Not a bad read, but I am not a fan of nonfiction/biographies/autobiographies. I thought it would have more about his life. It did have a lot about his...moreNot a bad read, but I am not a fan of nonfiction/biographies/autobiographies. I thought it would have more about his life. It did have a lot about his life and career, but I thought there'd be more. I did learn a lot and highlighted a lot of really good inspirational things to remember. At times I thought it was a little jumbled and the events weren't always in order. But it wasn't bad.
Now I'm ready to get back to my regularly scheduled great fiction reads! ;-)(less)
Very cute, and quick read. So much of this story reminds me of my son. :-) I also liked that I can tie this book nicely (albeit loosely) with The Summ...moreVery cute, and quick read. So much of this story reminds me of my son. :-) I also liked that I can tie this book nicely (albeit loosely) with The Summer of Riley by Eve Bunting. I love the art work/illustration in this graphic novel too. My son liked Bad Island by TenNapel too.(less)
**spoiler alert** Well, it wasn't as bad as I had been led to think it would be, but still....bleh. Yes, Unspoken ended on a MAJOR cliffhanger, and tr...more**spoiler alert** Well, it wasn't as bad as I had been led to think it would be, but still....bleh. Yes, Unspoken ended on a MAJOR cliffhanger, and true to form, this book also ended with a cliffhanger. Really?!?! It could have been perfectly "cliffhangerish" to end the book with them facing defeat without all the stuff that happened to Jared. Really?!?! That would have been a perfect way to start the next book! Anyway, other than that, this book was very confusing and I felt is was "all over the place". I was very confused a lot of the time, and was second guessing everyone's actions.....which ended up being for no reason. I still have a lot of questions unanswered. Like WHY did Jared and Kami not touch each other? Even after things were good between them? It still seems that things were not completely open about Rusty and Angela. Something is definitely up with them. And their parents? Was Holly a sorcerer or not? Totally confused about that. What happened to Kami's mom? Like I said, very confused. I'll read the next book, just to see how it all ends, but I wasn't as impressed with this book as I was with the first one. Not nearly as witty, which made the last one so good. Now I'm ready to move onto something else! :-)(less)
I read this book with my high 2nd grade readers. It was perfect for this group of kids. We actually spent just as much time learning about this time p...moreI read this book with my high 2nd grade readers. It was perfect for this group of kids. We actually spent just as much time learning about this time period, as we did reading the book. Since it was 8 year olds reading it, I figured that most of them would have no clue about World War 2 and all the horrible things that happened during it. Obviously, they didn't need to know about everything in detail, but I wanted them to understand that Hitler and the Nazi's were evil, and that they did horrible things to innocent people. This book gave just enough information about the fears of the Jewish people, without needing to explain much more. They understood the conditions the character's lived in, the hard choices they needed to make, the consequences of staying where they were and getting caught escaping. This book was simple and well written. I'm so glad that it gave an epilogue that I felt was true to what happened to so many Jewish families. It didn't give a perfect ending for everyone in their family. The people who decided to stay behind, did not fair as well. So, I would definitely recommend this book. For older students, or people who like reading books set in this time period, The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen is EXCELLENT! (less)
As a kid, I never was a reader. I actually struggled A LOT in reading. I don't remember ever reading a "chapter book" in school (many, many, MANY year...moreAs a kid, I never was a reader. I actually struggled A LOT in reading. I don't remember ever reading a "chapter book" in school (many, many, MANY years ago). Really, it has only been over the past 5 or so years that I become a reader......reading something other that Us Weekly and People magazine. :-P So, needless to say, I never read this classic book when I was a kid. I have always wanted to read it. I remember watching Little House on the Prairie all the time as a kid. Now that I have finally read it, I can say that it isn't what I thought it would be. It wasn't bad, it was just different. I read this book with my high 2nd grade readers. It took us about 2 weeks to read the whole book. They REALLY liked it, the girls AND the boys. What I was surprised with, was that there really wasn't a "story". It was more like a description of what life was like during one year, in pioneer times. I kept on waiting for the real "story" to start, and then about halfway through, I realized there really wouldn't be one. You know how a book will set up the setting and the characters so you have all the "background knowledge" you need to understand the book's "environment" before the real story starts? It was like that the whole way through the book. Even though it wasn't what I expected, it was very interesting reading about all that they had to do. It was fun to go over vocabulary words with my kids and then look them up on our iPads to actually see what they are talking about. My kids favorite thing to talk about and look up was "head cheese". Yuck! :-P We also were able to find some really cool videos showing us how they made maple syrup. It worked out perfectly that we were able to finish the book the day before the whole 2nd grade took a field trip to Conner Prairie, our local interactive living history museum. The kids had a blast looking for the things we read about and asking the people in the villages about things in the book. I'm not sure when I will get around to reading the next books in this series, but maybe I will sometime. I'd like to read more about all the stuff that happened in the Little House on the Prairie TV show! :-) Also, there are a whole set of pictures books called "My First Little House Books" that are short, easy picture books. It is really cool, because each book focuses on different parts of the big chapter books, like "Christmas in the Big Woods", "Winter Days in the Big Woods", and "Dance at Grandpa's". They are a great companion to this chapter book, especially if you are doing a big unit and want to use the same book/story with different levels of readers.(less)