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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Good Writer - Lisa Schroeder - Realistic Fiction Recommended by 11 Years Old Reader

Lisa Schroeder recommended by 11 years old reader.

If you want to write a novel check top 10 things to do by Lisa Schroeder

How to Raise Unselfish, Empathetic Child

 Read “Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in our All-About-Me World” by Michele Borba.
Teenagers today are 40% less empathetic than they were thirty years ago. Why is a “lack of empathy,” called by Dr. Michele Borba “the Selfie Syndrome” so dangerous? First, it hurts kids' academic performance and drives to bullying behaviors.

Furthermore, it leads to increased cheating and decreased resilience. Once children grow up, a lack of empathy obstructs their ability to collaborate, innovate, and problem-solve-all must-have skills for the comprehensive economy.

In “UnSelfie,” Dr. Borba identifies the forces triggering the empathy crisis and shares an innovative, researched-based, nine-step plan for reversing the process.
Empathy is a quality that can be taught and nurtured. Dr. Borba offers an outline for parenting that shows the results we all want: successful, happy kids who are kind, moral, courageous, and resilient. “UnSelfie” is a blueprint for parents and educators who want to kids shift their focus from I, me, and we, us, and ours.

If you are interested in discussing this topic with other parents, this guide could prove to be helpful clickhere  for PDF or on the link below
See some of Borba's other books and accomplishments by visiting her website click here or

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Practice Second Language in Action by Reading, Comprehending and Following Instructions

"Comprehending a second language is a complex process that occurs with a few external signs along the way." For example, when the reader is trying to bake a cake using a recipe in a foreign language.
Instructions in Polish Language

"How learners process new information and what kinds of strategies the learner employs to understand, learn or remember the information has been the primary concern of the researchers dealing with the area of foreign language learning." 
Find more by checking the research and it's conclusions 

Basia independently made a delicious King's Cake - Krolewiec
carefully using instructions in Polish language, August 2018

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Why Read Historical Fiction?

The category of historical fiction in the field of children’s literature includes stories that are written to illustrate a time period or deliver information about a specific time period or an historical event. Reading historical fiction promotes academic equity and teaches psychology, geography, history, and English literacy.

"A Bird on Water Street" by Elizabeth O. Dulemba

In historical fiction, background is the most important literary element. Because the author is writing about a particular time in history, the information about the time period must be accurate and authentic. In order to achieve that the writer must research the time period comprehensively. He must learn how people lived, what they ate, what kinds of homes they had, and what artifacts were a common part of their lives. Historical fiction novels have characters who are either imaginary or who actually lived during the time period. Settings also may be real or imaginary. The plot events may be documented historical events or they may be fictional. If they are fictional, it means that the author created the events for the telling of the story. The fictional characters, settings, and plot events must be portrayed realistically as if they actually could have happened.

A classic example of historical fiction is “Johnny Tremain”. The primary setting is Boston in 1773. The book contains both real and fictional characters, real and fictional settings, and real and fictional events. The book is successful because of author Esther Forbes’s extensive historical research and knowledge of the time period and her skillful blending of history and fiction into a believable story.

Best Children Historical Fiction Books
"Johnny Tremain" by Esther Forbes
It is 75 years old book for middle grades but still 
one of the best historical fiction novels about the American Revolution.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Good Writer - Cynthia Kadohata - Historical Fiction

Cynthia Kadohata is a Japanese American children's writer best known for historical fiction books. Her young adult novel “Kira-Kira” won the Newbery Medal in 2005. She won the National Book Award in Young People's Literature in 2013 for “The Thing About Luck.”
Kira-kira by Cynthia Kadohata

The Floating World (Viking, 1989)
In the Heart of the Valley of Love (Viking, 1992)
The Glass Mountains (Clarkston, GA, White Wolf Pub, 1995)
Kira-Kira (Atheneum, 2004)
Weedflower (Atheneum, 2006)
Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam (Atheneum, 2007)
Outside Beauty (Atheneum, 2008)
A Million Shades of Gray (Atheneum, 2010)
The Thing About Luck (Atheneum, 2013), illustrated by Julia Kuo
Half a World Away (Atheneum, 2014)
Checked (Atheneum, 2018)

Basia's favorite historical fiction by Cynthia Kadohata, 2018

Check the author’s web

Monday, July 30, 2018

Good Book - The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

It's a series of children's fiction, adventure and fantasy books recommended by 11 years old reader.
"Wow! The best books I've read this summer." Says Basia Panko
1# Wishing Spell
2# The Enchantress Returns
3# A Gremm Worning
4# Beyond the Kingdoms
5# An Author's Odyssey
6# Words Collide