All posts by cmarrufo

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

What a wonderful find! I can’t believe I had never read this book before. My students loved it, and so did I! The illustrations are so much fun, and the author’s words put great pictures in the readers’ minds. Gerald the giraffe inspires us to be ourselves and “dance to our own tune”. It is a great reminder of how each of us is special, no matter what our talent is. We need to celebrate and accept each individual’s uniqueness. If you want every child…

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Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

This oldie, but goodie, is still a hit with kids! This is the story of Little Willy being raised by his grandfather. Ironically, Little Willy  then has to take care of his grandfather. This story caused us to feel sadness, joy and excitement throughout the reading. My students could not wait to read the next chapter. The author’s choice of words created vivid images in our minds. The final chapter , involving a dogsled race, has a shocking ending which tore at our hearts. We…

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First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg/ illustrated by Judy Love

This book is great fun to read to children! They can all understand the main character, Sarah,  who just does not want to get up on the first day of school. Mr. Hartwell has to encourage and coax her to get going, which she does just about as slowly as is earthly possible. The illustrations really add to the story and my students love looking at the details, as they try to figure out which one is Sarah when she finally makes it to school.…

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