Ingrid Law writes in a way that makes you turn the next page. Savvy is a sweet, endearing tale of a young girl, Mibs, turning 13 and developing her ow...moreIngrid Law writes in a way that makes you turn the next page. Savvy is a sweet, endearing tale of a young girl, Mibs, turning 13 and developing her own special talent, or Savvy. Genetically inherited from her mother's side, each child receives their savvy at 13. Mibs can hardly contain her excitement to discover her savvy, but as she finds out that her father has been in a car accident and is in critical condition, her excitement turns to worry and hope. Mibs prays that her savvy will be something which can help Poppa get better. As her 13th birthday begins, the reader is taken on a wild adventure as Mibs hopes to help her Poppa. Through delightful and quirky characters, charming but real emotions, and almost unbelievable events, Ingrid Law manages to keep you entertained and curious to the very last page. Although, in my opinion, not the strongest writing, the story is endearing and one that I will read to my children as they grow up. (less)
This review is more a review of the trilogy than just Mockingjay. Ever since reading Harry Potter, I have been hungry for a series that holds my inter...moreThis review is more a review of the trilogy than just Mockingjay. Ever since reading Harry Potter, I have been hungry for a series that holds my interest as well as J.K. Rowling's did, and a series that makes me desire to read it again and again. Suzanne Collins has done that and more. I finished the last book and couldn't stop thinking about the entire trilogy. I had (have) a million questions in my head to discuss with fellow readers, and I find myself in awe of the immense talent that Suzanne Collins has for writing literature. The books are dark and deep as they deal with the unfortunate but realistic change that revolution and war bring to teenagers and children alike. They feel extremely relevant despite the fact that they are set in a futuristic world where American no longer exists. Throughout the series, Collins weaves words and ideas so carefully that I found myself laughing, worried, and then crying many times. I was impressed as well by Collins's ability to end the series in a dignified and respectful way. It took me awhile to realize just how appropriate the ending was. (less)
Being an avid reader, this book struck a chord with me. I am a firm believer that children do not read because they have never been taught that readin...moreBeing an avid reader, this book struck a chord with me. I am a firm believer that children do not read because they have never been taught that reading is magical. Donalyn Miller conveys this idea perfectly and supports it with real results. Miller, a 6th grade teacher, challenges the traditional classroom approach to teaching reading. She insists (and I concur) that students need independent reading time each day. This is a time where they choose their own books and just read for the pure enjoyment of reading. Miller challenges each student to read 40 books a year (in 6th grade, none-the-less)! She has had students fall short of this goal, the "worst" being a student that read 22 book in one school year. 22 books!! The idea brings tears to my eyes. So how does this equate to results? Miller has not had one student in the past four years fail a standardized reading test (85% of them score in the 90th percentile). If that's not enough for you, the book is filled with other statistics from research regarding the need for independent reading.
My husband was given this book for a reason, as they are restructuring their 6th grade language arts program. He asked me to read it, telling me that it would change everything. I couldn't agree more! With every page, I found myself nodding fervently as I recognized my own beliefs of education within Miller's words. Miller also states that part of her student's desire to read stems from her own excitement of reading. She makes sure to share her enjoyment, struggles (books even she has abandoned), and successes with the students. She shows them how magical reading can be and encourages them to try it on their own because her love for reading is purely contagious. I would encourage all parents and teachers of students who claim to "hate" reading to attempt being passionate about reading themselves. Passion is contagious, especially coming from a role model.
I can't recommend this book enough. The only criticism that I could find is I wish Miller had explained how she implements many other required teaching practices into her routine. She does a great job of explaining that independent reading relates to everything she does in the classroom, but there are few specific examples. Other than this, her book is incredible. My wish is that this book becomes a standard in education courses around the country. Teachers need to read this book before going into the classroom. THIS is how we begin to change education and it can't wait any longer because our kids simply deserve more.(less)
I vividly remember the first time I picked this book up when I was little. I devoured the story, and I read it again and again in hopes that I would l...moreI vividly remember the first time I picked this book up when I was little. I devoured the story, and I read it again and again in hopes that I would learn something new about the characters or the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I longed to find a secret that rivaled Claudia's secret, but I have yet to find one. Truthfully, this was one of the books that greatly influenced my childhood dreams and wishes. I still long to hide away in the Museum of Science and Industry or the Field Museum in Chicago. Really, I just want the pure excitement of being somewhere "off-limits." If I could find a way to fool security in an establishment, I would have to give it a try.
Reading it again was like enjoying a candy cane at Christmas time. It felt familiar, but new at the same time. I read it with a different perspective, and as an adult (and hopefully future mother) I kept worrying about Claudia and Jamie's parents. I knew they must have been sick with worry (a concern that neither Claudia nor Jamie consider until the end of the story). I also found the grammar corrections between brother and sister to be amusing, and I wondered how many of the corrections really made sense to me when I was young. For some reason when I was younger, I must have created a more detailed version of their time in the museum, for in my mind I have them visiting more exhibits and interacting with more of the items on display. Regardless, I once again fell into this book quickly, and I left feeling refreshed and happy. This remains one of my favorite books of all-time, and it will certainly have a special place on my child's bookshelf. (less)