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mandarchy

mandarchy

Joined March 2018

K-5 teacher-librarian - single mom of 1 Godzilla & 1 goldendoodle https://www.goodreads.com/?ref=nav_home https: . //www.threads.net/@brookemandy
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The school year just ended and now I have a summer cold. I still need to go in and close up the school library. It has been fun watching the kids realize they can just take a book from this library.

dabbe Hope you're on the mend soon. So cool about the teens and these libraries. 💙💚💙 4d
mandarchy @dabbe thanks, it's a drag being sick 😷 🤒 4d
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Maybe Tomorrow? | Charlotte Agell
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A sweet book that introduces grief at a first grade reading level. It illustrates the changes in sorrow and cheerfulness and how a friend can help. #underthedustcover

Powered_By_Plants Beautiful cover 😍 1mo
mandarchy @Powered_By_Plants the butterflies make you feel good in this story 🦋 1mo
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This book grew on me. After reading it outloud 18 times to K-5, the points kids took from it were: it's true, they could relate to feeling invisible, and they wanted to know more about homeroom. But what they seemed to really enjoy was designing their own landscapes.

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10 Cats | Emily Gravett
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This is the publisher's page from 10 cats by Gravett. I follow her on Instagram and she's a fascinating artist.

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Beezus is featured in this book! 🐾 #dogsoflitsy
This book is sweet on its own, but it would be useful as a writing prompt or for teaching metaphors.

Ruthiella ❤️🐶❤️🐶❤️ 2mo
AmyG Ha! 2mo
dabbe #blissfulbeezus 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
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Moonlight Meeting: The Nocturnals | Tracey Hecht, Rumur Dowling
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Bismark! Sugar glider spec-tac-u-lar! Steals the book. He has all the character.

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The rhyming makes this easier to read, and it's not too forced like some rhyming books. Typical Gutman humor.

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The Children's Moon | Carmen Agra Deedy
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I missed the eclipse, but just discovered this book. It's a very sweet idea that reads like a legend. I want to know if it is a legend or if C.A. Deedy invented the idea. I already think she's a genius, so it's possible. 🌝🌝🌝🌝🌝

JenniferEgnor I love kid‘s books about the moon. 2mo
mandarchy @JenniferEgnor this is a great one! 2mo
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Today's date stamp has me a little 😳
My school goes until at least June 19th, so we have a ways to go.

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Coqu in the City | Nomar Perez
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Another sweet story from Puerto Rico donated to my library. This one is about home sickness.

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Most of the students loved Chester Van Chime, especially looking for the rhyming pictures throughout the book. But while reading, it became very apparent that they didn't know any nursery rhymes. So now we will be visiting Mother Goose. K-5 with one caveat: we will not discuss the inappropriate language out loud at school.

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Happy #internationalwomensday
Celebrating by throwing this book in the trash. Not even going to recycle it. I love Cinderella, but this cover makes me want to 🤢

IuliaC Happy Women's Day! 3mo
Bette It is bad. 🫢🤢 3mo
mandarchy @IuliaC Happy Women's Day to you too! 3mo
mandarchy @Bette it really is, especially as a children's book. 3mo
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Frankenstein | Ludworst Bemonster
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This book came out over 10 years ago and I don't think my students would know who Madeline was, so they wouldn't get the parody. But I think they would love this book. The pages are clearly well loved (most of my posts are about library books from Timberland Regional, our my school library).

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Gustavo, the Shy Ghost | Flavia Z. Drago
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This would be a fun read leading up to day of the dead. 💀 🎃 👻 🧛

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Quiet Down, Loud Town! | Alastair Heim
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Cute, not serious ironic book. I was expecting something like Richard Scary, but it's not that. It's not about anxiety either, but maybe it is...

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Imagine a Wolf | Lucky Platt
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This book preys mainly on the element of surprise and made me lol. I had to immediately order a copy and have it delivered to my most wolfish friend with strings attached. After she enjoys it, I ask that she donate it to my library.

