Monday, March 5, 2012

My First Dinosaur Book

ABOUT THE BOOK: ROBBIE: I like this book. It is good for early readers who love dinosaurs. It includes basic facts about dinosaurs like; weight; name; height. There are also name pronunciations and pictures and diagrams. My favorite dinosaur in it is the T-Rex. Some other dinosaurs are Brachiosaurus, Velocirapters, and Triceratops.

 GET T FOR YOURSELF: Book Sellers' Website

HANNAH'S INTAKE: This book is like The Complete Book of Dinosaurs, but for younger kids. I would recommend it for children K- 3. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

AR Program at Weir Middle

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: This program counts as part of students' grades. At the beginning of each school year students take their STARS test. The STARS test gives the students a range (their reading range from the lowest point to the highest they are capable of, ex. 3.4-6.7.) Based on that range, their Language Arts teacher gives them number of points that they must achieve. Library books are marked with a sticker with the above symbol. On the inside cover of these books there is a reading level and a number of points that can be gained by reading the book. Students choose a book on their level, read it, and take a test. To pass the test they must get at least 60.00% correct. At the end of the year, the school hosts a field trip known as the BIG EVENT to students. At the BIG EVENT, four students--one from each grade--receive a trophy and a T-shirt for getting the most points in their grades. The four runners-up from each grade receive T-shirts, too. You can also earn a prize by having your name drawn. To attend, you must reach your goal 100% 3 times, and get at least 95% the 4th time. If you cheat, you are excluded.

FIND IT ON THE WEB: Weir Middle's Website

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

ABOUT THE BOOK: This book is about Scout, a little girl growing up during the Great Depression. She has many adventures throughout the story such as finding things hidden it an old gnarled tree, or going with her older brother to the home of a grouchy old lady. She meets interesting characters like Dill, a boy who is staying with his aunt. An important part of of the story is the trial because it leads to other events like fights among the characters.

WHAT I LIKED: Boo Radley; Dill; Calpurnia; and Calpurnia's church.

MY FAVORITE CHARACTER: Boo Radley. Just because he doesn't like to be seen doesn't mean he is bad or unkind. It just means that he's uncomfortable around others because of his origins. For example, he wrapped a blanket around Scout the night of the fire. He saved her and her brother from someone who tried to hurt them, and I think he was the one who left the things in the hollow tree by the schoolyard.

MY FAVORITE PART: The part when Boo wraps a blanket around Scout as she and her brother, Jem, watch the house fire. It was kind of him as he did not really know her.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: The unfairness of the trial. Tom Robinson, who is an African-American, is tried by a jury of racist white men. Even though no likes Bob Ewell, it`s him or an African-American, so of course they pick him. How much justice is in that?

CHARACTER I DIDN'T LIKE: Bob Ewell. He tried to prosecute poor Mr. Robinson for raping his daughter, but it was the other way around. Later he attacked Jem and Scout on their way home. He's an all-around mean guy.

MOM'S TAKE: I've read this book perhaps 20 times, and I still cry at the end over the fragility and sweetness of the character who takes such an interest Scout and Jem's childhood. It was a real joy finally being able to share this with Hannah. There are some serious themes, and, if you aren't comfortable talking to your child about racism, violence and rape, it's not time to share it with them yet. We had some very serious, yet necessary, conversations.

BOTTOM LINE: You should read this book. The fact that it's banned doesn't mean a single thing, and it's somthing that people need to read.

FIND IT ON THE WEB: Harper Lee fansite