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Claire rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
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Great Fantasy series overall - themes that question religion and ideas of good, evil, and sin. Relatable characters in Will and Lyra and realistic love story that develops over time. Dips into different worlds and each richly created. Good to rec for ...more
Claire rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Looking for Alaska
by John Green (Goodreads Author)
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John Green very popular among teen girls [as of 2012]. Classic YA book - with themes of self discovery. Boy main narrator - has interesting first person voice. Gets at mildly philosophical ideas with "great perhaps." Characterization kind of flat and ...more
Claire rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Esio Trot by Roald Dahl
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Amazing. Great word play and faux scientific method. Had never read this gem - not part of traditional cannon so should be recommended to kids. Good way to intro palindromes - great challenge for kids or extension. Also innocuous love story - traditi ...more
Claire rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Ella Fitzgerald by Andrea Davis Pinkney
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Very cool book - great job capturing the story of a woman and African American who made a huge impact on the world of Jazz. Great lyricism - scat-like in nature which would be great for introducing an into poetry and rhythm unit. Also great opportuni ...more
Claire rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Always Running by Luis J. Rodríguez
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Autobiography of Luis Rodriguez - good coming of age story and deals with issues of Mexican-American Identity. Possible outside reading for Catcher in the Rye. Graphic nature of book with violence and sex. Positive ending - strong education and self ...more
Claire rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
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Great repetition and use of adjective vocabulary. Visuals do a nice job of providing a counterpoint to the text. Good for emerging readers and kids working on pronunciation. Also good for identifying spatial relationships. Flap book - good for young ...more
Claire rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
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Powerful teaching book for read aloud - great way to introduce the idea of small changes can make a difference. Also great as a companion text for a nature unit on flowers. Beautiful images and idea that anyone can work to make the world a better pla ...more
Claire rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird
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Angelina relatable to little girls - esp ones interested in dance. Good illustrations that make animal loveable not creepy. Valuable lesson - listen to parents - a little didactic but cute. Definitely not a book parents would complain if you recommen ...more
Claire rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Jolly Postman, or Other People's Letters by Janet Ahlberg
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Amazing. Great for reading aloud in class and different kids could come up and open the letters. Interactive and teaches a dying art? Also great for older kids that will get the allusions - probably better for older audiences. Favorite is the wolf le ...more
Claire rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Meow Monday by Phyllis Root
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Cute - for younger kids and older. Great word play on pussy-willow and dogwood. Good repetition, pictures to point at, and action in images for young children to work with and homonyms for older children. Out of scope for city kids unless you teach t ...more
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