Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea

I just finished reading The Templeton Twins Have an Idea. This book was very different than most children's books I have read. Although it wasn't very long, and had many illustrations you really had to pay attention to figure out what what going on. The narrator in the story has a very "dry" sense of humor. Who knows what that means? This book made me chuckle several times, and made me think of a few of my students last year who would have really enjoyed the format.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel doesn't like change.  He's a bit afraid of change.  If you're going to Callahan or Steere Farm School for the first time this fall, you might understand how Scaredy Squirrel feels.  This short, quick book will ease your worries and make you realize that sometimes changes can be a good thing!!

Monday, August 12, 2013

What Are Boys Reading?

Here's what a few boys have to say about books they've read this summer.  Keep on reading.  School will be starting in a few weeks. we'll see you then!

Ryan H, Grade 5, WLC read one of the RICBA best books of 2014- Dogs on Duty by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent 

My favorite character is Stubby. He is a guard dog during World War I. He also carried messages from the front. Stubby was a brave and loyal. He caught a German soldier by the pants, when he tried to sneak into camp. He also would lie down next to the injured soldiers to comfort them and bark when he found the wounded.

Landon P., Grade 4, WLC read Horrible Harry and the Mud Gremlins by Suzy Kline

My favorite part in the book is that when Harry and his friends crawl under the fence and they go see the mushrooms. I like this part because I like sneaking out because I just like to be sneaky. I like when the teacher does not see them going over to the other side of 
the fence.

Noah D., Grade 2, SFE read There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback

My favorite part of the book was when the old lady swallowed a horse and died. This part is funny because people cannot swallow a horse. My least favorite part was when the old lady swallowed the fly. This part was not very exciting.

Ryan B., Grade 5, SFE read an RICBA 2014 nominee- Wonder by R.J. Palacio

My favorite character in the book Wonder is August. He is my favorite character because he has a cleft palate and he doesn't care what anybody else thinks.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

What Have You Been Reading?

Here are some of what girls have been reading lately.  Tomorrow I will select some boy choices.  Off to the beach to read a good book!!!

Nina A, Grade 4, WLC read Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez *****

My favorite part of the book is when the main character in the book(Lina) is playing volleyball and she hits the ball so hard, she knocks someone out! I like that part because it is full of action! My least favorite part of the book is when Lina tells us why her mom dies. I don't like that because it is sad. :( 

Emma M., Grade 3, SFE read Judy Moody Gets Famous by Megan McDonald****

My favorite part of the book was when Mouse won the famous pet contest. It was my favorite part because he won the contest by making toast with his tail. My least favorite part of the book was when Judy Moody accidentally stepped on Frank's foot and had to go to the hospital. It's my least favorite part of the book because I didn't like to see Frank get hurt.

Allie S, Grade 4, WLC read Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han****

I read the book “Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream” by Jenny Han. My favorite character in this book is Clara Lee. The reason she is my favorite character is because she was determined. She was determined because she wanted to WIN “Miss. Apple Pie Dream”. Even when she had to make a speech, about why her town is special, she made sure she had a perfect speech and kept practicing it. I liked this book because it reminded me about when I was determined to get better at cheerleading.

Friday, August 2, 2013


Have you ever done something without really thinking it through...and later regretted it? In the story Ungifted the main character, Donovan, constantly makes bad choices and is always winding up in trouble. One day he makes his biggest mistake yet, but due to the school superintendent's error, Donovan winds up in the Gifted program rather than detention. In order to avoid getting caught for his latest prank, Donovan has to try and make it in his new school and keep up with his braniac classmates. Will he be found out?