Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Multicultural Picture Book

There are many things to watch out for when selecting muticultural books. First off was the author someone from the culture that the book is based on. I was quite supprices by how many multicultural books are written by authors not of the culture being repersented.

Thursday, June 15, 2006


I was afraid to read this story at first after hearing fellow classmate talk about some of the more graphic parts of this book. I did read it and am happy that I did, it is well written. It is an important story to read to students as to help them understand North American history, and humanity. The power of education definitely rings out loud and clear through this book by Gary Paulson. The tone of this novel is definitely different from his books the Hatchet and The River, even though many of the plot mechanics are similar in nature/pace. While I had originally been worried about the graphic descriptions of the physical injuries that Nightjohn and others characters had faced what came across most was the non-physical injuries inflicted on these characters and the strength that it took to over come it all.

I find it ironic that in the novel Nightjohn uses phonics for teach little Sarny to read after having classes that were against phonics.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The River

Gary Paulsen does do a great job in writing this sequel to his novel the Hatchet. The River can be read on its own or following the Hatchet. I personally prefer the Hatchet as it is more interesting to me to here of the struggles that Brian has a novice to the real wilderness.

The River explores how humans learn and process information and while the protagonist Brian does have new circumstances to deal with Paulsen just to seem to bring the emotion through more vividly in the first book.

I still think students would enjoy reading The River. I think that this book might be useful for helping intermediate students that need to learn more about responsibility and the work that goes into caring for another human being. This book would be a great starting point for class and group discussions about numerous topics including but not limited to: responsibility, survival, caring for others, resourcefulness, creativity, multiple intelligences and so much more.

Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes

He is a magical author and will have you rolling with laughter with his new spin on the old fashion fairy tales. Believe me you will never look at Cinderella or Goldilocks the same way again. This has long been one of my childhood favourite books. It is not suitable for the primary grades, but the intermediate grades will love it.

For my READ ALOUD, I read Dahl's version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. You have to be careful with the pace at which you read it out loud, but I feel that this is an excellent book to be read out loud. The students can make their own mental image of what is happening in the story. There are some colourful pictures by illustrator Quentin Blake, but due to the book's small size it can be hard to let a large class have a good look at them. I highly recommend reading this book.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Author Andrew Clements did an excellent job of writing Frindle. This book is a hit with student. Clements brings a great playfulness to this work, but not only that as students can learn dictionary skills from this book as well. Besides dictionary skills students learn how their voice does matter and that one person can really make a difference. The students of the story and your students will learn how sometime things can take on a life of their own. The pen opps, I mean the 'frindle' will never be the same again.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Owls in the Family

Owls in the Family is considered a grade 4 reading level book. (It is a high interest book and good to link to Social Studies lessons on Canada as the setting is in Saskatchewan.) It is based on two pre teen boys who are fascinated with Owls and keep two as pets. The boys and owls learn form each other. The community as a whole learns from the experiences as well. Themes that run though this book are respect, loyalty, growing up, and courage. It is an excellent book, well worth reading at any age.

Thank you for the feedback!

I just want to thank Cathy, Maize, Sue and Graham for taking to time to look over my blog. I appreciate your comments. I hope my new posting is to your liking. I plan to post other books that boys may like, I hope that they might appeal to you too. Good luck in your teaching careers! Shae

Thursday, January 19, 2006

The Tripod Trilogy

The Tripod Trilogy is an excellent collection of teen science fiction books written by John Christopher. The basic story is about three boys who learn about self advocacy in the face of overwhelming odds. The boys become great friends and learn that persistence pays off. A great read, highly recommended for ages 12 and up.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Charlotte's Web

Chalotte's Web is a wonderful children's book that examins the contrubitions that all have to make. May you be a human, pig, rat or spider; there is something special about you and something that you can do for others. It is a respectively an easy book for children to read and is a story that presents some of the realities of life. Children so need to learn that life is not all sugar coated and this is one of the safer enviorments for them to learn it in. This book is generally considered a grade 3 reading level book.