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Monthly Archives: February 2015

“Dreaming of India” by E. Nava

In this book the author tells us something about his life.  He spent part of his childhood in India before he moved to Italy.  He remembers what he was doing in India and how different his life was there.  In India, he climbed the trees to get sweet mangos.  He used to play and run in the rain […]

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“Momotaro” a Japanese Folktale

GENRE Fiction – Japanese Folklore Have you ever read this ancient Japanese folklore story?  I read it this morning and I like it.  For this reason, I would like to tell you something about it.  Momotaro means “Peachboy” because he was found inside a big peach that was floating in the river by an old woman.  She and […]

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“The Cay” by Theodore Taylor

SETTING The story takes place on the cay, a low island made of coral and sand, somewhere in the Caribbean.  It takes place in 1942 during World War II. GENRE Historical Fiction CHARACTERS / SUBJECT MATTER The main characters are Phillip an 11-year-old American boy, whose family is presently living in Curacao, and Timothy, an elderly black, West Indian sailor. PROBLEM […]

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“Nonno Tano e il Delfino” by Roberta Grazzani

  SETTING The Mediterranean sea near the Southern Italian coast on a summer afternoon. GENRE Fiction CHARACTERS / SUBJECT MATTER Nonno Tano, a fisherman a dolphin and a sword fish PROBLEM, CONFLICT or FAVORITE PART I want to tell you a little about this short story “My grandfather Tano and the Dolphin”, written by an Italian author, […]

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“The Trojan Horse” Retold by Warwick Hutton

SETTING The setting was many thousands of years ago during the Trojan War. This takes place in Troy, mostly outside the city walls, on the fields of Ilium. The war has been going on for about 10 years and it is about to end. GENRE Fiction – Classic CHARACTERS / SUBJECT MATTER The Greeks and […]

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“Big Dog… Little Dog” by P.D. Eastman

SETTING This story takes place inside the dog’s house. Then they leave for a camping trip and they are in their car, in the mountains, and in a hotel. It is autumn or winter because the leaves are not on the trees and there is snow up in the mountains. The story takes place during […]

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“Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen

SETTING The story takes place in the remote Canadian wilderness. The author doesn’t tell the reader exactly when the story takes place but I think it happened during the 90’s since the boy doesn’t have a cell phone. GENRE Fiction – Realistic CHARACTERS / SUBJECT MATTER The main character is 13-year old Brian Robeson. He […]

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“The Ear Book” by Dr. Seuss

SETTING The story is set in a boys’ house. The boys and the dog also go for a walk outside. Outside on their walk, they see things in a city. GENRE Fiction CHARACTERS / SUBJECT MATTER The main characters are a young boy who has big ears and listens to many things. He always wears […]

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“Theseus and the Minotaur” by Leonard Everett Fisher

SETTING This myth is set in the time of Ancient Greece. The main character is from the city of Athens. Most of the action takes place on the island of Crete in the Aegean Sea. GENRE Fiction – Mythology CHARACTERS / SUBJECT MATTER Theseus is the hero of the myth who is the prince of Athens. […]

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“Hop to School Froggy” by Jonathon London

SETTING Froggy is at school.  He is at a desk.  He is at home too.  It is clean. GENRE Fiction – Humor CHARACTERS / SUBJECT MATTER Froggy – He is silly.  Max –  He likes school.  He is Froggy’s friend. PROBLEM, CONFLICT or FAVORITE PART Froggy flip, flop and plopped at school.  His teacher told him he […]

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