George vs. George shows the Revolutionary War from both the American and British perspective. Don’t be deceived by the fact that it is a picture book;George vs. George shows the Revolutionary War from both the American and British perspective. Don’t be deceived by the fact that it is a picture book; in fact, it is full of interesting information and is definitely intended for older audiences. It has lots of great features that will help students learn about the structure of a non-fiction book while keeping them engaged. There’s a helpful flow chart to show how the government of both England and the colonies worked back then. Illustrations of people who were alive during the time period come with cute quotes, that happen to be actual quotes from the era. Uniforms and motives of participants are laid out in illustrations and sidebars. An index is provided.
Age Recommendation: I would say that this could be best read and understood by students in Grades 3 and up. I would expect a third grader would do better if the book were presented as a read aloud or in a reading group where adult assistance was available. Please carefully review the content as there are some graphic bits about the atrocities of war.
Unnecessary racism: A stereotypical Indian chief appears to give us information about George Washington.
Clearly, I'd rather the book didn't have that in it at all.
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Kicking off our month o’ love, here’s a little Christmas in July, a wintery romance tDash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
Kicking off our month o’ love, here’s a little Christmas in July, a wintery romance to cool off to.
Dash isn’t exactly a people person, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t looking for that special someone. When he encounters a slim red notebook in the Salinger section at The Strand, he begins an adventure that just might lead him to an interesting girl.
Lily’s brother has decided it’s time she falls in love. He and his boyfriend devise a plan. They arrange clues in a notebook which is strategically hidden, hoping to lure in the right boy for Lily.
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares is written by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, the writing team responsible for Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. This is definitely for teens who are smart, quirky, off-beat and at the fringes of the crowd, as neither Dash and Lily are particularly social creatures. It will be best enjoyed by teens who have the intelligence to get the wordplay and mature enough to handle the language and sexuality.
Vocabulary that will make you think: Decemberist, Bolshevik, philatelist, titillating erudition, gentrified bohemia, bourgeois hypocrisy.
Great for: Fans of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, either the book or the movie. This is also the kind of YA book that adults often enjoy.
Finally, as this set over the winter break, it’s a fun Christmas read.
For a full review, including the content that makes me say this is best for teens, see my blog post: http://bit.ly/1fgxPJw
Oh I enjoyed this one (unlike Morgan's story which I most certainly did not), but there was just SO MUCH WRONG with it. They started to lose me a fewOh I enjoyed this one (unlike Morgan's story which I most certainly did not), but there was just SO MUCH WRONG with it. They started to lose me a few short pages in when the whores with hearts of gold begin to write those in their sisterhood who can read. Yes, yes, because of course, all women who have been brought low enough in their lives that they must sell their bodies to survive have the mailing address of all other whores. And then the amnesia. Which doesn't always bother me, but irritated me a bit too much here, in part because a man with amnesia is to some degree lacking in personality. And the Bedwyns are famed for their personalities. So to toss that interest aside for nothing…just didn't quite work. I also wanted more excitement and interest in the manner of his regaining his memory.
Yeah, so I liked it and all, while being able to tell you straight up, it's just not actually that good. ...more
Twitter told me to read it. But my kid told me to read it again and again and again and again. I have absolutely no problem reading a book with a messTwitter told me to read it. But my kid told me to read it again and again and again and again. I have absolutely no problem reading a book with a message as sweet as this one to my kid as often as he asks. The story has a meaningful point and the illustrations are great. I am so into Christian Robinson's tattooed man with phone. I particularly love when the old lady is clearly looking at his screen over his shoulder. That is public transit honesty right there. If you are an elementary school librarian I would definitely get this for your collection. If you are a teacher, you should definitely add it to your repertoire. Lots to talk about here....more
I'm still thinking about this. When I was reading it, I found it very hard to put down. I wanted to find out what happened, but more importantly I wanI'm still thinking about this. When I was reading it, I found it very hard to put down. I wanted to find out what happened, but more importantly I wanted to know what Ivy and Paul thought. It covers a lot of things that kids wonder about but that not a lot of books talk about. ...more
Look, I've always loved reading about history and I adore food so this book is really my thing. I am going to buy it. It is one of those books that maLook, I've always loved reading about history and I adore food so this book is really my thing. I am going to buy it. It is one of those books that makes my head explode with all of the teaching I would do from it. Except I don't teach anymore. So if you teach, GET THIS BOOK AND DO ALL OF THE TEACHING THINGS WITH IT. Please. That is all....more
I have loved Ella Enchanted since I first read it, way back before it was made into an amazingly mediocre movie. Cinderella retellings abound but thisI have loved Ella Enchanted since I first read it, way back before it was made into an amazingly mediocre movie. Cinderella retellings abound but this is a particularly charming one.
