McCormick has done a lovely and deceptively "simple" job of leading the reade through Lakshmi's journey. By "simple" I mean that her writing style isMcCormick has done a lovely and deceptively "simple" job of leading the reade through Lakshmi's journey. By "simple" I mean that her writing style is spare, and details and images are carefully chosen for maximum impact. The pseudo-poetic structure and short chapters make the book a quick and engaging read.
The more tricky aspect of this book is that while the reading level is accessible, the material is very mature and heartbreaking. I recommend this book for teenage readers (and beyond) who are ready to explore serious stories dealing with social justice issues. Warning about potential triggers-- Lakshmi goes through a lot. ...more
This was a lovely quick read. It had been sitting on my shelf, and my son had read an excerpt of it for school and literally brought home the readingThis was a lovely quick read. It had been sitting on my shelf, and my son had read an excerpt of it for school and literally brought home the reading primer so that I could read it, too. He made the connection that my students had been reading Maus and Night, and thought I would like it. So I took the book on a trip and thoroughly enjoyed it. Lowry deals with the injustice and fear of the Holocaust, as well as the courage of the people who resisted, but yet does so in a completely age-appropriate and relatable way for young people. ...more
I find it hard to rate this book, because as books go, it has a lot of exclamation points. However, under the supervision of Powell Metabolics I beganI find it hard to rate this book, because as books go, it has a lot of exclamation points. However, under the supervision of Powell Metabolics I began carb cycling last week, and overall it seems sensible. I like the idea of personal transformation, and making promises to oneself and keeping them. All of that makes sense. I would recommend getting a hard copy of the book because on my kindle the images were too small to see well and I couldn't figure out how to make them bigger, and the charts and ages were helpful....more
I have more to say about this book and trilogy than I will say here, but I have not had so mGreat book from a great mind.
Great book from a great mind.
I have more to say about this book and trilogy than I will say here, but I have not had so much fun reading an epic since LOTR. And Atwood's sense of humor is both wicked and intricate. The last parts of the story surprised me a bit... but I can't say why without spoilers....more
I thought I would like this more. While I appreciated Powell's blunt honesty, maybe it was about a time of life I'm just not that interested in rightI thought I would like this more. While I appreciated Powell's blunt honesty, maybe it was about a time of life I'm just not that interested in right now, or maybe I'm just tired of stories set in NY. Also the descriptions of organ meat kind of made me want to barf. Still, I'd recommend it as an indulgent vacation read....more
I briefly referenced most of the book, but read all of Chaper Two: Magic Content. In addition to my review below, I was surprised at the****snore*****
I briefly referenced most of the book, but read all of Chaper Two: Magic Content. In addition to my review below, I was surprised at the number of editing errors or omissions, and surprised to see that Pearson published this. Shabby editing.
First of all, the idea of "magically" getting a good score on a test is appealing, but stupid. I know that idea was in the title, but I didn't realize the Boosalis would continue to use it as an organizing motif. I suppose it was supposed to boost my confidence, but all it did was make me feel like I was reading an infomercial.
In fact, precious space (and study time, had I read the whole book) was often used to explain how valuable, well-organized and extremely essential everything in the book was. I tired of these mini marketing statements when I know exactly why I bought this book: To dig into basic concepts of reading assessment and instruction at the elementary levels that I don't encounter regularly as a high school teacher. Unfortunately, I only really found that info. in one chapter.
I suppose that Chapter 2 was useful in the sense that it reassured me that my internet search for resources was actually well on the right track, and that had I known this book was so much about test strategies and so little about actual content, I could have prepared just as well by spending more time with the resources I found online. You can peruse my list of resources on my blog without paying $28.99: http://amethysthintonsainz.blogspot.c.... Also, it did conceptually help me to create a schema for some of the information that I found online, and I think that will be helpful.
The other chapters were all about testing strategy. I feel very confident about my essay writing skills, and my ability to study for and pass a multiple choice exam. I suppose that if I felt less competent in these areas, the rest of the book would have been more useful. To Boosalis' credit, the tables and charts at the end of the book do provide good structures for creating a study guide to the material, and some people might benefit from that. The problem is that it wasn't really comprehensive, and so something like an electronic file or flashcard set that can be added onto is more useful for me.
If you have huge test anxiety or are not a quick or organized student, this book would be more useful. If you are looking for an overview of essential issues, there are just as useful ways to go for less money....more
I can't give this book any less than five stars because... well... the author is married to one of my oldest friends and is also a dear friend to me.I can't give this book any less than five stars because... well... the author is married to one of my oldest friends and is also a dear friend to me.
