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Erotic Innocence: The Culture of Child Molesting
Erotic Innocence: The Culture of Child Molesting
by James R. Kincaid
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flawed argument- Concern over something means you care about nothing else, February 14, 2014
A few contentions Kincaid has are already well proven- the Satanic Panic was a terrible, shameful case of mass hysteria. Hollywood and the American media has eroticized children in various, peculiar ways. Those are nothing new. But Kincaid then downplays the reality of sex abuse by conflating it with media hype. There were no child-abducting Satanic cults, but priest abuse was common because it was so rarely addressed, allowing a small number of priests to rack up a large number of victims. Human trafficking is also a problem that is more common than we like to think. Children are frequently targeted. Brown children, but children.
The weakest argument, though, is the contention that a focus on sex abuse allows us to ignore other forms of abuse. I suppose mentioning illiteracy is a way to ignore homelessness, or that focusing on childhood hunger by providing free school lunch is a way to ignore the drug addictions of their parents. Or that focusing on the drug addictions of parents is a way to ignore the war in Iraq. Or something. I can't believe he wrote the whole thing without that flawed logic hitting him.
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Navigating the Information Tsunami: Engaging Research Projects That Meet the Common Core State Standards, K-5
Navigating the Information Tsunami: Engaging Research Projects That Meet the Common Core State Standards, K-5
by Kristin Fontichiaro
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas, some ridiculous ones, September 14, 2013
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Information seeking literacy is an underestimated discipline that needs more focus in education, but many classroom teachers believe that research skills are for middle school and up, or don't know how to tackle them. This book provides research projects for grades K-5.


1.The book is well organized and includes specific standards of the common core. It's nearly scripted, taking some of the brain work out for the teacher.

2. It includes hi-tech and non-tech resources and activities, making the lessons suitable for schools of all funding levels.

3. It focuses on collaboration with the school library media specialist. At last, a book for collaborative work! (With the text written towards the teacher, though).

1. Here's one thing on the resource list for the very first lesson: A real mammoth tooth. No, seriously, Fontichiaro actually suggests that you can just borrow it from your local natural history museum.

2. The book has decent reproducibles but it's in a small form and can't be reproduced on the Xerox machine without a lot effort, unless you want small papers with huge margins.

3. The resources often require subscriptions, which is unrealistic for one lesson plan and I prefer free resources when a teacher already paid for a lesson book. It feels like sneaky advertising from companies or a "hook." Also, with just the URL address, you don't know what the resource actually looks like and can't decide for yourself if it's decent or not.

4. Since this book involves a lot of collaboration with school librarians, the book should be directed to them too.

5. The book would be better if it also included 21st Century Skills standards.

Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier
Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slice of Americana Gone Rotten, July 29, 2013
I'm reading the book right now. Fascinating stuff. I'll warn people- a lot of it you won't be able to stomach, particularly the abuse of the children. We Americans tend to hold free-spirited eccentrics in high regard, especially since the late 1960's, but this will disillusion a lot of people who romanticize living off the grid. Though the abuse to the reader is fairly obvious, it's clear that Pa Pilgrim was good at surrounding himself by people who wanted to believe in the fantasy of a sweet, back-to-nature hippie family, so they turned blind eyes to the strangeness and abuse markers. Meanwhile he kept his family isolated enough that few people had the chance to lose their affection for them. When Pa Pilgrim's mask did slip he'd move on. Equally fascinating is the tension between residents and rangers in national parks. I am a city dweller and never really knew this stuff, and Kizzia offers a good glimpse into the viewpoints of both sides.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Impractical and absurd, May 20, 2012
I know Americans believe the French do everything better but in truth, they like simple baby food with few ingredients like everyone else. The ones I know don't even really *make* baby food as much as they mash up whatever the family is eating. They are not interested in making complicated recipes that are not cost effective and will likely wind up wasting so many ingredients. First off, let me warn you that if you are not a family of means, don't even bother opening the book. The recipes call for quail eggs, goat cheese, and water cress. It specifies what you can get at the grocery store and what you need at the farmer's market. Because when you're a working mother you totally want to make two trips! If you're hoping for low prep and clean up time, move on.

There are plenty of other ways and resources to make healthy, delicious baby food. Much easier and much more frugal ways.

If you want to make use of this book, I recommend making the recipes and stuffing them between tiny pieces of bread and calling them tea sandwiches. They are indeed delicious and you will appear the fanciest of all the pants at the church fundraiser or book club.

