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Teaching with the Brain in Mind

4.5 out of 5 stars 91 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0871202994
ISBN-10: 0871202999
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 133 pages
  • Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Deve (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871202999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871202994
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Elaine Wilson on October 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
Bizarrely, for a Dahl story, there are no grisly deaths, no giant bugs and no magic. A giraffe, a pelican and a monkey open a ladderless window cleaning company, and eventually a young boy gets to open his own candy store. A great big oversized book (mine is, the new one's not), full of terrific drawings and much fun.
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A Kid's Review on June 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
The book" The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me" was an exciting one. In my opinion it was funny and it had a lot of things going on in it.
The story is about a young boy who wants to own an old grubber shop, which is another word for candy store. The grubber shop was sold to The Ladderless Window Cleaning Company, which are a giraffe, a pelican, and a monkey. The boy made friends with The Ladderless Window cleaning Company group and was invited to join the compnay as their business manager. The company gets a job washing the Duke's palace windows. While cleaning the windows they see a robber with a pistol on the third floor. They stop him from stealing some jewels and had him arrested. The Duke gave each of them a rich reward of the one thing each had always wanted.
I would recommend this book to other fourth graders and younger readers too' because it makes you feel nice. The author gives good details and has a magical feel.
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The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl is about a window washing company. The employees of the window washing company are a Giraffe who serves the role of the ladder, a Monkey who washes the windows and a Pelican who is the bucket.

Description from Scholastic:

Roald Dahl uses rich language and fantastic images to tell the tale of a young boy who is able to make his dream of running a candy shop come true. The adventure begins when the little boy teams up with the Giraffe and the Pelican to clean windows at the Ladderless Window Cleaning Company.

This simple plot explodes into an excitingly zany tale that makes readers laugh out loud while conveying a positive message. Dahl expresses this tale by interweaving poetry, charming illustrations and an engaging narrative voice to make this story enticing. Many young readers will recognize that each character serves a special purpose in the story. For example, the Giraffe becomes a main character because of his long neck and ability to reach and clean high windows.

A great read-aloud, this book is also a spectacular model to use with young, developing writers. Among other things, it is a terrific example of what poetry is and how poetry can be used to tell stories. The book closes with the words "No book ever ends when it's full of your friends, the Giraffe and the Pelly and Me." The last line invites young readers to imagine the wonders that lie within all books. This fun, fast-paced story is a fabulous choice, containing many valuable lessons.

My daughter Katelyn read this book. She thought the idea for the book was original and fun. She liked each of the characters. There were some pictures throughout the book to illustrate what the characters were doing.
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This is a very good introduction to applying knowledge gained from studies on the brain to teaching. It covers in a simple way the nature of the brain, of memory and recall, alternatives to using rewards, the biology of attention, how enriched environment affects the brain, how emotions, threats and stress, and movement affect learning... It is easy to read, helped by the diagrams. For those interested in more scope and depth, the author's newly revised Brain-based Learning would be a better choice.
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By A Customer on October 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Giraffe, the Pelly, and Me is a great book because it's funny and exciting. Especially since there are animals in it. I read it in two days because it's an eye-sticking book. (meaning you can't keep your eyes off it) It starts off dull, but it keeps getting more exciting as the book goes on. By the time you're done, you will be glad you read it. The story starts off as a boy wanting to go inside an old FOR SALE candy store and always dreams of buying it. To find out if he ever gets inside it, you have to read the book. I also recommened reading it at school. I'm sure you'll love it.
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This book is an excellent resource in my class at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). I use it in my X401 class, Critical Reading in the Content Area. To me, it only makes sense that teachers start teaching with the brain in mind. This book is an excellent source because it gives the necessary biological background and adds practical information for teachers, so there is theory and practice. This book will explain why great teachers do the things that they do. Again, an excellent source.
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First off, if you are confused, somehow, (as of the date of this review), Amazon has crossed the wires between this Dahl book and Eric Jensen's "Teaching With the Brain in Mind". So, over half of the reviews are referring to a book about how to apply the latest in brain research to classroom teaching. Somehow, in an odd sort of way, I think that goof-up would have amused Dahl, who was not generally an easily amused man.

That said, this is not your standard Dahl. There is no grotesque or dark humor, no edge, no real villain, and no violence or subtle threat of mistreatment. This is a light and cheerful tale of a creative boy and the three animal pals who join him in a ladderless window washing enterprise and who have some surprising adventures.

So, while you shouldn't think of this as typical Dahl, it is perfectly pleasant and fun as a read to or read with for youngsters. A happy addition to any kid's library.
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