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jdowney

jdowney

Joined August 2022

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His house was not very zippy or cool, but it was very safe.

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This would be fun to do retelling with. Also, comparing and contrasting different adaptations.

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Another adaptation of the three little pigs story. This version takes a fun spin on the traditional story. Taking place in outer space, three little aliens go on their way to find a planet of their own. It holds onto the themes and similarities of the original story.

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They offered him tea and strawberries and wolfberries, and asked him to stay with them as long as he wished

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This is a funny and different version of the story. It would be good to use when exploring different fairytales.

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This version of the traditional story totally flips the characters around. In this version the pig is the villain. The wolves go out on their own and make their different houses which the pig destroys. Eventually they make a house that pig enjoys, and they become friends.

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The Mitten | Jan Brett

But what animal would argue with a bear?

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The Mitten | Jan Brett

I love the illustrations in this book. The way they depict winter and the different animals is so chilly and cozy at the same time.

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The Mitten | Jan Brett
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A little boy has his grandmother make him white mittens. She warned her grandson that he may loose them in the snow. He goes out to play and drops the mitten in the snow. Different animals come along and find comfort and warmth in the mitten.

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If cheeseburgers were cute, folks would probably think you were big and bad too

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Having different variations of a story is fun. It is also important to children to see how literature can change and adapt.

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A different take on the classic story. This story is told from the perspective of the wolf. The wild tells his perspective and says this is the true story. Wolf was making a cake for grandmother, and needed a cups of sugar.

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The Ugly Duckling | Jerry Pinkney

The lilacs bent their boughs down to the water before him and the bright sun was warm and cheering

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The Ugly Duckling | Jerry Pinkney

This is an important message that we shouldn‘t judge a book by its cover. It is also important for children to know it is okay to be different and you are still important.

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The Ugly Duckling | Jerry Pinkney
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A mother duck lays her eggs and notices that one of her eggs looks different than the others, but she treats it just the same. All of the other ducklings hatch, and the largest egg hatches last. When the duck hatches, it comes out looking different than the others. As they go towards the water, other ducks make comments about the different duckling.

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The Lion and the Mouse | Aesop, Jerry Pinkney

Fortunately the lion was feeling generous so he let the mouse escape from him

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The Lion and the Mouse | Aesop, Jerry Pinkney

I love Aesop fables because they teach important themes in ways that children have to determine it on their own.

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The Lion and the Mouse | Aesop, Jerry Pinkney
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Mouse and Lion tells a story about kindness and how showing someone grace and kindness can help you in the future. Lion let mouse free, and later Mouse came and helped to set Lion free to get away from the poachers.

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The Raven Mother | Hetxwms Gyetxw Brett D. Huson

Like the Gitxsan people,the ravens look after one another and help each other raise their young.

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The Raven Mother | Hetxwms Gyetxw Brett D. Huson

This book could start a study on different Indigenous people‘s, which is something important for us all to learn about.

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The Raven Mother | Hetxwms Gyetxw Brett D. Huson
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A book about ravens and their importance in the ecosystem and the food chain. It connects ravens and their importance to the Gitxsan People in British Columbia. It gives facts about ravens as well as information about ecology and ecosystems.

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Mushroom Rain | Laura K. Zimmermann

Droplets fall, strange blooms spring up, after a mushroom rain

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Mushroom Rain | Laura K. Zimmermann

Gives facts about mushrooms that people probably do not know, as well as proving activities you can do with mushrooms.

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Mushroom Rain | Laura K. Zimmermann
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All about mushrooms and how they appear after the rain, and how they continue to be present, even when they may not seem like it. Talks about different kinds of mushrooms. There are more mushrooms than we know. It gives different perspectives from the sky to the ground.

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On some nights, billions of dinoflagellates can cause the ocean to sparkle with each wave.

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This book is so cool and I think would be excellent for a science class or anytime to teach children about a very fascinating phenomena.