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Adventures For Breakfast | Anastasia Keegan
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I really loved the illustrations in this long list of excuses why these two kids can't make it to breakfast because 🤢 oatmeal.

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Tacos | Joanne Mattern
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I really like Bellwether's Blastoff series and hope more publishers make nonfiction accessible to early readers. I think this example could have been 2 books. It's too much recipe and not enough details supporting the facts. Who are these people putting pineapple on tacos? It's not enough to sort of say where they are. How will we know they exist?! 🦄 I need proof. I'd try it, but I'm allergic to tacos.

Ruthiella Why not? I‘m one of those weird people who like pineapple on pizza! 🍕😅 4mo
mandarchy @Ruthiella I wholeheartedly support pineapple on pizza and tacos. I put it in my spaghetti. People who freak out need to chill. The history of pineapple on pizza has an interesting history. 4mo
ElizaMarie Northern Mexico here (originally south Texas) but yes! Shredded beef. Very accurate. However --- fish tacos always felt very exotic to me. I am not sure about these pineapple people, but I know I have had fish cooked in a pineapple (as a bowl) in Mexico when visiting and it was amazing! Just we didn't have tacos with it! (also, allergic to tacos!?) 4mo
mandarchy @ElizaMarie you are allergic to tacos too? So infuriating. I live near the ocean so fish tacos are common here, but I'm in Washington State. I'll make them so I'm not allergic, but it's not the same. I'm allergic to peppers. No salsa 😢 4mo
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We Move the World | Kari Lavelle
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I didn't read this word for word #outloud to my students. I just don't have time for all the words 😢 but they got a kick out of this page. Our 3rd graders just performed this song dor the MLKjr concert.

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Another #underthedustcover with illustrated creators on the fly - these people look like fun.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I love little details like this! 🦕 🦖 4mo
mandarchy @thegirlwiththelibrarybag her books always have little details that make the parents chuckle... Or the Grandparents. I think she's Gen X. 4mo
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Bessie the Motorcycle Queen | Charles R. Smith Jr.
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As usual, I'm wrapping books and having to pause before taping down the dust cover. #underthedustcover

TieDyeDude 😍 I can't say I haven't bent the cover of a hardback backwards to see what is under the dust cover of a library book 4mo
mandarchy @TieDyeDude I'm totally guilty, too 4mo
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A beautiful book about Hurricane Maria from a child's perspective. Loads of back matter!

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Happy international Day of women and girls from the Queen of kindergarten. 😍🥰🤩

mcctrish ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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I think it only took me three years to install a little free library in front of my library. Books are provided by donations and a fantastic regional group called the South Sound Reading Foundation. If you live in South West Washington USA🇺🇲 look them up. They are awesome.

Bookzombie I love it! 4mo
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I used up all 21 days to listen to Henry Winkler and I wish I could send a note along with the book when I return it. 6 people are waiting for a turn. It's such a good day to be warm in a chair with a hot beverage and the soft voice of such a cool dude. He has done so much for dyslexia.

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Finally resolved my Internet issues! The last 3 weeks it would go out for 3 days every 4 days. But about Dave. He's my age and I moved to Olympia as he moved out. I know exactly where he was getting his beers and corn dogs. It's weird that Nirvana lasted only 4 years when it completely transformed and shaped the identity of a generation. Having survived my own episodes of compounded grief, I can relate to his sensitivity and awe for life.

