Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Reading, Speaking & Writing

Book Review!

We dug into that pile from the yard sale this morning and picked out the picture book called Charlie the Caterpillar by Dom De Luise; illustrated by Christopher Santoro. It's only 40 pages give or take, so it didn't take long to read. (Key in our closing salutation.)
We studied the pictures...

Charlie is soooo cute!

We studied the message...
Be kind to others.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
What's outside doesn't  matter...actions matter.
We really liked it.

This is Xyra's review:
Charlie the 
CaterpillarCharlie the Caterpillar by Dom Deluise

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's never a bad idea to take a break from the heavy stuff and just enjoy a good picture book. I love caterpillars so when I saw this at a yard sale I snapped it up. Later I realized it was written by one of my favorite comedians, Dom De Luise. [For the younger set, Dom is the father of the actor who plays Mr. Russo on The Wizards of Waverly Place.] I could hear his voice while reading some of it.

The illustrations are great. Charlie is such a cute caterpillar. Looks like a wooly bear to me.

The theme of this story is one of self esteem. A play on Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling. In the first part of the book, Charlie goes inching along looking for some friends to play with, but they wouldn't because he was "an ugly caterpillar." Each time he left a group he felt bad about himself.

Then his cocooning instinct took over and he took a nap.

When he awoke he found he was a butterfly, but still very much the same Charlie as before.

As he tested his wings he passed the same groups that had rejected him. Their response was much different now. But Charlie flew on and found Katie. She is a new little caterpillar and she is crying because she can't find anyone to play with. Charlie becomes her friend and they are happy together.

The only thing keeping me from giving this story 5 stars is the fact that butterfly Charlie uses the same words to reject those clamoring to be his friends as when they initially rejected him then adds as he flies away, "serves them right."

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Speaking and Writing

We all make typos in our blogs. That really doesn't bother me. Some are even cute. However, there are times when I feel I should make a comment to gently correct someone, but don't. I don't want to offend anyone or hurt feelings. I do want you to sound as intelligent as I know you are. So today I'd like to look at pronoun usage.

What's a pronoun?
These words replace proper names. I, me, he, she, we, us, they, it, you.
The sentence I've been seeing a lot of lately is "Me and ___ are excited." It does get confusing when you add an extra someone to the mix. So think of it without the other person. Would you say, "Me is excited"? Sounds odd doesn't it?

Yes, I agree "I and ___ are excited" sounds a little funny too. Just shift the order. "Melody and I are excited." "She and I went to the movies." "She and I saw Taylor Swift in concert." Note: the other pronoun used in these situations is not "her" but "she."

As everyone is headed back to school (or is already there) I won't go into more detail. If you have questions, feel free to ask me or ask you Language Arts or English teachers. They'd be happy to help too.

Best wishes.
Much love,
Melody, Xyra, Kaya, Kirsten, and Lanie

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