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CollectionsYour library (233)

Reviews227 reviews

TagsFiction (151), Teen (73), Fantasy (54), Nonfiction (21), Classic (16), Historical Fiction (9), Cats (4), Psychology (4), Biography (3), fiction (3) — see all tags

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About meSee my other libraries...
My regular library is at the1butterfly
My class library is at t1bclasslibrary

About my libraryThis is my library of books I don't own, but have read. In some cases, it includes books that I technically still have lying around, but intend to get rid of because I just don't have room. It's nice to have a bigger picture of a person and what she's read, so this gives you a better idea of that than just my regular library. The books in this library will probably be rated lower than those in my regular library, because, well, there is a reason I don't own them (especially since my mother bought me every book I wanted through college -she promised she would and did not bother to put conditions on it like "while you're still a kid," and she technically should still be buying!- and I very much got in the habit of owning). If a book is rated higher, I might even be planning to buy it eventually (but obviously not if I specify that I'm getting rid of it).

Some of the books from my library are available:
The Cat Who Came for Christmas
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
all the teen books (Fear Street, etc., which I was pretty obsessed with in middle school)
and some others not listed...
If you're interested in any of these, please comment.

Right now I'm very into swapping used books and cds and dvds!



Real nameMegan T.

LocationSouthwestern Connecticut

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Member sinceNov 14, 2006

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I saw your review for the Inferno, and I'm elated to find someone who agrees. We read this in my senior English class and Dante's tone and attitude really pissed me off. The book is filled with personal agenda, and he is completely self-righteous and narcisstic (right at the beginning he shows himself being accepted into a veritable pantheon of classical poets, one of which was sent by the highest levels of heaven to help him.) I could never understand why this was viewed as such a masterpiece.
Thank you for your reply - sensible and reasonable. I agree that it's not appropriate for young children, and I have to say I didn't much care for the way the fruit analogy was written, implying that no amount formal education was necessary. At the same time, I think that even at the elementary level in today's schools, too much effort is expended on organization and administration, and too little time is left to children for free unstructured play. A recent NPR story
highlighted the insidiousness of structure in our children's play.
At the higher levels, I think children ought to be trusted with choosing a lot more of their own curriculum. Have you ever read the essay The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers? For my own children, I intend to teach the basics of learning in the elementary grade levels, and allow them to choose their own courses of study when they show mastery of those basics (reading, writing, arithmetic, and critical thinking). I think the role of a parent or teacher is to guide a child's safe entry into the world without directing their choices.
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