Friday, November 25, 2016

Audiobook: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Read by Cassandra Campbell
Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins

When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years, a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity, only to discover that she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart? As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Mini Reviews: Audiobooks...Al Capone & Finding Audrey

I have fallen behind on many reviews, so I am trying to catch up. Instead of writing full reviews on books that I have read weeks or months ago, I decided to give a quick thought on them instead. So here are two audios that I listened to that I actually liked:

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Read by Kirby Heyborne
Duration: 6 hours and 9 minutes

*Listened to this book back in September*

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Grand Opening of the South Whittier Library!!!

Photo from South Whittier Library's Facebook

Yesterday, November 21, 2016, I was able to attend the grand opening of the long awaited local library: the South Whittier Library! I have waited patiently for over a year for the new library to be finally opened. I have to say, it was worth the wait!

Watching the opening speech

Monday, November 21, 2016

Mini Reviews: Cinderella Part 2- Silly Children Stories

Man...I had these posts ready weeks ago and I completely forgot to publish them. Whoops!

Anywho, I have read a few children's books for my student teaching. One of the units that I covered with my students was on fairy tales. The unit began with a modern tale of Cinderella. It was cute that I then decided to focus on the various ininterpretations of this classic tale. Here are two silly ones that I read: 

 Book #3

Monday, October 31, 2016

Mini Reviews: Cinderella Part 1--Halloween Children's Stories

Since I am currently working on getting my teaching credential, I am not only reading a bunch of textbooks and articles, but many children's books as well. We started a new unit in our language arts, where students get to learn the elements of a fairy tale. The unit began with a modern retelling of Cinderella. So I decided to read a few variations of this classic tale. Let's begin with the Halloween themed ones:

Book #1

CinderHazel: The Cinderella of Halloween by Deborah Nourse Lattimore

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Children's Book: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Life with his little brother, two-year-old Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Fudge is actually a tiny terror in disguise, causing mischief everywhere he goes. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he’s never far from trouble. He’s an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter’s had it up to here!

When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter’s pet turtle, it’s the last straw. Peter has put up with Fudge for too long. Way too long! How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?

Amazon  *  B&N  * Scholastic

Sunday, September 25, 2016

It's Banned Books Week!!!

 Yup, that's right. It's Banned Books Week!
That means that we defend the right to read whatever we want!

Banned Books Week 2016