Sunday, February 27, 2011

Where the Sidewalk Ends (Thing 2)

We were reading Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. It is a book of a bunch of poems. I am going to post my favorite poem called, "True story:"

This morning I jumped on my horse
And went for a ride,
And some wild outlaws chased me
And shot me in the side.
So I crawled into a wildcats cave
To find a place to hide
But some pirates found me sleeping there
And soon they had me tied
To a pole and built a fire
Under me---I almost cried
Till a mermaid came and cut me loose
And begged to be my bride
So I said id come back Wednesday
But I must admit I lied.
Then I ran into a jungle swamp
But I forgot my guide
And I stepped into some quicksand
And no matter how hard I tried
I couldn’t get out, until I met
A watersnake named Clyde
Who pulled me to some cannibals
Who planned to have me fried
But an eagle came and swooped me up
And through the air we flied
But he dropped me in a boiling lake
A thousand miles wide
And you’ll never guess what I did then---
— Shel Silverstein

Our dad made a bunch of poems and we read some of them. I think I would give the book .

Where the Sidewalk Ends (Thing 1)

We read Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. This book isn't a story book. It's a book full of funny poems. My favorite poem that he wrote is "Sick." Here it is:


'I cannot go to school today,'
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
'I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox
And there's one more-that's seventeen,
And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut-my eyes are blue-
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke-
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button's caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,
My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb.
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is-what?
What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is...Saturday?
G'bye, I'm going out to play! '
--Shel Silverstein

For our fun activity, we read some funny poems that my dad wrote.

I would give this book,. I think people should read this book because it is funny and clever.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Matilda (Thing 1)

We read Matilda by Roald Dahl. Instead of writing a normal book review, I'm going to interview Matilda herself.

Me: Hi, Matilda.

Matilda: Hi.

Me: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Matilda: Sure. I'm five and a half, I'm in school, I live in England, and my family is dreadful. My daddy calls me an ignorant little twit when I answer mathematics questions that were meant for my brother, my mummy says I'm too stupid to understand things, and, well, you get the idea.

Me: How awful for you. Can you tell us a little about your school?

Matilda: Yes. I love school and I love learning. Some things are a little too easy for me. My teacher says I'm a genius, but I still like my school and my friends. My best friends are a girl named Lavender and my teacher Miss Honey. But the principal is awful.

Me: Can you tell us about the principal?

Matilda: Mm-hmm. Her name is Miss Trunchbull and she's the most awful person in the world. She's terrifically strong and incredibly mean. One time, there was a girl with pig-tails on the playground (Miss Trunchbull hates pig-tails) and she picked the girl up, swung her around like the hammer in a hammer throw, and threw her clear across the playground.

Me: Whoa.

Matilda: And that's a minor thing for Miss Trunchbull to do. She has this very tall, narrow cupboard called "The Chokey." It is about ten inches wide, and whenever she's really mad at someone, which is very often, she sticks them in there for a long time. Sometimes for the entire day. I know it doesn't sound bad, but against each wall, shards of glass and nails are sticking out so you can't lean against them. You have to stand straight up and be dead still. It's horrible.

Me: Miss Trunchbull sounds awful.

Matilda: She is.

Me: Is there any way you can stop her from being so mean?

Matilda: I think there is. I have a plan and it just might work.

Me: What is it?

Matilda: I'm not going to say. If you want to find out, you're just going to have to read my book.

And that is the end of my interview.

For our fun activity, we watched the movie, "Matilda."

I would give this book . I would recommend this book because it is cute, funny, and magical. I would also recommend the movie.

Matilda (Thing 2)

We read Matilda by Roald Dahl.

It's about a girl named Matilda and she is 5 years old and she loves to read but her mom, dad, and brother watch TV but she does not! Then she goes to school at the age of 5 years old and there is a mean principal named Miss Trunchbull and she does not like kids and she does horrible things to them.

I learned that small people can make a big difference.

I recommend this book because people will love it and laugh.

I really liked when Matilda got back at Miss Trunchbull.

We watched Matilda the movie. The movie was very different than the book.

I would give it

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Mr. Popper's Penguins (Thing 2)

We read Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater.

My favorite character was the penguin Captain Cook.

The book is about a painter named Mr. Popper. When Admiral Drake surprisingly talks to Mr. Popper on the radio, Mr. Popper gets a surprise in the mail. He gets a penguin that always says, "Ork! Ork!'' and they named him Captain Cook.

Here is a picture that I made of a penguin:

When we were finishing the book, we drank homemade hot chocolate.

I would give it .

Mr. Popper's Penguins (Thing 1)

Our first book was Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater. It is a fictional, Newbery Honor book.

The setting of this book is on Proudfoot Avenue in Stillwater. The main character is a house painter named, Mr. Popper. He is very interested in the North and South Poles. He also likes penguins.

The story begins with Mr. Popper listening to the radio when Admiral Drake announces, "Hello Mr. Popper up in Stillwater. Thank you for your nice letter about the pictures of our last expedition. Watch for an answer but not by letter, Mr. Popper. Watch for a surprise. Signing off."

Mr. Popper begins to wonder about the surprise until, one day, a penguin arrives at his house! He names him Captain Cook. Mr. and Mrs. Popper aren't very rich, so another mouth to feed is very tricky. Mr. and Mrs. Popper already have two kids, as well; Janie and Bill.

One day, another penguin arrives. Her name is Greta. Things begin to get tricky with so many mouths to feed, and it just keeps getting worse when Captain Cook and Greta have ten little penguin chicks! So, Mr. Popper devises a plan to help get money for food for them and the penguins . . .

For our fun activity to go along with the book, we read the last few chapters while drinking homemade hot chocolate.

I would give this story.

I think people should read this book, because it's funny, cute, and you learn stuff about penguins and their habitats. This book also has a twist in the ending that I didn't expect.