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text 2018-03-02 12:30
Friday Reads - March 2, 2018
Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics - Kathryn J. Atwood
The Irish Americans: A History - Jay P. Dolan
Forgotten Voices of the Great War - Max Arthur,Imperial War Museum
Read Aloud Celtic Myths And Legends - Joan C. Verniero
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

 

I'm not a fan of Dr. Seuss (as a kid or as a mom), but I can't deny his place in children's literature or imaginations. My kids like some of his stuff (The Grinch and The Lorax) but they prefer Mo Willems' stuff.

 

The weather forecasters are calling for a lot of snow for today and tomorrow, and quite frankly I am tired of Old Man Winter and his BS. I want spring flowers and sunshine and all things pastel colored. And I am in a part of England that does not get snow, so this winter's constant snow squalls are really unusual. As I will be found this weekend under a blanket or three and sipping all the hot beverages, I am also making it a reading weekend. I have nothing on my planner for this weekend and I am going to enjoy it.

 

So I want to finish Women Heroes of World War 1 and get to at least 30% of The Irish Americans. I want to read the entries for 1914 from Forgotten Voices. Sunday is all about A Wrinkle in Time. The kids and I are doing two stories per night from the Read-Aloud Celtic Myths and Legends. That should get my March reading off to a good start.

 

So for those readers basking in warm spring temperatures or enjoying the last of the summer sun, enjoy it. If you are like me and experiencing winter on the "why won't you go away already" level, pass the hot water bottle. Happy Reading!

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text 2018-03-01 12:00
March 2018 TBR
Celtic Myth & Magick: Harness the Power of the Gods & Goddesses - Edain McCoy
Read Aloud Celtic Myths And Legends - Joan C. Verniero
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
Forgotten Voices of the Great War - Max Arthur,Imperial War Museum
The Irish Americans: A History - Jay P. Dolan
Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics - Kathryn J. Atwood

My reading has opened up since the end of COYER Winter Switch is almost here. I am glad I went with print books for the final phase; somehow the list didn't work for me this time. This month I am focusing on my Great War reading list and all things Irish/Celtic. Finally, buddy read with Whiskey on A Wrinkle in Time before seeing the movie!

 

March TBR

1. Celtic Myth and Magick: Harnessing the Power of the Gods and Goddesses by Edain McCoy

 

2. Read-Aloud Celtic Myths and Legends by Joan C. Verniero (read along with the kids)

 

3. Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics by Kathryn J. Atwood

 

4. Forgotten Voices from the Great War by Max Arthur

 

5. The Irish Americans: A History by Jay P. Dolan

 

6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

 

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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.

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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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