Sunday, June 30, 2013

bookaday 7: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

So there's been a bit of a gap in my #bookaday attempt, but yesterday was my first official day of summer holidays, so let's consider my earlier blog entries to be appetizers before the summer feast!

Yesterday was an All About Me day.  Between naps and shopping, I pulled a book off the shelf and got to reading.  My first selection of summer?  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

This is an underdog story about an aboriginal teen from the Spokane reserve who makes the decision to attend school off the reserve and struggles with his identity as he straddles two worlds.  Written with humour and stark honesty, I think this book would be a hit with any teenager.  I caught a tiny bit of a CBC radio program while driving around the other day and this book was being used as a class text (high school? university?  I'm not sure).  I think this book would be a great addition to a course syllabus, or great for a young adult book club.  (It's a National Book Award winner, so clearly I'm not the only one who thinks it's amazing!)

Four out of five stars for this one.  Beautiful language and creative illustrations.  (I'm holding back one star because the sports glory stories--this time it's basketball--are always a little bit corny for me.)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

#bookaday 6: Memoirs of a Goldfish

I've slacked for a few days.  Report cards, and then a weekend mini-cation, and then report cards got in the way.  This #bookaday is actually from yesterday.  I read Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian aloud to my Grade 1 class before we began writing our own memoirs on our year together.

My students thought it was HILARIOUS.  (And I have to say, about half the jokes went right over their heads!)  They especially loved the last page ("Ew!  They're dating!").

A solid 4-star book.  A quick google search shows that there are plenty of ideas out there for how to use this one in the classroom!

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

#bookaday 5: Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping

I love Mélanie Watt.  So does every Grade One student I know.  I've just updated myself on Scaredy Squirrel's latest adventure, Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping and now I've got some great ideas for using this text to review many text forms we covered this school year --from maps to charts to labelled diagrams to procedural texts!

Leaving this one out on my dining room table to lesson plan for next week!  FIVE out of FIVE *S*T*A*R*s!

Monday, June 03, 2013

#bookaday 4: Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School

A few books came from amazon today!  In the package was Marshall Armstrong Is New To Our School by David Mackintosh.  Gorgeous artwork and a quirky main character--seems what I look for in a novel is pretty much the same as what I look for in a picture book!

I'll be pulling this one out early next school year to talk about building friendships and finding out that we have things in common with people who may seem very different than us.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

#bookaday Day 3: The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas

Who doesn't love a good fractured fairy tale?  I just read this one aloud to my husband (my prince) in the kitchen (our favourite place in our palace)!

This takes the Princess and The Pea and gives it a bit of girl power.  Best lines....
"But I'm not a real princess."  
"You'll be an UNREAL princess!"

Four out of five...only 'cause there's room for a little more girl power. ;)

A crafty choice for #bookaday 2

I've chosen a book to browse for today's #bookaday selection. It's called Essential Crochet and it's a volume of 30 crochet patterns with some tips and techniques mixed in. I bought it for $1.00 at a book sale and I already got my money's worth: inside the front cover, someone has oh-so-helpfully written, "very interesting and unique." I love other people's marginalia...that's at least half the entertainment of a second-hand book!

I found a great pattern in here for a scarf with a zillion non-functional buttons. It seems to use crochet scraps: can't wait to try it!