So this week I read Because of Winn-Dixie which I would consider a classic in my book! (yes pun intended) It was written by Kate DiCamillo, besides winning the Newberry Honor in 2001 it has won the Josette Frank award and also the Mark Twain award. I knew many of my friends read this book in high school but I never got the chance so when I saw that it was a Newberry Honor book I knew I had to read it! I love my English Bulldog Dozer but I was really able to put myself in Opal’s shoes throughout the whole story because of her love for Winn-Dixie, just like my love for my dog Dozer. This book describes Winn-Dixie perfectly which makes the young reader able to become part of the story and grasp what the author is portraying in her words.
I also started reading the Princess Academy which was written by Shannon Hale. This book won the Newberry Honor in 2006. This book reminded me of Cinderella because the prince was going to pick his bride from the princess academy at the end of the year. Miri is like Cinderella because she has a kind heart and loves to help others, but there is another boy named Peder who is a friend of Miri, I don’t know if what will happen but I will definitely give an update when I finally finish! I think this book won the award in part because in the plot there is Peder, he may not be a factor but my gut tells me that the book won’t necessarily end up like Cinderella. It also is a perfect age range for upper elementary and middle school girls.
Well I really can’t believe that we are already finished with our 5th week of this semester! When we first started this semester I wasn’t much of a reader and it took me forever to finish a book because I just wasn’t motivated. I have learned a lot about myself as a reader in the last few weeks. For instance, I can’t set time ahead later in the week to read. I tried that at first thinking if I got my homework done earlier in the week it would be easier for me to sit down and read, but that wasn’t the case, something would come up and then I would feel crunched for time to finish my weekly reading. But I quickly figured out that any time throughout the week if I just crack open a book I can actually read more! Who knew right? If I had an hour or just ten minutes to read I was doing it and I felt like I was comprehending the book better because I wasn’t stressing about finishing it so I could blog on Monday. I am actually enjoying myself in this class and I have been looking forward to seeing what our next reading assignment will be.
I think I will always love children’s literature, no matter my age. What I really want to start doing is make my wish list of more “mature” reading. Maybe I will look into some biographies or books that have a more historical meaning. I really just want to broaden my reading genres/age level. I enjoy the children’s literature that we have come across so far because they are very vibrant and appealing. Sometimes I feel like adult books or what have you, are so plain. If the cover of the book doesn’t capture my attention then I won’t even think twice about it, unless it is for a class. I am really looking forward to the rest of this semester and what my reading wish list will be in December.
“You look lovely,” he says.
Ok, so I have been debating on whether or not to use this book for my blog on Fridays. This line is on page 56 of the second book in the 50 Shades trilogy. I am not condoning these books to pass on to everybody, when you read these books you have to be open minded and prepared for what the author may throw at you. I also didn’t tell anyone about reading these books because of what they represent and to most people it is too much.
Sorry for the guys that might read this but come on girls, who hasn’t gotten weak at the knees or had butterflies when a guy says you look lovely??? Now I am not talking about gorgeous, hot, sexy, smoking…I am literally talking about the classy yet timeless word, lovely! It reminds me of the classic black and white movies where you can literally tell the girl is the only person in the whole world that has the guys heart, then he kisses her hand and she pass out from peer love!! I am totally joking about the passing out part, but being told you look lovely makes your heart go pitter patter. It is definitely something that needs to happen to every woman out there!
Wow! The One and Only Ivan probably just became one of my favorite books! I was completely captivated from start to finish, and if that happens to me it must be a great book.
At first when I started reading and Ivan was describing where he lived I instantly was able to picture the big top mall and what it possessed, that to me is very important in reading because if you can create the setting in your mind the author has done a great job keeping you involved. It was very easy to visualize all the characters like Bob and Ivan.
In regards to the plot I had no idea what direction the book was going to go until Ruby showed up. When Ruby showed up it was easier for me to start imagining what would happen next. The connection Ruby and Stella had from the start was so cute and heart warming, I instantly felt like a part of the story if that makes any sense. My favorite character interaction though was Bob and Ivan. Bob was so callused because of what happened to him, which is completely understandable, but Ivan kind of helped him become softer and more understanding.
