students.

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review 2016-03-17 01:29
About the Harry Potter collection
Harry Potter Books 1-7 Complete Collection - J.K. Rowling

Although using these books in the classroom is very controversial, I am a big supporter of non-censorship when it comes to what children are allowed to read. I think the Harry Potter series is excellent because it allows readers to enter a different world in which magic exists. I think that is very important for children to be exposed to imaginative, fantastical literature because it turns reading into something wonderful, mysterious, and magical. That kind of attitude toward reading can make or break a child's educational experiences. That being said, I would definitely make sure that having these books in my classroom was compliant with school policies and make parents aware that they were in my classroom. I would keep these in my classroom library in grades 5 and 6, but I would not necessarily use them in teaching lessons.

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review 2016-03-17 01:12
About the Secret Garden
The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

I found this book very engaging as a child. It has elements of history, childhood curiosity, and character education. I love that it is an engaging, easy-to-read chapter book. I would consider using this when reading with upper level small-groups to help build their critical thinking skills. I would also like to consider using it in literature circles, and I hope to have a copy in my classroom library. I would use this book in 5th and 6th grade.

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review 2016-03-17 01:06
About Matilda
Matilda - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake

Matilda, is a book full of magic and adventure. It is perfect for peeking children's curiosity. The book also deals with some heavy home-life issues like many children face these days. I would use this as a possible literature circle book and also as a choice from the classroom library in the upper grades.

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review 2016-03-17 01:02
About the Little House on the Prairie book series
The Little House Collection - Laura Ingalls Wilder,Garth Williams

This book series is a classic piece of children's literature, in my opinion. These books are full of morals, character education, imagination in its purest form, and coming of age stories. These books teach children about life as it was during a simpler time, but are also highly relatable, especially to young girls. I love these books and will definitely have the full set in my classroom library for grades 3-6. I would also like to use them for literature circles in 5th and 6th grade.

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