I realized that I abandoned this. Not that many people read me. But I had some major life events happening and I was caught up in all it and kept saying “I will come back this. I will come back to this.” But I failed on all fronts. I never came back to this. But I have decided to pick it up again. Lets see if I keep this up. Fingers crossed that I can. I am not totally sure. But I will try to be better about all of this. So I will try and be more diligent about this. I promise.
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Happy Friday! It’s a beautiful day and I have a book review.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
First I loved it. This is a story of two young high school students who are in a way out casts. Eleanor comes from a home that is as dysfunctional as dysfunctional can get. She is new to a school where if you don’t look like the rest you stand out big time. Park is from a what many would consider a typical home, but behind the walls feels as though he is a disappointment to his father. When the two meet sparks do not fly. But soon bonded by a love of comics, music and the need to feel normal the two find each other and love that neither one expected. Dealing with the trials of high school and family Eleanor and Park become the couple you root for and the one you want to be. It is a story that has been told many times but some how feels now and fresh. Rowell has a unique voice and a great sense of what it feels like to live the high school experience. I highly recommend this book and suggest you read this with a friend.
Sorry I am a day late on this review but I was extremely busy yesterday and I ran out of time. So today here is my review. I did not, sadly, finish the YA book I was reading but I did finish the book The Love Affairs of Nathaniel PI have to say I was not overly impressed.
I found the main character to be a vain and shallow representation of every 20-30 something man who is looking for his next Mrs. Right Now. I understand that some men think this way but the way this character was presented I could not feel for him. I could not in a way root for him. I felt as though I was reading about a stereotypical Brooklyn hipster who is too cool for school. And to be honest I couldn’t feel for any of these characters. I just couldn’t get behind this book.
Again this is only my opinion so if you read it and feel a different way please let me know but I would definitely not be recommending this book.
Happy Memorial Day weekend! Now go grill something.
I had to put a school order in recently and while I was trolling through the catalog full of binders, colored pencils, batteries, and highlighters I stumbled on some interesting bookmarks that I feel really capture the goals of librarians and language arts teachers alike. Produced by McDonald Publishing (not Big Mac McDonald’s) but a company that specializes in supplementary educational material these bookmarks stood out because of not only the skills and strategies many teachers impart on the students but they also touch on the creative and imaginary side that librarians hope the readers experience while reading.
The bookmarks are geared toward elementary and middle school readers however I feel that these are elements all readers can still use to this day (I must say I still do some of this as well.) The bookmarks are titled During and After Reading and this is a two-sided bookmark (two for the price of one! Sweet!)
Side one: WHILE YOU READ…
*Think about your reason for reading
*Reread any parts you don’t understand
*Think about what you already know about the topic
*Read any headings, subheadings, or captions
*Figure out the meaning of the words you don’t know
*Look at any charts, graphs, pictures, or maps
*Draw conclusions about what you read
*Form pictures in your mind
*Predict what will happen next
Side two: AFTER YOU READ…
* Write a review of the book
*Create an ad for the book
*Write a letter to the author about the book
*Illustrate and describe your favorite part of the book
*Write a newspaper article about the book
*Write a journal entry for one of the characters
*Create a poster for a movie version of the book
*Invent and explain a new title for the book
When I saw these I totally felt the need to share. Since I am always looking for ways to help my students really experience a book and foster a love of reading.
For other materials check out www.mcdonaldpublishing.com
Ok time for me to do some bragging. If you are a fan of NPR (National Public Radio) you might have heard of a little show called Ask Me Another. This is a game show that features trivia, word games, puzzles and what-not for pop culture. I am very excited to say that I will be a part of that show. I will be tapping an episode on March 18. So excited for this. I am a huge pop culture trivia nerd (my husband thinks I am insane sometimes) but who cares! I’m gonna be on the radio.
Wish me luck!!!
OK now before you go say “what are you talking about?” Let me begin by saying that I recently had to quickly re-read the original The Wizard of Oz. In doing so I thought of something….when Dorothy and her friends go to see the wizard they are told that he never grants anyone their wish unless they do something for him first. This reminded me of The Godfather. Only instead of doing a favor before they must do a favor after. The Don always said “I will do this for you, but one day I will come to you asking for favor and you must remember this.” Or something along those lines.
So I ask you what makes Oz so different from Vito?
We’ll I am happy to finally see the full trailer for the fault in our stars,but I have to be honest I get nervous with these movies. I also hope that this is not much exposure for Shailene Woodley, she is talented but I don’t want to see her get too big too fast.
Now for your viewing pleasure: