Miss Gothard's Book Blog

February 2018
reviewed: Who is Sam Westing?
The book begins with sixteen people gathering for the reading of millionaire Sam Westing's will. His will is structured like ...
The Westing Game - Ellen Raskin
reviewed: I Love My White Shoes
In this book, Pete steps in large piles of numerous things that turn his white shoes different colors. Pete does not get upse...
Pete The Cat: I Love My White Shoes - Eric Litwin, James Dean
reviewed: Recreating Animals
This story is about two fairy foxes told using tangrams. It is an endearing game between a grandfather and his granddaughter ...
Grandfather Tang's Story - Ann Tompert, Robert Andrew Parker
reviewed: Born To Be A Graceful Swan
An awkward duckling does not fit in with his brothers and sisters. This little bird is made fun of and has to struggle throug...
The Ugly Duckling - Jerry Pinkney, Hans Christian Andersen
reviewed: Word Sounds
This book by Dr. Seuss presents students with different sounds of real world objects and animals. This book is an easy read f...
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? - Dr. Seuss
reviewed: She Swallowed A What?
This book (and song) is about a woman who swallowed a fly, a spider, a bird, and even more. The activity I would use with thi...
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly - Simms Taback
reviewed: Easy as Enemy Pie
A boy decided to make an enemy pie with the new boy in town. In order to make enemy pie, you must "pretend" to be friends. Af...
Enemy Pie - Derek Munson, Tara Calahan King
reviewed: Fun On A Rope Swing
Bridge to Terabithia showcases children's creative sides. Two friends create a magical kingdom in their imagination and the o...
Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson
reviewed: Because of Winn- DIxie
This book provides students the opportunity to see a character building confidence throughout the story. Winn-Dixie changes O...
Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo
reviewed: Are We There Yet!?
In this book, the Watsons head to Birmingham (1963) to visit Grandma Sands. Their visit happens during the Civil Rights Movem...
The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis
reviewed: Will You Help Someone in Need?
In Lois Lowry's book, Number the Stars, the main character helps protect her best friend by pretending she a part of the fami...
Number the Stars - Lois Lowry
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reviewed: A Mouse is the President
Woodrow, the White House Mouse shows students what is like to be the President of the United States. This story also shows st...
Woodrow the White House Mouse - Peter Barnes, Cheryl Shaw Barnes