Monday, January 8, 2018

Review: Juan Pablo and the Butterflies

Juan Pablo and the Butterflies Juan Pablo and the Butterflies by J.J. Flowers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Amidst a horrible situation where two Mexican young adults are struggling to make it to America and safety from the vicious drug lords that are trying to find and kill them, there is a bit of magical realism woven into the mix. The writing is beautiful. There are some very intense situations (murder, almost rape, drugs) and quite a few profanities (including the f-word multiple times). The sense of hope that pervades the pages though makes the rough spots bearable.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Thakkar's Thinkers: Take Note: How do you teach note taking?

I think it's fantastic that this librarian shared her note taking with her students. It's always good for them to see evidence that we are practicing what we preach. :)



Thakkar's Thinkers: Take Note: How do you teach note taking?: How do you teach note taking?  I usually don't teach it very well, assuming many things from the students. And then  getting bogged d...

Monday, October 23, 2017

Review: Giant Squid

Giant Squid Giant Squid by Candace Fleming
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a gorgeous book! I loved the dark and inky illustrations partnered with the poetry... makes you feel like you are floating in the deepest parts of the ocean right along with the giant squid. The word choice is delicious- making this a book that will work for several grade levels. This book is a treat that elementary librarians should definitely consider adding to their collections!

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Review: Tolerance

Tolerance Tolerance by Cynthia Amoroso
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked the layout and color scheme of this book a lot. The pictures were large and clear, though a couple of theme seemed a little dated. The various examples of tolerance given throughout the text were ones that children will understand. I thought it was good that the author gives examples of how to show tolerance in lots of different settings like in school, on the playground, at home, etc...

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Review: The Mouse and the Wizard: A Hindu Folktale

The Mouse and the Wizard: A Hindu Folktale The Mouse and the Wizard: A Hindu Folktale by Ann Malaspina
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought this was a folktale that would good to share with students, especially since I don't think many of the students in my district are too familiar with Hindu folktales. The illustrations were black and white (almost looking like coloring pages). The story was told well; it would be easy for kids to get into the rhythm of the tale and say the wizards words with him. The information in the back of the book about the origin of the folktale was interesting. Overall, I think this would be a good addition for elementary librarians looking to add to their folktale collections.

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