Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sneezy Saturday and Book Talk

Dumb cedar. DUMB cedar. Now on to the book stuff.

Yesterday a third grade class and I got to Skype with Kate Messner. It was so much fun. Thank you, Kate! (Like she'll ever see this but it's good to be polite out there in the cyberverse, no?) I'm in the middle of the ARC for Eye of the Storm and enjoying it. I know all the librarians in my district are tired of me sending out emails but when I noticed I was the only one with Marty McGuire in the collection I had to call upon at least some of them to rectify that situation. We got to hear a sneak peek of the next Marty in the chat. FUN!

Without meaning to I got three Amy Krause Rosenthal books from the library in one trip. They all came in at once. I am a library hold addict. Always keep it at the max and sometimes have to beg my mom or sister to put things on hold for me. ;]

This Plus That: Life's Little EquationsThis Plus That: Life's Little Equations by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think my favorite might have been "anything + sprinkles = better." Or, more importantly, "practice + practice = learning" and "practice + practice + practice = mastering." Or "chores / everyone = family." Or "good days + bad days = real life."

I have a lot of favorites.

Love the illustrations as well.

The Wonder BookThe Wonder Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So I'm going to call this poetry although it's not all, exactly. "Typical Day" asks some of the funny and unrealistic (or, realistic, depending on which meaning you are talking about) a kiddo might ask during the day and the "yes" and "no" answers they usually get.

My favorite picture was the one where all the kids are in the tree wondering about things.

I did not know that "Was it Eliot's toilet I saw?" was a palindrome. Who thinks up these things? ;]

Lovely pen and ink drawings.

Al Pha's BetAl Pha's Bet by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I didn't mean to do so many AKR books in one day. Just turned out that way. The pictures are fun, and the story is, too (the fact that there is a story and it ties together is a change from many abc books!). It just won't be my favorite abc story ever. Doesn't mean it won't be someone else's. Enjoy!

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PS I am pretty proud of myself (I know, all it took was some googling of the right keywords to get the code ... but CODING < FUN) for figuring out how to get a bit of a table of contents on my presentation pages. It's still not perfect (instead of just scrolling down to the portion of the page it opens up a new window right at that portion of the page ... but it's a start!) but I have to know that neither of the conference presentations or the webinar are probably going to go perfectly. Just prepare as best I can and be happy with that!

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