Monday, December 20, 2010

Teacher Curriculum Guide for Teri Hall's The Line

I totally love that teachers have started using middle grade and young adult books in their class room curriculum's. I firmly believe that books are a powerful tool for young minds and when a teacher helps promote reading, it empowers the reader and opens their minds to so many possibilities.

I have friends who are teachers who have mentioned how successful it's been for them implementing a current release into their classroom settings. I know a lot of hard work goes into putting together the curriculum for their selected book. If you're using Teri Hall's, The Line in your class, I've got a treat for you. Teri has sent me her book's classroom curriculum, which is available for middle grade teachers!!

This is FREE, and the class guide is available for teachers who are using The Line in their classes by going to Dial's website here and Terri's site here

Don't forget, the paperback copy of The Line will be released April 2011!!

Book Review - Pinkalicious: Pink Around the Rink

By: Victoria Kann
Published by Harper Collins Childrens
Published Date: October 5, 2010
Ages 4 to 8
Source: Bought
5 stars - I highly recommend this book!

Synopsis (from Harper Collins) : After Pinkalicious colors her white ice skates with a cotton candy pink marker, she feels ready to spin, glide, and soar with the best of them. But as the color starts to run off of her skates, she is embarrassed. When Pinkalicious thought she was going to leave her mark on the skating rink, she didn't mean it so literally. . . .

Ah, more adventures of Pinkalicious! My 5 year old daughter and I love these books and we were so glad when we found an I Can Read! version that my daughter could read with a little help from me.

In this installment, Pinkalicious receives skates as a gift, paints them pink and notices the reactions around her:

Mommy did not smile. Daddy smiled a little, I think.

I found myself giggling with my daughter because Victoria captures a preschooler/Kindergartner's observations perfectly. The illustrations are bright, colorful and most of all, yes, PINK. And the prose the story is one where, as usual, there's a bit of a lesson in it for the reader.

If you're looking for a great stocking stuffer for your little Pinkalicious reader, be sure to pick up this latest story in the series. As for my Kindergartner, she and I are looking forward to the next picture book, Silverlicious which comes out on February 1, 2011. Here's a link to that synopsis and the release date may be just in time for my daughter to lose her first tooth.
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~