This is such a great book to discuss with children. First of all, Pippi is a disarmingly uninhibited heroine who gets into all sorts of great small ad...moreThis is such a great book to discuss with children. First of all, Pippi is a disarmingly uninhibited heroine who gets into all sorts of great small adventures. My students found her incredibly fascinating, as did I. Why is Pippi so naughty? Wait, is it fair to describe her as naughty? Does she mean to cause such trouble? Is her seeming misbehavior a product of her ignorance? (Okay, my students didn't actually use those words, but that's basically what they were wondering). How much of what Pippi says is true? Why would she lie? Is she actually good friends with Tommy and Annika? Did she really travel around the world? Is her dad really a cannibal king?! So many great puzzles and tons of fun. (less)
Yes, this is definitely a dog book, but I don't think you have to be a dog lover to enjoy this book. The two pro...more recommended for E510 @ Chase Academy
Yes, this is definitely a dog book, but I don't think you have to be a dog lover to enjoy this book. The two protagonists, 11 year old Abby, and her dog Tam are a little bit too noble for my taste, but on the other hand, if they weren't good, I wouldn't really have cared about either character, or their reunion. I like the fact that the dog's perilous journey is balanced with Abby's move from a small mountain town to Nashville. (Unfeeling) readers who are not moved by the dog's tale may be able to relate to Abby's experience of adjusting in a new school and making friends.
It should be no surprise if you noticed the title or the illustration of the happy Sheltie on the book cover, that the dog eventually finds its way home. Nonetheless, the author, Bobbie Pyron does a good job of maintaining a bit of suspense. Tam encounters a couple of close calls that had me feeling pretty weepy.
In the vein of Edgar Eager (A Knight's Castle): Four kids discover magic that leads them to a variety of fantast...more recommended for E510 @ Chase Academy
In the vein of Edgar Eager (A Knight's Castle): Four kids discover magic that leads them to a variety of fantastic adventures. The magic is never really explained, but that's no biggie. The premise of a magical wall that transports you to places offers a lot of inspiration terms of creative thinking/writing. There's some room for thematic discussion about growing up, independence, the power of belief & magic, etc., but I think most teachers will probably want to focus on the adventure. The vocab is not all that difficult, but I think all the dialogue and magical hopping about will be challenging enough for E510 readers. (less)
recommended for EL510 (latter half of the year) at Chase Academy
This is a fun read with enough material for thematic discussion. It's clearly inspir...more recommended for EL510 (latter half of the year) at Chase Academy
This is a fun read with enough material for thematic discussion. It's clearly inspired by Matilda, but the author, Kelly Easton definitely takes the story in her own direction. The book is aptly named. Most of Libby's adventures are pretty outlandish, but I think kids will get a kick out of them. Libby's father is a bit too nefarious for my taste, but he does bring the tension.
I've pegged it for EL510 based on its relatively short length. Some of the vocab, humor, and outlandishness may be lost on readers, but I think it's pretty close to Mary Poppins in terms of difficulty. Just have to make sure that we assign it towards the end of the year. (less)