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Summer Book Club: Final Thoughts!!

I just wanted to touch base about our Summer Book Club one more time on here before I see you in person!!

I’d love for everyone who has read the book this summer to leave a comment about the book, the experience of being in a book club,about something else you’ve read over the holidays, or about something else you’d like to share!

I’ll go first! I have really enjoyed the book club for a few reasons… I have liked being connected to so many people even though we didn’t see each other! I like that we had an idea and made it work! I have liked watching you connect with each other! I have liked finding out that some of you are going to continue with the series. I have liked being accountable with my reading, knowing you were relying on me to make the blog posts!

I’ve read a few other books this summer…all of which seem to be for “kids”! Helen & I have been pre-reading books for the upcoming year! We are trying to find books that are exciting and hopefully new for most of the classes. There are a few that my “old grade fours” would probably enjoy, so if you are looking for a recommendation come and see me!!!

Thanks again for taking part in the Summer Book Club…anyone interested in doing another one?!

Until next time/See you on Wednesday 😉

Danielle ⚡️

Chapters 21&22!!!!!!

Well my friends…we did it!!! We have completed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ⚡️⚡️⚡️

I’m so excited that we set out on this journey together. Thank you for being part of my very first book club!!

This week’s questions are…What is your favourite Harry Potter book and will you continue to read or reread the series?

My favourite book is book 1, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I just love the beginning of the series. It’s so exciting to watch Harry find out he is a wizard and see how his life is about to change forever (although he has no idea how much his life will change!!!) I will not continue to reread the series at this time. I read all 8 books last summer and now the first 3 with you, so I think I’ll be looking other books to read for a bit! I do hope those of you who are interested will continue with the series. Just know that they get somewhat “darker” as the books go on. As long as you like that…you’ll love finding out just how this amazing series ends!!

Check out the gift a friend gave me for my birthday!!! It’s a scarf of the Marauders Map!!!

We will have one more opportunity to post comments on the book. Basically I just want to give you some time to gather your thoughts and then post one final comment!!!! Can’t wait to hear from you!!

Until next time ⚡️

Danielle

Chapters 19&20

Hi Everyone!!!

Well well well…we are almost finished our book!!!

This week I’m wondering what makes J.K. Rowling such a great author??? What are your thoughts?!

I don’t often reread books…but I often find myself rereading the Harry Potter series! I actually don’t know how many times I’ve read these books. Sometimes I end up just reading one or two of them at a time and sometimes I read the entire series over. There is something about J.K. Rowling’s writing that inspires me to read and reread. I look for something new in the books or really focus on a character or even look for inconsistencies in the storyline. I think that Rowling has created a whole world that is so exciting and has put so much thought in the details and that’s what makes her such a great author. I have recently purchased a series of books that she writes under her pen name that are geared toward adults. I wonder if I’ll be as captivated as I am when I read the Harry Potter series!

Happy Reading!!!

Until next time ⚡️

Danielle

Chapters 16,17&18

It’s Fri-Yay and time to get the ball rolling on our next book chat!!!

First things first…when I was dividing the book up into our reading schedule I did not really consider how we might feel near the end of the book. How many of you want to keep reading and are disappointed that I’ve asked you to stop at Chapter 18, then next time at Chspter 20?!?! How about this…you read what you want to read and comment without spoiling the book for everyone else. Sound good?! I know that when I finished Chapter 18 I totally wanted to finish it off (even though I’ve already read this book multiple times lol).

Anyway, this week we are kind of continuing our discussion on witchcraft and wizardry because I’ve asked you to share what kind of magical power you’d want and why!

Here’s my little list! I’ve thought that flying could be fun, but might freak people out pretty easily! Mind reading is just asking for trouble! Potions would be really fun if you love math and science experiments. Transfiguration would be pretty cool! Not too sure about divination…seems too inaccurate for me. Maybe just having an overall sense of magic would be best. Something you could use when you really need it! Something to make the world a better place 💙🌎

I can’t  wait to hear what you would want as a magical power!!!! Choose carefully my friends 🌂(Pretend that’s Hagrid’s pink “wand” 😉)

Hmmmm…what kind of magic power would Frankie want to have?!!

Until next time ⚡️

Danielle

Chapters 13,14&15

Hello Again!

Well Hudson and I are back at the cabin and the heat is gone 😢 It’s raining and chilly here today. I guess we should’ve came last week when we were in the middle of a heat wave!

Anyway…back to the book chat! This week’s conversation starter is about whether or not you’d want to be a witch/wizard and why!

I think it’d be pretty cool to be a witch because you’d probably have a neat power. However…With power comes great responsibility! I’m sure there would be all sorts of rules about when and where you could use magic and who could know. It’d be really hard to keep it a secret from your friends and family (if you didn’t come from a wizard family and were scared you were going to freak everyone out if you told them you had special powers!!!). It also would be fun to go to a school like Hogwarts, but they are so far away from their homes for such a long time, so that too might be difficult (unless you were unfortunate like Harry and school was more of a home than is actual home). Maybe I feel undecided about whether I’d like to be a witch. I think I’d want to try it out and see first!!

