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sarabellini

Joined September 2019

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“One always feel better when one has made up one's mind.“
“They have chosen cunning instead of belief. Their prison is only in their minds, yet they are in that prison; and so afraid of being taken in that they cannot be taken out.“

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I like how the battles were a test to see who would remain faithful until the end. The people who could see through Shift's deception were rewarded by being allowed entry into Aslan's true Narnia, the land of believers. Whereas, the Calormene people follow a more spiteful god. I like the good vs. evil battles in this novel and how the stories are retellings of Bible stories.

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This book tells the last battle of Narnia and the end of the world there. An ape named Shift persuades a sweet, innocent Donkey named Puzzle to dress in a lion costume and impersonate Aslan. Shift uses deception to increase his power and wealth, eventually cutting down the talking trees and convincing several Narnians to serve the Calormenes.

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A Crack in the Sea | H. M. Bouwman

“...when Raftwood drew close to the stuck-open doorway, they saw something very strange indeed. A group of people, six of them, maybe a family: two men-one injured- and three younger people, one carrying a baby on his hip. All holding hands...Walking on water. Walking like angels- like refugees, like survivors, like miracles given bodies. Walking on water.“

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A Crack in the Sea | H. M. Bouwman

I like how this novel touched on sensitive and tragic moments throughout history and gives them a fantastical remedy. I also like how this book has stories of three different set of relatives whose stories intertwine. Examples of historical moments, are Jamaica in 1781 and war in Vietnam.

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A Crack in the Sea | H. M. Bouwman
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I think I would like to read this book because I enjoy stories with more than one world or dimension. The doorway between worlds open only when it is least expected. The Raft King wants to go home and bring his people too, but he can only do that with a little boy, Pip, because he has the gift of being able to talk to fish. He may or may not kidnap him, but Pip's sister, Kinchen, will do anything to rescue her brother.

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In a Glass Grimmly | Adam Gidwitz

“Home is where you can be yourself“
“I'd say all mirrors are magical, or can be. They show you yourself after all. Really seeing yourself, though, that's the hardest part.“

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In a Glass Grimmly | Adam Gidwitz

I think it is very interesting that Jack and Jill have a three-legged talking frog as their animal sidekick throughout their adventures. They climb a beanstalk, visit a goblin market and go into a fire-breathing salamander's lair. It is nice how the author put some sort of warning or funny comment before something violent, emotional, or gross was about to happen in the book.

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In a Glass Grimmly | Adam Gidwitz
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I think I would enjoy reading this book because it is about Jack and Jill's adventures as they enter new environments and explore new sets of tales that may or may not be scary. It seems like it would be a good combination of intensity and sweetness since it includes fairy tales I grew up reading and twisted fairy tales as well. You could also read it without having read the first book.

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A Wind in the Door | Madeleine L'Engle

“Don't try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition.“

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A Wind in the Door | Madeleine L'Engle

In the beginning of the book, Meg is concerned about her brother Charles because he does not have many friends and he is very intelligent. Meg also got punished a lot by her principal for her differences and she thinks he will treat her little brother the same way. I think this is not fair because he is holding a grudge against their family.

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A Wind in the Door | Madeleine L'Engle
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I do not think I would like to read this book since I have not read the first book. It is about Meg Murry who seeks to heal a disease her brother Charles has. An angel-like being recruited them to fight an evil force because it is tied to Charles disease.

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“The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey.“
-Winnie the Pooh

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I liked how Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin had their own private farewell party, it shows the importance of friendship. Pooh promises Christopher Robin that he will never forget him even when he is 100 years old.

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I love how the author wrote this book for her son, Christopher Robin, and use his stuffed animals as the characters. In the book, Christopher Robin is growing up, and will eventually have to leave his friends in Hundred Acre Woods because he has to go to school. At the end, all of the friends gather for a farewell party to say goodbye.

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Mr. Popper's Penguins: Enhanced Edition | Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater, Robert Lawson

“Mr. Popper had read that penguins are extremely curious, and he soon found that this was true, for stepping out, the visitor began to inspect the house. Down the hall it went and into the bedrooms, with its strange, pompous little strut.“

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Mr. Popper's Penguins: Enhanced Edition | Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater, Robert Lawson

I thought it was funny how a penguin showed up to Mr. Popper's house in a large box. He keeps the penguin in the icebox refrigerator and drills holes in it so the penguin can breathe. He takes the penguin on walks on a leash and even to the barbershop. The penguin, Greta, was sent to live with Mr. Popper and Captain Crook so the two penguins are not as lonely.

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Mr. Popper's Penguins: Enhanced Edition | Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater, Robert Lawson
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I think I would enjoy this book because it is about a house painter who tries to raise a dozen penguins in his family's home. He takes them on a nationwide circus tour to help pay to take care of them.

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“I'm frecklier and prettier than ever before. I'll be frankly irresistible, if this continues.“

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I know Pippi Longstocking is known for being irresponsible which makes for a fun story. I would probably be interested in finding out what goes on at the island and if they decide to return to their town or not.

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Pippi takes her best friends, Tommy and Annika, with her to Kurrekurredutt Island. Pippi has a lot of amazing adventures on the island. She is even made the princess, Princess Pippilotta. The mystery is if they will want to live on the island forever or return to Villa Villekulla.

