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review 2018-02-23 20:37
I Love My Hair by Natasha Tarpley
I Love My Hair! - Natasha Tarpley

I really enjoyed reading I Love My Hair by Natasha Tarpley. This book serves a greater purpose than just a good story. It teaches young girls (and even boys) to love their hair (or any other characteristic) and its uniqueness. Specifically, this book tackles the long history of young, black girls disliking their hair because it is "different" from everyone else hair. This book highlights all the great things her hair can do and all the different ways she can wear it as well as the heritage and culture of her hair. I also love the use of positive similes and metaphors when comparing the main character's hair to objects. 


I would read this book to the class, pausing to discuss with students the ways her mom does her hair, the different styles she wears her hair in (and ask the student what their favorite hairstyles are), and feelings towards her hair (compared to the student's feeling towards their own hair), etc. After reading I would ask students to write a paragraph that connects the book to themselves or their own hair. I would ask them to use evidence from the text to support their connection.

Lexile Measure: 670L 
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review 2017-03-28 17:20
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - Dr. Seuss

I love this book and movie! It definitely gets everyone in the holiday spirit so I would use it around the Christmas season. The Lexile level is 510L. I would use this in a 2nd or 3rd grade classroom. I would first read the book aloud to the class so that they know the story. Then we would sing the song together while they all have copies of the lyrics. Then we would go through the lyrics and find the similes and metaphors and write them on a T chart. There are so many fun things to do with How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

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review 2014-02-25 16:03
Review of Suicide Ride: The Platinum Man sample by E. Llewellyn
Suicide Ride: The Platinum Man - E. Llewellyn

I went and grabbed a sample of this book because of all the 'snublicity' (not my word- but the author's) that I saw on Goodreads and the author's Facebook page.

I am glad that I did so and did not rush out to purchase because although I do enjoy well written romance, this was not the case. The author relies too much on description. There should be a balance between showing and telling, the emphasis being on showing, but the author goes too far. Everything is a simile. Not for me.  I give it one and a half stars for the exaggerated similes.  

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review 2013-01-01 00:00
A Dictionary of Similes
A Dictionary of Similes - Frank J. Wilst... A Dictionary of Similes - Frank J. Wilstach I have a 1924 copy of this funny, detailed collection of similes. The best part is the almost snarky introduction by Frank J. Wilstach, in which he admits to his obsessive compulsive need to collect similes whenever he sees them. The book is beautiful and is a little like reading poetry written on the walls of ancient lavatories.
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