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text 2017-03-28 23:16
An A From Miss Keller - Patricia Polacco,Patricia Polacco

The book, An A From Miss Keller, is written by Patricia Polacco and is based off of true events that happened when Polacco was growing up. The main character of the work, Patricia, is nervous about starting in Miss Keller’s writing class because she has heard terrible rumors about this woman. The question remains throughout the book: is Miss Keller really a bad teacher or is she a good teacher who is just tough on her students? A book like this would be great to use towards the end of the school year to talk about next year’s teacher with your students. Sometimes students like to listen to the rumors circulating through the school; but until the students actually meet the teacher, they should never judge someone based on someone else’s words. I read this book to the kindergarten class I am currently observing, and it made them so appreciative of the teacher they currently have. I also pointed out to them that throughout their time in school, they may have teachers who are hard on them because they expect them to work up to their full potential. This does not make them a bad teacher, but rather one who truly cares about their future. By the end of the story, the students believed that Miss Keller was actually a great teacher, but maybe she could have been a little nicer to her class. This book’s Lexile reading level is 700L. If you read this book at the beginning of the school year, I think a great activity for this book would be to read it aloud to the class, and then students could do a journal write on the expectations of their teacher. I think teachers should be open to considering how students want them to act throughout the school year. Obviously, you should never be too easy on students to where it seems like you do not care, but we should never be as strict as Miss Keller to where our students are fearful of being in our class!

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review 2017-03-05 20:43
Dog Lovers Rejoice!
If I Ran the Dog Show: All About Dogs (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) - Tish Rabe,Aristides Ruiz,Joe Mathieu

If I Ran the Dog Show All About Dogs by Tish Rabe introduces children to the wonderful world of dogs.  With the Cat in the Hat as their guide, a little boy and girl set off to the dog show.  While there, the children learn numerous facts about dogs.  

I absolutely loved this book!  The illustrations by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu pay homage to the great Dr. Seuss and are simply adorable.  If the reader looks closely, he/she will notice that the humans look like their dogs on page 4.  I also love how the book sheds light on the importance of therapy dogs and their work along with descriptions of other working dogs.

I would highly recommend this book to readers and dog lovers of all ages.  Readers will delight in the whimsical illustrations and will walk away with an increased knowledge in all things canine.  There is even a glossary in the back of the book as well as a For Further Reading section which suggests other books about dogs that readers might enjoy.  Bring home this tail-wagging good book today!

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review 2017-03-05 20:18
Cat Lovers Rejoice!
What Cat Is That?: All About Cats - Tish Rabe,Aristides Ruiz,Joe Mathieu

What Cat is That?  All About CATS by Tish Rabe introduces children to the wonderful world of cats.  With the Cat in the Hat as their guide, a little boy and girl set off on a journey around the world in a Kitty-Cat-Copter.  They meet lions in Kenya, tigers in Bangkok and so much more.  Along the way, the children learn numerous facts about cats.  

I absolutely loved this book!  The illustrations by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu pay homage to the great Dr. Seuss and are simply adorable.  I also found the facts in the book to be quite interesting.  I never knew that there is a breed of cat that actually likes to swim!  Or that a group of kittens is called a kindle.

I would highly recommend this book to readers and cat lovers of all ages.  Readers will delight in the whimsical illustrations and will walk away with an increased knowledge in all things cat.  There is even a glossary in the back of the book as well as a For Further Reading section which suggests other books about cats that readers might enjoy.  Check it out right meow!

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review 2017-02-07 20:47
Naughty
Teaching Miss Julia - Bree Dahlia

Teaching Miss Julia by Bree Dahlia is a fairly short read, perfect for those with limited time for reading.  Ms Dahlia has delivered a well-written book.  I adored the characters in Teaching Miss Julia.  Julia and Mr. Blackwell's story is a fun and very naughty read.  If you prefer books with no sex, you'll want to avoid this one.  I enjoyed reading Teaching Miss Julia and would be happy to read more from Bree Dahlia.  This book is the first in a series of book, but it can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2017-01-21 00:25
Do you remember your favorite teacher?
Ms. Bixby's Last Day - John David Anderson

I had a feeling that John David Anderson's Ms. Bixby's Last Day would be an emotional rollercoaster from the first couple of pages. The chapters alternate between the points of view of three middle school boys who are best friends. They have very different personalities but one thing they have in common is that Ms. Bixby is their favorite teacher. One of the best things about this book is that it shows that you never quite know what another person is going through and that each person has a unique set of abilities and talents. I think this is a particularly important message for middle grade readers because this is the time where you start feeling awkward, misunderstood, and alienated from your peers (and oftentimes your family). Adolescence can be difficult enough but it can be made even more so if your world is completely turned upside down. That's exactly what happens when these boys (and the rest of the school) discover that Ms. Bixby will have to leave school suddenly due to illness. The book focuses on how each of the boys reacts to the news and follows them on an epic quest to make Ms. Bixby's last day in town one that is made of pure awesomeness. This is one of those books that parents would probably think is 'too harsh' or 'too sad' for kids to read and that is exactly why kids should read it. Life isn't always sunshine and roses. Sometimes things are sad and challenging and it's important that kids see that this happens just as often as the fun, silly times. Another thing to point out is that these are 3 middle school boys who are not afraid to show their emotions and to be vulnerable. This is a fantastic message! I enjoyed this book so much that I picked up another book by John David Anderson which is on a very different wavelength (it's about superheroes) and I'll be posting that review up in a few weeks. Ms. Bixby's Last Day gets a 10/10 from me.

 

PS Make sure your seat-belt is tightened for the emotional rollercoaster you're about to be on if you embark on this book. You have been warned.

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