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review 2017-03-17 18:25
Does lion rhyme with iron?
Frog on a Log? - Jim Field,Kes Gray

This is my favorite picture book of 2017 and that's saying quite a lot. I liked it so much in fact that I bought a copy for myself and a copy for my mom (if you know mom then you know why I did this). It's a hilarious, rhyming story about a frog who thinks that the rule that all frogs sit on logs (told to him by a wiseacre cat) is unfair because logs are uncomfortable. What follows is the cat informing the frog about the rules of where certain animals are allowed to sit. (Look out for the fleas and make sure you ask the little people you're reading with to find them for you.) If you're using this in a storytime, I encourage you to read with panache and infuse the cat with lots of exasperated attitude. It's a fantastically fun experience when you get your audience invested enough to be shocked by the ending (which is hysterical by the way). The illustrations are absolutely adorable (I'm going to be looking for more works by Jim Field I think) and create another layer of playfulness which I appreciated. I highly recommend this book for anyone and everyone (but especially those who work or live with small children). 10/10


Note: It seems that in the UK where this was originally published it was titled Oi Frog! which puzzles me mightily. Also, there's a sequel which is out and which I must get my hands on titled Oi Dog! (I don't get why they would change the name here in the US).

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-02-18 20:03
The Runaway
The Runaway - A.J. MacGregor,W. Perring

I have a whole book of Ladybird Books.  For those of you born too late or too focused on stateside books, Ladybird published children's books - usually little hardcover books.  The books were designed to introduce children to reading.  In the 1970s, when those in my collection were published, it included books like Helping with Mother, Let's Visit the Zoo.  They were written on the level of Jack and Jane (or simpler), but the illustrations were far nicer.   There was also a series of rhyming stories, of which this volume - The Runaway - is one.


The Runaway was my favorite.  The story itself is about a hutch rabbit who, you guessed it, runs away to the forest.  Considering the time period, the book is somewhat ahead of its time.  The illustration makes it quite clear that the rabbit is the same as a wild rabbit, so while the boy does not mean any harm by keeping a pet rabbit, there is a slight sense of wrongness.  But the story ends with both the boy (who has a domestic rabbit) and the rabbit both happy.


Perhaps this story is why I love Watership Down.

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review 2017-02-15 22:43
Old Hat New Hat
Old Hat New Hat (Bright & Early Books(R)) - Stan Berenstain,Jan Berenstain

Old Hat New Hat by Stan Berenstain  is a silly story about a bear that is considering buying a new hat. He looks at many different options, but there always seems to be something wrong with each of them. Some are too itchy and some are too lumpy. In the end, the bear decides to keep his old hat because it is perfect. I would use this book with beginning readers or as a lesson in second grade rhyming. 

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review 2016-11-11 05:00
Fox in Socks - Dr. Seuss

I would use this book in K-2 to talk about rhyming and nonsense words. Though in Grade 2 I may only use this as a review of what the student should already know. 

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review 2016-11-11 04:12
Hop On Pop
Hop on Pop - Dr. Seuss

Dr. Suess is great for any elementary school classroom. His books are usually thought provoking, while also teaching fundamental lessons on language- as in this case rhyming! Rhyming is an important lesson for early childhood students to learn. Word families, word walls, and sometimes sight words have rhyming as a big foundation to these words- which is why this book is great to read to these students. I would say this book's intended audience is K-1st grade. An activity I would do with these students is split them into groups, give each group a core word, and have them come up with as many rhyming words as they can in a minute. A few rounds would be played and they will have been exposed to so many different words in a short amount of time, while also brainstorming! I feel like that would be a great rhyming activity. 

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