Friday, August 24, 2012

Tunnels by Roderick Gordon

I just finished a book that took place almost entirely underground. Will's life is turned around when his dad disappears and he heads into some underground tunnels to find him. He finds out that his entire life has been a lie and that he had been taken 'topside' as a child and adopted by a family that really wasn't his own. This is one of the few children's books I've read that doesn't have a happy ending. If you like books with a lot of detail and/or you find the possiblilities of other people living beneath the earth fascinating, then you'll like this book. It reminded me of First Light by Rebecca Stead and Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins. Boys and girls at WLC, be on the look out for a book display of underground stories!   Don't forget to finish your summer reading.  One more weekend before the start of school.  See you next week everyone!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

No More Dead Dogs

Hi Everyone, My latest reading adventure was No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman. What a great story! It's about a boy named Wallace Wallace and the trouble he gets into when he refuses to write a positive book review about his English teacher's favorite story...he points out that in every book with a dog in the title, you can be sure the dog is going to die in the end. I laughed because I've read almost all the books he mentioned - Old Yeller, Sounder, Where the Red Fern Grows - and it's true!! They are so sad!! More importantly, though, the book is about Wallace's need to always tell the truth, even when it gets him into trouble. Other themes are friendship and loyalty. It's a funny and clever book - and even though some of the events in the story seem a little far-fetched, it's somehow believable - and it leaves you rooting for Wallace in the end. See you all soon! Mrs. Mayhew

Monday, August 13, 2012


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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Won Ton

Hi Everyone, Hope you are all enjoying these last warm summer days! My new favorite book is Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw and Eugene Yelchin. It's a pretty short picture book, but I read it over and over again to really get the humor! Each page has a haiku about some aspect of the cat's life with his boy...and if you are someone who has a pet cat, you will really be able to relate to the story!! I laugh out loud every time I read it - I'd give it 5 stars!! Looking forward to seeing you all soon and hearing about your summer reading experiences! Mrs. Mayhew

Sunday, August 5, 2012

How Does the Summer Reading Form Work?

We've been getting some questions about whether your entries are being received once the form is filled out.  I thought you might like to know how it all works.  I hope this explanation helps you understand the process.

We first created the summer reading form using Google Docs.
  • Information for a book is entered by a student(see my example)
  • The paragraph chosen is completed and the entry is submitted.

  • If every part of the form was completed correctly, you should see this message at the top of the page

Now your part is done.  Your submitted entry gets sent to our Google document and it gets put into a spreadsheet with all the other entries.  It doesn't look very pretty, but we have all the information in one place for SFE and WLC.  It kind of looks like the picture below with your school and name and grade and the date you submitted the entry.

I will sort the responses by school and by grade and send them to your teachers the first week of school.  I hope this helps you understand how it all works.  I have been posting some of your work by copying and pasting your words into the blog.  I haven't been able to copy all of the entries for you to see, because there are so many. 

Please keep up the reading.  So far, we have 624 entries submitted. There are over 700 students in the two schools. If every person wrote three entries, there would be well over 2000 entries by the time school started. You have three more weeks of summer, so get going!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

On My List to Read Before School Starts

Almost 600 entries have been posted so far and now I have a lot more books on my list to read this summer.  Here are some of the entries that made me want to read these books.

Amy K, Grade 5, WLC writes about Neil Armstrong Is My Uncle And Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me by Nan Marino.  I think this will be a funny book.

     My favorite character in the book would be Tamara. The character trait I would use to describe Tamara is a hopeful person. She is my favorite character of the book because she gives people funny nicknames.
Muscle Man McGinty's real name is Douglas McGinty, but Tamara and him aren't exactly friends so Tamara thought it would be funny to give him a nickname that she would tell everybody to call him.
The reason for her calling Douglas, Muscle Man McGinty is because they aren't exactly enemies but not close friends. Tamara gives him a nickname that describes the total opposite of what he is. He is really a scrawny, not muscly kid, and because Tamara gave him that nickname Muscle Man McGinty everybody that both Douglas and Tamara were friends with started calling him Muscle Man McGinty.

Jade G, Grade 4, SFE writes about Persephone the Phony by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams.  I love reading about gods and goddessess so I think I will enjoy this series!

