Happy Monday Everyone! Last week I put a specific number of books towards my reading goal. I spent a little more time reading picture books this week but, sticking to my challenge, here is what I read last week.
Crenshaw written by Katherine Applegate
WOW! That’s about all I can say about this book so far. I am 3/4 of the way through this book and am happy to report that Applegate does not disappoint with this novel. “The One and Only Ivan” was wonderful and this book follows closely in its steps. I will give more of a review next week once I have finished the book.
Holes written by Louis Sachar
This 1999 Newbery Medal Award winner has me hooked so far. I mostly focused on “Crenshaw” this week but I got about 1/4 way into this book this week. I have read it once before and love Louis Sachar as an author but am really enjoying re-reading it. I will have a full review on this book next week as well.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus written by Mo Willems
An adorable book with a very expressive and eager pigeon. This pigeon wants to drive the bus so badly that he tries tricks, bribery, and pleading. This would be a good read aloud book. You could also use it to make up persuasive phrases for the pigeon or to look at the relationship of dialog and speech bubbles.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat written by Lucille Colandro
I read this book solely for the purpose of Halloween coming up. A fun Halloween version to the original “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.” The only reason I would use this book in my classroom is to incorporate the holiday with a fun read.
You Get What You Get written by Julie Gassman
Melvin throws a fit after he doesn’t get what he wants. He has to learn how to deal with disappointment but his parents don’t know the rule. Can he still get away with throwing fits at home? How long will it last before his parents find out about the rule?
This would be a great book for Pre K and Kindergarten groups. It teaches the lesson that you get what you get and you have to deal with it without getting mad and yelling.
Ellie written by Mike Wu
The zookeeper has some sad news that the zoo has to close. The animals decide to do things to make the zoo look nicer so that people will want it to stay open. Ellie just isn’t sure how to help. What will she discover is her hidden talent that might save the zoo?
A simple and cute story about discovering your talents and purpose. I personally would use this book just as an independent or read aloud book in my classroom. It would be good for grades Pre K through 1st.
At the Old-Haunted House written by Helen Ketteman
Come take a tour around a haunted house and it’s grounds as readers are introduced to the creepy creatures through rhyme. Each number is represented by a parent and their children. Mixing Halloween with a counting book is great to help children adore the book. I think it would be best for Pre K and Kindergarten. I read it aloud to the 5-year-olds I help with all day and they really enjoyed it.
Bubba, The Cowboy Prince written by Helen Ketteman
Another Ketteman book that I remember loving in my childhood. A cowboy named Bubba works on a ranch with his evil step daddy and evil step brothers but he is treated terrible. The cowboys have a chance to meet a beautiful cowgirl, Miz Lurleen, who is looking for a husband. Can Bubba possibly be her prince?
“Bubba, The Cowboy Prince” is the classic Cinderella Story, but…not. This would be a great book for any age in elementary. It could be used as a read aloud to a lesson on plot and point of view relationship of the original story. Overall, I found this book as great as I did as a child.
Giraffe Meets Bird written by Rebecca Bender
Giraffe, who is tall enough to see the high branches of a tree, sees a nest with an egg and meets baby bird. Bird and Giraffe often share the same emotions and share a tree. When Bird falls out of the tree and a lion is nearby, will Giraffe rescue him? What will happen next?
This is a sweet story that can help teach children synonyms. I personally did not enjoy the book and found it hard to read. The story is not very original and an average telling overall. The pictures where beautiful but I am not sure I would use the book in my classroom.