Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Book Review for June 30th, 2010

The Water Mirror

The Water Mirror is by Kai Meyer. The Water Mirror is about two girls who go to live with a mirror-maker. Next door lives a weaver. Their apprentices have been rivals for a long time. Merle (the oldest) falls in love with one of the weaver's apprentices, Serafin.

Some of the reasons that I liked this book were that it has magic in it. One of the times it had magic in it was when the mirror maker made special mirrors. Junipa was blind for all her life, but putting the mirror inside her eyes made her able to see. "Instead of eyes, silvery mirrors glittered under her lids." Ialso liked that it was adventurous. It has water creatures and mythical ones.

I would reccomend it to girls.

Luke is learning that the panels need to have the dialogue written bigger.

The panels read from left to right:
panel 1: Japan 14th cen. during the rise of Tokugawa
panel 2: Grieving over the lost of Rain Kingu's wife,
panel 3:the normally benevolent ruler demands more of his people displeasing some.
panel 4: "So Shiroi, you came?" "Wouldn't miss it."
panel 5: "Remember we've only got one chance" "Or they say hello to Aka"

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Olivia's Book Reviews and Luke's Graphic Novel

The report cards have finally come in and both kids did very well! We decided that a healthy dose of math was needed all around, so the workbooks are being ordered. For the writing projects, Olivia decided to write a daily book review and Luke is working on a page a day of a graphic novel.

Luke spent today researching Japanese mythology, names, and general information about Samurais for his novel. When he gets the panels done, I will try to post them.

Here is Olivia's review:

"Percy Jackson and The Sword of Hades"
The author of this short story is Rick Riordian. It is from a book called Percy Jackson and The Demigod Files. This book is about when Percy, Thalia, and Nico go to the underworld. They go to the underworld to retrieve the sword of Hades. The sword of Hades was stolen from the forges.

I liked this story because it was funny. My favorite part was when Percy meet Ithas. My second favorite part was when they found Ethan. I didn't lik that they were tricked. In the begining of the sotry when Percy meets Thalia, she asks him if he wants to get something to eat. And then at the end, she asks him if he wants a cheeseburger. And Percy says "youre still hungry after that?" I thought it was funny.

Saturday, June 12, 2010