Notes From a Kidwatcher

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This long-overdue anthology ranges from Yetta Goodman's first article about her own daughter's early spelling to her most recent, previously unpublished piece about turn-of-the century educator Lucy Sprague Mitchell and the lives of female educators in general.

A celebrated and feared English ghost is outraged when the new American owners of his haunting place refuse to take him seriously and actually fight back against him.

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Overview

This long-overdue anthology ranges from Yetta Goodman's first article about her own daughter's early spelling to her most recent, previously unpublished piece about turn-of-the century educator Lucy Sprague Mitchell and the lives of female educators in general.

A celebrated and feared English ghost is outraged when the new American owners of his haunting place refuse to take him seriously and actually fight back against him.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up Lovers of Oscar Wilde's stories will delight in this new illustrated version of The Canterville Ghost if the picture book format does not keep them from finding it. Wilde's story of an American family who moves into Canterville Chase and annoys a weary ghost with their lack of belief in him is a wry commentary on the ways of British nobility and of their hard-headed American cousins. Like many of Wilde's tales, this one is filled with sophisticated allusions to his social and political milieu, but ends as sentimental romance. Zwerger's wry pictures highlight this tone beautifully. Her toothless ghost is round and comical, as would suit a ghost whom no one fears, and her heroine, Virginia, is young and sweetly boyish. All of the illustrations are set against misty gray watercolor backgrounds except for the climactic scene, echoed on the front cover, in which the tiny huntsmen on the wallpaper call out to Virginia to ``Go Back.'' This will make a fine read-aloud for audiences of secondary students who are prepared to savor Wilde's ironic humor and Zwerger's delicate watercolors. Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
Janice Del Negro
The second volume in a series of comic book adaptations of Wilde's tales [see BKL Ja 15 93 for previous volume] gives "The Young King" and "The Remarkable Rocket" the Marvel-DC treatment. In elaborate underground "comix" style, Russell reintroduces the tales with an accessible if nontraditional approach to picture-book illustration and better-than-average adaptations of the original texts. Whether you believe circulating comics in the library is appropriate or not, this full-color book won't stay on the shelf for long, and it may well attract readers to a genre they might not usually find appealing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780435072124
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 5/20/1996
  • Pages: 316
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Wilde, Ph.D., is the author of numerous Heinemann professional books including Funner Grammar as well as the firsthand classroom resource Strategic Spelling. She is widely recognized for her expertise in developmental spelling and her advocacy of holistic approaches to spelling and phonics. She is Professor of Curriculum and Teaching at Hunter College, City University of New York. She is best known for her work in invented spelling, phonics and miscue analysis. She specializes in showing teachers how kids' invented spellings and miscues can help us work with them in more sophisticated and learner-centered ways. Looking at what kids do as they read and write is at the heart of Sandra's presentations and workshops. She can do lively keynote presentations that highlight the interesting things that we can learn by paying close attention to students' invented spellings and miscues, as well as workshops of varying lengths that focus on student-centered teaching of spelling and phonics. She has recently begun offering workshops that focus on understanding students' miscues as a guide to appropriate instruction, particularly for struggling readers.
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Table of Contents

Culture and Community

The Culturally Deprived Child: A Study in Stereotyping

The Culture of the Culturally Deprived

One Among Many: A Multicultural, Multilingual Perspective

Miscue Analysis, Reading Strategies, and Comprehension

Qualitative Reading Miscue Analysis for Teacher Training

I Never Read Such a Long Story Before

What Beginning Teachers Need to Know About Reading: Mythologies and Reading

Retellings of Literature and the Comprehension Process

Retrospective Miscue Analysis: History, Procedures, and Prospects

To Err Is Human: Learning About Language Processes by Analyzing Miscues

Print Awareness and the Roots of Literacy

The Roots of Literacy

Early Literacy Development: A Sociotransactional View

The Writing Process

Spelling Ability of a Self-Taught Reader

Do We Really Need Those Oversized Pencils to Write With?

The Writing Process

Kidwatching

Kidwatching: An Alternative to Testing

Kidwatching: Observing Children in the Classroom

Evaluation of Students: Evaluation of Teachers

Whole Language

Respect for the Language Learner

Exploring the Power of Written Language Through Literature for Children and Adolescents

Roots of the Whole Language Movement

Vygotsky in a Whole Language Perspective Coda

Lucy Sprague Mitchell: A Woman's Language Story

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