Sorry Kim I haven't read it, my grandma used to love the t.v. series though.
I wanted to ask you what your opinion is of AR. I guessed from your subtle comment that you aren't a big fan?
I had never even heard of it until I moved to a new district 3 years ago. I don't have my students involved in it but it is very big in this district. I don't know a lot about it but am not impressed with how I have seen it used at some schools. My eldest daughter is now in grade 4 and a big part of her reading grade is based on meeting her AR goals for the month. She has to read so many two point books by the end of each month. Now understand these are not individualized goals. Each student in the class has the same goals. Needless to say my daughter who is ADHD and possibly FAS doesn't do very well with this program. She loves to read but has difficulty reading long chapter books. She losses interest after a few chapters. I also find many of the AR books available are very old and she has difficulty with a lot of the language. I have gotten so frustrated with this I have begun reading the books to her but I worryI am encouraging her to cheat. She is reading at grade level and has good reading comprehension but recieved a C- in reading on her last report card because she hadn't read enough AR books!! Go figure she got an A in social studies?!
My other beef with AR is that prizes are given out for getting so many points (don't get me started on intrinsic vs. extrinsic rewards again!). I also have heard kids say that it is possible to take the tests without even bothering to read the books I've never actually looked at the tests since I don't participate in it. Maybe I should before I criticize it anymore.
I would be interested to hear other people's opinions.