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.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

Absolutely the best book I've read in a very long time! I laughed, I cried and I remembered all the reasons I wanted to be a teacher.  You have got to read this book.  There are seven students whose lives will never be the same after they spend a year in Mr. Terupt's fifth-grade classroom.

Sidkicks by Dan Santat and Tales of a Sixth Grade Muppet by Kirk Scroggs

Cody L. SFE, entering Grade 5 submitted his favorite and least favorite part of the book. Here's what Cody says:

     My favorite part of the story was when all the superheros joined forces to stop the super villain named Dr.Havoc.Because two sidekicks were rookies so it was a great way for them to learn.Also because two superheros were fighting and they grouped up to help stop Dr.Havoc.Also my least part of the book was when the superhero named The Claw was telling his back story of why he ran away because it was boring and he ran away just because his toy number's arm broke.  He gave the book a 3 out of 5.

Remember this is one the RICBA nominees for 2013.  It is worth the read, if you like graphic novels! Here is an illustration from the book.

Tyler W., WLC, entering Grade 4 also submitted an entry about a book- one that I hadn't heard of before.  Here's what he says:

My favorite part of the book is when it shows a picture of what stunts that have been performed are unsafe:Human Cannon-Ball (Man as a cannon-ball), Anti-Gravity Boat (Magnets on feet and putting them on the back of a truck), Shooting a bee-hive with a sling-shot, and last but not least... attaching a kite to skateboard with someone on the kite.

And for the part I liked the least was when they described a little girl named Chloe. (Now you must have read the story to know what we are talking about and who Chloe is) Chloe: Creepy Doll eyes, Path from ear to mouth, Loves the Fluffleberries, Grubby hands for rubbing chocolate on prized comic books, Steel-Toe tipped dancing shoes, and then the evil cute cuddly baby voice; here is an example: Mommy Danva's spilled meatwoaf on your new pwetty dwess. (Danvers is the main character of the story)

Oh, and I don't have a least favorite part I just said it was my favorite part. Plus this is my second or third time reading this book you can get it at Barn's And Noble's. I like to read!

Tyler rated it a 4 out of 5.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Grimm Legacy

This book was at the WLC bookfair in the spring and a bunch of kids wanted me to buy it for the school. Since there seems to be a resurgence of all things fairy-tale lately, I decided to purchase a few paperback copies. I finally got to read it this weekend, since school is just about over and most books have been returned. I was pleasantly surprised. I would definitely recommend it to good readers in the 5th grade. It made the RI Teen Book Award nominees list for 2013. I can see why. I finished it in two days! Definitely worth a read- if you like magic and fairy tales. Here's one book trailer for the book by Polly Shulman.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Floors by Patrick Carman

I was almost done this boook when it hit me! Leo and Merganzer Whippet reminded me of Charlie and Willie Wonka. The characters and the crazy happenings at the Whippet Hotel reminded me of long ago, when I read about Charlie, who ended up with the golden ticket and was involved in a life-altering adventure.  You won't be disappointed when you read about the hotel that has hidden floors, robotic animals, and a pond on the roof with a duck elevator!

When this book ends, you'll be left wanting more.  Read it.  Just make sure you pay attention once you start.  There's a whole host of characters you'll need to keep straight.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

My Summer Reading Plan!

I have been working with all my classes from 1st grade to 4th to make summer reading plans this week, and I thought it would be a nice idea to make one for myself!  Here are my answers:

  • My reading goal is to read two books a week: one book written for adults and one written for kids.  I hope to read about 20 books.

  • One series I want to start is the Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan because I really loved the Percy Jackson Books.  Fantasy books are my favorite, so any recommendations for great fantasy books are always welcome!

  • I read every day for at least 15 minutes, especially in the summer.  I sit in the sun in my lawn chair in the morning and read until I'm too hot; then I go in my pool. If I like a book, I'll often read until I finish it, which is usually way longer than 15 minutes!
I am going to try to stick hard to my plan.  I saw a lot of good plans going home this week, so hopefully you all will use yours too!
Has anyone read this?  Is it good?