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Frindle by Andrew Clements
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it was ok
bookshelves: 2016-reading-challenge, children-s

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I've been making a point to find books to feature in my future classroom. At the recommendation of some fellow teachers, I was excited to check this particular book out. However, I have to say, I was sorely disappointed in this story, especially when the book feels like there were two story lines smashed together to make a lackluster story.

First of all, I found Nicholas to be an annoying, spoiled brat. Maybe as a child, I would have cheered for his ability to stir up trouble. As an adult, I can't fathom why teachers would recommend this book. I have no problem with the idea of a child coming up with a prank, but this book actually foretells the downfall of our vocabulary as we know it. Frindle is just some random word, yet, even in today's society (twenty years after this book was written) we have words such as bae and twerk in the dictionary. I suppose I should commend the author on his ability to foresee such a thing occurring in the real word. But honestly, as I am not fond of having slang placed into a dictionary and represented as solid vocabulary, this book and the story annoys me. I could not see myself encouraging my students to make up stupid, meaningless words.

However, there was part of the story I liked and that is the way Nicholas is able to think outside of the box. As a teacher, I want to be encouraging to my future students and their pursuits to think outside the box and solve problems. It's because of this aspect of the book, I wish I could tear the book in half.

This isn't the worst book ever and perhaps my opinion is clouded because I am reading it as an adult. But I will not incorporate this into my classroom and would not recommend this book.
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Reading Progress

December 30, 2016 – Started Reading
December 30, 2016 – Shelved
December 31, 2016 –
page 100
95.24%
December 31, 2016 –
page 105
100.0%
December 31, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016-reading-challenge
December 31, 2016 – Shelved as: children-s
December 31, 2016 – Finished Reading

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