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Owen

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In this picture book a young mouse named Owen had to have his blanket everywhere he went. The neighbor would try and tell his parents different tricks trying to get him to get rid of it. His momended up cutting his blanket into handkerchiefs, so he could take them to school with him.This was a very cute story that hit home a little. My friends little boy has so attached to his blanket when he was a little boy. She had the hardest time taking it away from him. This story gave several good ideas on how to handle this situation.In the classroom with my students I would let them take turns telling a story. They could tell a story about when they were little and if theyhad something they really liked and had to give up.
Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)

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This is a story about a little girl who is raised on a farm and gets to raise a baby pig who she named Wilber. Later in the story the pig gets taken to her uncles to be faten up to be ate. Wilber gets all upset and a spider starts spinning webs to try and save Wilbers life.Everyone has read and watched Charlotte's Webb. My little girl loves the movie but is to young to read the book just yet. This book hits home with me a little cause I showed pigs in school and hated it when it came time to sell them at the end of the year. Matter of fact i named my second pig Wilber he was one of my faviorite.In the classroom I would give the kids a black piece of paper and a piece of chalk and let them draw their own web. They could also draw a picture of how they picture of how they picture the farm to look like.
Journey to America

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This is a story about an Jewish family that escapes from Germany and makes their way to America. The father goes on to America to work and save enough money to bring his family to America. The family has to wait in Switzerland for the money and papers to be in order for the trip to America. At the end of the story the family is united together in America. I really like reading this book and I think children will enjoy reading this story once they start it. It's a great to describe how life was during the Holocaust.In the classroom I would use this book while studying the Holocaust and World Was II. I would have the students write a story about the different pressures of growing up in Nazi Germany during this time in history.
Scorpions

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This is a story about taking on the leadership of a Harlem gang, the Scorpions. A young boy named Jamal finds away to get treated with respect by his enemies when he obtains a gun. Jamal learns later that a gun does not bring respect but tragedy.This story hit home for me. Gangs are becoming more and more around our state. A kid I went to school was in a gang and they came looking for him one day at park in town. When they got to the park they thought it was him and it ended up being his little brother who still had his whole life to live and was going in the right direction. The gang shot and killed his little brother that day thinking it was him.I believe this is a great book to use as a tool to educate students about gang activity. I also think children would like this book because some could relate this book to their own life. In my opinion this book should be read and discussed in all classrooms.
The Velveteen Rabbit

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This is a story of a boy who has a companionship and love for his stuffed toy. The stuffed rabit wants to bacome real so he can play with others and hop around on his hind legs. His dream comes true when the nursery magic fairy helps him.I enjoyed readign this book I read it when i was littel but needed to be refreshed on it. This story to me is alot like Pinocchio. This would be a good book for children and their parents to read at home.In the classroom I would have the students discuss if they have a stuffed animal they wish was real. Then have them draw a picture of the Velveteen rabbit and then beside it draw a picture of their faviorite toy that they love.
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