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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Giveaway Week Two and Bad News

Week Two Giveaway!


Hello on this happy Tuesday! I'm happy because today is a double duty day– it is my Teacher Book Talk Tuesday and the Show and Tell linky from Forever in Fifth Grade. I'm afraid my Show and Tell this week is bad news– not typical at all here on the blog, but something you must know about.

I get to start out with a congratulations to Tina B, last week's winner of our giveaway. Too Much Glue and a ten dollar Amazon card will be in the mail as soon as I hear back from her. If your name happens to be Tina B, check your email!

While last week's Too Much Glue is on it's way to becoming a classroom classic, this week's book just came out in the last few months.

The Day I Ran Away
by Holly L. Niner and Isabella Ongaro



Have you ever been so mad that you wanted to run away? I have. I think I was about five when I got the big idea to run away to my Nana's house... it made no difference that she lived three hundred miles away, I was going to walk there. I knew it was far but it wasn't the distance that made me give up the idea of walking. No, it was knowing that I'd have to walk over the Ambassador Bridge. It was the tallest bridge I knew of in my young life and it made a huge impression every time my family crossed over. Then I decided I would find someone to drive me to Nana's. The only people I could think of who knew the way, though, were my mom and dad, and since it was mom I was running away from, and dad always seemed do what my mom said, I had to abandon that idea, too. I ended up just writing Nana a letter, which I think I still have in a box in the basement.

In The Day I Ran Away, little Grace decides to run away from her mom, too. The actual story has various twists and turns– some of them quite humorous– but for me it is not the actual running away adventure that makes this book so interesting, but the clever telling as a narrative between our precocious heroine and her dad. The story is told entirely through their dialogue at bedtime, and the recounting from the daughter's perspective, with the dad's supportive responses, is really priceless. Every little kid needs a dad like this one. And every little kid needs a mom like this one, too. Grace's feelings and actions won't surprise kids, and discussion will help them understand mom's reactions, as well– a great text for teaching character point of view.



Another notable technique used in The Day I Ran Away is found in the illustrations– on the lefthand pages we see Dad putting Grace to bed and on the right we see scenes from the day. Half of the pages of the book are spent putting Grace to bed– plenty of time to dance, stretch, hang off the bed, play with the dog, and get tucked in as the story unfolds... ah, the bedtime shenanigans of young kids. Our students will again be able to relate. The reader gains more insight into the feelings and actions of the day as the illustrations on the opposing pages depict many small details that help round out the story.

I can see a variety of purposes for using The Day I Ran Away in the classroom, beyond just enjoying the book. Helping kids handle angry feelings is a good first logical choice. Everyone has moments when they'd just like to run away from the person or situation that is making them mad. Teaching how to write dialogue is another possible teaching point. Katie Wood Ray, in her book, In Words and Pictures, which I reviewed two weeks ago, lists many illustration techniques that can be used to teach the qualities of good writing. The Day I Ran Away is a great example of crafting a backstory, two sides of a physical space, and passage of time. Oh, and last but not least, like all the Flashlight Press books I'm familiar with, this one's book jacket includes an About the Author and About the Illustrator photo and blurb. These help kids feel connected to real life authors and illustrators, and teach students how to write their own author blurbs.



I just gotta say now, having reviewed over half a dozen Flashlight Press books at this point, this publisher has a terrific eye toward picture books chock full of teachable elements. The subject matter, the writing and illustration style, even the book design make each book a good mentor text to use in class. You might want to cruise their selection to see for yourself– click the image below. You can also click Flashlight Press in my search lists to the right to find my reviews.



The Day I Ran Away would be at home on any classroom shelf. We'd like to help one copy on it's way– maybe yours! Teacher Desk 6, STEM is ElementaryKindergarten: Hand in Hand We Grow and Peace, Love and Primary are helping readers win a copy of The Day I Ran Away.  And to sweeten the deal Teacher Desk 6 is throwing in an Amazon gift card of ten dollars. Follow in any of the ways listed below in the Rafflecopter, or if you already follow us, write ALREADY instead of the follower number and we'll find you in the lists. This giveaway is open through Sunday night, so tell your teacher friends. The contest is limited to U.S. addresses only I'm afraid because of international shipping costs. We'll announce the winner next week. Very Special Thanks to Flashlight Press for donating the book!

Last week I realized that some people had a difficult time subscribing to the Kidpeople Classroom YouTube channel. When you search in YouTube it is sometimes hard to find the little guys, which includes me, so I include a link on the YouTube button. When you get to my channel you will find two videos– a classroom tour for teachers and a video to use in the classroom about a bird on my head... you just gotta look at that one to understand. grin. Click to go.






And now I have to share something very important, which is the bad news of this post. I just found out, though it happened months ago, Indiana passed legislation that allows for "virtual reality" PREschool. With just 15 minutes a day on an app, four year olds will be ready for kindergarten, says Indiana. This online program is targeted to the neediest, low income kids. And it takes one million dollars of the four million dollar state preschool budget AWAY from real brick and mortar preschools. I just cannot believe it. I don't want to believe it– time in front of a screen equals a preschool experience??? SOMEone is making big bucks off our youngest, most vulnerable children, and taking away the REAL experience of a quarter of the kids who get it now. I not only fear for Indiana's children, but for all the other children who will be impacted if this bad idea spreads to other states.

