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text 2018-03-14 21:23
Reading progress update: I've read 30%.
Five Little Pigs - Agatha Christie

Fortunately, in the course of his career, Hercule Poirot had made friends in many counties. Devonshire was no exception. He sat down to review what resources he had in Devonshire. As a result he discovered two people who were acquaintances or friends of Mr Meredith Blake. He descended upon him therefore armed with two letters, one from Lady Mary Lytton-Gore, a gentle widow lady of restricted means, the most retiring of creatures; and the other from a retired Admiral, whose family had been settled in the county for four generations.

WooHoo! A nod to Lady Mary of Three Act Tragedy!

 

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text 2018-03-14 20:21
Reading progress update: I've read 16%.
Five Little Pigs - Agatha Christie

Meredith was what my contemporaries used to call Namby Pamby. Liked botany and butterflies and observing birds and beasts. Nature study they call it nowadays. Ah, dear—all the young people were a disappointment to their parents.

 

It already looks like Dame Agatha had fun with this one, too. Hehe.

And it appears this will be a character-driven story. 

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text 2018-03-14 19:47
Reading progress update: I've read 7%.
Five Little Pigs - Agatha Christie

Sir Montague shrugged his shoulders.

‘Don’t ask me. Of course, she was fond of the fellow. Broke her all up when she came to and realized what she’d done. Don’t believe she ever rallied from the shock.’

‘So in your opinion she was guilty?’

Depleach looked rather startled. He said: ‘Er—well, I thought we were taking that for granted.’

‘Did she ever admit to you that she was guilty?’

Depleach looked shocked. ‘Of course not—of course not. We have our code, you know. Innocence is always—er—assumed.

Erm, it looks like I'm having a Poirot week. This is # 3. Oh, well, ...

 

 

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review 2018-02-26 20:50
The Three Ninja Pigs
The Three Ninja Pigs - Corey Rosen Schwartz,Dan Santat

This is an excellent variation of an original classic. This story incorporates different types of martial arts and teaches important lessons along the way. It teaches young readers that success does not come from being lazy and quitting. It also teaches young readers that it is never to late to perfect a craft. I love this version and I think that it will be easily enjoyable at even older age groups. I would use this story in my room to teach life lessons, timelines, and sequencing of events. Students could also compare this to other versions of The Three Little Pigs.

 

Lexile  Measure: AD630L

 

 

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review 2018-02-24 21:31
We Are All Capable!
The Three Ninja Pigs - Corey Rosen Schwartz,Dan Santat

This book puts such a fun, and creative new spin on The Three Little Pigs. It introduces students to challenges and how to overcome those challenges. I love that one of the main characters, and heroine, is the female pig. It is action packed, and full of illustrations that support them. An activity for students would be to have them fill out a compare/contrast handout.   

Grade level: K-2

Lexile measure: AD630L

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