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review 2017-03-10 14:35
The Polar Express
The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg

This book is about a little boy that is having a hard time believing in Christmas. The Polar Express picks him up and takes him to the North Pole. Once he gets to the North Pole he meets Santa and Santa gives him a bell off the reindeer. He looses the bell and then it shows up under his tree the next morning with a note from Santa reminding him to just believe. The little boy grows up and he can always hear the bell, but everyone else can't. I would use this book during Christmas time and to teach my students to just believe.

Lexile Level:520L

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review 2017-02-25 22:55
The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is a holiday book about a boy who goes on a journey on a train to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. The story is one that is shared in elementary schools all over every December! Being someone who loves Christmas I plan on always having a day to read this book and do fun Christmas activities. Some of the activities you could do with this include a sequencing game where they put the main events of the story in order or even have the students compare and contrast the characters. There are a lot of different things you could do with this sweet book and your students would love it!


Reading Level: K-5

Lexile Level: 520L

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review 2017-01-20 16:58
The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg

This book is a great book to use just for fun during the holidays. There is so many activities that could be done with this book as a group. The Lexile is 520L.

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review 2017-01-17 16:33
The Polar Express -Lexile level 520L
The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg, has become a Christmas Classic in many homes, but I want it to become a Christmas Classic in my classroom. I would use this book for Kindergarten to Third Grade. To incorporate a lesson into the all day Polar Express Christmas party I would read the book to the children first and go over it with them, and then I would have them watch the movie. Later, while they are doing their many activities/crafts that go with the book/movie, I would have them compare and contrast the book and the movie. I hope to use this book for my Christmas party because of all the activities you can do from this book, and I also love the lesson it teaches and reminds you to always believe even if you can't see it. I've always wanted to be able to center my holiday party around this book and the story, so I would definitely use this book in my classroom for my holiday party. 

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text 2016-12-20 00:18
Task the Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh!

I couldn't post all weekend, so you're getting a quick mashed up post :)



Task the Seventh:  The Christmas:

- Grab your camera (or your phone) and set up a Christmas bookstagram style scene with favorite holiday reads, objects or decorations. Possibly also a cat. Post it for everyone to enjoy!



So, I had visions of doing something beautiful like the Task picture but then my lack of talent and dog (seriously, I don't know what his deal was but he wouldn't let me stack the books, he kept nosing them and making it fall!) created the half fail you see. A small book tree with bottom layer of A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught; The Irish Devil by Donna Fletcher; The Mistress of Trevelayn by Jennifer St. Giles; and The Pride of Lions by Marsha Canham, second layer of A Rose in Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss; The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss; and Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson, third layer of Through a Dark Mist by Marsha Canham and Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas, and the "star" Wild Willful Love by Valerie Sherwood. I had to have an epic journey bodice ripper at top :) These books I reread over and over, as you can tell by the spines because for better or worse, their stories speak to me. 


Also, there are no holidays without alcohol, pictured:  Apothic Dark red blend ;)




Task the Ninth:  The Happy New Year:

- If you're feeling brave, post a holiday picture of yourself from your childhood or misspent youth.



This Christmas present photo also ties into,



Task the Eleventh:  The Polar Express:

- Read a classic holiday book from your childhood (to a child if you have one handy) or tell us a story about a childhood Christmas you'd like to share.


As an only child in the 90s, Nintendo was a big friend of mine. After the disappointing weirdo Mario 2 (seriously, throwing vegetables?!?) I was pretty excited for Mario 3 to come out. I was over at a friend's house and they asked me if I wanted to play it, me not knowing it was out yet, and oh what a joy it was. I loved how there were so many secrets to discover, how it was hard but not too hard, and how fun it all it. My family wasn't the richest on the block so buying a $50 game wasn't a given. I really wanted it but didn't expect it. Christmas morning when I was handed the gift, I kind of thought it was a Babysitter's Club book (also would have loved :) so I was over the moon when I saw that raccoon Italian. I can't even guess how many hours I devoted to this game, the thrown controller anger moments, and the probably over-the-top elation when I finally beat it. I will say, this remains one of my top favorite gifts ever.


Hope you all get your favorite gifts this year :)





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