I found the news on Teach Preschool. Deborah does a great job of describing the situation, and even more importantly, points out so many reasons why this is such a bad idea. As I commented on her post, how many years, millions of dollars, and missed opportunity to grow a whole child will it take for this LUDICROUS idea to GO AWAY? I have to keep faith that our country will swing back to solid thinking, implementation, and funding for education SOON. If any of you know signs of this happening, please share below. It is really hard not to be utterly dispirited over what we are doing to our children right here in the United States. It seems that throughout my long career there has always been a strong need for advocacy for our youngest kids, but our voices have never been needed as much as right NOW.



Click on the bee to read Teach Preschool's post on Indiana legislation. 


Sorry to end on this frustrating note, but I bet you'll read happier news when you click and check out what others are sharing at Forever in Fifth Grade. Thanks to Stephanie for the link-up. 



AND don't forget to check out the book reviews by my blogging friends. Their links are below. I have purchased or reserved at least a half dozen books from their linked up reviews this summer, so I thank them all again from my own happy reader heart.

So glad you stopped by. Next week I'm reviewing and giving away No More Noisy Nights–it's a new one. I left this favorite for our last giveaway. See you soon.






Monday, August 7, 2017

Giveaway Week One!

Oh, this is a very happy Teacher Book Talk Tuesday indeed because today starts our first week of giveaways!!!!

Week One Giveaway!

We are giving away three terrific books, all published and generously donated by Flashlight Press. The first one will be Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebvre, illustrated by Zac Retz– I review it below. The second week's giveaway will be The Day I Ran Away, by Holly L. Niner, illustrated by Isabella Ongaro. And the third week's giveaway will be No More Noisy Nights... this might be my favorite... again by Holly L. Niner, illustrated by Guy Wolek. Each of these books lend themselves to teaching points in the classroom, and are engaging books that your students will love simply for fun. I am so happy I get to give them away!

The lucky winner of each book will also win a $10 Amazon gift card donated by Teacher's Desk 6... who doesn't need one of those this time of year! Thanks, Angela! You can enter below on the Rafflecopter after this week's review. Now, let me tell you about this week's prize book.

Too Much Glue
by Jason Lefebvre and Zac Retz



I bet a lot of blog readers remember when this book came out with a big splash several years ago. It is the story of Matty and how he LOVES glue. When the teacher says "Glue raindrops, not puddles" OOPS, it's too late. Matty also likes doing belly flops... I bet you can imagine what happens next! 

This is a terrific book to read at the start of the year when your class is making and learning the rules for using glue. I love using books to launch discussion, and Matty's glue adventures will give your kiddos lots of opportunity to think about what to do, and what not to do, with glue. I bet you get a few text-to-self connections, as well. Good problem solving and an ever-growing refrain that is fun to read and say carries the story along.

We all have a wild glue squirter
and a wild glue squirter wannabe in our classes, don't we? 


The illustrations really make the book. They capture the feelings and humor throughout the tale in a lively way. The illustrations drew me right in, and they'll appeal to the kids, too. And, of course, like all good Flashlight Press books, there are interesting endpapers. Regular readers know I think endpapers are the BOMB! I love when they give clues and truly make the story go from cover to cover.... if I ever publish that picture book.... I mean WHEN! When I publish that picture book the endpapers are going to be terrific. Take a look at the back cover endpapers below... can you make a guess why a book about glue has endpapers featuring tape?.... hmmm.... won't the kids have fun with that small detail.

I did NOT put masking tape on the book.
That is super well illustrated masking tape
and I'm not telling why it's there. Nope.
There are many follow-up projects that can be done with Too Much Glue,  just search Pinterest. Elmer's Glue has picked up Too Much Glue as an Elmer's Teacher's Club teaching tool for all things sticky. They have several follow-up activities based on the book. Elmer's also offers a 22 page downloadable teacher's guide, Cross-Curricular Investigation of Adhesives, with activities for K-5. You can get there by clicking on the picture below. 




You can even join the Elmer's Glue Teachers Club for all sorts of free resources. One of the freebies is a 32 page STEAM resource ebook! Cool Biz! Check it out by clicking below!




You definitely want Too Much Glue, right? You know you do! Well, you have lots of chances to win. Each time you follow me or one of my fellow bloggers you'll get a chance. Going in on the giveaway this week are:

Angela from the Teacher's Desk 6                                   Julie from STEM is Elementary

                             


 Corrie from Peace, Love, and Primary                                            Janet from
                                                                                       Kindergarten: Hand-in-Hand We Grow    
                           


All together, our blogs focus on different grades and different subjects, so you are bound to find some good stuff no matter where your current interests lie. After the Rafflecopter you will see their links to this week's posts. Each is reviewing a book or two for Teacher Book Talk Tuesday.

Each way you choose to follow gives you an entry. If you are already following that particular way, you can still enter and type ALREADY in the blank and we'll see you on our lists. I'm sorry to say that entrants are limited to people in the continental US due to shipping costs. The winner will be notified on the blogs by first name, and via email next Tuesday. Winners have five days to respond to email with shipping address or the prize will move to the next person on the list. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Now you're not quite done because all the giveaway bloggers have a Teacher Book Talk to share with you, too. Click on their links below.





Thanks so much for stopping by! Do come back in the next two weeks. To enter those giveaways you'll only need to put in "ALREADY" if you sign up to follow this week.

See you next time!


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