The goddess Persephone is my favorite character. Persephone is my favorite character because she is beautiful. Another reason why I like her is because she is goddess of all that grows. She has good friends, and her new boyfriend is Hades. I did not like when Persephone would leave the house without asking her mom.

Adelaide H, Grade 2, SFE has been reading up a storm.  One of her entries is about Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match by Monica Brown.  I had never heard of this book, but the entry and the cover intrigue me and I can't wait to read it.

The major problem in the book was when everybody thought that Marisol's clothes should match. In the end she gets to adopt a dog she named it Kitty. The dog was perfect for her because it had one blue eye, one brown eye, one floppy ear, and one pointy ear. Kitty was mismatched just like Marisol.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Problems and Solutions

One of the prompts for summer reading was about describing the story's problem and solution.  Since we don't like to give away endings, I've taken excerpts from several students who answered this prompt and hopefully this will give you some choices about books you might like to read during the month of August.  So far, almost 400 writing prompts have been submitted this summer.  Keep reading!

Zack B., Grade 5, WLC read Small As an Elephant by Jennifer Richards Jacobson.

The major problem in the book Small as an Elephant is that 11 year old Jack Martel is on vacation with his mom in Maine when one day he wakes up to find that his mother is gone! The problem is solved by...

Kaitlyn G., Grade 4, SFE read Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty Birney

I think the major problem in Friendship according to Humphrey is that there is a new class pet in room 26. It's a frog named Og. Humphery is not really liking Og that much and Humphrey is jealous of Og because he's getting all the attention most of the time. The problem was finally solved when ...

Ryan H., Grade 4, WLC read Stink the Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald.

 The problem is Stink had to take care of the class pet and the newt jumped into the sink. He slipped into the drain and then Judy turned on the garbage disposal. I know because it was the class pet and he was supposed to bring it back. The problem was solved when ...      

Kayleigh H, Grade 2, WLC read Owen and Mzee by Isabella Hatkoff

The major problem in the book is when owen is taken by a tsunami and into Kenya he lost lost his mother and was stranded in a ocean all alone.I know that because Owen seemed lonley and the way he acted was making him seem sad.The problem was solved by ...                                                                       

Thursday, July 19, 2012

WLC Students Love Amulet!

If you haven't read the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi-  check out the book trailer WLC fourth graders made at the end of the school year. It's one of the most popular series in the entire school!

There are four books in the series so far.

       The fifth is scheduled to come out September 1st. Here's the description of the fifth book: Prince of the Elves. Emily has survived the chaos of the Guardian Academy, but Max Griffin, who is working for the Elf King, has escaped with the Mother Stone. The Elf King has now forged new amulets, which will allow him the ability to invade Cielis and destroy it once and for all. Emily and her friends desperately make preparations to defend Cielis in what will inevitably be a brutal war, and they can only hope that it will be enough to defeat the Elf King.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes

I just got back from vacation and am so happy to see so many students posting to the blog.  Great job everyone! 
Well, I grabbed this book because it looked like a good book to read at the beach.  I absolutely loved it.  It was funny in some parts, and sad in others.  But what I liked most was how Izzy finds amazing ways to tell her story, all while learning about her father she never knew, and making special friends along the way.  I couldn't put it down.  Tortilla Sun was a magical adventure of a book.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Cats, Cats,and More Cats!

Over 300 entries so far!  Keep on reading!

A bunch of kids have been reading about cats the last few weeks.  Here are a few of the books that they've been reading.

Katelyn P., Grade 4, WLC read Everything Cat by Marty Crisp. 
She writes:
     My favorite part of the book is when a cat survived under concrete. It happened like this. He fell in the concrete when the workers were pouring it and no one saw him fall in. He was in 8 inches of concrete. Then he clawed his way out. When the people found him he only had little stubs for claws. This is my favorite part because I never thought a cat go under 8 inches of concrete and survive.
     The least favorite part of this book was when the cats get threatened and run away. I don't like when cats run away because it is sad that they do not have any family.            

Sarah G, SFE, Grade 5 read on the RICBA nominees, Sidekicks by Dan Santat and wrote about a cat character.  Here is what she writes.

     My favorite character in the book I read was Manny the cat also known as Static Cat
    The character trait I would use to describe Manny is kind because Manny helps his friends Fluffy the hamster and Shifty the chameleon to be side kicks.       

