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From School Library Journal

Berman highlights 30 children's literature titles for grades three and up, and links them, via thematic webs, to about 500 others. Each title doubles as a reproducible bulletin board, with webbed titles printed as bookmarks. While busy librarians and teachers will welcome such timesavers, this book is not without drawbacks. Age-level designations are not listed for each book, so teachers unfamiliar with, say, Richard Peck's Don't Look and It Won't Hurt (Dell, 1992) or Linda Crew's Nekomah Creek (Dell, 1993) won't know whether to recommend them to a fourth or an eighth grader. Beverly Cleary's Ramona the Brave (Morrow, 1975), typically a middle elementary book, is listed on the same web as Avi's Nothing but the Truth (Orchard, 1991), a definite young adult choice. A more helpful title, at least for older students, is Pam Spencer's What Do Young Adults Read Next?, which provides a browsable format, nine types of indexes, and helpful features such as annotations, awards, and review sources for each of 1,500 YA titles.?Leigh Ann Jones, Carroll Middle School, Southlake, TX
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

What Else Should I Do ($24.00; Aug. 1996; 200 pp.; 1-56308-419- 8): Berman, a teacher and children's book columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, reduces his process of book recommendation to a simple structure: from 30 children's novels he has created ``book webs'' of related titles, to be reproduced for display in classroom or library. Along with suggestions for incorporating books and reading into nearly every aspect of the school day, he offers nuts-and-bolts tips for encouraging kids to take charge of their own reading habits. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited (August 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563084198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563084195
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,167,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having a book like this is terrific for a read-aloud family, but this book isn't all it could be. The author begins with all the caveats about how recommending books that are "like" other books is always a judgment call... of course it is. That's why I bought the book.

The recommendations in this book seemed very circuitous -- they all led back to one another, rather than to other books. I would guess, in this whole book, there are fewer than 500 titles mentioned. (With 30 book webs, leading to about 50 recommendations each, there could have been 1500 books.) So, the recommendations lack variety. And in this book, the recommendations seemed particularly girl-oriented. Maybe this is unavoidable -- MUCH good literature is girl-oriented.

Still, what I like about the book is that it gives a brief write-up about the interconnected books. It would be very useful for librarians -- for making displays, that sort of thing. The book is chock-full of bookwebs, which (if your students aren't observant about how the books are so repetitious) could be made into bulletin boards.

This book led us to "No Flying in the House" and "The Red Balloon" -- two winners. So it has brought some good. But Volume 1 is the better book.

Good title index and topic index.
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