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Book Review: BY THE LIGHT OF THE FIREFLIES, by Jenni L. Walsh — MG Book Village

I also write book reviews for MG BookVillage, and this is my recent review that I think could be helpful for those #raisingreaders who are budding history buffs.

As a literacy educator who has a particular affection for 3rd-5th grades, one thing I’m always looking for is good historical fiction. Finding the time in an elementary school day to teach both Social Studies and Literacy adequately can be difficult at times, so any opportunity to integrate the two is something I’m looking out […]

Book Review: BY THE LIGHT OF THE FIREFLIES, by Jenni L. Walsh — MG Book Village
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One of my favorite quotes…

I’ve mentioned this before, but besides the idea of going on adventures to far off worlds, fostering their imagination, and a number of other reasons, this is why I feel strongly about #RaisingReaders.

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Book Review– The One Thing You’d Save

Want a book that will invite great conversation with your kiddos? I have got the book for you!

The One Thing You’d Save by Linda Sue Park is a short 62 page book that is based around a class’s responses to one scenario–“Imagine that your home is on fire. You’re allowed to save one thing.” Good question, right?

Although this illustrated book looks like a chapter book, it is short enough that you could finish it in one sitting with your readers. I had my kids come up with their answers after I read the beginning to them, and then proceeded to finish reading the book to them.

Part of the beauty of this book is you can hear the distinctive voices of the classmates throughout the pages and we even get to learn what the teacher would take from her home.

It is intriguing to hear the thought processes of the students’ decision making, and it may even cause you and/or your readers to change their minds throughout the book. So if its been a long day, this may not be the bedtime book to go with, because it might spark lots of conversations. However, if you’re ready to chat–this is the one to go with.

I found my copy of The One Thing You’d Save at my local library, so you can find it there or anywhere books are sold.

Keep #RaisingReaders!

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Book Review: The Adventures of Abe the $5 Bill

In addition to this blog, I also write for the Parent issue of one of our local publications. Most recently, I wrote a book review for a local author, Dr. Eli Goodman, who wrote The Adventures of Abe the $5 Bill. Below is a link to that review:

https://www.illinoistimes.com/springfield/the-adventures-of-abe-the-5-bill/Content?oid=13572046

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Who would I want to be stranded with?

Now this isn’t your normal “Who would you wanted to be stranded on a desert island with?” question, because the “who” is a little more specific. Instead, the question is, “What fictional book character would you want to be stranded on a desert island with?”

I saw this question once a couple of years ago and thought it was an original one that was a head scratcher for me, so today I decided to ask my kids to see what their responses would be. I was hoping that their responses would give me some inspiration. Here’s what they said:

9 y/o son: A dragon.

Me: Which dragon?

9 y/o: Toothless

Me: Why?

9 y/o (shrugging): ‘Cause dragons are awesome and I want to be with a dragon. Plus we can escape.

Me: Good plan

12 y/o daughter (smiling): Percy Jackson

Me (eye roll & smile): Of course. Why?

12 y/o: Because I can escape.

Me: How?

12 y/o: Because he can do stuff with water, so I can escape.

Me: Alrighty then.

So, did they inspire me to come up with an answer? Sorta. I’ve narrowed it down to two (really three). First, Elephant and Piggie. I feel like they’re a team, so its got to be the two of them together. And although they have silly antics, things always seem to work out in the end, so I would enjoy my time until we figured out how to get off the island. My next choice would be Tristan Strong from the series by Kwame Mbalia. He’s got some serious skills, plus some pull with African folktale characters like Ananzi the spider that I think could get us off the island. And in the meantime I think he would be fun to hang out with.

Try asking your reader this question and see who they’ll end up on their island with. Feel free to share their (or your) responses if you get a chance.

Keep #raisingreaders!