Tim B.,Grade 2, WLC read Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin. He writes:
My favorite part of Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons was after he lost all his buttons and found that he had another button, his belly button! This was my favorite part because it was funny. My least favorite part was the colors of the buttons because I did not think they were groovy enough. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Burrillville Students are Reading Non-fiction!

Our students have been reading A LOT of fiction books and chapter books, but summer is also a wonderful time to learn some new facts about topics that interest you.  Here are a few great responses we've gotten from students reading non-fiction books:

Ethan, Grade 3, WLC read Bears: Life in the Wild by Monica Kulling.

He writes: I read BEARS, Life in the Wild. It was a non-fiction book about bears. My favorite part of this book was reading that bears sleep in dens and they don't have to drink because they make their own water while they sleep through the winter. This was my favorite part because it was a new fact that I didn't know and I think that is cool that they can do that. My least favorite part of the book was reading about how father bears try to eat cubs. I didn't like this part because it was a sad fact and I feel bad for the cubs.

Daniel, Grade 3, SFE read Spacebusters: Race to the Moon by Phillip Wilkinson

He writes: I liked learning what the astronauts wear on the moon. The helmet gives oxygen to the astronaut. The gloves help them grip the ladder on the shuttle and help protect hands. Their special shoes help them walk on the moon.

There was no part of the book that I did not like. The whole book had a lot of facts about space that I learned. This book was about three important people in USA history.

Reid, Grade 4, SFE read Ocean Animals by Toppers

He writes:  This is a non-fiction book with facts about ocean animals. There are four types of animal groups in the ocean. A shark is a fish, a squid is a mollusk, a seal is a mammal, and a crab is a crustacean. My favorite animal in the book is a cuttlefish because it stands out to me. He has THREE HEARTS!!! Its blood is not red, it is BLUE-GREEN!!! It is a mollusk and he's the color of sand, has eight legs, and eats crabs and fish.

{Ms. Baffoni would like to add that I went to the New England Aquarium this summer and the cuttlefish was one of the coolest animals I have ever seen!)

Timothy, Grade 5, WLC read Who Was Babe Ruth? by Joan Holub

He writes: My favorite parts were when Babe Ruth hit his first homerun and when he hit his farthest homerun ever. In 1915, Babe Ruth hit his first homerun in the majors for the Boston Red Sox against the Yankees. He cracked his bat that is how hard he hit the ball. His biggest homerun was a grand slam out of the park.Those were my favorite part because I want to be like him.  My least favorite part is when Babe Ruth's dad took him away somewhere and when Babe Ruth would gamble, drink and stay up really late. There is no reason to get drunk or stay up late when you have practice or games. These are coaches' rules you should obey, even when you are Babe Ruth. A parent should tell their children where they are taken to. It is just mean to take a child to a refom school and just leave them there. I felt sorry for Babe. These were my least favorite parts.

Ms. Baffoni, Teacher, SFE read Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield

 My favorite thing about the book Just My Type is that I have learned interested facts about something I use in my everyday life but did not really know much about.  This book has taught me all about the history of how fonts changed from the early days of printing to the computer age.  The book explains how fonts are designed, what they are used for and even all about the people who created them.  My least favorite thing about this book is that it's written for adults, so it isn't really a good choice for students.  Still, I am saving up all the cool font-facts I have learned so I can share them with my technology classes in the fall!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Running Out of Books To Read!

I had to go to my local library the other day before heading for the beach because I had run out of books to read.  Usually I go to school during the summer and grab 10 to 15 books at a time, but I haven't been to Callahan in about two weeks, so I ran out.  My husband was waiting in the car, so I had to make it quick.  I chose books that I already have at WLC so I would be able to recommend them to students during the year. 

My first choice was Lizzie Bright and Buckminister Boy by Gary Schmidt. I remember it getting good reviews(obviously from the award stickers on the front!), but the cover never excited me so I had never read it.  It turned out to be the perfect book for me this week because I just finished taking a history class with Mrs. Belanger and Mrs. Auclair and it was historical fiction. The history class talked about the end of slavery and this books takes place right after that time period but people are still dealing with issues of race. This book takes place in Maine and is set at the beginning of the 20th century.  It's about a young minister's son and his friendship with a girl that the town does not think is proper.  This is definitely for advanced readers and if you like historical fiction, you might like this book.  I can think of two or three fifth graders that I would recommend this book and if you read this and think of kids who like historical fiction, pass the word along.  I was able to read it all in one day (while sitting in my beach chair at Scarborough Beach).