Read and Understand Myths & Legends, Grades 4-6
Read and Understand Myths & Legends, Grades 4-6
by Jill Norris
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent on so many levels, November 8, 2011
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I am a library media specialist, and I often have units on myths and legends. It is so spectacular to have this resource in one place. It's worth every penny. This book has 19 stories that are easily Xeroxed. Keep in mind that half of them are Greco-Roman myths, while the other half includes Inuit, Norse, and other world myths. The stories are well written and engaging, with surprisingly beautiful illustrations. The activities have depth and meaning without being ridiculously long, hard to prepare, or evaluate. I've noticed with most books of this nature the activities are shallow and not in line with state standards, despite their claims. If they are not meaningless, they have unrealistic activities that require an inordinate amount of teacher prep time. Not with this book. I'd recommend students keep a binder with the stories and their following activities if you want to make it elaborate, but for the most part, R&U Myths and Legends is quick and low maintenance. My students actually do enjoy these activities as well, and they like to keep the stories they receive. I personally like that the activities are writing-based, as this is a focus on my school. The questions include basic comprehension that rely on written response rather than multiple choice. They also include critical and higher order thinking. A few of the activities are just plain old fun, like crossword puzzles, but most of them are academically-inclined.

A Wrinkle In Time
A Wrinkle In Time
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful and embarrassing, June 13, 2011
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L'Engle refused to allow this classic to be made into a movie for decades, fearing no one would do the book justice. She shouldn't have buckled and allowed Disney to do what they did to her book. Considering the resources Disney has at its fingertips, I can only guess that their failure with this movie is a result of spite. First of all, the movie is terribly boring. The characters are simpering, melodramatic, and not very deep. The special effects are overdone and rather cliche, which Disney seems to rely to avoid the depth of the story. Most insulting of all was the deliberate censorship of the book's spiritual themes. While Disney rarely stays true to books and traditional stories, they still usually manage to do an excellent job of entertaining the audience. In WIT, however, the movie is confusing, rushed, and dull for all its CGI effects. I really wish I could find the old 1974 filmstrip of the book which did a better job with far fewer resources than Disney has.
Jeff Stockwell has been hired to adapt the book for theaters, and maybe he can repair some of the damage this movie did.

The Human Centipede
The Human Centipede
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3.0 out of 5 stars You won't understand the emotions you'll feel, October 27, 2010
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When I watched this last night, I was amazed. But not for any reasons I understood. I felt feelings I never felt before. I think I learned something, but I'm not sure what.

This movie will leaving you thinking "WTF?" but it's a question that cannot be answered. Part of you will think this is a movie of genius, part of you will think it is the Emperor's Clothing. If you want to say this movie is unlike any other, you will get no argument from me.

If you feel angry towards Tom Six, this is completely natural and healthy.

I will say that this is SAW for thinking people, and it will leave you scratching your head.

Daughter of Earth
Daughter of Earth
by Gerald McDermott
Edition: Hardcover
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath taking book, October 26, 2010
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I use this book frequently as a school media specialist, and it's a crying shame this book never won a Caldecott and has gone out of print. It does not deserve its obscurity. Daughter of Earth is the Roman version of the better known Greek tale of Persephone. For any teacher doing comparisons of myth I recommend this. My students simply adore it. The illustrations are lush, beautiful, and unsual. The text is easy to follow but not patronizingly dumbed down the way many books are today. It is easy to sequence, analyze, and discuss. The amount of lesson plans that I can spawn from this one book is astonishing.

While this book is a gem for educators, it's beautiful for families too. I wish this book would come back into print, and I wish McDermott had done more Roman and Greek myths. This really is his best work.

Poisoned Honey: A Story of Mary Magdalene
Poisoned Honey: A Story of Mary Magdalene
by Beatrice Gormley
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good, August 2, 2010
While not quite as good as her novel Salome, Beatrice Gormley offers a deep and at times disturbing speculation of Mary Magdalene's life before she became a follower of Jesus. In Donna Jo Napoli's Song of The Magdalene (also wonderful) Mary Magdalene's demons take the form of epilepsy, and in this novel they resemble schizophrenia. Gormley is not afraid to be gritty and frank about sexuality and the complexities of human nature, which make her characters more believable. She thickens the plot cleverly by overlapping it with the conversion of the tax collector Matthew, who was also (in the novel)a potential husband for Mary. Mary is not simperingly sweet or a cliche tart with a heart- some of her actions are simply terrible and selfish, such as a scene with a fraudulent fortune teller. Gormley purposely leaves it vague as to how she was possessed- was it her practicing hack witchcraft, was it building since her innocent childhood, or was she simply mentally ill? Was she truly cured, or was it an extraordinary act of mind over matter?

The novel is certainly religious, but not agenda-driven. It has an excellent historical setting, that seems to be quite well researched. A good novel to compare it to, as I said before, is Donna Jo Napoli's Song of The Magdalene.

Festivals With Children
Festivals With Children
by Brigitte Barz
Edition: Paperback
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, May 7, 2010
Waldorf-curric, I see your point, however, I don't understand why you found it misleading. If you go to the Floris Books website, this book is specifically in the Christian section. I don't see how Barz can be faulted for delivering exactly what she promised. This book is ideal for Waldorf practitioners of a Christian stripe, but there many other books that can reach a broader audience, or can be easily adapted to different beliefs.

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