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review 2019-02-04 00:21
Holes - Louis Sachar

Holes tells the tale of the unfortunate Stanley Yelnats and the characters he encounters at Camp Green Lake. This book is definitely for older students and it is one they will enjoy. A cause and effect activity would go great with Holes. The decision his great-great-grandfather makes effects many generations after him so I would have students explore it. 


Lexile 660L

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review 2019-02-02 15:25
Mrs. Thomas' Booklike pick
Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman,Caroline Binch

Grace took many adventures by reading books. She acted out all of the characters. Grace tried out for Peter Pan and was amazing. She got the part even tough she was told that she didn't fit the part.


Lexile Measure: 680L


I would use this in the classroom to teach kids that they can be anything.  I would have a creative writing activity to tell what they wanted to be. 

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review 2019-01-26 20:50
Because of Winn-Dixie
Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo

Because of Winn-Dixie, is about a young girl named Opal who has already faced many challenges in her ten years of life. When going to the grocery store, she stumbles upon a special dog, with a sweet little grin. You’ll have have to read this story for yourself to see how this dog helps Opal through her challenges. This book is on 670L Lexile reading level, which is equivalent to a 4th grade reading level. Teachers can use this book to teach students about the structure of a story. 

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review 2018-08-10 16:36
Teaching responsibility
One Step at a Time - Aharon, Sara Y.,Bryn Pennetti

The following book was kindly sent to me by the author, Sara Y. Aharon, who requested a review. This book will be published on September 1, 2018 and you can check out the author's website or Amazon for more information on purchasing the book.


One Step at a Time by Sara Y. Aharon is a picture book which teaches children the value of perseverance and personal growth. Emma is a little girl who loves butterflies so it's lucky that her classroom has one for a pet. However, Emma gets so excited about playing with Belle the Butterfly that she accidentally sets her free. What should she do? Can she ever face her teacher and classmates again?  One Step at a Time demonstrates the advantages of accepting responsibility even when it's uncomfortable (especially then) and how being brave doesn't necessarily mean that you are totally confident that things will go your way. It's a gentle way to visually display the significance of doing the right thing even when you may be afraid. As this is self-published, I think there are a few things that could be done to set it apart and give it a chance against some of its mainstream contemporaries. Adding questions to test comprehension at the back of the book (nothing too daunting) would give the message that this would be a great teaching supplement. Perhaps including a link back to the author's website where additional information about metamorphosis and free downloadable butterfly coloring sheets are available would sweeten the pot even further. [A/N: I give these suggestions based on my own experience reading children's books and recommending them to the parents and teachers in my community. These are definitely hot ticket additions to any book and would make a great selling point. ;-)] It's a cute little story that has a good message. 7/10


What's Up Next: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison


What I'm Currently Reading: Mary B: An Untold Story of Pride and Prejudice by Katherine J. Chen


Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-08-01 01:23
Review of Grit by Angela Duckworth
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance - Angela Duckworth

Overall an interesting look into a topic that has become more and more popular in public education.  The idea that grit and perseverance can be one of the most important character traits to have and develop for all people, but especially young people, is fascinating and makes a great deal of sense.  This book really breaks down that idea and combines simple explanations of the research with examples and interviews with famous people from all walks of life.  I think this book was stretched from what could have been 100 pages into a book of almost 300 pages, but I enjoyed the many anecdotes.  Good to read for parents and teachers.

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