Before I wrote this post, I noticed that almost 220 kids have written posts!!!  Great job guys.  Keep up the reading.  Here's some of the books they've been reading this week.

Kaitlyn P, Grade 2, WLC read Harriet the Hamster Fairy by Daisy Meadows.  She writes:
My favorite character is Twinkle. Twinkle is Harriet's hamster. The trait I would use to descibe Twinkle is magical. He made a hamster playground using his magic. 

Kourtney P, Grade 3, WLC read Dolphin Tale by Emma Ryan and writes:
My favorite part of the book was when every time sawyer came close to winter he made a squeaky nose.I think he made winter happy when sawyer got winter out of the rope.My Next favorite part of the book was when sawyer went on the computer and searched dolphins. To see if things would be okay with winter. My Last favorite part was when winter was okay and made a tale that worked.I loved that book I wish I could read that book again.I liked that book so much I did not have a part I did not like.

Marissa P, Grade 2, SFE read Night of the Ninjas by Mary Pop Osborne and writes:
My favorite part was when the ninjas took Jack and Annie to the ninja master beacause it was exciting to image what the ninjas master looked like and what his cave looked like. My least favorite part was when people started coming with pitch forks and torches to try to catch the ninjas because it was kind of boring.

Friday, July 6, 2012

A Good Book for a Rainy Day

You won't be disappointed!

Not too long ago, on a dreary, rainy Monday, I read Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac.  I've been asked if it's a scary book by many students, but truthfully, I never had the opportunity to read it.  It is definitely a creepy book. Horror and mystery lovers will be drawn into the book as soon as they begin.  It's the story of Molly, a sixth-grader, whose parents disappear suddenly.  She doesn't tell anyone, because she thinks they will return, but after a few days the police get involved.  Molly is sent to live with a mysterious uncle that she had never heard of before.  She won't eat any food he prepares and is totally creeped out by him.

If you're in the mood for a creepy, scary story, try it!  Hopefully, you don't get have the same dreams as Molly.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Here's what I have been up to today!  What are you currently doing.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Over 180 Responses!

It's just the beginning of July and over 180 responses have been submitted to the blog.  Here's what a few people read this week.

An old favorite- The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Bevery Cleary was read by Nathan S, SFE, Grade 4:
     My favorite part of the book was when Ralph out in the halls of the apartment building at night, because it was an exciting adventure. Ralph almost got caught by a dog while he was riding past the dog's apartment. The owner of the dog almost saw Ralph on his motorcycle, but he didn't because he was tired. There was a mounting of a deer head on the wall that scared Ralph because it was dark and he did not know what it was. The boy Keith, who gave the motorcycle to Ralph, left the door open but the wind blew it shut and Ralph could not get in the apartment. Those are the reasons why I liked this part of the book best.

Morgan C, Grade 5 SFE read From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg and writes:
     My favorite character from this book is Claudia Kincaid. I chose this Claudia because she reminds myself of me. She is the oldest child in her family and loves her younger brother like me. She has a hard time learning how to spend her money on good things, she likes to spend it on fun stuff. She tries her best to take care of her younger brother. She and Jamie run off to the Metrapolitian Museum of art where she and Jamie get into some trouble as they begin on an adventure In the art world. I feel she is like me with her sense of adventure and her search for treasure.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Burrillville Students are reading RICBA 2013 nominees

As of today, there are already over 120 responses to books that kids have read this summer.  Here are a few of the responses about Rhode Island Children's Book Award nominees. It's great to see kids reading new books that are up b=for best book of the year!  This will make our readers more informed voters, when it comes time to vote for the best book of the year in January.

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
Gianna, Grade 5, SFE gives it a 4 out of 5 rating and says:
My favorite character in the book is Alexia.The character trait I would give her would be she is very popular and is a bully.The reason I think that is 1 because she has a lot of friends and 2 because she will be friends with someone then she wont be.That is why Alexia is my favorite character and not my favorite character.

