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Monthly Archives: October 2013
In honor of Halloween and Traditional Thursdays, I have chosen the book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Not only is this book a beloved crowd pleaser, but it also highlights one of Halloween’s most famous figures: the bat. Between the embedded lessons and the sweet illustrations it is hard to go wrong with this book. In […] Continue reading
Here on this lovely Winner’s Wednesday, I thought I would share one of the sweetest stories that I have ever read that just so happened to win the Caldecott Award in 2011, A Sick Day for Amos McGee. This book tells the story of Amos McGee, an elderly man that works as a zookeeper. He […] Continue reading
Bedtime Without Arthur is the perfect book for helping children overcome their fears of going to sleep at night. Bella is able to sleep only because all during the night her stuffed bear, Arthur, fends off all the monsters that come alive when she goes to sleep. However, when Bella learns Arthur is missing she […] Continue reading
I’ve completed both Portal 1 and 2 before, and went through the process of appreciating the narrative, the elegant play style, and the game mechanics. So, my fellow players and I are faced with a challenge when going back to these games: find things that haven’t been beaten and praised to death. Due to Portal’s […] Continue reading
So, Portal. A game that I have not played since high school. Looking at both the first and second game, I am surprised at how fun it is. My remembered impressions of Portal came from how frustrating it was when I couldn’t figure out a puzzle, and how many times I would fall into the […] Continue reading
Ahh, Mass Effect series. Where do I even start? There is so much that can be examined and analyzed and write books about in this groundbreaking space opera (more like space epic) from Bioware. The richness of the setting, the innovative game mechanic, the superb narrative, the endearing characters, the amazing immersion, and beautiful design […] Continue reading
Playing Sims 3 in class on Thursday immediately made me feel like I was 10yr old again, fighting with my sisters for a turn to play. Although it was a different version of the game (we played Sims 2), most of the controls are the same, which made it easy to pick it right back […] Continue reading
A Ball For Daisy by Chris Raschka (May 10, 2011) The first time I encountered this book was in Professor Neely’s Children’s Literature class when we were assessing various Caldecott Medal recipients. This book immediately caught my attention with its unique style of illustration, yet simple cover. When flipping through the pages I was a […] Continue reading
This is a juvenile fiction picture book about self-actualization, illustrated by Giselle Potter, from 2006, but seems timeless because of it’s unique style. The boy in the story loves to find and write new words on pieces of paper, and eventually gets named by someone in the story as ” Wordsworth”. He collects words and […] Continue reading
Playing the Sims was an instant throwback to my elementary school days. My friends and I would load the CD into the CPU and wait anxiously huddled around my desktop computer for the game to load. But times have changed! Emily showed up to class with her laptop and simply clicked for the game to […] Continue reading