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review 2017-04-07 00:20
Brown Bear Brown Bear what do you See
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - Bill Martin Jr.,Eric Carle

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See by Eric Carle is a 1.5 on the Accelerated Reading leveling system. This story is a simple picture book about various animals that a bear sees. The story goes though many colors and also has beautiful illustrations. This book could be used when teaching a unit on colors or a unit on the five senses when related to sight. 

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text 2017-03-28 23:45
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman’s novel The Graveyard Book tells the story of a little boy named Nobody Owens, or “Bod” for short, who was not raised under normal circumstances. After wandering from his crib in the middle of the night as a baby, he unknowingly escapes from a murderer in his house. The murderer is still on the loose throughout the course of the novel, and he is in search of Bod. While he is growing up, he is raised in a graveyard by ghosts who educate him on how to protect himself from the man who is out to kill him. You may be thinking by this point: why would anyone consider this to be a children’s book? Surprisingly enough, the book is an amazing story for young readers! Bod demonstrates courage throughout the novel, never allowing the man who wants to kill him to succeed with the job. The book’s Lexile reading level is 820L, and it is recommended to be read by students in higher grades like fourth and fifth grade. In my classroom, I would want students to form book groups to read the novel. I would want each student in the group to have a job to do with the book, and each group would get to engage in their own discussions about what they think. I would also want the students to analyze how Gaiman appeals to his reader’s senses through his strategic use of imagery.

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review 2017-02-19 00:00
Mastering Her Senses
Mastering Her Senses - Laura Kaye ARC Review: Mastering Her Senses (Blasphemy) by Laura Kaye

The Blasphemy series is a genius idea. Not only does Laura Kaye push the boundaries in her sensory overloaded stories, hidden inside of all the sensuality and heated exchanges is a valuable lesson. A person is only as weak as they allow themselves to be. Mastering Her Senses blends facing fears head on with discovering the power of inner strength. Cassia is so focused on her own fears that she doesn't realize that her tainted warrior of the night, has some demons of his own to stare down. Leave it to Ms. Kaye, her wounded warriors and broken princesses to take addictive to a whole new level.
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review 2017-02-02 00:00
Mastering Her Senses
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review 2017-01-10 09:58
What a Plant Knows
What A Plant Knows: a field guide to the senses - Daniel Chamovitz

If you're a gardener with a scientific bent, or a fan of science with a botanic bent, this is a great book.


Chamovitz breaks down the current science of botany and makes it interesting and comprehensible to the average armchair enthusiast by using our own senses as a basis for what a plant...knows.  Do plants 'see'?  Do plants 'feel'?  So plants have a sense of 'smell'?  The answers might surprise a few people.  The author is very clear that these comparisons are very loose and plants are not, of course, thinking or sentient.  But as a starting point for understanding how plants do thrive and survive, our senses make for an excellent starting point.


This is a fast read; I was able to complete it in one day, and there was nothing dense about the writing or the research.  Chamovitz provides suggestions for links in the footnotes, a very thorough Notes section and an excellent index.  There wasn't a wealth of practical knowledge (although I do now know how to force short-day plants to bloom at will), but all of it was interesting and I learned a lot.


Highly recommended for the greenies.  ;-)

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