This book is so good, that even my 4 year old daughter who only chooses things pink and sparkly can't help but love it. (It is not pink and sparkly).This book is so good, that even my 4 year old daughter who only chooses things pink and sparkly can't help but love it. (It is not pink and sparkly). This is an extremely clever, funny, and thought provoking book with incredible art as well as writing, and is rich with language opportunities for shared reading. I adore Jon Klassen's illustrations. It is easy to see why this book won the Caldecott Medal, which I did not even realize until I started this review. But it really is just that good, and just that clever and beautiful. If you haven't shared it with a child you love, do so right away! :)...more
The premise of this book is to ditch the lengthy pick-apart-a-class-novel for having children choose and read a great number of books a year in classThe premise of this book is to ditch the lengthy pick-apart-a-class-novel for having children choose and read a great number of books a year in class during silent reading time. I like it! This author explains the great success she has with her students using this method to encourage or create the love of reading, and I can see why. It seems like it would be much preferred to alternatives.
She requires children to read 40 books a year and has certain genre requirements to help guide them. She uses the reading workshop approach along with the silent reading to teach skills, using books and movies the children have read to emphasize her lessons, not the lengthy class novel approach. She teaches test taking near the end of the year as a genre, not as a year-long venture, and her children still score high on the tests, and also learn to appreciate reading, and not view it as a tedious task with a bunch of worksheets and logs.
I love and believe in the the reading workshop approach and this book is a perfect companion for that method. It is easy to read and I believe it would be effective, and help nurture and create readers. ...more
This book was refreshing, with themes related to God, family, nature, and good character development, it is a stark contrast to many modern books. TheThis book was refreshing, with themes related to God, family, nature, and good character development, it is a stark contrast to many modern books. The themes were so beautiful to me, the plot seemed secondary. It was uplifting, and a breath of fresh air. I appreciated the perspective of the storyteller being from the youngest child of 12, and the humor and sweet innocence that often came along with it. You must read it!...more
This book was read beautifully on audio cd--very easy to listen too. This is a great book for someone who seriously wants to simplify and declutter. IThis book was read beautifully on audio cd--very easy to listen too. This is a great book for someone who seriously wants to simplify and declutter. I really enjoyed the cultural feel of the book. I immediately made changes in my life and home and will continue to do so. Get rid of it. Fold. Also keep what sparks joy! Love it....more
This is one of my top-three cookbooks ever! I am not a food person-- I never cared to learn to cook as a child. In college I ate sweet potatoes, broccThis is one of my top-three cookbooks ever! I am not a food person-- I never cared to learn to cook as a child. In college I ate sweet potatoes, broccoli, or oatmeal for dinner. When I got married my college roommates chuckled and gave me a cookbook as a gift knowing I would really need it. ith all this being said,fast forward 12 years and six children later,and I have become rather astounded at the amount of food that needs to be prepared for my family of eight! I was feeling a little bit CRAZY!
This book helped me understand a few things I was missing. We've all heard about freezer cooking, but who has the time (or desire?) to spend a whole day cooking?! Jessica Fisher taught me how to take small steps while preparing one meal, helping save time another day. The little things really add up! I have not nor will I probably ever spend a day or even hours freezer cooking, but the principles have benefited me enormously.
Even if I never planned to freeze a thing, this would still be in my top three cookbooks, because I like the recipes so much. Jessica apparently IS a food person, and she also has six children to feed. I appreciate that Jessica has a thing for squeezing a penny, eating healthfully, cooking from scratch, using her bread machine as a dough machine as I do, and Mexican food. Yes! I will be using this book for years to come.
Favorite things I have gleaned from the book so far: homemade tostada shells, baking mixes (I know it seems so obvious, but it worked much better than I would have anticipated for 7 am pancakes!), pizza cheese and spice blend, slow cooker red sauce, enchilada ideas, taquitos, marinate meat before freezing, pizza and taco freezer packets,and cranberry orange granola (to die for!)There are so many recipes I am excited to try, I will be kept busy cooking yummy things for a long while, without getting bored. More than the recipes, I learned something about how to make food work for my crew in a more efficient way and it has truly made a difference in my life. I needed it. Thank you Jessica Fisher. Jessica blogs at goodcheapeats.com. ...more
This is a perfect book for middle schoolers--with a main character middle schooler. It's very quick, interesting, coming of age book with a little gooThis is a perfect book for middle schoolers--with a main character middle schooler. It's very quick, interesting, coming of age book with a little good literature and great scientists thrown in. Read it. It will only take you an hour. I loved it! :)...more
I listened to this book via LIT2GO on the web. At first I found it fascinating and I didn't like it as much as Austen's other novels, but when I tookI listened to this book via LIT2GO on the web. At first I found it fascinating and I didn't like it as much as Austen's other novels, but when I took the time to research more about the book, the satire, the probable reasons for writing it, I gained a much higher appreciation for it's purposes. I think I must try reading one of the old Gothic Novels! :)...more
I read about 75% of this book. This book is meant for music teachers, but as a mother of three children who need to practice each day, it was enlighteI read about 75% of this book. This book is meant for music teachers, but as a mother of three children who need to practice each day, it was enlightening. I love this author's method and agree that children need to not only learn to practice, but to practice smarter, not longer.
Implementing one of the games was much more motivating and effective than what my kid had been doing. We still have a long ways to go. I would like to get my hands on the student/parent edition, The Practiceopedia....more
This book was amazing to me. It was a totally different kind of book than I am used to reading and so it stretched my mind and enlightened me. It cameThis book was amazing to me. It was a totally different kind of book than I am used to reading and so it stretched my mind and enlightened me. It came at a time when I really needed it. Thank you friend, for loaning me this book!
Fascinating points and probably only to me:
-I am not an adventurer in the least and Roosevelt, WOW he was. I am glad there are people who care to journey and discover, and map it out, take the risks and find joy in it. I am flabbergasted but grateful there are people like this!
-Roosevelt was a true scientist, and I adored especially reading the bits about his childhood and his true love for nature and animals.
-Roosevelt lived an exciting but somewhat sad life. This book had me feeling at many points, that he lacked vision for what was true in life, and that made me sad. But it helped to know that he loved and found true joy and adventure even so. I am curious if this vision of his life was reality or the authors take on it. (A new curiosity since I have not read many non-fiction books of this sort! Hooray for new curiosities!)
-I want to learn more about the tribes living along this river, amazing to learn of how they lived not so long ago. I am desperate to know how they live now, and where's that note at the back?!
-This book was very well written and must have taken loads of time to research. It seemed amazingly thorough in content and detail. Wow. This is an author.
--The Amazon! I enjoyed the knowledge of the amazing creatures and plants that the author took time to teach about....more