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- member since November 29, 2009
I took your advice and watched Out of Africa. I surprisingly enjoyed it even though Meryl Streep is not one of my favorite actresses. I was surprised at how different from the book it is so far. I am only half way through the book and have found it more enjoyable to go back and look for similarities/differences to the movie.
There are many "Junior" novelizations of the classics. My school is down the street from the Mark Twain House and Museum so we go every year, and thus, many students want to read his work. The junior novelizations are much more managable (readability w/ sentence structure/grammar, reading level) than the originals. That being said, I usually have students who want to try the originals (which I encourage), but they often abandon b/c too hard. The "Juniors" are a great way to introduce students to an author or genre, and often ignite an interest in them. The originals are a little easier to read after reading a "junior" b/c the reader is familiar with the storyline and characters and can put the work into reading the more difficult text. I often schaffold like this in my class, working students up to more complex text after building their background knowledge. Sometimes curriculum mandates what it taught, sometimes teacher preference. My hope is that The Time Machine may lead him to other Verne books, and maybe download the orignial (I think it is free). I hope this helps and maybe answers your question. I am always happy to "talk shop."
Hi Cafe Mom,
Thank you for your well wishes. Can you believe I have a "BEST OF lIST" here on Shelfari which is titled something like Look in the Back of the Book and I talk about different things , one of which was the appendix? I was paying attention to the wrong appendix! It was a close call-however- perhaps having my mind on the appendix at the back of the book helped me to focus-as I did correctly diagnose before we arrived at the E.R.:)
Hello, Cafe Mom. Here are some suggestions but children's tastes vary.
"Hatchet' Gary Paulson (survival in the wild)
'Henry Huggins" Beverley Cleary (animal, funny) anything by this author
"Harris and Me" Gary Paulson (hilarious, boys)
"Deathwatch" Robb White (may be out of print: terrifying death duel in the desert between an adult and a boy. Very gripping)
"On My Honour" Marion Dane Bauer (a boy's friend drowns while they are swimming. He blames himself but cannot confess. Brilliant handling of a psychological situation)
"Harry Potter" Books Joanna Rowling
"Wonder Jan Palacio" (A boy with a severely deformed face struggles for acceptance and a normal life. Acclaimed first book, brilliant)
Al Capone Does my Shirts ? ( a boy with an autistic sister, son of a guard on Alcatraz Island finds a way of contacting the gangster. Pathos and humour)
These are a few to explore. I'm sorry about the author i cannot remember. Plenty more in my head but success depends on level of maturity and interests.
Thank you so much. I do appreciate your response. I have only published one book but I hope to have more. in October I will be going in to London Schools to do promotions of "The Skull". I need it to take off, not for money or fame but to be able to continue. I don't know whether you know Robert Frost's poetry, but this is the "road not taken". I'm very lucky. Not many people have a chance to go back through the wood. When you say you are working on your son's love for reading, perhaps I can help. How old is he and what are his interests?
How lovely to hear how interwoven your reading experiences are in your household. We too are a reader household. We try to do art as much as possible as well. My third grader loves to write, so he and I share our writing experiences. I will have to track down the Ghosthunter series. I think he would like it. I can't believe school starts August 12th! That's right around the corner! My son listen's to Train (California 37) every night. I am going to ask him about audio books. That's a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to comparing 5th grade reading in the near future.
I have a son entering 5th grade as well. I have added some of his (and my daughter's, she's entering 6th) on my shelf if I've read them. My son loved Leepike Ridge. I read it too (and still have to write a review) and really liked it. Both kids LOVE Harry Potter. My son likes sports books (fiction and nonfiction) but his a selective reader. Our librarian just convinced him to try a series called The Tapestry. I'll let you know how it pans out. I would appreciate you passing along any titles your son has enjoyed/is enjoying. I will keep a close eye on your shelf. Now that my children are getting older, I am trying to read more books they're reading so we can discuss them together (therefore it is taking me longer to read my books, which I don't mind at all). Thanks for the note and the return follow.
I had to check out your shelf after you commented on Michelle’s add of The Thirteenth Tale. It is one of my all-time favorites. I have yet to read The Book Thief or Sarah’s Key, but own them both. I’ve heard great things about both and plan on reading them this school year. The Poisonwood Bible and Unbroken are two other favorites of mine. I think you will like them as well. I love all of the Harry Potter books (and so do my older two children). I adored Hugo (as did my three children old enough to read it). It is a gem and I see why it is a favorite of yours. Hope to share more about books in the future. Happy Reading!