Even before her mother passed away Ella was saddled with major fairy tale baggage, a fairy blessing bestowed at birth. A gift I’m sure many parents have secretly longed for, “Ella will always be obedient.” But true obedience is far more dangerous than it is helpful. Ella is subject to every whim of those who surround her, from her disinterested father to her soon-to-be stepsisters to ogres who long to eat her. She has grown up strong-minded and rebellious and very much able to take care of herself. But as she starts falling for the heir to the throne, Prince Char, Ella begins to realize the full gravity of the curse. How can she let him in when she could be his downfall?
A fairy tale where the girl is intelligent, strong and funny and respected for these qualities is to be lauded. Luckily, the book is clever and interesting too. In my book this is a must read for girls who like fairy tales or strong heroines.
Age Recommendation: I’ve had very strong third grade readers who enjoyed this book, but I would generally recommend it for grades 4 and up. It is interesting enough to capture the attention of young teens as well, despite being sometimes considered “children’s.”
Great for: This is the gold standard as far as I’m concerned, exactly what a fairy tale retelling should be. Enjoy!
I am so glad to have found this book! So many books featuring Indian main characters are best for teens or tweens, but this is completely appropriateI am so glad to have found this book! So many books featuring Indian main characters are best for teens or tweens, but this is completely appropriate for third and fourth graders. Besides, it features animals which is usually a big hit with kids that age.
Poppy has always dreamed of being a veterinarian. This summer she’s getting one step closer to her goal. While her parents make their annual trip to visit family back in India, Poppy is staying with her Uncle Sanjay, a real vet. But as soon as she gets to the island, things start going wrong. Uncle Sanjay’s dog is too exuberant for Poppy’s taste. The tailgate of his truck is broken and her suitcase falls out and opens into a stream. Among the lost items is the real vet kit Poppy saved up for. And worst of all, when she gets to the clinic, Poppy just can’t seem to get anything right. Over the course of the summer, Poppy learns how to get closer to her goal and that things aren’t always as simple as they seem.
I would have liked to see the relationship between uncle and niece more developed, but overall it was a cute book. I also appreciated that while Poppy is certainly Indian and her culture is mentioned throughout, it’s not an issues book. I feel like it can be hard to find books about minorities that have themes other than dealing with issues relative to belonging to a particular culture. While these books are important, it’s also good to be able to offer children books where the culture is present without the issues being the main focus. For children, books that move away from the issues can help make other cultures seem more accessible because they can connect with other aspects of the book, and then once they are interested in learning more can move on to weightier books. ...more
Naila's parents have always made it clear that they planned on arranging a marriage for her. But Naila's heart has other plans. She's fallen for SaifNaila's parents have always made it clear that they planned on arranging a marriage for her. But Naila's heart has other plans. She's fallen for Saif and hopes that one day, she will be able to make her own decisions about who she will marry.
But before she has the opportunity to slowly convince them to come around to her way of thinking, she is caught in a lie and her parents are devastated. Not knowing how to account for Naila's behavior, they immediately head to Pakistan, where they hope to make Naila back into the obedient daughter they once believed her to be. It soon becomes clear that this is not a simple family bonding trip. Naila's family has an agenda, to marry her off to the first worthy man. In their eyes, it is the only way to set her back on the right path. Desperate, terrified and grieving for the loss of both her boyfriend and the parents she though she knew, Naila must try to find her way out of an unthinkable future.
I tore through this one, both drawn in by Saeed's evocative description of life in Pakistan and by my growing need to know whether or not Naila would ever be okay again. There's a lot of pain in this one, but there is endurance and resilience and survival here as well. Trust me, this is great and satisfying summer reading.