Tag Archives: Tara Smith

June 05

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson – Review by Tara Smith

(Note: I know that many of you share these posts with your children and students. Be warned that this post contains spoilers and was written with others who have already read this book in mind. – CM)   I first read Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia when I was stuck at the orthodontist’s office without […]

Expanding Their Worlds Through Books by Tara Smith

I teach in an affluent suburb of New Jersey, and my students are fortunate enough to have parents who attend to their needs and wants in equal measure. As privileged as they are, my kids have an awareness that they are lucky, and that there are children nearby and all over the world who struggle […]

Filip: A Portrait of a Passionate Reader by Tara Smith

Most of my teaching day is spent talking about books: mini lessons, reading conferences, book talks, reading response letters and listening/facilitating/leading discussions about books.  I surround my sixth grade classroom with lots of wonderful books, and I am happy if all they do is to  become book lovers during the school year – never mind […]

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster Reviewed by Tara Smith

The Phantom Tollbooth celebrated its 50th. “birthday” last year, and I recall listening to many an interview marking this anniversary with its author Norman Juster and its illustrator, Jules Feiffer.  After all these years, it seemed that although both were not entirely surprised that children (and adults) would continue to read and enjoy this inventive adventure […]