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review 2017-04-08 03:37
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! - Mo Willems

This book is short and sweet. This book does not consist of many words at all. Although, there is a pigeon who is the main character who is determined to drive the bus. This book will have readers engaged because the pigeon is asking the audience for permission. I can use this story as an icebreaker story and use as en engaging activity. This book is also another Moe Williems books. 

RL: 120L

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review 2017-03-25 18:08
The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! - Mo Willems

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! is a fun and silly book about a sassy Pigeon who does not think he needs a bath! This would be a perfect read aloud for grades 1st-4th. There are many options for activities and lessons with this book. A teacher could of course do a lesson about keeping ourselves clean and healthy for Science, a timeline with Math, or a persuasive letter to Pigeon to take a bath for English!


Lexile Level: AD150L

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review 2017-02-15 03:15
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! - Mo Willems

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems is a funny, creative, easy read, children's book. When a bus driver takes a break, a pigeon wants to volunteer to drive the bus. Throughout this book, he begs his way to drive the bus, and children love this, because they can answer back and decide the pigeons fate. This helps children notice when to say no. I would teach this lesson on bus drill day and I would read this to kindergarten.


 Lexile Level: 120L

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review 2016-09-17 17:15
Câmara Obscura Literature: "The Pigeon Tunnel - Stories from My Life" By John Le Carré
The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life - John le Carré

“It strikes me now that everything that happened later in life was the consequence of that one impulsive adolescent decision to get out of England by the fastest available route and embrace the German muse as a substitute mother.”


Schiller’s “Die Deutsche Muse” epitomizes what I call the German Soul (taken from my own copy of the “Schiller Sämmtliche Werke” :


Kein Augustisch Alter blühte,

Keines Medicäers Güte

Lächelte der deutschen Kunst;

Sie ward nicht gepflegt vom Ruhme,

Sie entfaltete die Blume

Nicht am Strahl der Fürstengunst.

Von dem größten deutschen Sohne,

Von des großen Friedrich Throne

Ging sie schutzlos, ungeehrt.

Rühmend darf's der Deutsche sagen,

Höher darf das Herz ihm schlagen:

Selbst erschuf er sich den Werth.

Darum steigt in höherm Bogen,

Darum strömt in vollern Wogen

Deutscher Barden Hochgesang;

Und in eigner Fülle schwellend

Und aus Herzens Tiefe quellend,

Spottet er der Regeln Zwang


More than 30 years ago I also went into the world of spy fiction. It’s impossible to forget that. It happened in the worst day of my life; I was roaming my city, Lisbon, without rhyme or reason, when I found shelter in cinema Quarteto, one of my favourite movie theatres at the time. There was a spy movie cycle on. What did I watch? A lot of movies based on Le Carré’s movies. I was hooked for life. I went into the theatre and I was Alex Lamas, George Smiley, Karla, etc. for a while. I went into the obscure jungle of the Cold War with my eyes wide shut. It didn’t take long for them to open though. And they stayed open.


If you're into German Language and Literature, Genre Fiction, going into personal stuff, and outstanding literature, read on.


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review 2016-06-24 05:35
Boar Island: An Anna Pigeon Novel (Anna Pigeon Mysteries) - Nevada Barr

I've been reading the Anna Pigeon series for a long time now. This is the 19th book in the series and I haven't got bored with it yet. Several books ago Barr introduced a couple of new characters Heath, a paraplegic and Elizabeth, who is now Heath's adopted daughter. In this book, Elizabeth is being cyber-stalked by an unknown person. The cyber-stalking becomes so serious that they decide to take Elizabeth to Maine and stay on a friend's secluded island, Boar Island, which is also near to Anna's new post at the Acadia National Park. The move unfortunately doesn't help the situation. Not only does the stalker follow them to Maine, but a murderer is also in the area.


One of the things that I like most about this series is that the stories are all set in or around National Parks so there is always an outdoorsy, wilderness back drop. This story also had all the makings for a cool setting- the remote deserted island and Acadia National Park but I didn't feel like the setting was exploited to its full potential. Yeah the characters stayed on this "island," but most of the story seemed to take part in the city and we never got a full view of the Island or the Park. I just didn't get my normal dose of the outdoors like I was hoping for. It was still an entertaining story though. Barr always keeps you enthralled with multiple story lines in play and this one was no different. I just hope she reverts back to a more natural setting in the next book and gives us the full park and outdoor experience like she usually does.


*I received this ARC from Goodreads FirstReads & the Publisher, Minotaur Books, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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