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review 2018-09-10 04:02
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs - Jon Scieszka,Lane Smith

This book is told from the point of view of the fox, who is trying to tell everyone how he became known as "big and bad". He was never trying to blow the house down! He just needed a cup of sugar for his grandmothers cake, and when the pigs said no, he sneezed because of a cold and blew their house down. This continued until the brick house, which was not blown over and the police came to the wolf yelling, sneezing and huffing at the brick house because of an insult to his grandmother! Poor grandmother never got her cake! I would use this book in an activity that would explore points of view using multiple versions of the three little pig stories!

Lexile: AD510L

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review 2018-09-09 17:29
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs - Jon Scieszka,Lane Smith

This is the TRUE story of the 3 little pigs told from the wolf's perspective. This would be a great way to teach children about perspectives and 1st person/ 3rd person, point of view. Kids sometimes don't realize the difference of a story between 3rd and 1st person point of view. There are other types too like omniscient, 2nd person, and limited. We would have to have an in depth lesson on pronouns and point of view, so I would read this book to a 3rd or 4th grade class.

An activity I would pair with it would be for kids to pick their favorite books and decide from which point of view the stories are told.I may assign paragraphs for the students to read in order to decide what point of view it is told from. That sounds boring, but it is important that kids understand.

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review 2018-09-08 23:03
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs - Jon Scieszka,Lane Smith

Alexander T. Wolf is in pig prison and determined to prove his innocence. He insists that he was framed in the classic fairy tale and writes his own version which is shared through his point of view in the story. This spin off is told in the most unique way, while still incorporating elements from the original The Three Little Pigs. This book would be so great when comparing and contrasting stories and when discussing point of view! I would use this in my classroom to teach both of those literary concepts. When teaching these, I would also read my students the original fairy tale so they have a story to compare it to. 

 

Lexile: 510L

Fountas and Pinnell: Q

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review 2018-09-01 06:00
Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood
Red: The True Story of Red Riding Hood - Liesl Shurtliff

Audience: Upper Elementary/Middle School

 

The first time I tried my hand at magic, I grew roses out of my nose.

- First sentence

 

Red's granny is sick (maybe dying) and she is determined to find a way to save her. She sets off on an adventure that brings understanding, knowledge, fear, excitement and even unexpected friendships.

 

Other books in this series include Rump, Jack, and Grump. They all come from the same world, but see it from different perspectives.

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this series so far. I haven't read Grump, but I'm sure it won't disappoint. Red is a great character though a bit naive and sheltered. She learns a great deal during her adventure and grows into a stronger person. 

 

Bottom line: A fresh take on the story of Red Riding Hood that will take you on an exciting adventure filled with danger and unexpected friendships.

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review 2018-08-30 07:49
Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash
Honor Girl - Maggie Thrash,Maggie Thrash

This is a very important story for everybody to read! Very touching. The artwork is unusual, but I grew to like it.

 

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This is based on Maggie's real life, so I was torn if I should give it a 4 or a 5 based on how it ended. I decided it did not seem fair to give it a 4 because it ended in a way I did not like. That is just how it happened in real life. If this were fiction, I would give it a 4 for the ending. If you've read this, you know what I mean. Otherwise, I feel like this deserves a 5-star rating!

A lot of people are complaining about the artwork and saying the author can't draw. I don't agree. It is a different style, for sure. Maggie could have hired an "expert" illustrator, but she decided to draw her story herself. Art is subjective anyway.

 

I'm sorry this isn't a "proper" review. Sometimes I just don't know what to say except for "I like this" and "you should read it!" Also, take my ratings with a grain of salt! I change my mind a lot.

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