Monday, October 26, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
A Pioneer Thanksgiving Barbara Greenwood
A Thanksgiving Turkey Scheer (4.4)
Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey Herman Parish (3.2)
An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving Louisa May Alcott (4.7)
Duck for Turkey Day Jacqueline Jules (2.6)
Give Thanks to the Lord Karma Wilson
Gus, the Pilgrim Turkey Teresa Bateman
Happy Thanksgiving Emily Claire Masural (1.4)
Henry and Mudge Under the Yellow Moon Cynthia Rylant (2.3)
I Am the Turkey Michele Spirn (2.0)
I’m No Turkey Hans Wilhelm
In November Cynthia Rylant (2.6)
It’s Thanksgiving Jack Prelutsky
Let’s Be Thankful P.K. Hallinan
Let’s Celebrate Thanksgiving Connie and Peter Roop (4.9)
Mary's First Thanksgiving Kathy-Jo Wargin
Molly's Pilgrim Barbara Cohen (3.0)
My Thanksgiving Jennifer Gillis (1.4)
Nana's Sweet Potato Pie Gracie Porter (2.0)
Off to Plymouth Rock Dandi Daley Mackall (1.8)
One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims B.G. Hennessy
One Is a Feast for Mouse Judy Cox (3.6)
P is for Pilgrim Carol Crain (6.0)
P is for Pumpkin Kathy-Jo Wargin
Rabbit Ears Holiday Stories, Volume I
Saying Grace: A Prayer of Thanksgiving Virginia Kroll
Setting the Turkeys Free Lisa Nikola (1.8)
Squanto and the First Thanksgiving Teresa Celsi (2.5)
Squanto’s Journey Joseph Bruchac (4.2)
T is for Turkey Tanya Stone
Ten Fat Turkeys Tony Johnston
Thanksgiving, What Makes It Special Harold Myra (2.9)
Thanksgiving With Me Margaret Willey (3.0)
Thank You Thanksgiving David Milgram
The Amazing Turkey Rescue Steve Metzger
The Best Thanksgiving Ever Teddy Slater
The First Thanksgiving Whitehurst (5.0)
The Great Turkey Race Steve Metzger
The Night Before Thanksgiving Natasha Wing
The Peterkins Thanksgiving Elizabeth Spurr (4.4)
The Silly Turkey Party Steve Metzger
The Thanksgiving Door Debby Atwell (2.9)
The Thanksgiving Train Richard Stein (3.6)
The Turkey Surprise Peggy Archer (2.9)
The Very First Thanksgiving Day Rhonda Gowler Greene
This Is the Turkey Abby Levine
This First Thanksgiving Day Laura Melmed
Thank You For Thanksgiving Dandi Daley Mackall
Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving Laurie Halse Faulkner (3.7)
Thanksgiving: A Harvest Celebration Julie Stiegemeyer (4.4)
Thanksgiving at the Tappleton's Eileen Spinelli (3.2)
Thanksgiving Day Anne Rockwell (3.3)
Thanksgiving Day at Our House Nancy Carlstrom (3.2)
Thanksgiving in the White House Gary Hines (3.9)
Thanksgiving is Here Diane Goode
Thanksgiving Mice Bethany Roberts (1.3)
Thanksgiving on Thursday Mary Pope Osborne
Thanksgiving Rules Friedman (3.1)
Thanksgiving Turkey Trouble Abby Klein (3.1)
Today is Thanksgiving P.K. Hallinan
Turkey Bowl Phil Bildner (4.8)
Turkey Trouble Wendi Silvano
Who Will Carve the Turkey Jerry Pallotta
Friday, October 16, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
- Do you have a bad case of digging your heels into the ground?
- Do you mutter "No, God, you have got to be kidding me?" several times a day?
- Have you tried reasoning with God?
- Have you made a list of pros and cons of something He's asked you to do?
- Have you ever reminded God that you've already had this conversation and your answer hasn't changed?
