This book was a great story about how to blunder a murder investigation. It tells the tale of a serial killer from Florence, Italy who was dubbed 'The...moreThis book was a great story about how to blunder a murder investigation. It tells the tale of a serial killer from Florence, Italy who was dubbed 'The Monster of Florence'. It follows from his first crime through all the theories about who the killer could be. Many arrests were made but the book keeps you wondering. It was a great read and a fascinating true crime story.(less)
Topics and Themes: These tales are twists on old fairy tales. The book is a parody of the classics....moreGenre: Picture book
Reading Level: Fluent ages 8-11
Topics and Themes: These tales are twists on old fairy tales. The book is a parody of the classics.
Curricular Use: Read- Aloud or Independent Reading for Fluent readers
Social: The book is a twist on old Eurocentricly written fairy tales. Even though the stories are changed they still tell basically Eurocentric tales.
Literary Element: Irony is used throughout the book for humor. The endings of the stories are changed and often do not make much sense.
Text and Pictures: The text and pictures interact in many ways in this book. In some cases the text is on one page while the pictures are on the other but in other cases the print in sprinkled through the picture. In some places different fonts are used to add to the fairy tale.(less)
Topics and Themes: This book is about the love a Mother and son have for each other. The Mother sings...moreReading Level: transitional to fluesnt, ages 8-10
Topics and Themes: This book is about the love a Mother and son have for each other. The Mother sings a song to her son from the time he is a baby until she is too old and weak to sing it anymore. It is at this point that the son comes to sing to the Mother. The book is about life and death, and how important family is.
Curricular Use: Read-Aloud
Social: This book is pretty narrow in its audience. There are only two characters in the book and it may not reach to children without a Mother. Even then it may be difficult for children to understand the love a parent has for a child.
Literary Element: This story uses repetition to emphasize the Mother's words to her child. It may have been simplier to just explain that she sang her son the same song his whole life, but having the mother repeat the song really allows the reader to feel it.
Text and Illustrations: The illustrations go along with the text. You get to watch as the boy grows up and see the Mother continue to cradle him in her arms as he grows.(less)
Topics and Themes:Tells the classic tale of 'The Three Little Pigs' from the Wolf's...moreGenre: Picture book
Reading Level: Late Early- Early Transitional
Topics and Themes:Tells the classic tale of 'The Three Little Pigs' from the Wolf's point of view.
Curricular Use: Read- Aloud
Social: Twists an old Eurocentric fairy tale. In the traditional tale it has a happy ending but this story is written like more international fairy tales. In this story the wolf does eat the pigs and just ends up in jail at the end.
Literary Element: The inciting force of the story happens when the Wolf goes to ask the Pigs for sugar. When he does this the Pigs are not pleasant with the Wolf and that is what makes hi blow thier houses down.
Text and Pictures: The pictures are done in earth tones. There are not a lot of bright colors used because the Wolf tells the story in a somber mood. He is already in jail when he tells the reader his book. (less)