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review 2017-04-12 18:13
Good beginner's guide.
We're All Mad Here: The No-Nonsense Guid... We're All Mad Here: The No-Nonsense Guide to Living with Social Anxiety - Claire Eastham,Natasha Devon

In recent years I've come to suspect I have social anxiety. The book caught my eye at my local library and sounded like a good pickup. I haven't really read much in this vein of books and thought maybe I might find some useful tips. What follows is a guide on how to live with SA at work, at school (university), on public transportation, in social settings, etc. What it is, how to cope and resources to learn more.

 

That's basically it. If you're just discovering the concept then you might find this guide helpful. It's interesting if you're not familiar but as someone who's found information elsewhere I can't say I found the information all that useful. It was nice to read how someone else had similar experiences with say on the public transportation, (including some tips on how to cope) but overall I agree with the assessments about being a basic, beginner's guide to be on the mark.

 

I think there are some tips and tricks that people would find helpful and it was nice to read that it was okay to (for example) take another train if the current one is too crowded or that it's worth considering traveling to work/school earlier to avoid the rush. This might be feasible for some (cost, getting to the station, train/bus schedules, etc.) but it was affirmative for me to read that other people had similar coping strategies. 

 

It's not a bad book but as I said, it's more of a beginner's guide. I was glad I picked it up from the library but it may not be a bad purchase or gift to give.

 

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review 2017-04-02 22:19
Fox in Socks
Fox in Socks - Dr. Seuss

This book is another classic in the Dr. Seuss dynasty. Fox in Socks tries to teacher Mr. Knox about some of the silliest, twistiest tongue twisters.  This book has it all from tongue twisters to rhymes to funny pictures tripping you up every step of the way. So hang on to your hats you are in for a very twisty tricky ride. The only reason I rate this book four stars is because it is so hard to read. I think the perfect activity to do with this book in class would be a word sort. I would have the students pick out words they think are real and words they think are nonsense and write them down. Then using the words they created fill up two very different socks with those words to display what real words are and what nonsense words are. 

Reading Level: Kindergarten to 2nd Grade

LEX 500L

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review 2017-03-31 15:36
Despite the Title, This Book is NOT Dull!
Meet the Dullards - Sara Pennypacker,Daniel Salmieri

A humorous picture book titled "Meet the Dullards" caught my eye at the library, so of course I HAD to check it out. It was totally worth my time and is worth yours too. It tells the tale of the Dullards- a dull family that doesn't want anything even remotely "fun". The kids however, have a different attitude. It makes for a fun book that children think is funny and ridiculous. This book would be great for teaching kids soft skills and manners and that every family is different. I would use this book for a "First Week of School" activity so that I can get to know each student's family. After they do a work sheet/coloring sheet describing their families to me, I would have the students come up with a fake family that was different in some way- maybe they only eat soup or maybe they cook food in the bathroom? Then they would write about that family in a story. This activity would work on character development and story/creative writing.

 

Reading Level: 3.8

Lexile: AD 520L

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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 19:17
It's the Bee's Knees!
There's a Frog in My Throat: 440 Animal Sayings a Little Bird Told Me - Loreen Leedy,Pat Street

This is a fantastic book! I stumbled upon the book when at the thrift store. It has 440 "animal sayings" that explain the figurative language of similes, metaphors, idioms, and proverbs that adults say. These type of sayings like "to play cat and mouse" and "catty remarks" are sometimes difficult for children to understand, so this book is great for learning phrases. I even learned some myself! The kid friendly way the book portrays the information (with humorous and telling illustrations) is very helpful and well thought out. I believe that this would be a perfect book for ELLs as well! I would use this in my class for a study on figurative language. Because this book only includes animal related figurative language, I would have the students find more sayings (between 1 and 10 based on grade level) and do illustrations for most of the sayings like it is done in the book. I would then bind the pages to make a class book. I would make sure that no student used the same saying as another. Overall, this is a fantastic book and I highly recommend it to any teacher!

 

Guided Reading: P

Recommended for: Grades 2-6

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