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Sakes Alive! A Cattle Drive By Karma Wilson

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Back of Book: Two cows, Mabel and Molly, take the farmer’s truck and go for an eventful joyride into town.  They speed through the stop sign, narrowly missing a sheriff’s car, sideswiping the mayor’s flowerbed, and ending up in town, where the folks all gather to see the ridiculous sight.

My Review:  What a perfect story to use as a read aloud. Nothing is more fun to children, then hearing a story that could never happen in real life.  I used this story for my farm unit, and loved how engaged my class was. They loved all the crazy things that the cows were a part of.  I loved the rhyming text and the repetition of the words.   Karla Firehammer did an excellent job of creating welcoming illustrations that perfectly told the story.  I highly recommend this story.

32 Pages

Ages 5 and up

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If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don’t! By Elise Parsley

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Back of Book: If your mom says to get ready to play at the beach, she means with a boat, or a Frisbee, or a shovel. She is NOT talking about the piano. But Magnolia is a little girl with a big idea, determination, and one very heavy upright piano that, she insists, she needs to take with her. What’s the worst that can happen? In a riotous series of mishaps, Magnolia quickly learns that–not surprisingly–a piano doesn’t mix well with sand, sun, and seagulls!

My Review: This is a perfect and fun story to read during the summer.  The story follows a little girl who wants to bring her piano to the beach. Even with the best of intentions, she still has problems with the piano. I read my class this story before we left and they loved it! The illustrations are fun and unique.  The story shows how the girl doesn’t give up and fights all odds to keep her piano at the beach. The ending is surprising, but very fun.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages

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Don’t Be Silly, Mrs. Millie! By Judy Cox

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Back of Book: Mrs. Millie has lots of fun teasing her kindergartners. She tells them to hang up their goats, eat gorilla cheese sandwiches, and to remember to wear their bats and kittens when they go outside for recess. Coupled with hilarious artwork that literally interprets each of Mrs. Millie’s “mistakes”.

My Review:  One of the things I learned as a Kindergarten teacher is sometimes a silly and fun book is needed.  Judy Cox does an amazing job of writing stories that are fun, engaging, and keep children’s attention. My students love all the fun ways Mrs. Millie would mix up words and meanings. They would shout out the correct answer.  I highly recommend this story.

32 Pages

Ages 5 and up

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Teacher Book Talk

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Today I am very excited to link up with Kidpeople Classroom for Kathleen’s weekly book talk. Thank you for Hosting Kathleen.  I recently got back from vacation, and got some great ideas for reviews while I was gone. I taught Kindergarten last year. We read  The Last Day of Kindergarten By Nancy Loewen Which was a perfect way to end the school year.

Before school ended I also read my students Nibbles the book monster By Emma Yarlett what a fun and exciting read.

My plan for this week is to review several summer stories that kids will love.

In July, my goal is to post a review everyday. I am excited about shark week. I also am planning on reviewing Christmas books.

I hope you all have a great week.

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Nibbles the book monster By Emma Yarlett

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Back of Book:

Nibbles is on the loose, and he’s chomping through all of your favorite fairy tales! With books within the book, Emma Yarlett’s utterly appealing artwork, and lots and lots of nibbled holes, this laugh-out-loud funny and ferocious charmer’s unstoppable appetite for the printed page will nibble a hole right through your heart.

My Review:

I recently was a part of an Usborne book party. I heard about this amazing story and knew that my class had to have it.  They absolutely feel in love with Nibbles and so did I. I have never seen a book that is quite as creative as this one. Nibbles actuality enters other fairy tales. Each story he enters is its own unique story within the story. I loved reading each part of this book. After reading this story aloud, I was able to use it as a writing activity. My students asked to read this book every day during independent reading time. I was amazed at the impact Nibbles had on them. The illustrations are fantastic and truly draw a reader in. This is an excellent story and I highly recommend it.

Ages 4 and up

16 Pages

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Ferocious Fluffity: A Mighty Bite-y Class Pet By Erica S. Perl

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Back of Book:

Mr. Drake’s second grade class has a new class pet. Fluffity appears to be a cute and docile hamster—but the kids soon discover that she is not the cuddly pet they expected. From the moment her cage door opens, Fluffity becomes FEROCIOUS—biting and chasing everyone down the hall and into the library! Will the class be able to tame this beast and bring peace back to their school?

My Review: This is a fun read aloud to share in the classroom. It is a great reminder story to read before a class gets a class pet. My student’s loved the engaging illustrations and fun faces that Fluffy would make. The text is a in a fun rhyming pattern, that makes it easy for readers to follow along. As a teacher, I am always looking for engaging stories that also teach a lesson. After reading this story, my class discussed the importance of properly taking care of animals. I truly enjoyed this story.

Ages 5 and up

32 Pages     Click Here to find on Amazon

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It’s Monday What are you Reading?

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

  1. This week I reviewed Patience Wright: American Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy By Pegi Deitz Shea great historical book!
  2. I am doing a giveaway for the first time. . I’m doing my first giveaway!!! I am still figuring it out so any feedback would be welcomed.
  3. I will be reading and reviewing Whoosh  this week. 61Cf2nYV1SL._SX385_BO1,204,203,200_
  4. Thank you for reading.
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Its Monday what are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover your next “must-read” book!

I want to thank Jen from Mentor Books for inviting me to link up.

 

 This week I am celebrating #national book week with my class.  I will be spending the week reading books about books.  These are a few of my favorites  That Book Woman By Heather Henson is an amazing story about a boy who learns to read from a woman who brings books up the mountain.

I will also be reading Froggy Goes to the Library By Jonathan London My students love the Froggy books! I think they will truly enjoy hearing this story.

Thank you for reading today.

 

 

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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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