Ivan is obviously a crucial part of the story but until Ruby comes you never know what will happen to him. How did Mack come to find Ivan? Will he ever remember his past? When I was little I always wanted a little monkey, I thought they were so cute and you could dress them up. Caring for a gorilla would be so weird and difficult. I like how Ivan discussed human things and how that correlated with him actually being a gorilla, that really kept the story humorous in my opinion.
When Ivan was talking to Ruby about a zoo I instantly imagined the big top mall being like Reptile Gardens just not as awesome, and no reptiles. Towards the end of the book when Ivan starts doing his paintings and hiding them under his pool then later inside No-Tag, that is when I didn’t want to put the book down. I just wanted to know what he was painting and I felt like a kid waiting for Christmas!! I wanted them to be happy and taken to a zoo to have a better life, I was really glad to see at the end that Ivan and Ruby were in the same zoo and Bob was happy with Julia. It was a perfect ending to a book that now I would consider one of my favorites.
I really liked this reading assignment even though I had a tough time finding a Golden Sower book.
Up! Tall! And High!
This one the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and obviously I loved it because of who the award was named after (Dr. Seuss)! The illustrations were very bright and very big. This is definitely a great children’s book that even has pages that flip up and out which is a fun interactive twist on reading, in my opinion. This award is only given to books published in America, “American Children’s Literature”, among other criteria.
The Pirate of Kindergarten
This book won the Schneider Family Book Award. The award is given to author(s) and illustrator(s) that portray a disability that the character is experiencing. In this particular book the little girl sees double, so she has double vision. She is frustrated and gets embarrassed in front of her classmates, until she goes to the eye checkups at school and the nurse notices what is wrong. She ends up going to the actual eye doctor and get a cool eye patch to help train her eyes. She ends up loving life now that she sees “normally”, and she figured out she loves reading!
Who Am I without Him
This book won the Coretta Scott King Award. This award honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wife and her determination for peace. This book was short stories of the trials and tribulations of young love. Some of the stories were a little much for me because I couldn’t possibly relate to some of the girls because I don’t want a “thug” to be my boo. I do enjoy books like this because I am reading more than I can actually tell. I recommend this book for middle school aged girls who think that they have to revolve their lives around boys because that is what is important as a 14 year old.
This book won the Pura Belpre Award. Two medals shall be awarded annually at the Annual Conference of the American Library Association, one to a Latino author of an outstanding children’s book and one to a Latino illustrator for creating an outstanding children’s picture book. Each of these must be an original work that portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience. http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/belpremedal/belpresubmission/belprmedaltrms
I have never heard of this particular award before but the reading was very interesting. It has a Spanish word then the English word(s). I can’t pronounce all of these words but it was still educational. My favorite part was definitely the illustrations. They are beautiful, so intricate and life-like.
My Golden Sower award book is Jake and Lily. I am not quite finished reading this book yet but I can tell you it is about twins and from the sounds of it they start developing their own sense of independence. It is good so far so I am looking forward to finishing it.
For this week I tried to figure out what would work best for me as a reader. It’s only been 3 full weeks of classes but I already feel like I have a different mind set towards reading. This week I really wanted to focus on how to incorporate my reading into my every day routine instead of feeling like I have this amount of time to read 5 books, I have to read for four hours, but I need to comprehend what I am reading in order to blog. I am going to be honest with all of you, that is not how my week went. I got my books late in the week now I am rushing to get them read by Monday! It’s so frustrating! I know it is my fault but sometimes in the craziness of life you get caught up on certain things that you actually have plenty of time to do little bits here and there, just like reading! Why is it so hard for me to pick little bits of time to read???
So I am going to really try to give even amounts of time to everything in my life for a whole week. I just think that if I do it this way and I give equal amounts of time for all my homework, fiancé, and free time I will be shocked at how much I not only get done but how much free time I will have. When it comes to my reading I don’t want to give myself a time frame that I have to read a certain amount in, that will make me not want to read. I am just going to sit down by myself and read, whether it’s for 30 minutes or 2 hours it doesn’t matter I just want to give more attention to it. I guess we will see how it goes.
Ok here is another Friday blog! This week my sentence comes from “Who am I Without Him?” I am actually reading this book as part of our reading assignment for our Monday blog!
“It sounds stupid. But soon as I looked in her eyes, it happened.”
Wow! Has anyone ever had that happen to them? I know when I locked eyes with my fiance for the first time I knew he would be my husband and the love of my life! This book is so cute because its about girls in love and the boys involved!