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review 2017-05-15 14:24
Lovable Lyle - Bernard Waber  
Lovable Lyle - Bernard Waber

Lyle is lovable, don't try to resist him. Everyone wants her own Lyle.


Still true.

But also? In a climate where hate speech and hate crimes are increasing, the book feels way darker than it did before. Poor Lyle, doing everything he can to keep people from fearing him, and none of it does any good to sway people who refuse to believe that an upright-walking, talking, socially responsible crocodile could be human. What's wrong with people?

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review 2017-02-25 21:46
Beautiful Oops! - Barney Saltzberg

Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg is a very colorful book that includes a bunch of mistakes that are turned into something else. This book is so fun and shows children that it is 100% totally ok to make mistakes! It also has a lot of interactive parts, for example a page that is actually ripped or a part of a page that flips to show a surprise, that makes the children a lot more excited to read the book since they can play with the different parts! If I were to use this book in my classroom I would give the students a blank sheet of paper and tell them to make a mistake with the paper and then turn it into something totally new like they do in the book. I think this book would be crucial during Kindergarten and even 1st grade!


Reading Level: K-1

Lexile Level: 40L

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review 2017-02-25 21:04
Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day - Jamie Lee Curtis,Laura Cornell

Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis is a cute book about a little girl and all of the different moods that she has. It is bright and colorful and at the end of the story it has a picture of the girls face and then little dials that allow the reader to change her facial expressions/moods. This was one of my all time favorite stories when I was little because of how fun the story was! I think this is a great book for children because it teaches them about the different emotions people deal with daily and it also shows them the proper way to handle each emotion. If I were to use this book in my future classroom I would probably do a read aloud to my students and have them show me which emotion the little girl is feeling with different emojis I have given them. After that I would have them draw themselves showing a particular emotion and then ask them to explain to me in a few sentences how they felt when they had that emotion. 


Reading Level: K-2

Lexile Level: 250L

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review 2016-11-18 14:22
Half Magic - Edward Eager, N. M. Bodecker (Illustrator)
Half Magic - 'N. M. Bodecker (Illustrator)','Edward Eager'
  1. I know Eager was deliberately trying to recreate late Victorian children’s books of the Five Children and It school. And I totally get why he would want to do that: to bring the magic story up enough to be plausible to a new generation of readers who do not summer in the country. And who aren’t British. Admirable goals. But what I don’t understand is why he didn’t set his book in a contemporary period. It’s not explicit, but this is set rather earlier in the century than its publication date of 1954. It has that pre-WWII vibe you get in so many Twilight Zone and Ray Bradbury stories.
  2. Regardless, it’s a cute idea and a fun book, albeit riddled with stereotypes of other peoples. Probably not deliberately racist, just not deliberately NOT racist. If this is a deal-breaker, stay the hell away from the original Mary Poppins books, too.
  3. Library copy
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review 2016-10-30 16:44
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly - Simms Taback

Written by: Simms Taback


This was one of my favorite books as a kid! How much could this old lady swallow anyway, from a fly all the way to even worse! Her stomach is clearly an endless pit! The artwork will have you and your students enjoying the book the whole time!


This book could be used with 2nd or 3rd graders. I think the students would enjoy singing the song and reading his book aloud. I would have an activity where students could sequence the order of things the old lady eats. I would also make the book more interactive and give students different cards with pictures of what the old lady eats. When it came time that their animal was called, they would stand up and sing along!

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