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The Houseful Reads: The Absolutely True Diary of A Part Time Indian – #GluenGlitter

Howdy! Today’s blog post will be brought to you by a very special guest poster. The cellist.

Earlier this year, he read a book that brought MUCH discussion to our household and we wanted to highlight it in today’s post. The book is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

In conjunction with the book, we were invited to do a book review display and show off in a fancy manner what he thought of this book. Don’t tell anyone, but this is a ploy of mine to make sure that he continues to beef up his analytic skills, when explaining plots and character development. I know, I know, mean mom.

So, in doing a book review on an Elmer’s Tri-Fold display board, I realized a couple of things. I’m out of practice for school projects, and I still have a bit of OCD in my system. Just a little bit.

I’m all about the scrapbookers rules of cutting, and pulled out my paper cutter and all of that good stuff. But honestly, this is the first time that I’ve seen the cellist WILLINGLY help me do something that totally settled on his creative ability. I also may have bribed him with a little cash.

I found all of my supplies at Joann Fabrics & Crafts (and if you know me, you do realize that it really wasn’t arm twisting to get me to go there.) The display board was NOT with the school supplies though. Interesting fact. *side note* I almost took out several customers legs and arms with this board since the stores got rid of the full sized carts. I apologized a LOT during my shopping trip.

I scored the board for 25% off the already low price that it was! You can really tell that it’s back to school season around these parts. I was a happy camper.

Naturally I went for the pack of glue that had 10 colors instead of just 9.

Here’s what you need:

Your favorite book


Elmer’s Glue Stick(s)

Elmer’s Tri-Fold Display Board – in whatever color you choose (we chose red)

Elmer’s 3-D Glitter Glue (which the cellist side eyed for a while) and we didn’t use, but mostly because he said I would “girly” up his project, so we’re saving those to decorate some tennis shoes. edited to add: After he saw the glue in action on regular paper, he changed his mind.

Your imagination


There really are none. Decide how you want to display the book that you read. Our book settled on some very adult themes, so we decided to focus on just that. The main characters, and the controversy that surrounded the book. And controversy there was! There’s racism, sexual expression, and bulimia. All of these themes, we discussed while the cellist read, and he was able to ask questions openly.

Cut, glue, and paste to your hearts desire. Here are some action shots

Our Finished Project:

So, how do you think that the cellist did? I can tell that he’s really growing up, because there is certainly more words, and less filler pictures in this project. If this would have been two grades ago, I would have had several hand drawn photos of the book instead of analysis. My cellist is getting bigger.

Do you do summer reading projects with your children? Would you like to try something out like this? If so, you can visit the Elmer’s social media sites, and get your #GluenGlitter on too! I must say, that it was actually FUN doing a reading project smack dab in the middle of his summer vacation. SCORE!

Elmer’s Sites:

Elmer’s Twitter Page 

Glue N Glitter’s Twitter Page

Glue N Glitter’s Facebook Page

Elmer’s Facebook Page

Elmer’s Craft It Page

If you would like to check out more photos of my shopping trip, and all of the other goodies that I got, you can check my Google+ photo album for this trip!

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Elmer’s #CBias #SocialFabric 

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great job! Did he forget about me?

Mrs. Houseful

Thursday 26th of July 2012

No ma'am he did not. We're working on another book. :)

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It looks like such a great book report! I will have to read this book soon.

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Monday 23rd of July 2012

Thanks Shelby! It definitely has some pretty huge themes in it. I had to REALLY search hard for the proper ways to explain things to the cellist.

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