Deconstructing Penguins

Deconstructing Penguins

Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading

Book - 2005
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"Books are like puzzles," write Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone. "The author's ideas are hidden, and it is up to all of us to figure them out." In this indispensable reading companion, the Goldstones-noted parent-child book club experts-encourage grownups and young readers alike to adopt an approach that will unlock the magic and power of reading.

With the Goldstones help, parents can inspire kids' lifelong love of reading by teaching them how to unlock a book's hidden meaning. Featuring fun and incisive discussions of numerous children's classics, this dynamic guide highlights key elements-theme, setting, character, point of view, climax, and conflict-and paves the way for meaningful conversations between parents and children.

"Best of all," the Goldstones note, "you don't need an advanced degree in English literature or forty hours a week of free time to effectively discuss a book with your child. This isn't Crime and Punishment, it's Charlotte's Web."
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2005.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780812970289
Branch Call Number: 028.55 GOLDSTON
Characteristics: x, 206 pages ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Goldstone, Nancy Bazelon


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Book clubs can be multi-generational and family oriented! Deconstructing Penguins is a helpful read for parents and guardians who want to read with their children.

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Jul 27, 2017

This book is a treasure. Readers of all ages can learn much from this relatively small volume. The authors report on the beginnings of a book group for grades 2-4 and their parents which started with a discussion of "Mr. Popper's Penguins." As they refined their process, their group expanded to higher grades as their initial members asked them to continue the group when they outgrew it.

In addition to the information on decoding a book beginning with the protagonist/antagonist, identifying the climax, grading the author, etc. provided by discussing real titles published for children, they also provide additional lists separated by grade level.


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