- Have you ever thought about how patient and long-suffering God is when you realize if your children talked to you the way you talk to God they would have been disciplined a long time ago?
If you have experienced one or more of these symptoms you have suffered from Jonah-itis. Remember the fool who thought he could get out of doing what God had planned for him? Remember the one that still didn't get the memo after a raging storm stopped the instant his feet hit the water? And the same one that was still complaining after a large aquatic mammal spit him out of his gullet?
What is the cure? Read Jeremiah 29:11 and bend your knees clear to the floor in a consistent basis for days on end. Die to self and know that He has you in the palm of His hand. Wake up, realize it wasn't a bad dream and do it all over again. Repeat.
God gently chuckles and tousles your hair and says "Come along, my dear one, this is no longer a topic of discussion. It is now a topic of action. Move it from your Things-I'm-Not-Interested-in-Doing-Right-Now-Or-Maybe-Ever list to your To-Do list."
Jonah-itis is painful. Heartaches and dropped dreams painful. And messy. Snot and tears messy.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The following fall, Sahara is in class with her favorite cousin but also with a nasty boy named Darrel, whom she was in class with last year. One person who didn't return to this classroom was Sahara's old teacher who is replaced by Miss Pointy. Miss Pointy is unlike any teacher Sahara has ever met, both in looks and in personality.
What follows is the account of a girl on the brink of falling through the cracks and how a teacher who cares about the students, who refuses to accept labels or past performance as excuses, can encourage a student to dig deep and find out what they are about. It's about a girl who, when someone is truly invested in her and makes her take responsibility for her own actions, can discover that what she is hiding is truly her best gift of all.
Sahara Special will make you laugh out loud and make you fall in love with each character in this inner-city Chicago classroom.
Ages: The publisher suggests ages 8-12, however I would not allow a child to read this without supervision and discussion. There are several instances of bad language and home situations that would need to be discussed. In light of that I would suggest no younger that 11 or 12 and again, I would suggest discussion. As always, pre-read any books that you allow your child to read.
Rating: I would love to give this book 5 stars but because of the language I'm going to have to resort to 3.5.
Audience: Any child but especially your intervention students. This is a must-buy for any 5th grade-9th grade teacher.
Disclaimer: I personally strongly recommend that every parent pre-read any book their child reads and decide for your family what is appropriate and what is not. It is my opinion that it is better to discuss tough subjects than to pretend they don't exist. So don't stray away from topics you wish didn't have to discuss with your children. For more information and other reviews on this book and others as well as video games and television shows please visit Common Sense Media. For information and reviews on movies please visit PluggedInOnline. Feel free to post your opinions here, you are allowed to disagree but you are not allowed to be disrespectful.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Your beautifully wrapped present waits for its recipient to lovingly unwrap it. You watch and hope they like it. They take it out of the package, examine it quickly and put it to the side, you think might have heard a meager "thank you" but you can't be sure. The recipient is already on to the next package and when their enormous pile of gifts has been opened they say "What else is there? I didn't get exactly what I wanted. I asked for a pink whatchamajig."
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
By Saturday at three
my clone had made another clone.
They both looked just like me.
They walked like me and talked like me
and acted like me too.
They wore my clothes and used my stuff
and did the things I do.
But worst of all they made more clones
who then made even more,
and soon my house was overrun
and I was getting sore.
They wouldn't do my laundry,
clean my room, or make my bed.
They wouldn't wash the dishes
or do anything I said.
Instead they sat and watched TV
and played computer games.
They ate up all my favorite snacks
and called each other names.
And now they like to stay up late
and keep me wide awake.
My life is wreck but, still, I hope
you'll learn from my mistake.
Don't ever try to clone yourself.
But, if you ever do,
you'd better hope your clones are not
exactly just like you.
Kenn Nesbitt, My Hippo Has the Hiccups and Other Poems I Totally Made Up