Monthly Archives: October 2012

Poetry Wednesday

Happy Poetry Wednesday y’all! Yesterday I discovered the book, My Dog May Be a Genuis, written by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by James Stevenson. This is a wonderfully witty collection of 100+ poems that will get children excited about poetry! This book features irresistible poems about animals, family members, never before seen creatures and more! […] Continue reading

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Super Frog Saves Tokyo

During our discussion of Arena in class on Tuesday I thought of this story: http://www.gq.com/entertainment/books/200206/haruki-murakami-super-frog-saves-tokyo-full-story It’s by Haruki Murakami, a Japanese writer who I’ve recently beco… Continue reading

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Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas

      In the spirit of Halloween, our friend Duck prepares for the most delightful of fall activities: pumpkin carving!     “This will be GREAT!” he says to himself. He thinks his jack-o-lantern will be a wonderful surprise for his dear friends Pig and Mouse. They’re in for a surprise, no doubt, but […] Continue reading

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Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

  “Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anywhere.”  So begins Peter H. Reynolds’ wonderful tale about creativity and the artistic process.  When his older brother makes a careless remark about Ramon’s depiction of a vase, drawing becomes a frustrating struggle and loses its joy and freedom.  Ramon becomes preoccupied with trying to get his drawings “right” […] Continue reading

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Note Taking and the Writing Process

Historians take a lot of notes. I discovered my love of note taking while reading Tolkien. The detailed lists, genealogies and summaries I created as a child are still with me. I experimented with different forms of note taking back … Continue reading Continue reading

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Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson

Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson is a great picture book that puts a little twist on a story that seems a little familiar. Yep- a twist on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. In this version, a bear finds himself in the city, away from his home in the woods. Trying to find some sort […] Continue reading

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Bink and Gollie, Two for One

Bink and Gollie, Two for One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile, is a story of two best friends, Bink and Gollie. This book takes the pair through a series of adventures at the state fair.     The story begins with Bink, the small blonde of the two, wanting to […] Continue reading

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What’s Up, What’s Down? by Lola M. Schaefer

The word, ”nonfiction,” is received by some children with as much welcome as liver and broccoli for dinner, since images of encyclopedias and textbooks come to mind.  However, What’s Up, What’s Down? by Lola M. Schaefer (with illustrations by Barbara Bash) is a phenomenal book that describes the world from a relational standpoint, using language that […] Continue reading

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That’s Not My Dad! by Peter Bently, Illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello

“That’s Not My Dad!” is a humorous little tale about a young polar bear named Patty searching for her father. The day begins on the top of a hill, when they decide to “slide down for a thrill,” but dad goes first and has suddenly gone right out of sight. Through the books rhyming patterns, […] Continue reading

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White Flour Written by David LaMotte and Illustrated by Jenn Hales

White Flour, written by David LaMotte and illustrated by Jenn Hales, is a story that celebrates humor and wit over anger and hatred.   In poetic verse, LaMotte details the events of May 26th 2007 when members of the Ku Klux Klan met members of the Coup Clutz Clowns in Knoxville, Tennessee. Rather than fight […] Continue reading

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