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review 2017-04-07 21:39
Amazing Grace - Mary Hoffman,Caroline Binch

This book is perfect for the classroom because it is all about loving yourself and being confident in your own skin. The main character, Grace, loves to tell stories, and when Peter Pan is the play being done at her school she wants to play the character of Peter Pan. Although, she is told that she can not play Peter Pan because she is a girl. Then, her grandmother reminds her that she can do anything she wants. I would read this book in my classroom to empower my students and remind them that they are capable of anything. 

Grade Level-K-2

Lexile Level - 680L

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review 2017-04-07 06:25
Chrysanthemum - Kevin Henkes

This book tells the story about a young mouse that loves her name, but when she attends school she begins to be bullied about her name she feels outcasted and different. Then, she meets a teacher that has a different name as well so this makes her feel valued, included, and special. This book is the perfect choice for a shared reading lesson, and to start a group discussion about what makes us feel valued as people and the people that do that. Another idea for this book would be to have the students write down ideas on how to be nice to other people and share them with the class. This book is perfect for ages K-2nd grades, and the Lexile level is 460-L. A great read for the classroom and for discussion. 

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review 2013-09-11 00:39
Review: The Bramble by Lee Nordling
The Bramble - Lee Nordling,Bruce Zick

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


The Bramble is about a young boy who’s teased by the other kids, and sometime ignored by them. When he wanders into the Bramble, he finds a new world with new possibilities.


I’m a little torn on what this book really is. It’s marked as a graphic novel, but I went into it with the mind set of a picture book. It certainly has frames similar to that of graphic novels. Still, I think this could easily be read by very young children (especially since it’s mostly wordless), and that puts it the picture book realm for me. While I found the illustrations beautiful, I wasn’t impressed with the story. It just felt like a new version of Where the Wild Things Are. Cameron journeys to the other side of The Bramble, where he finds odd shaped creatures who help him learn. They even kind of looked like the creatures in Where the Wild Things Are. If a book is reminding me too much of another book, that immediately puts it in the “not recommended” category. Sorry, but originality is important, especially in children’s books. That’s what makes one book stand out from another and it seems to happen so rarely for me with picture books.

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review 2013-07-01 00:00
Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence (A Chelsea Handler Book/Borderline Amazing Publishing)
Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence - Ross Mathews,Gwyneth Paltrow,Chelsea Handler For this and other reviews please visit Zemfirka Blogs...

This is far from my usual read but I decided to give it a chance anyway and I have no regrets. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to find it both entertaining and funny. I have often found myself thinking that I might really enjoy one of those many comedians’ biographies while passing the aforementioned book section in my local bookstore, but have never really given in to the idea until now.

I had a promotional credit to spare on my Audible account that was going to waste, so I picked up Man Up!: Tales of My Delusion Self-Confidence by Ross Mathews. At only five plus hours of listening time and narrated by Ross himself [definitely a bonus in my book], I thought it was a good deal and a great opportunity for me to take a break from my marathon listen of the Outlander series. [The Outlander audiobooks have been part of my daily commute since January this year and a break was definitely in order.] So, armed with my new audiobook, I finally took the plunge.

Are you familiar with Ross Mathews? If not, he is the guy who first began his career as Ross the Intern on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and later on E!’s Chelsea Lately. Being familiar with both shows, although being far from a devoted follower, I felt that I knew what to expect – and, as I said before, I was not disappointed.

“Hello, dear reader! It’s me, Ross Mathews from television! So now that we’re best friends (oh, by the way, we totally just became best friends), you should know that I am possibly, just maybe a teeny bit way too excited for you to read my book.” Man Up! (Prologue).

How could you not like this guy? Especially now, that we are totally best friends – he said so himself! So, in the spirit of his excitement and his distinctive high pitched chirpy voice we continued on to the many stories of his childhood, various jobs, friendships, relationships, and other exciting, funny, and at times inspirational episodes of his life. Ross lays it all out on the table, from his dating life, and his two lovely pooches Louise and Mijo, his Oscar–winning bff Gwyneth Paltrow, to his many jobs and a sudden spotlight at The Tonight Show.

Ross is not shy about name-dropping and pop-culture references that peppered each and every page of his book, but I wasn’t turned off. In fact, I found it quite authentic coming from Ross – it is exactly how I would have imagined it, if he were to sit right across from me, and share a few of his life’s anecdotes as bff’s do. Overall, the book was entertaining and fast-paced. I thought his message of self-acceptance, was quite clear but not condescending. So, if you like Ross Mathews, and are a fan of all things pop culture, definitely pick this one up, perhaps you’d want to throw one of those balloon days yourself…
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review 2013-06-26 00:00
Man Up!: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence - Ross Mathews,Gwyneth Paltrow,Chelsea Handler Note to self (and everyone else): Do not read this in public unless you are ok with people staring at you while you are laughing.I've been a fan of Ross Matthews since he was "Ross the Intern" and was more than happy when he began appearing "Chelsea Lately" so it was really a no brainer that I was going to read Man Up. Man Up! is full of Ross' trademark humor and sassy wit. He begins with describing his childhood and his illustrious career at McDonald's and how he became "the Intern". But perhaps my favorite chapter was the impact he had on Koo Koo Roo. The writing style of Man Up! is pure Ross and you feel as though he is sitting right next to you regaling you of all these tales. Any fan of Ross will love Man Up! and if you weren't a fan before, well, you'll be one now.
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