These are memes started by Teach Mentor Texts and Book Journey, and I'm excited to participate, along with many other bloggers, in reviewing books I read the previous week. I'll be reviewing picture books through adult books.
I loved this sweet book narrated by parents who are dreaming big dreams for their children. Dreams of being kind, generous, creative, caring, brave, clever, and bold. "And then I'll look at you and you'll look at me and I'll love you, whoever you've grown up to be." Great baby gift!
Tad and Dad by David Ezra Stein
2015-book, allusion, character-development, character-motivation, fairy-tale, family, grandparents, humor, intermediate-kids-book, leaving-a-legacy
My fifth grade students loved Rump so much that when Jack came out, they begged me to read it aloud, too. I actually started it at the end of last school year, but we didn't finish it. I get my students for two years, so when this year started, they wanted me to pick it back up and finish it. We really enjoyed it. They loved how Shurtliff connected the two stories, and they had fun picking out all the allusions to other fairy tales. Now we're ready for Red!
2015-book, character-motivation, historical-fiction, intermediate-kids-book, mock-newbery-2016, social-injustice, strong-girl-character
I LOVED this book! I listened to the audio, which featured a perfect narrator. Ove is a curmudgeonly man, missing his beloved wife who was the only one who understood him. He never expected for her to go first. That was not the plan. He proceeds to plan various failed attempts at suicide, each attempt foiled by exasperating neighbors. As a cat and the neighbors weave their way into his heart, you learn that Ove is not just a grumpy old man. Beware of finishing the audio in your car - bring along tissues! This story brought to mind Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino.
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