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review 2018-09-10 05:58
Oh, My!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly - Simms Taback

Many children are already familiar with the "old lady" books. There are so many now! I am going to focus on one that delivers its own version of the original classic, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, by Lucille Colandro. The story uses rhyming text and hilarious illustrations to engage the reader. The main character, the old lady, swallows an entire menagerie of animals with each one being bigger than the last. Kids will enjoy the fun, colorful pictures and repetition. 


This book would be the perfect book for a lesson on rhyming words or sequencing. Have students cut and paste pictures from the story in sequential order or create a list of rhyming words following a class discussion of the rhyming words found in the story. 


Recommended for Ages: 5-8

Lexile Level: AD280L 

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text 2018-09-09 17:45
There Was An Old Lady That Swallowed A Fly
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly - Simms Taback

There Was An Old Lady That Swallowed A Fly, written by Simms Taback, is such a colorful and fun book. It’s about an old lady who continues to swallow different things to go and chase the thing that was previously swallowed. I can use this book in my classroom to teach sequencing, rhyming and concepts about print! We as a class can discuss what happens in the story in sequential order and Identify which animal/insect came first.



5 stars

Lexile AD250L

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text 2018-09-06 22:56
Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Suess's Green Eggs and Ham: For Soprano, Boy Soprano, and Orchestra - Robert Kapilow

Green Eggs and Ham, written by Dr. Seuss, is a book about character not liking green eggs and ham because it does not look appealing. The character, Sam, is going to try everything in his power to convince his friend to try green eggs and ham. Sam's friend eventually tastes green eggs and ham and ends up loving it! I can use this book in my class when getting the students to try new things and to not judge something by the way it looks! I can bring in different pastries and dye them green and allow my students to taste them. Once they realize that even though it may look weird, it taste delicious!


 5 Stars

Lexile 210L

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review 2018-02-16 02:23
The Lorax
The Lorax - Dr. Seuss

He speaks for the trees! I love this vibrant work by Dr. Seuss. I think most of the charm of this book comes from the usage of made-up words. Seuss's made up characters make children giggle and use their imagination! I could use this book for all kinds of activities! I would love to read this on Earth Day. I think it would be great for students to research pollution and its effects on the environment after reading this text. Another great activity for young readers to try is a cause and effect study like the one I found here:



Lexile - 560

AR - 3.1

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review 2018-01-12 18:12
Fare Thee Well
The Burial Hour - Jeffery Deaver

I am just done with this nonsensical series.


It has just gone down the tubes for me since #11 (The Skin Collector).


That is three books in a row where not much is happening and too many coincidences drive the plot. Deaver doesn't even bother with trying to artfully explain the science in these books anymore. We just get regurgitation of facts and Rhyme acting like an asshole to everyone.


It doesn't help Rhyme and Sachs read like robots in this book. There is no there for me anymore between these two. Deaver wrote himself into a hole with getting rid of Sachs having issues with her arthritis.


Matters not helped by Deaver trying to turn these two into a super forensic spy team at the end. I don't even want to go there in future books. Let's pretend that the things they will end up doing will totally be legal and be allowed to be used as evidence. 


The writing was not good and the flow was awful. I think that a good 1/3 of this book could have been deleted and you would not have missed anything vitally important. Why oh why Deaver did not just end on Rhyme and Sachs getting married baffles me. We go from what could have been a sweet/strong ending to the two of them solving another crime. I could not believe it. It just went on and on and I didn't care. I can see why so many readers started to skim this. It's your only defense to not fall totally asleep.

The setting of this book is moved from New York (after the first couple of pages) to Italy. The only thing you have to know about Italy is that Rhyme likes the grappa. Also he is still an asshole to everyone. We get a plethora of new characters that I stopped keeping track of after a while. Why we spent so much time in these people's heads is beyond me. I started calling one of the Italians the new rookie cause that's who he was the stand in for IMHO.

The ending as I already said just died on the vine. We go from a happy event to another crime with Rhyme and Sachs thinking a murder is about to occur. Cue new characters and a murderous lesbian and I just was done. 







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