mandarchy Snowed in and I need more yarn to finish this. Off to a new project and the next book! 5mo
Singout Impressive! I don‘t really know how to crochet, but I‘m trying to fix a friends granny square quilt. Teaching myself from the Internet! It‘s tricky when the pieces are mostly done, but there are gaps between them. 5mo
Ruthiella Beautiful afghan! I think most bands should probably break up and do something creatively with others after a few years rather than go on and on with often diminishing results. 🤔 5mo
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LiteraryinLawrence This is gorgeous!! It‘s going to be such a cozy inviting blanket. 5mo
Suet624 Your afghan is gorgeous. So is Dave and his book. 5mo
kspenmoll Beautiful afghan! I gave this book to my musician brother-in-law in hopes to read it when he is finished. (edited) 5mo
mandarchy @Singout I still consider myself a beginner. This is my 5th attempt and I've only finished one. The first one had one square unravel and I set it aside until I'm ready to deal with it. You are brave! 5mo
mandarchy @Ruthiella that's a good idea. I'm surprised financial corps don't hire the Stones to advertise retirement packages. 5mo
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Barakah Beats | Maleeha Siddiqui
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I'm in a major reading slump. I can't think of what to read next, and I can't seem to finish what I start. I'm 50 books behind in this year's reading challenge. But my nephew is about to get a super comfy afghan whether he wants one or not. It's not the first blanket I've started, but I hope it's the first one I finish.

Ruthiella Definitely don‘t get hung up on the numbers! Do you listen to audiobooks while crocheting? 6mo
dabbe The afghan is gorgeous! I agree with @Ruthiella; ignore numbers. Maybe read something light. I usually go to my Peanuts or Mutts comics when I'm in a slump. Hang in there! 💙❄️💙 6mo
IndoorDame Finishing an afghan is major! (Ive never managed 🤣) You‘ll pick up a book that draws you back in soon enough. 6mo
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mandarchy @Ruthiella good question! When I have access to Internet, I spend my time catching up on TV and forget to download books. Then when we have outages I kick myself for not getting a book. I'm right now looking at what to watch next and trying to think of something to get in Libby at the same time. This slump is stubborn. 6mo
mandarchy @dabbe I'm doing my best to ignore the numbers. I love Mutts! I just ordered a book by McDonnell for my students as a gift. They love his The Perfectly Messed Up Story 6mo
mandarchy @IndoorDame I have the new Winkler book on hold. I'm hoping Fonzie's voice helps. 6mo
Librarybelle The afghan does look super comfy! 6mo
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If you love paper crafts and letter writing, you will love this picture book.

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My students need this book. I may practice a couple of these... 🤔 💭

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The Robber Raccoon | Lou Kuenzler
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I don't like writing bad reviews, but I'm put off by the rhyming. And then the recycling premise was poorly executed. The trash needs to be sorted, or it's just garbage!

I need to ask though, was Flamingo drunk?

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One Boy Watching | Grant Snider
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I drove a school bus for 10 years! I can't believe Grant Snider didn't. Maybe he did. This book is an accurate account of a bus route. The illustrations took me back to my driving days.

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I'm on the fence about adding this to my library. It seems a little too pre-school for my audience. It's cute, though.

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The Ice Cream Vanishes | Julia Sarcone-Roach
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Our sandwich thief returns with friend squirrel to explore the properties of ice cream. You will want ice cream. 🍨 🍨 🍨 🍨 🍨

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This is a really cute book about transitioning from training wheels to a big bike. I loved the illustrations and red cowgirl boots.

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I had the wherewithal to download a book while I had Wi-Fi, so I'd have something besides radio to listen to while I don't have Wi-Fi. I really enjoyed hanging out with Uncle Mel. Now I need another book while I wait for my hold on the Winkler book but it's hard to stop catching up on TV long enough to think of something.

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When the kids send me notes I'm Ms. Book 🥰

TheBookHippie ♥️ 6mo
Dilara 😂 👏 6mo
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Celebrated my birthday by reading one of my favorite books to some of my students. I also indulged them with a Donald Duck cartoon. I use the applecore routine to get their attention. I thought they would enjoy seeing where I learned it.

Librarybelle Happy Birthday! 6mo
JessClark78 Happy Birthday! 🎊🎂🎉 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy birthday 🎉🎈🎁🎊🎂 6mo
mandarchy Thank you! 6mo
mabell Happy Birthday! 🎈🎉🎁🎂 6mo
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This just in!

