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My reading is down a little this week now that I'm spending some time getting my classroom ready. Of course, this involves a great deal of staring at things and trying to figure out where to put stuff. I think I moved a set of dictionaries three times this week. It's starting to take shape, but I'm really glad that I still have a week and a half to work on it before we officially start back. Here are a few favorites from this week.
I picked up several nonfiction titles at the library this week that I had put on my TBR list after reading Carrie Gelson's blog post about Wonder-Inducing Nonfiction Titles.
One of the interesting things about reading books that are recommended on Twitter is that you don't often get more than a title to go on. Sometimes you can get a sense of genre, but not always. Kathi Appelt's The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp is one of those titles that I think would be nearly impossible to describe in 140 characters, which explains why I knew pretty much nothing about it when I started. When the first sentence referred to the characters' "paws," I knew I had to revise my thinking. This was a great, funny book. I guess I would characterize it as a tall tale, although there were elements of animal fantasy and realistic fiction as well. I am amazed at the characterization in the book, from our hero, Chap, to Bingo and J'miah, our favorite raccoon scouts (and the owners of the paws). This would make a great read aloud. I really want to get my hands on the audiobook, which is apparently read by Lyle Lovett.
Next up on my list is Number Sense Routines by Jessica Shumway. I'm revamping the calendar/morning meeting part of my day, and I'm hoping that this will give me some insights. I'm also hoping to make a dent in the stack of books that I still want to read before school starts, but I think it's probably unrealistic to think I'll finish. Happy reading!