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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers; Pap/Cdr edition (15 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571107282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571107282
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 1.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""The CAFE Book" would be a great resource for teachers looking to try a new approach to teaching literacy. " - "Education Review"

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By Josie on 28 July 2013
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Read in conjunction with the Daily 5 book to get the most out of this fabulous book. Full of great ideas to use during literacy lessons.
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By M.McK on 11 Dec. 2014
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Fantastic books with lots of great ideas that can easily be adapted to a range of classroom settings.
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126 of 128 people found the following review helpful
Another homerun for the Sisters! 26 April 2009
By James Hiller - Published on Amazon.com
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Surely, if you are reading this review, you are probably a fan or a devotee of this book: Daily Five, The, the book that provided a framework for literacy instruction that revolutionized classrooms across the country. After implementing "the Sisters" authentic literacy practices, teachers around the country asked, "What's next?" and the Sisters responded by writing "The Cafe Book". It's certainly a worthy partner of their first book.

Washingtonians Gail Boushey and Joan Moser are veteran master teachers, reflective, and insightful in their approach to the craft of education. This book provides the classroom tested, works in progress reading teaching that is happening in their classroom. The CAFE approach allows children to select literacy goals based on their reading needs (comprehension, accuracy, fluency, and expanding vocabulary), gives a framework for conferring with students, and offers tons of classroom tested tips and hints to make your reading teaching more successful.

The Sisters writing is very transparent, examples of actual "language" they use with the kids, and extremely user friendly. Unlike some other education books, which require hours of time, or a master's degree to understand, the Sisters make their books easily accessible, easily understandable, and easy to put into practice. Not only that, the lessons and ideas are mighty powerful indeed.

Don't worry. If you haven't implemented the Daily 5 into your classroom, the Cafe book can easily meet your needs as it provides yet another framework that can be adapted in your classroom. However, I can see the power of implementing both ideas into the room for true impact. If you are a newbie, I can't highly recommend enough "Daily 5". As a mentor with first year teachers, I've seen the impact of the framework on their daily reading block, and it's been quite amazing.

Not only is the book loaded with pictures, but it comes with a CD that is ready to be used, with copies of the forms they have in the book that can be printed out.

The Sisters are truly on the path of authentic, real life teaching practices. If you are a first year or twentieth year teacher like myself, in kindergarten or in fifth grade, this book will be an irreplaceable feature, and one that's frequently borrowed by colleagues after you brag about its impact, for years to come.

Yes, it's THAT good.
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Great book! 31 May 2009
By D. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The CAFE Book is great! Very easy to read and I love the honesty of the 2 sisters. They each share times in their career when they were disorganized and had no clue what they were doing.

The CAFE system is easy to understand and implement. They give you a daily teaching guide for the first 26 days of school. The record keeping system is simple and effective.

This book, along with The Daily Five, is the bulk of my reading instruction.
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
I'm Really Excited for Next School Year to Start!! 9 Jun. 2009
By A. Sims - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book and "The Daily 5" on a whim about 2 weeks ago. I had not heard of "the sisters" before, but was intrigued by the premise of their books. Needless to say, I have yet to implement any of "the sisters'" strategies into my second grade classroom, but I am really excited to try it all out next year. Like others have said, the book is an easy read and chock-full of fabulous ideas for set-up, planning, management, and instruction. To put it plainly, their ideas make loads of sense and put individual student's literacy needs under the microscope. I recommend this book to anyone looking for fresh ideas on how to teach/encourage young readers to help themselves when reading.
47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
more missing than offered 5 Aug. 2012
By Bob - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered the ebook version for my kindle and was very disappointed to find out that the appendices were not included. There was a link, but many of the items referenced in the text were not available there. In fact, it appeared that you had to purchase a membership to the site in order to access them. I am inclined to think this is not within Amazon's control, but that of the authors'. But it would have been helpful to know that the items were not part of the purchase (as they are in the hard copy)as they are integral to the implementation of the CAFE program.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Love the Sisters! 15 May 2009
By C. Magro - Published on Amazon.com
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This companion book to the Daily 5 is a must have for elementary teachers. The CAFE book tells you how to weave the 5 components of reading into your daily instruction.
The book is easy to read but jammed pack with a lot of details on how to teach comprehension, accuracy (phonics and phonemic awareness), fluency and vocabulary. If you teach K-6, you have to read this book.
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