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WWW Wednesdays – July 11, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

Stay Close by Harlan Coben

– What I’m currently reading
I finished Dolores Clairborne last night so tonight I’ll be starting the brand new Harlan Coben, Stay Close. I’ve read a couple of his books before (my favorite was Tell No One) and I have to read this one for my July book club. I’m not sure I need another book that keeps me up at night at this point (see below).

 – What I recently finished reading
Dolores Clairborne by Stephen King. King really knows how to make his readers turn page after page, without being able to put the book down. This book is written as a long monologue by Dolores Clairborne, without a single break (no chapters, no spaced paragraphs). I lost a few hours of sleep reading this book because I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. It all wraps up very nicely and you can’t help but root for Dolores Clairborne. What a character! 
 
– What I think I’ll read next
Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod. Steph at Smile, Kiddo recommended I read it so I took on her advice and finally got it from the library. I also just found out I’ve got a whole bunch of books that arrived at the library and I can’t wait to go get them!
 
My kids’ bookshelf

Mars needs moms by Berkeley BreathedWhat they’re currently reading
Mars needs moms! by Berkeley Breathed. We LOVE this book! A disgruntled boy doesn’t see what his mom is good for, except feeding him broccoli and making him do chores. When Martians kidnap her and take her back to their planet, he realizes how much he loves her and tries to get her back. But in the end, his mom is the one sacrificing herself to save his life. My kids felt a little anxious when the mom took off her helmet to put it on her son’s head and she ran out of air, but I think it made them realize how far a mom will go for her child.
The Barking Mouse by Antonio Sacre. A Spanish-speaking mouse family enjoys their picnic but when a hungry cat shows up, they can’t figure out how to chase him away. Mother mouse saves the day by demonstrating her ability to speak another language (BARK!). This is a great lesson about the usefulness of speaking several languages and I even got to practice some Spanish while reading this Cuban folkore inspired story.
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Little Pea hates eating the main course for dinner, which happens to be candy every day. But his parents won’t let him have his spinach dessert until he cleans his plate. Hilarious!

The boy who lived with sealsWhat they recently finished reading
–  The Boy Who Lived With the Seals by Rafe Martin. This Native American story is so well told that my five-year old asked me if it was a strue story. A boy gets lots on his way back to the tribe and disappears. A year later his parents find him swimming with seals and try to return him to the tribe but his behavior is quite unusual and re-adaptation proves to be difficult.
Mr Putter & Tabby Take the Train by Cynthia Rylant. Mr Putter and Mrs Teaberry try to take Tabby and Zeke on a train ride, but when they’re told no pets are allowed on the train, they find creative ways to get around the rule.
Mr Putter & Tabby Feed the Fish by Cynthia Rylant. Mr Putter decides to adopt a few goldfish but Tabby and her twitching tail can’t handle the new stimulation. Poor Tabby can’t stop batting the fishbowl. Bat. Bat. Bat. oh, what to do with the fish? I love Tabby’s fish eyes! No matter how many times we read the Mr Putter & Tabby books, we can’t get tired of them.

– What I think they’ll read next
I have no idea! What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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WWW Wednesdays – July 4, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

So I’m a day late writing this update, but I have my reasons. You see, yesterday I was busy driving back from the beautiful mountains of Idyllwild, California. I then took my oldest to our town’s little party zone and finished the day enjoying the Fourth of July fireworks. The best part? My five-year old slept in until 8am and my four-year old until 9. It felt good for all of us to catch up on some sleep in our own beds after being away from home for a week.

My bookshelf

Dolores Clairborne by Stephen King

Dolores Clairborne by Stephen King

– What I’m currently reading

Dolores Clairborne by Stephen King. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors and I still have many of his novels to read. I thought the summer is the perfect time to indulge. 
 
– What I recently finished reading
The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller. This is a WONDERFUL book written by a 6th-grade teacher who shares her experience to spread her love of reading to her students, no matter their reading level or literary genre interest. Over the years, she really shifted the paradigm of language arts/English literature teaching in her classroom. I loved to see a teacher more interested in making sure her students read every single day a book of their choice, rather than force them to read something they didn’t enjoy and never find pleasure in reading. Her major point is, if students become avid readers, they’ll be better students and will do great on standardized tests. So she spends tons of time letting the kids read in her classroom, and very little cramming for the tests. She asks her students to read 50 books in the school year, and most of them do it! Unfortunately, this teacher is the black sheep in our school system and I think many teachers (and parents) would benefit from reading this book to understand what really matters to give students the skills they need to be successful in life.
 
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. For chick lit, I thought this book was pretty good and I like how the characters were developed. Each of the girl has a very different personality and mindset and it was nice to see how each experience marked them that summer. I’ll definitely read the next books to see what happens, especially since the last one just came out, skipping a whole 10 years of their lives.
 
 – What I think I’ll read next
I think I have a couple of books waiting for me at the library, so I’ll have to decide which one to read first when I’m done with Dolores Clairborne.
 
My kids’ bookshelf

The Last Basselope by Berkeley BreathedWhat they’re currently reading
The Last Basselope: One Ferocious Story by Berkeley Breathed. Hoping to make a great discovery and find the legendary, ferocious Basselope, Opus the penguin leads his friends into the forest. What they find is quite different from what they expected. My kids love this book and I do too!

Little Horse by Betsy Byars. I haven’t personally read this book but my five-year old read it all on his own and stayed up late while on vacation because he couldn’t put it down until the last page. Unfortunately, this book ends in a cliffhanger! Poor little guy, I hate it when it happens to me too. Fortunately, we have the sequel at home and I hope he gets to read it on his own before the end of this week. He’s turning into an avid reader like me, choosing reading over sleeping. Is this a good or a bad thing? I wonder…

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper. Believe it or not, I’d never read this story until this past week. My kids had an interesting reaction to the trains’ behavior. They were more shocked by the trains’ ongoing refusal to help out a stranded load than impressed by the little engine doing the right thing. Hopefully this lesson will sink in with them and we’ll read this book a few times again before returning it to the library.

Gregory the terrible eaterWhat they recently finished reading
Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat. Poor Gregory, he’s such a picky eater. He only likes healthy food, but his parent goats want him to eat real goat food, like old shoes and rubber tires. The doctor goat advises his parents to start introducing new foods slowly, so Gregory will get used to them. Unfortunately it works too well and Gregory then can’t stop eating junk food! My kids love this story about new eating habits and what it takes to eat a balanced diet, no matter who you are.

Snow by Uri Shulevitz. Snowflakes slowly come down and everyone ignores them except for one boy who thinks the whole town will end up coated in white. It does feel weird to read a book about snow in July, but the illustrations are beautiful with a strong Eastern European feel.

– What I think they’ll read next
I have no idea! What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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