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The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

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Summary:This book was about a twelve year old boy that was set out to find his brother that had been sold into the Union Army. This was a historical book that can be used in a history setting. It showed brotherly and sibling love.Personal Reaction:My personal reaction to this story was the brotherly love that these two brothers had for eachother, and the way they bonded together in rough times.Classroom Extension:I would use this book to teach children how to love their brothers and sisters and to be there for them in times of need.
Jack and the Beanstalk: An Interactive Fairy Tale Adventure

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Summary:This book is about a boy name Jack that sells his family's cow for magic beans, his mother is anything but pleased. Soon, however, the beans sprout into a towering beanstalk. it leads to a castle filled with gold and other treasures. Jack's family will be rich, if he can sneak past the man - eating giant.Personal Reaction:My personal reaction to this story is that there is a price to pay for anything that you may want in life,like jack and the beanstalk,he had to sneak past the giant to get to the castle that was filled with gold.Classroom Extension:I would teach the class to never give up nomatter what happens and to learn to sacrifice for the better thing in life that they may want.
My Brother Sam is Dead

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Summary:This story is based on real events stemming from the Revolutionary War. This story used real life locations and based some events of real life situations. There were fictional characters in this story, but the author tried to keep them as real as possible.Personal Reaction:My personal reaction to this story is that never take life for granted, because book stories can tell real life situations.Classroom Extensions:I will teach the class that story books can tell real life situations and locations.
M.C. Higgins, the Great

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Summary:This story is about M.C. having dreams of him and his family escaping from Sarah's Mountain. In the mountains lies history from family traditions, and future dreams. One day, atop his pole, he thinks he sees it - two strangers are making their way toward Sarah's Mountain. One has the ability to make M.C.'s mother famous.Personal Reaction:My personal reaction to this story is that it teaches us that everyone have goals in life that they want to achieve.Classroom Extension:I will have the class draw the mountain of everything they want to achieve and write their story into reaching that goal.
Julius Caesar

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Summary:This book was about the comedies, tragedies, histories, and romances about Ancient Heroes, bloody wars, and magical creatures. This was a book of power and drama. The theme was set in black and white.Personal Reaction:My personal reaction to this story was that how could one man rule the way Caesar did in Rome and lead his army to countless victories.Classroom Extension:I would use this book in my class to teach children on the power that one individual can have over others.
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