Monthly Archives: October 2014

Immersion into a Virtual World

In the spirit of Ready Player One, I have been thinking about how immersive video games can be. I live on a floor of 43 guys and 8 Xboxes, so video games are a big part of my everyday life. Lately, we have been spending our free time playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, a […] Continue reading

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Identity in Ready Player One

by Julia True identity is an interesting theme in Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One. Wade claims he’s in love with Art3mis, and she says that he doesn’t really know her. Wade’s best friend, Aech, is a person he has never met in real life. These interactions make readers ask: what really constitutes identity?   […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursdays: Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears  written by Verna Aardema and illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon is a traditional African folklore that has been adapted to a marvelous picture book.  The story follows a train of misguided actions that lead to the death of one of Mother Owls kids, which then leads to Mother […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays: Big and Bad

This week in ENED 2100, we are discussing differences in renditions of classic fairytales. That, combined with the fact that today is Halloween, inspired us to share with you all a mysterious and dark retelling of The Three Little Pigs. In the text, the names of the animals are colored, while the rest of the […] Continue reading

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Winners Wednesdays: Snowflake Bentley

This 1997 Caldecott Award-winning book written by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrated by Mary Azarian follows Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley’s story of how he became passionate about snow, nature, and photography and the legacy he leaves behind today.  Bentley has always been intrigued by and loved snow from a small age, and his curiosity soon turned […] Continue reading

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Trendy Tuesdays: The Day the Crayons Quit

In The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Dewalt crayons stand up for themselves by sending letters to their owner Duncan, to express their complaints.  Each crayon has a different complaint to talk about.  Some crayons are not used enough, like the pink crayon.  Others are used too much and are now so stubby that they cannot […] Continue reading

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Marvelous New Picture Book Mondays: Once A Shepherd

Once A Shepherd by Glenda Millard is a story of how war can can change the entire trajectory of a person’s life.  It is spell-binding and abrupt, but still an appropriate and humanizing introduction to the tragedies of war.   The story begins with blissful newly weds who tend sheep and spin wool.  Tom and […] Continue reading

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Super Meat Boy Uses Psychology to Keep You Playing

By: Thomas C Adams Super Meat Boy (2010) is an indie platformer developed by Team Meat. This game is commonly considered one of the most frustrating games to play much less actually complete. In fact, I still haven’t beaten it myself (I’m on the last level). Being a very frustrating and challenging game, you would think […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays: Hanukkah Bear

If you’re looking for a precious holiday book, this is definitely the one for you. Hanukkah Bear, written by Eric Kimmel and illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka, tells the story of an elderly woman named Bubba Brayna who has an unlikely Hanukkah guest – a bear, who smells potato latkes cooking and meanders over to her house. Due to […] Continue reading

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Free Fridays: Stellaluna

                       Stellaluna is a beautiful picture book that will evoke nostalgia in many of us, and is an excellent addition to the repertoires of young readers.      Stellaluna follows a young bat who is separated from her mother during an owl attack then she is a […] Continue reading

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