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Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Robert Zupperoli, February 13, 2009

This is yet another soon-to-be classic by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Her style illuminates the Ago of Lincoln brilliantly. If you have not yet read anything by her start here, then go to No Ordinary TIme follow that by Wait Till Next Year. You will not be disappointed.
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Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir

Robert Zupperoli, February 6, 2009

Have you ever read a book that made you feel good, gave you a sense of history, time and place, and triggered your own memories. Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir does just that. I grew up in Massachusetts, my father, an avid baseball fan would take us to Fenway Park for Red Sox Baseball. BEfore the two World Series Championships in the days of The Curse; those days with my father were great and we still try to get into Boston for at least one game each season. Doris Kearns Goodwin's memoir reminded me of those days with my family, spending time with them, and enjoying the life, love, and many experiences in an American-Italian-Catholic family. I would highly recommend this book for any one who wants to take a similar walk down memory lane. You will pick it up again and again and recommend it to many friends, whether they are baseball fans or not. This was a recommendation from NPR when it was first published. Trust me you will not want to put this down, nor will you want the story to end.
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Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
Fever 1793

Robert Zupperoli, January 31, 2009

Historical Fiction is becoming a great way to teach history in elementary school. It teaches reading, comprehension, and exposes children to a great genre. This book by Laurie Anderson, is beautifully written, the images are great, and the historical facts are spot on. I loved reading this book and used it in conjunction with Johnny Tremain. These gave perspectives of this period in American history from the view of young people. The kids related to these books in ways they would not to a text. I would use and read this book every year. Purchase and use this book if you teach; it's a great story about a girl's relationship with her mother, grandfather and friends.
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The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
The Little House

Robert Zupperoli, January 29, 2009

This is an excellent story that can be used in grades one through three for lessons on neighborhood, community and social studies. The Little House is a classic in children's literature, the story is beautifully told and has luminous illustrations. It was a Caldecott Winner. It has been and remains among my favorites. I use it year after year in the classroom, it never looses its relevance. The story of a house withstanding urban sprawl was recently played out in real time in Seattle (Oct/Nov '08). This is also a story about growth, change, and loyalty. Enjoy this book!
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