I thought it was funny when she quit her first book of the year, especially when I saw the book. The Magician's Elephant by DiCamillo is an exciting story and a fairly easy read. Plus, she seems to like to read so . . .
. . . But then when a teacher from another class brought in the book that she found in her classroom, it all came together. When you loose a book, you pretty much have to quit reading it. You don't have to pretend to return it and try to fake out your teacher though.
There are good reasons to quit reading a book. These include:
1. The book is boring;
2. You cannot understand the story, even when you reread parts of it;
3. There are several words on each page that you don't know and can't figure out;
4. Once you get into the book, you realize the topic or genre does not interest you;
5. The topic or some of the details make you uncomfortable;
6. The book just is not that good of a book;
7. You can't finish the book in a couple of weeks ( It is too long).
In Reading Workshop, I am hoping for a lot of used books on the shelves by the end of the year. This can only happen when books are read. Quit reading if you have a good reason, but not because you lost the book.
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