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review 2019-03-09 03:28
Book Review: Sonya Sahni and the first Grade - Its International Day by Soma Mandal
Sonya Sahni and the first Grade - Its International Day - Tim Williams,Soma Mandal

The way America is today. You would not think that we may need a lesson in the Melting Pot. I have do think we do. Our children need to know that we are all different and we come from different cultures. Yes we are American but we also have what our parent are or from.

This book put this introspective though a child eyes. It about a girl that is Indian and American. She having a bit of trouble fitting with her classmates. The pictures do the telling. It really is done well. I can see this being good for children and their parents. Young readers can read this book as well.

The author does it well. She show what it like for a first American born by Indian Parents. This is really show the meaning of the melting pot when you read this book. The children show off their cultures on this project the teacher plans. It called It International Day.

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review 2019-02-07 23:12
The Girls in the Picture: A Novel - Melanie Benjamin

What a delightful book! About Mary Pickford and Frances Marion, two real characters from the Hollywood scene. Mary was a child stage actress who continued to play girls even into her twenties. Her younger siblings, Jack and Lottie were also forced to work on the stage. The main characters in this story though are Mary, Frances and Mary's mother Charlotte. 


in 1909, with no work in sight, Mary decides to appear in the "flickers" and becomes America's Sweetheart. Frances Marion is a talented woman who writes screenplays. She met Mary Pickford when Mary's first husband, Owen, invited Frances to sketch his wife. They immediately became fast friends and they collaborated on films. Mary doing the acting and Frances writing the script. Mary came to own her own production company along with her husband Douglas Fairbanks, and Charlie Chaplin. So with Frances writing and Mary acting, they were definitely a force to be reckoned with. Both women were passionate and fierce when it came to their careers and would do what it took to succeed. 


Mary had a whirlwind marriage with Douglas Fairbanks but their marriage did end. Frances was introduced to the love of her life, Fred Thompson and they had two sons. Mary and Frances stayed friends until Frances died in 1973 and Mary died in 1979. 


This book was very interesting to me, I had not read a lot about Hollywood and Mary Pickford in particular. It appears that there had been a lot of research. Full of real characters, producers, D.W. Griffith, Cecil B. DeMille, Albert Capellani and the Lumière brothers from France and actresses  Lilian Gish, Lois Weber, Frances Marion, Anita Loos, June Mathis. What a cornucopia of people! A book with a passion for acting and the persona's of Mary and Frances were amazing and poignant. Lots of history of Hollywood, silent films and talkies! I loved it and recommend reading this one! The girls in the picture may have faded over time but they are never forgotten!


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review 2019-02-06 13:45
The Detective Dog - Julia Donaldson, Sara OgilvieĀ 
The Detective Dog - Julia Donaldson,Sara Ogilvie

While it doesn't adhere to the most basic conventions of mystery stories, and the plot raises more questions than it resolves, I really loved Nell the Detective Dog. The art is loose and free and feels very active, and Nell is just perfect. I love a clever dog.


But seriously, what is with that guy? And the wheel barrow? What? I don't understand.


Library copy

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review 2019-02-04 05:15
The Berenstain Bears' Bedtime Battle - Stan Berenstain,Jan Berenstain

Another Berenstain Bears collection. This book talks about the bedtime battle that mama and papa bear has with their cubs. In the end the parents fall asleep trying to get their cubs to sleep. The small bears start with slowly cleaning up and slowly taking a bath and then wanting a story for bedtime. This is a great book to include in the students book box as they can read the Berenstain Bears book collection.


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review 2019-02-04 04:59
Oh the Places You'll Go![OH THE PLACES YOULL GO D][Hardcover] - DrSeuss

This is my favorite book of all times. I loved to read Dr. Seuss as a child but when I got older this book encouraged me and I will make sure it is one of the books I read to my students every year. A lot of inspirational messages are hidden in the book. If you are just reading it and making sure you rhyme you will miss all the goals and hidden messages. This will be a whole class read for my classroom.


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