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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-02-02 06:36
The True Story Of The 3 Little Pigs!
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs - Jon Scieszka,Lane Smith

There is always two parts to every story, and in this book we get to listen to the Big Bad Wolfs side of the original story, Three Little Pigs. The Wolf swears he never huffed and puffed down the pigs houses, but instead he was just having a sick day and couldn't help sneezing. It wasn't his fault the pigs made their house out of unreliable materials! All the poor Wolf wanted was a cup of sugar, and now he is being framed with murder! Of course he ate the pigs after their houses fell, he couldn't let a good "ham dinner" go to waste, could he?


How I would use this book in my future classroom:

I would use this book in my future classroom during a lesson on comparing and contrasting. I think that comparing/contrasting this book to the original three little pigs story would be a fun way to get the assignment done!


Lexile:  AD510L

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review 2019-02-02 04:45
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon
The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon - Alexander McCall Smith

DNF at page 100. I got bored and started skimming ahead, which I usually avoid, but in this case it saved me a few wasted hours of reading. I thought after the last book that maybe McCall Smith was running out of ideas, but it turns out he was keeping at least one up his sleeve, and it’s one of my least favorite things to come across in a book (or anywhere, for that matter).


Incest. Totally unnecessary, why-would-you-go-there incest.

(spoiler show)




I’m done. So long, No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, and thanks for all the warm fuzzies you gave me in the past.

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review 2019-02-02 02:32
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs - Jon Scieszka,Lane Smith

The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs

Guided Reading: Level Q

This is the TRUE story of the 3 little pigs. It from the wolf's perspective. We learn that the the wolf is really not a bad guy and does not want to hurt the pigs. I think this is a great time to teach students about perspectives. You never know what someone else is thinking so its nice to know other perspectives of a situation.

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review 2019-01-30 11:28
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #13) - Alexander McCall Smith

This is one of those “bubble bath for the brain” series that I used to love turning to after heavy reads. I lost track of it for years and now I’m several books behind. I’m both pleased and dismayed that McCall Smith is still cranking one of these out every year; pleased because I enjoy my brain bubble baths, dismayed because this book feels a bit like MS is out of ideas and is just ticking established character traits off a checklist.


Mma Ramotswe drinks red bush tea and drives her tiny white van and repeatedly declares herself “traditionally built”: check.


Mma Makutsi adjusts her round glasses, covets higher status in the agency, and has conversations with her shoes: check.


Motholeli and Puso briefly make an appearance and do cute well-adjusted children stuff: check.


Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni relates current events/people to cars: check.


Charlie and Fanwell say or do something foolish: double check.


Mma Potokwani bosses people around and serves fruit cake: check.


Violet Sephotho is vain and somehow the villain: check.


I could keep going, but I’m sure you get the idea. Added to the increasing feeling of same-old, same-old is a growing suspicion that the author is now on auto-pilot, and that’s why all these characters are sort of stagnating and we’re getting awkward pull-me-out-of-the-story things like a white man from Muncie, Indiana speaking with the exact same syntax as the residents of Gaborone. I’m hoping this is just me or the author having an off-book, so to speak, and not a sign that the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency should have shut its doors on a higher note back in book 12.


I enjoyed my little visit to McCall Smith’s version of Botswana, but not nearly as much as I used to.  Here’s hoping the magic is back in the next book.

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review 2019-01-29 00:46
Ms. Harris' Overview of The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs - Jon Scieszka,Lane Smith

We all know the classic story of the three little pigs from the pigs point of view, but have you ever wondered what the wolf thought? The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs tells you the story through the wolfs perception. This is a great book to introduce P.O.V to your students. This story is placed at a 3.0 (3rd grade, ATOS) reading level from accelerated reader leveling system. A great activity for reading this book is to compare and contrast the original story to the wolf's story. You could have students create newspapers of their own belief of the 3 little pigs and let students be creative and share their own story through THEIR perspectives.

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