Aside from that, I still recommend this book for anyone interested in long-distance backpacking, American history or the Trail of Tears itself.
Cooper does a fantastic job interweaving the personal challenges and frustrations of a long-distance hike with his aspirations for the hike, his philosophical ponderings, his spiritual reflections, and an impressive knowledge of American history and the history of the Trail. I am almost finished reading, and the thing that strikes me most about this book is how many open-ended questions he uncovers about the trail, and how many specific places he leaves in his wake that have the potential to be researched and validated as newly recognized portions of the TOT or witness buildings. Although I am not an expert on the TOT, it seems to me that he has made important contributions to the historical preservation of the Trail. I am also leaving with a much more in-depth understanding of the logistics of his undertaking-- nobody had this all mapped out and established before he started. It's much different than hiking many of the established trail systems that go long distances-- he really did re-pave the way for others who would want to attempt what he did. Wouldn't it be cool if there were enough interest in this walk, and if some of the local/ state TOT societies created informal hostels or small areas of private or public land designated for hikers on the trail who wanted a place to camp?
I thought it was remarkable how many complete strangers were there to help him along the way: "trail angels." He leaves a trail of new friends and supporters literally in his wake. And I was also struck by the amount of interest he elicited from the local dogs along the way.
Props should also go out for the commitment Kristal made to the logistics of the trip and to enhancing Ron's ability to connect with others along the way. I can only imagine all of the driving, e-mails, phone calls, weather forecasts, RV-related tasks, etc. involved. She is a true life's companion to help Ron achieve his dream.
One minor technical detail: I was distracted by the sheer volume of exclamation points throughout the book. However, I did find Ron's upbeat attitude, positivity and sense of humor endearing, and the exclamation points are only a surface level expression of that. So, you go, Ron!!!!!!...more
I read this with my daughter before bed tonight. The story is really great, as are all Susan Lowell's books... a Southwest, revisionist version of LitI read this with my daughter before bed tonight. The story is really great, as are all Susan Lowell's books... a Southwest, revisionist version of Little Red Riding Hood. The characters were better developed than in the original, and the voices were very fun to read aloud. The illustrations were bright, whimsical and humorous. A great read-aloud with kids....more
I didn't connect w/ Miles the way I did with Hazel in "the Fault in Our Stars" but I like the way Green is able to come at complicated spiritual and rI didn't connect w/ Miles the way I did with Hazel in "the Fault in Our Stars" but I like the way Green is able to come at complicated spiritual and relationship issues in a smart way that both entertains and enlightens. As with TFIOS, I think his style would appeal to smart, angst teens who like to look below the surface of things, and not just in the plot sense. I admire how he achieves a hopefulness that is not a turn-off to readers who reject easy sap. But the reading is easy and funny enough not to be a chore, but a pleasure....more
I enjoyed finally reading the original story behind what has become one of my favorite movies.
We took the book camping, and my kids enjoyed listeningI enjoyed finally reading the original story behind what has become one of my favorite movies.
We took the book camping, and my kids enjoyed listening to me read it aloud in the tent. Coraline is one of the most engaging characters in juvenile literature, and the story itself has to be one of the scariest. I found that the imagery in the novel was much more abstract and iconic than in the film, where it was so tactile and specific. Part of that is the nature of reading a brief novel vs. viewing a meticulously created work of animation, I suppose.
This book was such a sweet book. I read it alongside my 9 year old son, and he loved it, too. The narrator, an imaginary friend to Max, an autistic 8-This book was such a sweet book. I read it alongside my 9 year old son, and he loved it, too. The narrator, an imaginary friend to Max, an autistic 8-year-old, has such a way of being both an insider and an outsider in both the world of adults and in Max's world... the author has really done an excellent job of dancing that dance. If you're wondering about what age this is appropriate for-- I'd say 8 or 9 at the youngest. And it's pretty squeaky-clean, with a few bad words when the responsible adults are very, very angry.
I absolutely loved the world of imaginary friends that Green created, and the ways and the reasons why each of them manifest themselves the way they do.
This book is both simple and subtle at the same time, and the truths that Budo has a chance to tell are telling. I greatly enjoyed reading this with my son. Reading it on my own, it wouldn't have been quite so compelling, but I think I still would have enjoyed it.
Slight Spoiler: The epilogue is slightly saccharine, but I think very thought provoking and comforting at the same time for a younger reader.