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review 2016-10-20 22:16
Coraline Review
Coraline - Neil Gaiman

Coraline follows a young girl in a new house as she explores and encounters dangerous creatures, including her other mother. It would be a perfect Halloween time story for upper grades. For a lesson, the students could create tales for the other children in the other mother's grasp, or a backstory of the other mother herself. This would allow their creative juices to flow, as well as being great practice for narrative writing. If you wanted to practice persuasive writing, the students could write why Coraline should have stayed, and why the other mother really isn't as bad as she seems.

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review 2016-10-20 22:05
Bud, Not Buddy Review
Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud, Not Buddy is a story about an orphaned boy who runs away to find who he believes is his father. The plot follows his journey through northern Michigan during the 1930's. Bud faces many challenges, and overcomes all of them. I would use this book for upper grades, probably around fourth and fifth grade. It could be tied in with a history lesson, the students could learn about how life was during the 1930's while reading the novel. It could also be a writing lesson in which the students write to Bud, or write their own extension of the story itself.

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review 2016-09-06 23:19
Charlotte's Web Review
Charlotte's Web - E.B. White,Garth Williams,Rosemary Wells

This book is about a little pig, Wilbur, who becomes friends with a spider, Charlotte. Wilbur discovers he is going to be killed around Christmas time, and Charlotte tells him she won't let that happen, so she begins to write words in her web. This becomes an attraction for people to see, and Wilbur is saved. 

I would use this book in older grades, such as fourth through sixth. It has many lesson options, such as the anatomy and behavior of a spider. It also has the obvious literary elements to analyze, such as plot, main characters, and cause and effect.

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review 2016-08-30 01:36
Fosdyke
Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke - Pamela Duncan Edwards,Henry Cole

Five foxes are left to fend for themselves while their mother takes a vacation. Four of them go hunt throughout the night, but fail each time. Meanwhile, the fifth, Fosdyke, is cooking away in the kitchen. At the end, the four foxes join their brother for a feast, realizing he was right, "a fox is a fox, whatever the food."

This book could be used to show alliteration at its finest. I would read it to third or fourth graders while they learn about alliteration. It could be a fun "end of a unit" type book, or just an extended example. They could, then, each pick a letter and create a story with the majority of words beginning with that letter. We could then "publish" them for everyone to enjoy. It is also a lovely story about one fox focusing on his talent, and then his siblings come to realize they truly do need Fosdyke's expertise. 

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