What Are You Reading?

The Little Princess

This week, I read “The Little Princess” by Francis Hodgson Burnett.  I chose this book because I had always loved the story and movie and wanted to read the book.  It is on my list of Top 100 Children’s Novels so I thought it was fitting. It is a story of a young girl named Sara that has a wild imagination.  Her father is in the military and so she is sent to boarding school at a young age.  This is a heartbreaking but beautiful story.  I think that this story would give young kids the motivation to be strong and resilient.  At this boarding school she goes from being treated like a princess to being treated as a slave.  This is a definite must reed to anybody that wants their heart to be confused.

This book is an old classic book to me.  It is another one of those books that hits hard to your heart.  It is funny and witty at times, but it is so so sad.  Francis Hodgson Burnett created a beautiful world and a beautiful girl.  The story of this book is written more for upper elementary aged children, possibly even middle school ( in my opinion) but I also think it would be a great book to be read aloud to middle elementary aged students.

Please read this book, it is phenomenal.

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The Importance of Reading

Reading is and always will be addictive.

Many children in this younger generation don’t know the feeling of cracking open an old book and reading in solitude.  I’m not saying that they don’t read, but electronics have changed their worlds.  Trust me, I have a Kindle and I read on it every night, but I go through book withdrawals. The feeling of holding an actual, real life book.  Reading a book on an electronic device is great, but it isn’t the same as reading a smelly book.  I hope that children can still enjoy that sensation. That “can’t fall asleep because I only have one…or maybe five more chapters left to read” or that feeling of dozing off and dropping your book and losing your place. But what is even better than that is very carefully, slowly, and meticulously, picking up said book to the exact spot you stopped at.  That orders in a good night of sleep.

Another issue that I have seen is teachers that use reading as a punishment.  What makes a person hate something more than being told you have to do it?  Children are highly impressionable and if we can teach them how important (and fun) reading is, then they will see that it is.

Reading is healthy.  In many more ways than one.  And I sadly see children scoffing at the mere sight of a book.  No, not everybody is going to love to read. But it is a natural and healthy habit that if we can positively instill it into our students, we can be proud that we likely changed at least one child’s opinion on reading.

Even if you don’t love to read, never discourage children from reading!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

So many holes…

Last week, I read “Holes” by Louis Sachar.  I chose this book because I am starting in on my “Top 100 Children’s Novels” and it was on the beginning of the list. I had already read numbers one through four and the fifth book (“From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler”) was already checked out from my public library.  So I resorted to number six.  “Holes” is a great book. I had seen the movie when I was younger and so I was afraid that the book would be ruined for me but it wasn’t.  I enjoy the way that Sachar wrote the book.  It is about a young boy named Stanley Yelnats (very comical) that runs into trouble with the law and is sent to a camp called “Camp Green Lake”.  To build character, the young boys are forced to dig holes every day.  Although this book was tiring and hit on a realistic situation, it was funny.  The names of the characters and the descriptions were fun.

This book is a must read. Even if you have already watched the movie, pick up the book and read it.

It’s Monday! What are You Reading??

What I read was…

Last week, I read “Amber Brown Goes Fourth” by Paula Danzinger  This is a series of books about a young girl named Amber Brown.  In this specific book, Amber Brown is in fourth grade.  She is struggling with many emotional issues and dreads the new school year.  The book is from Amber’s perspective, so it is relatable to children.  It is a very comical book, as Amber Brown is a bit of a class clown.
I thought this book was great.  It hit some hard notes (emotionally) but it played well at diffusing the uncomfortable situations that Amber was going through.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and would have loved them as a kid.  An easy read, short novel but fun and yet realistic!!  I would definitely reccomend this book!

Thursday Blog: Teaser Tuesday (Sort of!)

Teaser Tuesday

For my meme assignment this week I chose a new one and posted in the meme called “Teaser Tuesday” from A Daily Rhythm.  I really enjoyed this meme!! I think I will find myself looking up some of the books that are suggested.  The idea of this meme is to post a sentence teaser about a book you are reading and try to entice others to read the book!!  I would have written from a children’s book but I am in between books right now and haven’t had a chance to get to the library to get my new stack of books! So I chose to write about a book I am reading for leisure.  I recently dug up my old copy of “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving and started reading it.  I found a sentence that I knew would hook at least one person if they read it.

“I hung back on the threshold of this awkwardness, keeping an eye on the ominous shopping bag, imagining that it had moved, a little-or that a mystery pet would suddenly materialize beside it and either eat, or be eaten by, the contents of the bag.”

Such a curious sentence!!

My Reading Plan

And so it begins!

Last week I made known that I am a “read only inside my comfort zone” kind of reader.  As I’ve brainstormed this week to determine my reading plan, I realized this: what better of an opportunity am I going to find to broaden myself as a reader?  I plan to read back through my classmates’ blogs and get book ideas from them.  Any suggestions are welcome!  I am beginning to think that if I read a little bit of everything in this class, when it comes to reading books for myself, I may be more apt to read out of my comfort zone.

The second part of my reading plan is to complete the 100 Top Children’s Novels.  To be perfectly honest, I am actually overly excited to accomplish this.  I have always been partial to novels and expanding my repertoire of literature will help me when I do become a teacher.  Knowing the books that my students are reading will not just benefit me, but also them.

The third and final part of my reading plan is to become much better at putting books on Goodreads.  I love that app but I have a hard time remembering to put a book on it.  I generally read the book first and then put it on there, but I don’t always remember by the end of the book.

So, here I go.  I have listed my intentions and I am putting them to work.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Bridge to Terabithia

This week, I read a book a wonderful Newbery Award winner that will make any person’s imagination run wild.  I read “Bridge to Terabithia” written by Katherine Patterson.  This book won the Newbery Award in 1978.  It is about a young  boy named Jesse who happens to be a great artist.  Jesse meets a girl at school named Leslie.  They become great friends and create an imaginary world together.  They call it Terabithia and it is much like a kingdom.  I won’t spoil the ending, because I strongly encourage you all to read it.  This world that they create is fabulously detailed and creative down to the imaginary leaves and twigs.

I read this book when I was a young kid and I loved it.  When I realized that it made the Newbery Award list, I was determined to find it and read it again.  It was long enough ago when I read this book, that when I re-read it this week it was surprising to read it.  Reading a book that the plot is literally based on imagination makes a person’s imagination work.  This book reminds me so much of my childhood. I, like Jesse, grew up on a farm and had so much open room to create new “worlds” in.  Being able to relate to this book made it even more enjoyable to me.  I found myself indulging into this book and letting this Terabithian world take over my imagination.  And that… is what makes an amazing books. I’m an adult, and I was positively addicted to this book and its imaginary world.