Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
This was a pre-read for Simon and it was excellent--a great plot and lots of wonderful detail about Chinese history and culture.
It occurred to me that I probably need to add a little detail to my pre-read reviews so I have more to work from when subsequent children read the book in future years. (I wish I had thought of this two years ago . . .)
--Before reading: Discuss Confucianism and the Chinese imperial exam system.
--Discuss: Differences and similarities between Hong and Chen.
--Discuss: What should they have done when they encountered the woman, her daughter, and the men starving in the village?
--Discuss: How did the principles of Confucianism impact the choices various people made in this book?
--Discuss: What were the advantages and disadvantages of the exam system for Chinese society?
--Discuss: What is your opinion of the choices that Hong made throughout the book and at the end of the book?
Posted by Julie M. Smith at Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
As is usually the case with me, I was completely enthralled by a novel and utterly disappointed with its ending. Is it me--or is it novels? I rarely used to read novels but now turn to them when my reading time needs to be relatively fluffy to balance out my other projects. Maybe I just need to stick with fluffy non-fiction?
Posted by Julie M. Smith at Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Simon will be reading this during this school year; I preread so I could write discussion questions. This series is fantastic (although slightly misnamed as there will be a separate series on geology and biology)--everyone should know the history of science and these books are physically beautiful and so interesting. I love the way she integrates art, politics, and science, as well as the personal life stories of the scientists. Highly recommended for 10+ and adults.
Posted by Julie M. Smith at Tuesday, August 18, 2009
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