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An eye catching black cover and pages filled with illustrations that stick out on the page. This book dives into the science of bioluminescence. It tells of different creatures who use bioluminescence and how it helps them to survive.

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When days grow short, flowers fade and colors crumple to the ground…all the hiders hide.

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I like that there is a more traditional children‘s book story going on, with facts included in the circles throughout.

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A nonfiction book about how animals adapt in the winter. A story is told about how animals begin to adapt and change during the winter time. The illustrations truly encapsulate the Earth and it‘s different features, animals and more. Throughout the book it gives different facts about the different animals.

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Feet, what do I need them for when so have wings to fly?

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Frida Kahlo is one of the most famous artists, and this is a great biography telling about who she was.

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Biography of the life of Frida Kahlo. Frida was very sick and in pain for much of her life. She was very creative and expressive. Frida had a love for animals, which are a staple of many of her paintings. Frida did many things that went against what was typical of women during her time.

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Ethel asked the questions and demanded the answers for people whose paths were paved with dreams.

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I like this book because it taught me about another important and influential African American woman from history that I did not know before.

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Biography about Ethel L. Payne. She began as a young journalist who loved to write. Her teacher and mother encouraged her to write. She wrote and fought against racism and injustice. She worked on a US military base in Tokyo, Japan. She wrote about the experiences of black soldiers. Eventually she was writing at the White House.

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Catching Thoughts | Bonnie Clark

I feel very strongly towards this book because this is something that I know I struggle with, and I love the way it said to catch all these happy and true and calm thoughts. You could do a fun activity with students to create balloons of happy thoughts they can catch if they have a bad thought.

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Catching Thoughts | Bonnie Clark

I grabbed onto thoughts that were HOPEFUL and gathered up thoughts that were LOVELY

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Catching Thoughts | Bonnie Clark
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This book brings light to something that can often plague a lot of people, intrusive or unwanted thoughts. It shows the way it can feel overwhelming and horrible that it won‘t go away. It shows how you can learn to catch new thoughts. You can catch beautiful and hopeful thoughts.

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They came home covered in color

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Crayola Crayons are very relevant to elementary students. This is a fun biography to share that shows where crayons came from!

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This biography is about the inventor of Crayola Crayons. Edwin Binney wanted to change the way that children could write and color. At first he only made grey, white and black, but eventually he found the secret to creating his colored crayons. This is a good story about having and idea and sticking with it, even when it may be hard and you don‘t succeed right away.

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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker: Josephine Baker | Patricia Hruby Powell, Christian (illustrator) Robinson

Josephine sat on Mama‘s knee and sponged up that funky music through her ears, her body. Her SOUL.

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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker: Josephine Baker | Patricia Hruby Powell, Christian (illustrator) Robinson

I liked the illustrations in this book! They were very colorful and fun and flowed well with the movement and presentation of the words.

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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker: Josephine Baker | Patricia Hruby Powell, Christian (illustrator) Robinson
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Biography about Josephine Baker. Josephine Baker was the first black woman to star in a major motion picture. She was a dancer and loved to perform. It goes through the different challenges she faced to show the world her vibrant and passionate gift.

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When Stars Are Scattered | Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed

In a refugee camp, everything can change…and nothing can change. I‘m still here, so that hasn‘t changed.

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When Stars Are Scattered | Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed

My fourth graders watched a book trailer for this and were instantly intrigued. Many of them have read it already and are sharing the book with each other.

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When Stars Are Scattered | Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed
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A story of two brothers who were separated from their mother during the war in Somalia. They are living in a refugee camp. The novel goes through their time in the refugee camp as they grow and have to make decisions.

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Berry Song | Michaela Goade

The berries sing to us, glowing like little jewels.

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Berry Song | Michaela Goade

I love children‘s books that teach about different cultures and their values and traditions. I especially love books that focus on the importance of Earth and peoples connection to it