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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-09-09 17:45
The Three Little Gators - Helen Ketteman,Will Terry

A fun retelling of the classic pig story. Three little gators start out on their own in a Texas swamp. Their mother warns them to watch out for the Big-Bottomed Boar and to build their houses strong. The first gator builds his house out of strong rocks. The second reckons that building a house with rocks is too hard so he builds his house out of sticks. The third decides to make his build even easier by using sand. Soon the Big-Bottomed Boar shows up and with a bump of his rump he knocks over the houses of sand and sticks. But the Boar can't knock over the house of stones so he tries another way in - the chimney. What will happen next?


This book is a great way to show students that all stories can be rewritten and become new. After reading students can pick their own classic stories to retell and create new stories of their own. 


Lexile: AD560L

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review 2018-09-09 17:36
Mother Bruce - Ryan T. Higgins,Ryan T. Higgins

Bruce the bear is a grumpy bear that prefers to be alone and eat his eggs. One day his hard boiled eggs turn out to be live goslings. And to make things worse those goslings think Bruce is their mother. Bruce tries to get his new companions to fly south but he can't seem to get rid of them. What is Bruce to do?


A great book to introduce prediction to younger grades. This read aloud book is great for a whole group activity and will have you students giggling and active as you read. 


Lexile: AD570L

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review 2018-09-09 17:06
Mr. Popper's Penguins - Richard Atwater,Florence Atwater,Robert Lawson

Mr. Popper paints houses in little city of Stillwater. Once the house-painting season is over, Mr. Popper settles in for the winter to read his travel books. He dreams of going to Antarctica one day. But one day Antarctica comes to him, in the form of a penguin in a package sent from the Antarctic explorer Admiral Drake. The penguin lives with the Popper family and creates quite a stir in little Stillwater. Mr. Popper and his penguin are photographed together during a stroll around town, and this sparks the interest of the national papers. Soon, another penguin arrives by mail, and to keep them happy, Mr. Popper installs a large freezing plant in the cellar, where the penguins begin laying eggs, and two penguins turn into eight. What will Mr. Popper do with all these penguins? 


Mr. Popper's Penguins is a great book to read aloud with great illustrations and funny imagery. This novel lends itself very well to predictions as you try and figure out what this family is going to do with all these penguins. It also does a great job introducing the problem and solution text structure as the penguins create more and more problems for Popper to solve.


Lexile: 910L 

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review 2018-09-09 16:55
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

A Wrinkle in Time is the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who goes on an adventure through time and space with her brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O'Keefe to rescue her father from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet. At the beginning of the book, Meg is troubled by self-doubt and her concern for her father, who has been missing for over a year. The plot begins with the arrival of Mrs. Whatsit at the Murry house on a dark and stormy night. Although she looks like an tramp, she is actually a celestial creature with the ability to read Meg's thoughts. She startles Meg's mother by reassuring her of the existence of a tesseract--a sort of "wrinkle" in space and time. It is through this wrinkle that Meg and her companions will travel through the fifth dimension in search of Mr. Murry.


Full of complex new vocabulary and relatable story lines, Wrinkle is a great book for 4th-6th graders. This is a great book to read aloud as a class or use in a literature circle. Activities and chapter studies are widely available online. 


Lexile: 740L

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review 2018-09-09 16:34
Giraffes Can't Dance - Giles Andreae,Guy Parker-Rees

Gerald the giraffe wants to dance, but his legs are too skinny and his neck is too long. At the Jungle Dance, the warthogs waltz, the chimps cha-cha, and the lions tango. "Giraffes can't dance," they all shout when it's Gerald's turn. But with some advice from a wise cricket, Gerald starts swaying to his own music.This is a great book to show children they can do anything they set their minds to. 

After reading, children might come up with other animals that should be invited to the Jungle Dance and what dance they might perform. 


Lexile: 570LL

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