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Anno's Counting Book | Mitsumasa Anno
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#kidlit for the win! They closed my library so I could sub for a first grade teacher. She wanted a math lesson where the kids could write math phrases about a picture, but she was sick and her plans were incomplete. Thank dog I have all the books! I may be the only one who checks out the Anno books. I imagine the next librarian will weed them.

Bookzombie I understand weeding, but it also makes me sad. Maybe the first grade teacher will want them if/when you move on. My sister retired and passed a lot of her classroom library on to other teachers. Of course, she has been filling in where they have positions unfilled and now misses having that library for the kids. 7mo
mandarchy @Bookzombie I'm the school librarian, so the books I weed have to go through channels determined by the district. There are about 20,000 books in my library. 7mo
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The Good Earth | Pearl Sydenstricker Buck
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Our WiFi goes out 3 days at a time. Instead of reading, I've been crocheting. I need to download an audio book before the next outage. I made myself start a book though. I think the Good Earth will get me out of this slump. Here's my first One with my first attempt at a blanket.

Tamra Wow! 7mo
Bookzombie Pretty! Love the colors too! 7mo
mandarchy @Bookzombie he LOVES blue so I've been buying lots of random blue. It really feels good too. I wish it didn't take so long to make. I'm on fire to make more. 7mo
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Texreader Gorgeous!! 7mo
Ruthiella Beautiful! 🤩 7mo
Jari-chan Amazing!😍 7mo
Megabooks Wonderful! 7mo
Reggie Very cool. 7mo
Gissy Nice ! 👌💚❤️💚❤️ 7mo
kspenmoll Gorgeous! 7mo
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Powwow Day | Traci Sorell
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For Native American heritage month I read #WCCPBA Powwow Day by Traci Sorrell. We watched a couple of videos about Powwows because about 30% of my students indicated no knowledge of what a powwow is. They LOVED this https://youtu.be/eI2gnTZh0-I?feature=shared

mandarchy I've made it my goal to present Native American culture in the present. Since I'm a librarian and not a classroom teacher I have a lot more freedom in what I present since the learning goal is less specific. I was really shocked by how many students had never heard of a Powwow. Of 380 kids only one indicated they had a tribal affiliation. We are on Nisqually land. 7mo
TheBookHippie We have it in our third grade curriculum and now 6-12 will learn more and about the schools. It‘s so massively important. It‘s so shocking how much isn‘t taught. How wonderful you got to teach this way. 7mo
mandarchy @TheBookHippie the Powwow book or Powwows? I haven't looked at the national standards lately, but I know our teachers start teaching about local tribes in 3rd grade. 7mo
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TheBookHippie @mandarchy we just passed a bill and massive money towards it so it‘s all fresh in my mind. 7mo
mandarchy @TheBookHippie that's good! 7mo
KathyWheeler The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, up the road from me, holds a two day powwow every Thanksgiving. It‘s open to everyone. I thought this might be the year I would go, but, unfortunately, I was sick. It‘s only $15 for both days. One day is $10. 7mo
mandarchy @KathyWheeler I think Powwows are more common east of me and that explains why my kids are unfamiliar. We are in the Salish tribal part of the world. 7mo
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#weirdwordwednesday follow-up with @CBee and @Amiable

Here's my Google results for the history of window. I wouldn't have shared except I find it fascinating. Have a happy Thursday! Please tag the other weird word lovers.

CBee Please always share! Love this stuff 😊 7mo
Amiable I love how words and language evolve and diverge -- it's definitely something I geek out over! So glad to find my fellow tribespeople here! 7mo
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Ame Dyckman is on my list of authors I'd like to hang out with. Her books are so funny. Parents may enjoy the humor more than the kids though. It was fun hearing the kids react to the chair tipping or the booger page. Not so much fun having them interrupt the flow of the read with their pronunciation of dinosaur name corrections. Everyone stumbled when they read aloud, even me.

