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5 For Friday

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  1. Today is National Kindergarten Day! So of course I had to share my favorite book about my favorite grade. Kindergarten Rocks! By Katie Davis
  2. I had spring break this week, so my class will be celebrating Earth Day on Monday. We will be reading It’s Earth Day! (Little Critter) By Mercer Mayer and Earth Day Everyday By Lisa Bullard
  3. If you have never heard of synesthesia I suggest you pick up The Girl Who Heard Colors By Marie Harris It is an amazing concept.
  4. Its near the end of the year and some of my students are melting down about not being perfect. I will be reading The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes By Mark Pett to them.
  5. We have been doing a lot of art projects recently. My favorite book to read about art is Too Much Glue By Jason Lefebvre It is an adorable and fun story.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Earth Day

It’s Earth Day! (Little Critter) By Mercer Mayer

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Back of Book:

Little Critter is on a mission! After watching a film about climate changes at school, Little Critter decides to do his part to slow down global warming. With the help of his family and friends, Little Critter begins to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Together they learn about the importance of not wasting water or energy. Join Little Critter as he plants a tree, makes a climate control machine, and helps the polar bears.

My Review:

I have always been a fan of the Little Critter books. This story is a great addition to any books discussing Earth Day.  Little Critter does everything he can to try to slow global warming. This story discusses recycling, planting trees, and conserving water. This book is a great read aloud for a younger audience to discuss the importance of protecting the earth.

Ages 4 and up

28 Pages

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Earth Day

Earth Day Everyday By Lisa Bullard

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Back of Book:

On Earth Day, we find ways to help the Earth. Trina plants trees with her class. She forms an Earth Day club with her friends. What can you do to make every day Earth Day? Do your part to be a planet protector! Discover how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and more with Tyler and Trina in the Planet Protectors.

My Review:

My spring break is this week, so my class will be celebrating Earth Day on Monday. Earth Day Every Day is a perfect introduction to what Earth Day is about.  It fallows Trina as she discusses all the different ways humans can help save the earth. The book is broken up in sections, this makes it perfect to read to younger, more wiggly audiences.  The back of the book has directions to make a compost pile. It also has a glossary with Earth Day vocabulary.  I am looking forward to reading this to my students on Monday.

Ages 4 and up

24 Pages

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Easter

God Gave us Easter By Lisa Tawn Bergren

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Back of Book:

Little Cub is stunned to hear her father say that Easter is even better than Christmas. On a walk, Papa Bear uses an Easter egg, an uprooted tree, and evidence of new life in a pinecone to tell the Easter story: how Jesus was the root of Jesse who came to die and to rise again so that we would have the chance to go to heaven, where we will see Him face-to-face. Covering doctrines like sin, prayer, and heaven in simple language that children can understand.

My Review:

This is one of my favorite Easter books. It is a beautiful explanation of many traditions that families have during the Easter season. The illustrations are soft and draw a reader into the story. The interaction between the cub and her father is sweet and engaging. A must read about Easter     .Click Here to Find on Amazon

 

Music

The Girl Who Heard Colors By Marie Harris

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Back of Book:

This eye-opening picture book introduces readers to their five senses and to synesthesia—a condition in which one sense triggers another. For some people, sounds or tastes have colors. And for others, numbers and letters do.

My Review:

The first time I heard the term synesthesia, I was in college listening to my school choir preform. I was absolutely amazed by the concept of seeing colors while listening to music. When I heard that there was a picture book synesthesia I knew I had to review it. Readers are introduced to a young girl who has synesthesia.  When Jullian hears sounds she sees colors. The other student’s do not understand her unique ability and tease her for it. The music teacher arrives and is able to explain to the students why Jullian is different.  The illustrations bring the color experience to life and draw readers in. I also like that there is a section in the back of the books that talks about the author meeting and working with the real Jullian. I really enjoyed reading this story and look forward to sharing it with my students.

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5 For Friday

 

fiveforfriday2_thumb3_thumb3_thumb3__thumb[3] I missed posting my 5 for Friday yesterday so I’m posting today.

  1. Yesterday was national crayon day I reviewed The Crayon Box that Talked By Shane DeRolf
  2. I have been focusing on finding some amazing multicultural lit books. This week I read Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkush’s Incredible Journey By Amy Shrodes and Doug Kuntz
  3. Tomorrow is National Autism Awareness Day. I have a nephew with Autism so it is close to my heart. I love the story Ian’s Walk: A Story about Autism By Laurie Lears
  4.  My class has been very excited about dinosaurs lately.  I found this amazing story and my kids loved it!!Barnum’s Bones: How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World By Tracey Fern
  5. I am planning on reviewing my favorite  Easter books this week.

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Skills Children Learn

The Crayon Box that Talked By Shane DeRolf

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Back of Book:

 Quarrelsome talking crayons learn to appreciate one another when the narrator draws with them, thus showing them how each help create a bigger picture. The message of the book, to learn to appreciate rather than dislike other people’s differences, is conveyed.

My Review:

In honor of National crayon day and the retirement of the Dandelion crayon I wanted to review “The Crayon Box that Talked”. I read this book the first week of school to help show my students how to get along. I loved how the little girl in the story teaches the crayons that if they work together they can make beautiful pictures. This is a perfect message to children that everyone is unique and special.

Ages 4 and up

32 Pages 

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Ian’s Walk: A Story about Autism By Laurie Lears

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Back of Book:

As Tara and Julie take Ian along on their walk to the park, Julie describes how Ian acts differently from most people, showing no interest, for example, in the food or customers in Nan’s diner and paying attention only to the rotating ceiling fan. Admirably patient with Ian, Julie nevertheless grows angry with his seemingly stubborn ways. Yet her close observations of her brother serve her well when Ian wanders away. By thinking of what Ian likes to do, Julie finds her brother and ushers him home again.

My Review:

National Autism Awareness Day is on April 2nd. I think this is an excellent story to share with classrooms and families. It is a look into what the world looks like through the eyes of an autistic child.  It also shows the struggles that siblings can go through when they have an autistic family member. I appreciated the truthfulness and beauty of this story. 

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages                      Click Here to find on Amazon