A well written fanfic in which Jensen is snatched from his life when he is belatedly found to be a 'ceiver' capable of bearing children. Jared is the 'pere' to whom he is assigned.
The cover makes this seem like a light fluffy romance, but it's much more than that. While it does have romance and some humor, it also deals with pretty heavy personal issues. The heroine, Loveday, carries emotional scars from her childhood and sticks to herself most of the time, keeping busy with her job at a cozy secondhand bookshop. The mystery of her traumatic past is slowly unraveled as she meets new people and discovers surprising things. Some aspects of the story and the writing could've been better, but I really liked how she learns some lessons throughout the book and grows in more ways than one. It was what I wanted but didn't get from the main character in The Language of Flowers, another book with similar themes.
Loveday learns through her own experience with dating violence to gain a new perspective on the past abuse that her mother suffered from in the hands of her father. She learns that just because someone else lives a relatively sheltered life and hasn't had as much hardship as she had, it doesn't mean that their problems are trivial and they can't empathize with hers. She learns that the people around her can truly care about her, not out of a sense of duty or pity but genuine affection, and that she can let them in instead of push them away. Above all she learns to allow herself to heal.
Corduroy is about a little stuffed bear in a store department who badly wants a home. When he finally meets a little girl who wants to take him home he learns that he's missing a button. That night he went on search for a button so he can be like new again. Its a good story for children because it personifies the stuffed animal to have feelings of being wanted.
Idea of how it can be used in the classroom:
This book could be used at the end of first grade or the beginning of second grade to teach students about personification of non-living things. The teacher could turn this into a writing lesson to get the students to personify one of their most loved possessions.
Reading Level & Leveling System:
Direct Reading Assessment
End of Grade One and Beginning of Grade Two
I would rate this book a 5 because it is a classic and has a good moral. Because in the end he learned that even if he wasn't perfect the right person would still want him.
Ten Apples Up on Top! by Dr. Seuss is a picture book about animals seeing how many apples they can stack on their heads. This book will help beginning readers read simple rhyming sentences. Ten Apples Up on Top! also gives teachers a perfect opportunity to have students practice counting to ten and doing math. An activity that can be done with this book is to have students count by ones to ten using red counters. Another activity is to have students identify the rhyming words within the book and see if the students could think of anymore words that rhyme with the words in the book. The Lexile Leveling system rates this book as 200L (1st grade).
Have You Filled A Bucket Today? is a great book to read the first week of school, but it's also a good read to re-introduce throughout the year. This is a great book for 1st-4th grade. This book encourages positive, kind behavior and it reminds students how easy it is to be kind to one another. A sweet idea for this book is to have kids create their own personal bucket and have every one write positive and kind things in everyone's bucket. You could hang these up in the classroom for an entire year for a nice reminder!