Abby, Grade 5, WLC also read the same book.  I can't tell you everything she said because I don't want to give it away, but here's some of what she wrote.
The major problem in the book i read was that Mr. Terupt got .... I know this because during most of the book this problem was going on. This is a problem because he was ... until the last day of school. His .... The problem was solved by .... They successfully ..... This gave him a greater chance of ,.... In the end he ended ....

When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica Perl
Samantha G, Grade 5, WLC says:
     My favorite part of this book was when Zelly's little brother Sam was in charge of decorating his bicycle red, white ,and blue for the parade. This was my favorite part of the book because Sam decided that he didn't want his bicycle to be red, white, and blue. So instead Sam used his batman decotations. The next day was the day of the parade. When it came time for the younger kids to ride their bikes in the parade Sam was the only one with batman decorations all over!! Boy,was his family embarrassed!!!!!!
    My least favorite part of the book was towards the end. After a big blowout fight between Zelly and her grandfather,Ace, he ends up in the hospital the next morning do to a heart attack. This whole catastrophy hit Zelly the hardest! Zelly thought that she caused him to have the heart attack because of the amount of stress that she put on Ace the night before during. This was my least favorite part because it was really sad and sometimes the way that zelly reacted to everything going on in her life at that time was really shocking!!!

Sidekicks by Dan Santat
Justin, Grade 5, WLC  rates this book 2 out of 5 and writes:
My favorite part of this book was when the geco came because he was very funny. My least faviorite part of the book when he was intervewing people to be his sidecick because it was boring.

Allen, Grade 5, SFE gives it a top rating of 5 and writes:
Fluffy is my favorite character because its a lot about him and trying to figure out what his power is. it also is is action it is super heros fighting bad guys

Cameron D, Grade 3, SFE writes:
My favorite character was Metal Mutt because he could get hit without getting a bruise, scar, or a broken bone. He was very bossy. He was mean at times. For example, he screams at everyone to hurry up. He tells everyone to get out even when they want to save Fluffy from dying. He also says, ʺShut up and listen to me for once!ʺ 

Worst of Friends by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain
Sam D, Grade 5, SFE writes:
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were best friends who were trying to make America an independent country. One day they had a huge argument. John thought that having a powerful president would be good for America and more safe. Thomas thought the opposite. I know that this is a problem because it says it in the book and when best friends fight about something big it's always a problem. When they both ran for pesident Tom won, and after that they never talked to each other. When they got old they missed each other. Then they started maling letters to one and other. They started getting in touch again and became friends again in the end. Both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson died on the same day, July 4, 1826.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Here be dragons!

If there is one thing I love (and have loved ever since I was a little kid) it is dragons.

Another thing I love?  Tacos.  Yummy, am I right?

Well, today I stumbled upon a picture book in the bookstore called Dragons Love Tacos.  I would recommend it to anyone, even adults because it was funny and the illustrations were great!

Who doesn't love tacos?

This book got me thinking about other great books- chapter books in particular- with dragons.  Here are just a few of my favorites for kids who love dragons:
  •  A Friend For Dragon (and other Dragon Tales) by Dav Pilkey are silly and fun easy readers. 
  •  Good Night, Good Knight (and the other Good Knight books) by Shelley Moore Thomas are also easy readers featuring three very cute dragons and one very good knight.
  • Three Tales of My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett is a classic series, great for kids just starting to read longer chapter books
  • Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville is a book I read when I was a kid and absolutely loved.  
  • Kenny and the Dragon by Tony D'Iterlizzi is a chapter book from the RICBA list two years ago, with a surprising dragon named Grahame and excellent illustrations
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien has one of the most famous dragons in the history of dragons.  It's quite a challenging book, but try to read it before the movie comes out in December!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The Cheshire Cheese Cat

A cat who doesn't eat mice, a mouse who doesn't eat cheese-- that's what you'll find in The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale.  Set in London, this fantasy is sure to win over cat lovers.  Get ready to learn a bit about old England and Charles Dickens.  Authors Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright take you on an adventure you will surely remember.  Get your dictionary ready and be sure to use the glossary as you become introduced to words from a different time period.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hi Everyone, Hope you are all enjoying these first few days of vacation! I have been sitting out on my deck in the sunshine every moment I can - and reading A Series of Unfortunate Events! These books - there are 13 in the series - have been around for a while, and I have to admit that I wasn't too interested in them at first. It took me a long time to give them a try - but now I can't stop reading them!! I am already on book 9, The Hostile Hospital and looking forward to finding out what happens to the poor, unfortunate Baudelaire orphans and their friends, the Quagmire triplets! I'll keep you posted! Mrs. Mayhew

Monday, June 18, 2012

2nd Grade Entries

55 entries so far- and we haven't even had a full week off yet!!!
Here are a few 2nd grade students writing about the books they've read so far:

Ayla, Grade 2, SFE writes about Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant
I like when God had a kitty on his head.
I like that because it is funny!
I enjoyed it all.