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Mary Mcscary | R. L. Stine
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Featured this week, an RL Stine picture book. Some kids tensed up that the book would be scary. I comforted them saying how when I was a kid Scooby Doo stressed me out. This book will make kids squeal with disgust and it's a tongue twister at times.

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One perk. Scholastic sent a tote to show their appreciation because I agreed to host another fair. I'm so tired of totes. But our speech pathologist is also a seamstress who refuses to take money for turning totes or anything I bring her into something the kids can use. Check out my stellar book faerie. Most of the kids don't know that this fair was a bust.

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All We Need Is Love and a Really Soft Pillow! | Peter H Reynolds, Henry Rocket Reynolds
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So much to unpack here. I think this would be a great book to use while teaching wants vs. needs. It's typical Reynolds.

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Carina Felina | Carmen Agra Deedy
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Almost overlooked! This is a folk tale told by the author Carmen Agra Deedy. I've read her Library Dragon outloud 200 times. So my students were intrigued. A little like There was an old Woman, but with the snip of the Grimm's huntsman in Little Red Cap, I don't want to spoil it, but the kids gasped more than once. I heard, "is this real?" First clue, the parrot bakes 100 Cuban crackers.

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For those of you who do book fair, this is how 2 of my crates arrived. They gave me one extra restock, but when I went to use it, they argued that I exceeded the limit. Some books advertised never showed up. I was never offered the diversity case. Did not receive any books from that case. Most books were old. Any new books came with just 4 to 7 copies.

Prairiegirl_reading That is so sad! 😢 8mo
mandarchy @Prairiegirl_reading it was really. We couldn't possibly meet our goal much less surpass our record. 8mo
Prairiegirl_reading A book fair should be joyous and exciting for the kids! That‘s not joyous or exciting. And yeah it sounds like they set you up for failure. I can‘t understand why they won‘t send the diverse books and let people choose. Some people don‘t like that but really someone at scholastic need to get a backbone. 8mo
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mandarchy @Prairiegirl_reading I don't think they had enough. It was a battle to get any books from them. Everything was out of stock. 8mo
Prairiegirl_reading Terrible! 8mo
Tamra 😖 8mo
Librarybelle 😔 8mo
Aimeesue How disappointing. 😒 8mo
Julsmarshall Oh dear :( 8mo
lauraisntwilder Yikes! I hope they get back on track soon. They're really embarrassing themselves lately. 8mo
mandarchy @lauraisntwilder I'm thinking the same thing. First bad fair out of 16 says a lot. 8mo
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Bad Bunny | Jonathan Bentley
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Not pleased. This was one of the few new books at my book fair. It was a bust. My 16th and possibly the worst if you correct for the pandemic. I hope it's not a sample of supply chain shortages and consumer confidence. But the lowest moment this week was finding this grammatical error. I'm still coming to terms with third person plural pronouns used as a singular. I'm doing my best. Please. We can't start replacing objects with subjects.

Ruthiella So many make that mistake now, I think eventually it will find its way into accepted grammar. 🤔 (edited) 8mo
mandarchy @Ruthiella I am not sure I can stand it 🫣 8mo
mandarchy Maybe I'm a linguistic imperialist when I wonder if it's the 🇺🇲 need to always be the subject of the sentence? 8mo
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Ruthiella @mandarchy I think people think “I” sounds more correct. I hear on the job and read it in work emails from people with master degrees… 8mo
ShelleyBooksie That language hurts my head! 8mo
mandarchy @ShelleyBooksie we are united in pain 8mo
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Student art after reading The Boy Who Loved Maps. I don't think they fully appreciated the friendship in the story and there were whispers that it was romance. But I sensed that the MC nearly broke out in hives from the antagonist's tendency toward fiction. My kids were deaf to me suggesting that the MC just loved something new that they usually wouldn't agree to try. Nominated for the 2024 #WCCPBA