Archive for the ‘Classics’ category

KING ARTHUR

April 30, 2012

I have been reading King Arthur books in the library recently, because Crescent Park School is going to put on a production with the help of Children’s Stage Adventures the week of May 14. It has been fun to dive into these legendary tales again; I haven’t read them since my son was in elementary school. Both the boys and girls have enjoyed being transported to a time of chivalry, magic, nobility, and destiny.

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Mia’s book shout out #2

February 2, 2012

Fifth grade book lover Mia shares her favorite books

“Happy 50th birthday,  Phantom Tollbooth!”

Do you ever think that a book can be really boring because there’s just something you can’t quite reach? Well then you won’t like the Phantom Toll Booth exactly for that reason. So after reading this, think about it, because if you read it at a younger age, you could still read it again and get more out of it.  But I’d still recommend reading it when you’re ten. It’s perfect – especially if you like words .  Or if you’re 7 and you are just into adventure and you can understand simple wordplay.

Have you ever wondered where letters, words, phrases, sentences, numbers, terms, expressions, and equations come from? When Milo finds a Phantom Tollbooth in his room, Milo decides to see what it can do, since he has nothing better to do. Milo hops in his little car and suddenly finds himself speeding along a highway, on his way to Dictionopolis. On the way, Milo encounters a trip to the Doldrums and Expectations and meets his journey companion Tock, a watch dog. Upon arriving in Dictionopolis, Milo discovers the silence between two regions, Digitotopolis and Dictionopolis. There, Milo is destined to rescue and return the fair Rhyme and Reason. Will Milo be able to save the fair Rhyme and Reason so fairness will return to the land?

I found that this story was so funny that I didn’t want it to end, but the great part of this is the wordplay and characters. Take the Which, for example, and look at how I spelled her name. She’s not dangerous, right? Only witches with the T are dangerous.

The Phantom Tollbooth is a hard book to know when to read because if you read it too early you won’t be able to understand a good part of this book, but it would still be a good adventure. If you are interested in reading this book it is located in the “J” section of the CPS Library. Have fun reading! The Phantom Tollbooth has been making people laugh for 50 years and hopefully many more!

The older the better

May 27, 2010

Who says a book has to be new to engage kids?  The last two weeks I have been having a great time reading aloud three classics/old favorites  in the library:  Romeo and Juliet to a fifth grade class, Lassie Come-Home to a fourth and a third grade class, and The Secret Garden to a second grade class.  Let me tell you, it has been pretty powerful!  The drama and the emotion in these stories really speak to the kids.  What a treat to be able to share these classics with young children.