Autumn, Grade 2, WLC writes about Kung Fu Panda by Katherine Hapka
I like when he does kicking and punching and fighting.  I like when he does a lot of stuff.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Small As An Elephant

      Can you imagine being left alone at a campground? That's what happened to Jack when he wakes up a campground in Maine and his mother is gone, along with her tent and the rental car. Naturally, I assumed Jack would notify the police. However, he doesn't do this. Why doesn't Jack do anything? What is going to do in Maine with only $14 in his pocket and no idea where his mother went? Read Small As an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

When Life Gives You O.J. by Erica Perl

  We've heard of the saying 'when life gives you lemons, make lemonade' but when life gives you O.J.?
Zelly follows her grandfather's advice and tries to show her parents that she's responsible enough to take care of a dog.  She doesn't realize how hard it is, when she has to do it by pretending that an empty juice container is a dog.  What will people say when she 'walks' or drags her so-called dog down the street? 
   I really liked Ace, the grandfather and all his Yiddish sayings.  I think you'll get a kick out of him, too.  It's definitely summer reading material.

Friday, June 15, 2012

About Fifteen Readers Responded Today!

I am feeling really great about the kids in Burrillville and the reading that they're doing so far.Here are twoentries submitted this week.
Serena, WLC, Grade 4, read  Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood
     My favorite character in the book I read this summer is Glory. I would use brave to discribe her. I used brave because in the book she wrote an article to the newspaper and even though her friend Frankie was against her, she did not agree with him just because they were friends, Glory just wanted segregation to stop so the community pool would open back up.

Zachary G, SFE, Grade 4, read I Survived Hurricane Katrina by Lauren Tarshis  

     My favorite part of the book was when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans because the water from the hurricane came inside Barry's house and flooded it. That was also my favorite part because it showed me how powerful a hurricane can be and how much damage it can cause. My least favorite part was when Barry's little sister was sick because i never like being sick. it was also my least favorite part because the family was moving out for the hurricane and that she was sick they had to go all the way home. I really liked the book HurricaneKatrina.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Vacation Has Just Begun and Kids are Reading Up A Storm

I am so pleased to see all the entries about summer reading already.  About twenty of you have already read a book and vacation has only begun.  Here's what some kids have been reading this week:

Emily E, Grade 3, from SFE read Stink and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers by Megan McDonald writes-
My favorite charcter in the book I read was Judy. One reason why I say that is because in the book Judy tells Stink's friends the song about how he got his name. It is so funny!!! Another reason is Judy calls Stink A Human Smoke Alarm. Judy called him that because he smelled the grilled cheese burning. That name I find funny. Also, why I say that is because Judy calls Stink's sneakers Fumes. When I read THat I burst into laughter. I think that is really funny. In additon, why I say that is because in the book Judy calls Stink A Circus Freak. I think she said that because of Stink's nose. As you can see, Judy is my favorite charcter in the book I read.

Mia, Grade 5, SFE read Worst of Friends- Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the true story of an American Feud, one of the RICBA books for 2013.  She writes:
The major problem in the book is that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were friends then they split apart because of one little thing.I know because they are aguing with each other. they made up with by writing letters to each other. First John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were friends.Untill they both wanted to run things differently.For example if one them were presidents they wanted to run the goverment differently. Secound John Adams and Thomas Jefferson argued.For example Tom went out to everybody he new and said that John was a vain,suspicious,irritable,stubborn,and wrong.For another example John said that Tom was weak,confused,uniformed,and ignorant to everyone he knew. Finally when 11 years past they wrote letters to each other.For example how Tom said he had 12 grandchildren.For another example John said he had 14 grandchildren.Also they both said sorry. The summary of the story is that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson are not friends,they agued with each other,and made up when they wrote letters to each other.