I'm off for the next couple of weeks.
Unfortunately, it's not the lounging kind of vacation where I crack a new book everyday popping bon bons and sipping cool beverages. I'll be hosting a number of fine folks over the next while which means less reading time.
However, it doesn't mean I'm not bringing a bag of books to try (probably not) get through. Kind of like a security blanket of sorts, I guess.
I'll be back mid-August.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Wonder is about a boy with significant facial abnormalities. He’s going to school for the first time, starting grade 5 and he’s nervous, to say the least. Once school starts, there are a few difficulties that must be sorted through and challenges to be met. Auggie does make friends on his own, learning much about himself and others along the way. Some of the issues Auggie deals with are the same as many middle school kids – making and keeping friends, becoming more independent, issues about popularity, bullying. There are times he wants to quit but doesn't. There are times he’s incredibly happy to be where he is.In a word it’s – wonderful, and fits well with the idea ‘perspective’. Though the book is told by several different people or points of view (Auggie, his sister, her boyfriend, and a couple of his friends), we can start analysing the characters to see what defines or shades their perspectives. I see potential for looking at some of the minor characters who don’t talk to us directly but are important to the storyline, such as the principal, Mr. Tushman, or the mother of one of the boys who gives Auggie a hard time. Who are they? What motivates them? And what is their perspective?
Monday, July 7, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014
Monday, June 16, 2014
Monday, June 9, 2014
“As you think about it, the knight’s attack was probably inevitable. After all, you did just kidnap the princess from right out of her tower. Although…Isn’t it a little sexist to always kidnap princesses?
o Maybe, but tradition demands that dragons kidnap princesses, even if that is sexist. o You dare question my actions? o You know, I never thought about that before. In fact, I think I kidnapped a prince, just to avoid being sexist. o I’ll have you know that I make a careful point of alternating between princes and princesses, but it happened to be time for a princess.
Monday, June 2, 2014
Each book offers three story paths that leads to anywhere from 41 to 55 choices to work through with multiple endings, of course. There are lots of choices to work through, which I liked.