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Dealing with Dragons | Patricia C. Wrede

“Well, I'm not a proper princess, then,“ Cimorene snapped. “I make cherries jubilee, and I volunteer for dragons, and I conjugate Latin verbs- or at least I would if anyone would let me. So there!“
“Now, Princess, if you'll come this way, I'll get you settled in.“

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Dealing with Dragons | Patricia C. Wrede

I read a little into the second chapter, and she finds her way into a hovel with many dragons. I thought it was very brave of her to convince Kazul to take her on as the dragon princess to cook and organize the treasure rooms for them. It is more interesting for her than the proper princess stuff anyways.

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Dealing with Dragons | Patricia C. Wrede
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After reading the back of the book, I think I would like it because princess Cimorene is not a normal princess. She runs away to live with Kazul, the most dangerous and powerful dragon around. In the first chapter, she hates being a princess and doing princess things. Her parents do not let her learn magic. She finds out that her parents plan to marry her with a prince who is not very smart so she takes advice from a talking frog and runs away.

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Poppy | Avi

“Dude, I'm not going to spend my life asking an old owl's okay every time I want to have fun. Know what I'm saying? This is our moment, girl, right? And now that I've dug this nut up, I'm going to enjoy it. Besides, he said, it's too dark for an old owl to see me.“
He definitely spoke too soon.

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Poppy | Avi

I thought it was kind of wild how Poppy's “boyfriend“, Ragweed, got killed in the first chapter by Mr. Ocax because he was being too careless. He went out in the open on Bannock Hill without asking the owls for permission. It is very ironic that Ragweed was bragging about his “free-as-a-bird life“ when he got snatched. Poppy's nose got injured and she fainted from the fight.

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Poppy | Avi
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This book is about Poppy, a deer mouse, who is very brave and defies Mr. Ocax, a great-horned owl. From the first chapter and the synopsis on the back of the book, I feel like this book is filled with a lot of action, adventure, and suspense.

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“Not Slytherin, eh?“ said the small voice....“Well, if you're sure-better be GRYFFINDOR!“

I like this quote because the hat can read Harry's mind.

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I like the part of the book when the magical hat sorts all of the Hogwart students into groups. I find it amusing, a talking hat.

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I have seen the Harry Potter movies when I was younger but the books are always better than the movies. On Harry's eleventh birthday, he figures out he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards. I think the first book is the best out of the series because he gets invited to attend Hogwarts, and he meets his best friends who help him discover the truth about his parents.

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The Ugly Duckling | Hans Christian Andersen
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Reflected in the still pool he saw many graceful shapes, with long necks and golden bills. Without thinking, he looked for his dull feathers and awkward, skinny neck. But no such thing was there. Instead, he beheld beneath him a beautiful swan!

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The Ugly Duckling | Hans Christian Andersen
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The theme was him battling for respect from his peers. This fable teaches good behavior and moral-decision making. The pictures are also wonderfully detailed and colorful.

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The Ugly Duckling | Hans Christian Andersen
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I love this fairy tale of how the little bird gets picked on and taunted by other ducks in the community. He ended up finding his family of swans where he belonged all along.

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“The man looked up, happy to see the sun again.”

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This theme probably goes along with good and evil. The illustrations show this because the bright pictures help captivate the contrast in how the wind deals with getting his way and how the sun does.

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The contest between the sun and the wind. I loved this fable because you can motivate people by being nice rather than mean. Persuasion is better than force.

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Stone Soup | Jon J Muth
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“The monks stirred and the pot bubbled. How good it smelled! How good it would taste! How giving the villagers had become!”

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Stone Soup | Jon J Muth
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This was my favorite part of the plot, gathering together eating a meal to share even though they did not want to in the first place. This handed down an important value of a culture.

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Stone Soup | Jon J Muth
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This was actually my first time reading this European folk story. I like the moral of the story about sharing. It was nice of the villagers to invite the monks in and feed them. It‘s almost like thanksgiving.

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Jack and the Beanstalk | John Cech, Robert Mackenzie

“FEE FI FO FUM”

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Jack and the Beanstalk | John Cech, Robert Mackenzie
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This is my favorite part of the fairy tale because he cuts down the beanstalk and has victory over his journey. He also climbs up the beanstalk 3 times as 3 is a magic number is traditional literature.

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Jack and the Beanstalk | John Cech, Robert Mackenzie
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I remember reading this fairy tale as a young child. Jack reminds me of me because he is very brave. This fairy tale has the magic number 3 as he climbs up the bean stalk 3 times. Even though he stole, he did it for his mom.

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Rapunzel | Chloe Perkins

“Rapunzel! Rapunzel! Let down your hair!”

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Rapunzel | Chloe Perkins
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The illustrations were very vibrant and colorful. It made reading the book very enjoyable and fun. A good visual of Indian culture clothing and colors.

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Rapunzel | Chloe Perkins
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I liked this version of the old German folktale because it took place in India which shows diversity. It‘s a nice little love story with a happy ending including a character of evil, the wicked witch.

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Little Red Hen | Golden Books, Lyn Calder
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“Oh, no!” said Little Red Hen. “I will eat the bread myself.” And she did.

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Little Red Hen | Golden Books, Lyn Calder
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I predicted the message of the book because of how she was doing everything herself. I still enjoyed reading it. The plot is simple and direct.

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Little Red Hen | Golden Books, Lyn Calder
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The message of this book is very good and the illustrations are very cute. I think this would be a good book for children to read because of the plot and the message.

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“The Prince kissed the Princess. They both turned into frogs. And they hopped off happily ever after. The End.”

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I loved this part of the book when right before he thought his luck was over but then he found his happily ever after that he was looking for all along.