Friday, December 15, 2017

Judy Moody and Stink The Holly Joliday by Megan McDonald illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds*

My eight year old read this book to himself.  He really liked it because there was a guy named Jack Frost who gave Stink presents.
Judy and Stink (brother and sister) live in Virginia.  Stink desperately wants it to snow on Christmas, but it has not snowed there for 100 years! 
Humorous sibling banter will keep readers laughing.
*Highly recommend.
-Borrowed from the library.

My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks by Hanoch Piven*

A girl describes her family members and herself using similes.
A perfect book to utilize when studying similes and learning to write descriptively.
Illustrations are unique collages using familiar objects.
Mentor text for writing.
*Highly recommend
-Borrowed from the library.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen illustrated by John Schoenherr**

The Caldecott Medal
This book is one of my all time favorites!  I read it aloud to my third graders when I taught and then anticipated reading it to my boys.  My eight year old is learning about figurative language and enjoyed discovering similes, metaphors and personification examples in this story.
A young girl's father takes her owling for the first time.  Beautiful language depicts this quiet, exciting venture.
*Highly, highly recommend.

Ox, House, Stick The History of our Alphabet by Don Robb illustrated by Anne Smith**

What a fascinating book about language, the alphabet and writing!
I purchased this book when we were studying the Phoenicians. The layout displays how the various letters transformed over time among different civilizations.
**Highly, highly recommend!
-I own this book.

Image result for ox house stick the history of our alphabet

Stubborn as a Mule and Other Silly Similes by Nancy Loewen illustrated by Adam Watkins*

My eight year old is learning about figurative language.
This book introduces similes in a fun yet explicit manner.
Some of the similes she utilized, though, are cliches. 
*Highly recommend.
-Borrowed from the library.

The Invisible Child On Reading and Writing Books for Children by Katherine Paterson*

A month ago I listened to Sarah MacKenzie's podcast where she interviewed Katherine Paterson.  I was then intrigued to read her nonfiction books.
This book contains her acceptance speeches, other speeches and articles she has written for magazines/publications.  If I owned this book, a lot of sentences and phrases would be highlighted!
One learns about Mrs. Paterson's life via the speeches/writings and also her philosophy on writing and children.
*Highly recommended for those who love children's literature, writing, reading and children.
-Borrowed from the library.

Mr. Miracle DVD

We watched this sweet movie based on Debbie Macomber's book Mr. Miracle.
Harry Mills, an angel, arrives to earth for his first mission-to help a college student develop confidence in the person she is.
Harry is a bit goofy as he acclimates to earth and humans.  My youngest son giggled often at the dog, Tommy, who was also an angel.
A heart warming Christmas story for the whole family!
Warning: One brief kissing scene-just on the lips.
*Highly recommend.
-Borrowed from the library.
Debbie Macomber's Mr. Miracle