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review 2017-04-02 22:57
Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle - Diana Wynne Jones

I was first introduced to this tale in movie form, however, to my great pleasure I stumbled across it at the book store on April Fool's day. To say I had to pinch myself to make sure I was not being tricked is an understatement. I whisked it to the front desk to purchase immediately and could not put it down! In this book, things like witches, wizards, kings, spells, seven-league boots and fire demons were everyday normal things.  The Hatter sisters, Sophie, Lettie, and Martha knew the warnings and stories. So, when a big black castle showed up on the horizon that moved warnings were whispered about in the village but life remained the same that is until the Witch of the Waste paid Sophie Hatter a visit and cursed her! From that moment on Sophie had to set out to find someone to break the curse and return her to her normal 17 year old self. Her mission is not as easy as it seems though as she finds the Wizard Howl and gets tangled up in all sorts of trouble. 


This book would be another good book to do an in-depth class study on and breaking it down into chapters for character analysis, plot, theme, problem/solution studies and much more. I foresee the students being activity engaged in trying to figure out the poems and untwisting the plot. 

Reading Level: 3rd to 6th grade

LEX 800L

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review 2017-03-19 04:25
Pete the Cat: Construction Destruction
Pete the Cat: Construction Destruction - James Dean,James Dean

Pete the Cat's school playground is a mess. It has gone to shambles, and the school needs a new one. So, Pete the Cat takes the initiative to design and build a new one. 

Construction Destruction received a Lexile score of AD420L, making it best used in read-alouds. This book would be good to teach about problem solving, or just as a fun read. 

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review 2017-02-06 07:07
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons - Eric Litwin,James Dean

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons draws readers along with Pete the Cat. This time Pete the Cat is wanting to go outside and play. However, a problem arises when Pete realizes he's missing a button! This book would be really good for Kindergarten through 2nd grade. I would read this with my future classroom and make it into a integrated lesson.  After reading the book and going over some leading questions to help build comprehension, I would have the students help me create a coat by adding buttons. Simple right? Well our coats would have only the amount of buttons in the equations we are working on for each coat with 6 different coats to add buttons to. 

Reading Level: Kindergarten through 2nd Grade


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review 2017-01-30 16:18
What Do You Do With A Problem?
What Do You Do With a Problem? - Kobi Yamada,Mae Besom

What Do You Do With A Problem? is a book that follows a child that has an unexpected problem arise. The child tries to avoid the problem but ends up realizing that it is an opportunity. This book focuses on solutions and how to face problems.


I would use this book in a class and have students write about a problem they currently have in their life and maybe start brainstorming about potential solutions.


Lexile Level - AD500

(AD: Adult Directed, a book typically read to students)

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review 2017-01-22 16:50
Where The Wild Things Are
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

This fully illustrated book is about Max, a strong wild little boy, who likes to have fun. When his mother decides to send him to bed without supper, Max finds himself unexpectedly in the land of wild things. Instead of the bigger than life monsters eating him, they make Max their King. After some adventure, Max returns home with a new understanding for his parents and eats his supper. This book could easily be used in Kindergarten to 4th grade.  I personally would use it more in grades 2nd to 4th  by using the book as a writing prompt. The students could write a story of conflict and what they would do to resolve the solution. Another writing prompt could be asking the students to write a story about what they would do if they became a king. 

Reading Level: Pre-K to 4th grade


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