I have a feeling that many of you would like to be a witch or wizard…can’t wait to hear from you!

Until next time ⚡️

Danielle

Chapters 10, 11 &12

Hello again!

I hope this blog post is finding you well 🙂

I can’t believe how hot it is today! I think I better head back to the lake soon…Hudson agrees!!!!

                         

It is also hard to believe that we are more than half way done the book!!! This week’s discussion is about favourite characters. As I read,  I thought about characters that I can relate to. First I was considering Hermoine because she is a “rule follower” and I really don’t like breaking rules! Then I thought about all the rules that Hermoine has technically broken and realized that she’s too much of a risk taker for me 😉Next I thought about Hagrid. Okay…I don’t see myself as a giant or anything…but I find him to be so loyal. He’d do anything for Dumbledore, Harry and Hogwarts. I find myself to be very loyal too. Maybe I am more like Professor McGonagall. She is fair, but can be strict 👩🏻‍🏫 It’s hard to choose. Maybe I need to think about this another way and choose someone I really admire for being completely different than me! Fred and George really crack me up 😂I’m sure they would make for very naughty students, but they are good for a laugh! However, I do know that there are a list of characters that I cannot relate to nor do I consider as my “favourite” by any means…They all seem to be from the Slytherin for some reason 😉

I’m very curious to hear who your favourite characters are and why you’ve chosen them to be your favourite. I wonder how many other readers are undecided like I am!

This is a sneak peek of some of the treats I saw online from @jennaraecakes. They are Golden Snitch macarons! I wonder what else they will have in stock?!

My friend Rachel made me this Harry Potter inspired cardigan. It has all the house crests! Pretty cool hey?!

Don’t forget to wish Harry a Happy Birthday on Monday, July 31st!

Until next time ⚡️

Danielle

 

Photo from 🇦🇺

Good Morning Everyone!

Here is the photo that Mr. Stefaniuk was talking about. How cool is it that he made a Harry Potter connection all the way from Australia?! 🇦🇺

Here is another Text to World Connection…I read on Instagram that they are celebrating Harry’s Birthday this weekend at Jenna Rae Cakes on Academy with some tasty treats. I’m going to try and make it there and pick up a macaroon or two! Anyone know how old Harry will be on July 31, 2017?! #MontroseSummerMath

Until next time ⚡️

Danielle

Chapters 7,8&9

Happy Friday Harry Potter fans!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading (or re-reading) chapters 7,8 & 9 . Before I read these chapters I went back to remind myself of what the book chat question was going to be this week. I’m glad I did because it helped me generate ideas as I read. This week’s theme is all about connections (as well as anything  else you’d like to post -other than spoilers that is 😉 As I read, I was reminded of reading to the class and having the students take turns with the ‘big book’. The new hardcover Harry Potter books that are being printed with full illustrations sure are gorgeous. I’m so excited that we all got to share the first two together and see how someone else interpreted the story. I sure hope they continue to put one out each holiday season!

I also really enjoying finding the small connections between the Harry Potter series and other books. Earlier in the year I read The Girl Who Drank the Moon…just because there was magic involved!

I can’t wait to hear about the connections to self, connections to text, connections to world and connections to media that you’ll want to share with us! Maybe it’ll be a memory or something new that the rest of us haven’t thought of yet. Thanks so much for connectIng with each other through the blog. I’m really interested in how you are finding this whole book club process so let me know!!!

My book pile!

Happy Reading ⚡️

Until next time,

Danielle

 

 

Chapters 4,5&6

Hi Fellow Book Club Members!

It was very exciting to read all your comments from the first 3 Chapters. I hope you are enjoying Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban so far! Make sure you take time to read other people’s comments and feel free to comment again if you’d like! Maybe you want to ask a question or point something out. Let us know if you are reading the book alone or with a family member or friend, or where you are doing most of your reading. I think it’s so cool that we can all be in different locations and still be connected! Also-if you are reading any other books let us know…maybe you can recommend a good summer read to a friend, teacher or principal 😉

I’ll start us off on this week’s comment thread.

For me a wondering is a little different because I’ve read the series so many times that I’m not wondering what happens since I already know! I’m wondering how J.K. Rowling got her ideas. Did she work alone? Did she create a list of ideas as they came to her? How did she keep track of everything so all the details were consistent throughout the series? I wonder if she re-reads the series or maybe she doesn’t need to?! I wonder if any of the characters are based on her at all? So many wonderings…I could think about this for hours! Maybe you are wondering some of the same things!

Happy Reading 📖 Chat with you soon!

Until next time ⚡️

Danielle

Chapters 1,2&3

Hello my little Summer readers!!!

I hope you’ve all been finding time to read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and are ready to make some comments!

I’ll start us off!!

My favourite part of re-reading the book so far is the feeling I get every time I pick up a Harry Potter book! It’s so exciting…even though I know what happens! I think each time I read the series I find something new . The magic of J.K. Rowling’s words just never gets old!

Please comment by July 10 and read chapters 4,5&6 by a July 14 ⚡️

Until next time,

Danielle