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review 2017-04-08 03:05
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - Dr. Seuss

This is one of my favorite stories ever; it cracks me up every time! The Grinch hates Christmas and plans to “steal” the holiday from the Whos. He pretends to be Santa and steals everyone’s presents and decorations. After the fact, the Whos all still find a way to celebrate, because they know that the true meaning of Christmas is not about the presents or decorations. When the Grinch sees this, he realizes that he misunderstood what Christmas is truly about.



In the classroom, this would be a great Christmas time read. Students could be reminded that the true meaning of Christmas (and other holidays) is about family and being together, not about presents.



  • Lexile Measure:510L
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review 2017-04-08 03:03
Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss

This book is always a fun read, at any age. Sam-I-Am makes a valiant effort to make the other character try green eggs and ham, but he claims that he doesn’t like green eggs and ham. Sam-I-Am offers suggestions of where the character could eat them, or how he could eat them, but he still does not want to try. In the end, he ends up trying them and liking them. I love the book’s rhymes and illustrations!


In the classroom, this book would be great to use for learning about rhyming, especially during Dr. Suess week



  • Lexile Measure: 30L
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review 2017-04-07 06:27
My Friend Bear - Jez Alborough

My Friend Teddy is a sequel to the picture book Where's My Teddy?  In this book, Eddie wanders back into the woods while talking to his teddy bear about being sad because his bear can't talk back.  While in the woods he hears the bear crying because his teddy bear can't talk to him either.  Both the boy and the bear are lonely. The boy and bear discover each other in the woods and start playing together by pretend talking through their teddy bears.  When they part, they are friends and no longer lonely.


This book can be used to lead the children in a discussion about loneliness and friendship. 


The lexile level for this book is 370L.

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review 2017-04-06 03:32
Mooseltoe - Margie Palatini,Henry Cole

Mooseltoe is a story about a  father moose with an extremely long mustache who wanted to make everything perfect for his family at Christmas. He worked tirelessly for days shopping, wrapping presents, decorating and baking.  However, on Christmas Eve he discovered that he had forgotten to put up a Christmas tree.  When he couldn't find a Christmas tree to buy, he let his children put paste in his long mustache so they could shape and decorate it like a Christmas tree.  Then, he stood in the corner covered in Christmas tree lights and decorations waiting for Santa to come and leave presents underneath his mustache Christmas tree.


This book can be used to teach children about unknown text. They can use clues in the pictures to help them decode the meaning of certain words (tickling the ivories, galore, blustery). 


The lexile levelf for this book is 180L

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review 2017-04-06 03:08
'Twas The Night Before Thanksgiving (Bookshelf) - Dav Pilkey

Eight grade school children go on a field trip to a turkey farm the day before Thanksgiving where they meet eight turkeys with names.  When the children discover that their new turkey friends are intended to be Thanksgiving dinner the next day, they save them by hiding the turkeys under their shirts and sneaking them back to school on the bus.  The next day, instead of eating turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, they each have a turkey as a guest for Thanksgiving dinner.  The story is told in the same style as 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.


This would be a good book to read to the class the day before Thanksgiving break.  It can be used to teach a lesson about rhyming words.  The students can also use illustrations and context clues to help them decipher unknown text (boarded, terrain, clatter).


The lexile level for this book is NP

Scholastic level is at P

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