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My Reading Week #IMWAYR- March 11, 2019

11 Mar

I changed the name for my “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” posts to “My Reading Week.”

Recent Posts:
Nonfiction Picture Book Reviews

The Full House and the Empty HouseThe Full House and the Empty House by LK James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A sweet story about thinking the grass is greener on the other side but also being okay with what you are.

The Bear, the Piano, the Dog, and the FiddleThe Bear, the Piano, the Dog, and the Fiddle by David Litchfield
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved The Bear and the Piano and was pleased to learn there was a sequel. An old man quits playing the fiddle after being discouraged at not making it big. His dog picks up the instrument and becomes a musical sensation. Jealousy soon tears them apart. A sweet story about friendship and following your dreams.

Monkey TimeMonkey Time by Michael Hall
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A fun book to introduce the concept of time as a monkey chases minutes. Lots of visual things to entertain readers.

In the Small, Small PondIn the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun rhythmic read following a frog through the seasons.

First ClassFirst Class by Jamie Mae
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A fun early chapter book series about a motley crew of mythological creatures. In the first installment, a small gargoyles meets new friends and enemies in a school where they have to learn about teamwork in order to go on future adventures.

Mansfield ParkMansfield Park by Jane Austen
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

For some reason, I thought this was the source inspiration for the Barbra Streisand movie Funny Girl but it wasn’t. The main characters have different names. And I made the mistake of looking at the Wikipedia entry for it and I was given a major spoiler for something that happened towards the end of the book.

I didn’t enjoy Mansfield Park at all. Fanny wasn’t a strong and interesting enough character to be the lead.

Take Joy: A Writer's Guide to Loving the CraftTake Joy: A Writer’s Guide to Loving the Craft by Jane Yolen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If anyone wants to learn about the craft of writing, who better than such a prolific and successful author than Jane Yolen to learn from?

Review Notes
***= Liked It
****= Recommended
*****= Favorite

You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Thanks to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

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— — — — — — — THANK YOU FOR READING! — — — — — — —

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7 responses to “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- March 11, 2019

  1. cweichel

    March 11, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Hi Earl,
    Mansfield Park is my least favourite Jane Austen book. I agree that as a character she is very boring. I enjoy everything Denise Fleming creates including In the Small, Small Pond!

     
  2. Jane the Raincity Librarian

    March 11, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Ooh, I also loved The Bear and the Piano, so I’m very intrigued to check out the sequel!

     
  3. Shaye Miller

    March 11, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    How in the world did I not know Bear and the Piano has a sequel? I need to add this one to my elementary music classroom collection. Thanks for all the shares, Earl, and have a wonderful reading week!

     
  4. Michele Knott

    March 11, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    I enjoyed the Bear and the Piano sequel, too. It was different than I thought it would be which made me pleasantly surprised. Monkey Time is in my library pile! Michael Hall is typically hit or miss for me.

     
  5. lindabaie

    March 11, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    I’m looking forward to that new Bear and The Piano book. Will look for The Isle of Misfits. I don’t read many early chapter books & need to know about more. Thanks, Earl!

     
  6. Myra Garces-Bacsal

    March 11, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Oh, I have a special affinity for The Bear and the Piano – so thrilled to see here that there’s a second title! Awesome. Too bad you didn’t like Jane Austen’s title – 17 year old daughter and I are currently reading Pride and Prejudice – and it’s somewhat slow-going for the both of us.

     
  7. Kellee Moye

    March 12, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    I had no idea that The Bear and the Piano has a sequel! I adored the first one. Thank you for sharing.

    Happy reading this week!

     

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