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30 December 2011

30 December 2011 - YouTube

"Uploaded by frickfrock999 on Dec 30, 2011

"Here's the list of books shown in the video.

"Calvin and Hobbes
- It's A Magical World
- Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat
- The Essential Calvin And Hobbes
- There's Treasure Everywhere
- The Days Are Just Packed
- The Authoritative Calvin And Hobbes
- The Indispensable Calvin And Hobbes
- Teaching With Calvin And Hobbes.

"(Okay, that last one was a lie. Only about 50 people actually own a copy of Teaching)."


27 December 2011

27 December 2011 - Wikiquote

"Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes (1993) by Linda Holmen and Mary Santella-Johnson. Children's textbook with Calvin and Hobbes comic strips.

"Who Are Calvin and Hobbes?
[Calvin] is a combination of a six year old boy and wise old sage. His imagination takes him to places in another dimension. Enter Hobbes. Hobbes is the consummate best friend, albeit imaginary. Hobbes is a stuffed tiger to everyone but Calvin. To Calvin, Hobbes is an entity. The relationship between Calvin and Hobbes is a perfect fit. Hobbes is the active listener, the clarifier, and in some ways, Calvin's conscience. Together, they ponder the universe, the meaning of life, the reasons for bullies, and whether or not there are monsters under the bed.
p. iv

"How It All Began...
One boy said, 'Calvin makes me see that I can laugh at the stuff that other people always nag me about!'
p. v

We found that not only did our students stay interested, the learning that occurred was permanent. Our students were able to carry over and apply the concepts they learned from Calvin and Hobbes to their world.
p. vi

"Unit 2: 'The Find'
Subtle humor requires higher level language skills.
p. 49

"Unit 3: 'The Christmas Story'
In strip 7(d), what is Hobbes insinuating?
p. 76

"Write a story telling what the 'salamander incident' might have been.
p. 94

"Unit 4: 'The Bug Collection'
What do you think the principal meant when he said they had 'quite a file' on Calvin?
p. 108

"Write a paragraph about the difference between an F+ and a D-.
p. 132

"Unit 5: 'The Report'
Calvin and Hobbes comics contain examples of many different types of humor. Some comic strips may be funny to you but not to your friend. The strips that make you laugh may not even crack a smile from someone else. Many times, we get frustrated and say, 'Don't you get it?!' Remember, different people have varying ideas of what is beautiful, ugly, boring, exciting, or interesting.
p. 157"


27 December 2011 - Wikipedia

"Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"A rare and valuable book.

Author(s): Linda Holmen, Mary Santella-Johnson, Bill Watterson
Illustrator: Jan Roebken, Bill Watterson
Cover artist: Jan Roebken
Country: United States
Language: American English
Subject(s): Speech and language pathology
Genre(s): Children's textbook
Publisher: Playground Publishing
Publication date: 1993
Media type: Print (Paperback)
Pages: 200
ISBN: 1878849158

"Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes is an American children's textbook published in 1993. As a rare piece of officially licensed Calvin and Hobbes merchandise, it is a highly valued collectible.

Written by a speech-language pathologist and a learning disabilities educator, Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes is a language textbook for elementary and intermediate-level students. Jan Roebken created the cover and additional interior illustrations.

"The book reprints fifty-seven Calvin and Hobbes comic strips, organized into five lesson units. Each unit begins with a series of comic strips that form a story. The five units are:

1. 'The Binoculars' – Calvin breaks his father's binoculars and solicits Hobbes' advice.
2. 'The Find' – Calvin discovers and assembles a dinosaur skeleton, of sorts. Hobbes renders a drawing of the creature.
3. 'The Christmas Story' – As Calvin struggles to be good in anticipation of Santa's arrival, he and Hobbes discuss the philosophy of law and the nature of belief.
4. 'The Bug Collection' – Calvin forgets to do his homework, and rushes to complete it on the way to school. Susie gets sent to the principal's office.
5. 'The Report' – Calvin and Susie are assigned a joint homework project.

"In each unit, questions for comprehension and discussion follow the comic strips:

  • Do you think Calvin's mother should have told Calvin the truth about his dinosaur? Why or why not? [...]

  • Imagining and creating are important and fun, but, when it goes too far, it's time to get back to reality. Do you think Calvin was disappointed when his mother brought him back to reality or do you think he always had an inkling that he was having fun with his imagination?

  • Can you think of a time when you were imagining or creating and your mom or dad brought you back to reality?

  • Were you disappointed to get back to reality?

"In both the 1996 first edition and the 2006 second edition of their book How To Reach and Teach All Children in the Inclusive Classroom, teachers Sandra F. Rief and Julie A. Heimburge 'highly recommend' Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes as an educational resource.

Owing to Bill Watterson's principled refusal to license his comic strip for merchandise in general, Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes is an exceptional item; a license was granted to the authors after they personally communicated to Watterson the success they had using his comic strip to teach children with learning disabilities.

"Published in a limited print run in Fargo, North Dakota, Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes is a very rare and highly sought-after book.

"In the 2010 revised edition of his book Looking for Calvin and Hobbes: The Unconventional Story of Bill Watterson and His Revolutionary Comic Strip, Nevin Martell says that only after a long search did he obtain a copy of Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes, that copies of the book sell for very high prices, and that the book is 'perhaps the most difficult piece of official Calvin and Hobbes memorabilia to find.'

"The book price comparison website Dualj.com, which tracked sale prices of books, recorded that a copy of Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes sold in 2009 for US$10,000.

"WorldCat lists only ten libraries in the entire world as holding a copy of the book: the United States Library of Congress, five libraries in North Dakota, and one library each in Ohio, California, the United Arab Emirates, and Singapore.

"See also
Book collecting – The avocation of collecting rare and valuable books.
Dick and Jane – Collectible American series of children's reading textbooks."


29 November 2011

29 November 2011 - The Garage Journal forums

"Oh yea... the rarest C&H piece of merchandise is a book called 'Teaching with Calvin & Hobbes' - don't expect to run out and buy this book for $19.95..."

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"Calvin and Hobbes. What can I say?
My daughter read every book she could get her hands on. They are the first books that my son showed any interest in reading.... We have a bunch of them, I thought we had them all.
I had no idea that they were worth anything, I'll have to see if we have the teaching one."


06 November 2011

6 November 2011 - Creatures of Snow

"Q. What is the most expensive official Calvin and Hobbes book?

"A. Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes...

"A children's school textbook – this is the only officially licensed book ever produced. It used the comic strips to cover topics like vocabulary, comprehension, behaviour and humour and creative writing. This book is no longer in print – you can only buy it second hand, and the price keeps on rising!"


27 October 2011

27 October 2011 - The Technodrome forums

"Anyway, Watterson only licensed C&H for the collected books and for a special educational book, Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes.

"I would soooo love to find that thing in somebody's yardsale. $$$"


12 October 2011

12 October 2011 - Answerbag

"no they actually did make calendars back in 88' and 89'. they are very rare to find and almost as rare as finding a copy of Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes. Believe me."


26 September 2011

26 September 2011 - Amazon review

"Teach with Calvin and Hobbes? Sure! Why not!
By L. Jobe (REAL NAME)

"My daughter is a little younger than the age this book is intended for, but she is very much a Calvin and Hobbes fan so I thought I'd give it a try anyway. Her school psychologist told me that Calvin and Hobbes could be used to teach several things which led to a google search and then an Amazon search, where I found this book.

"Now, this book had a shocking price tag and not in my budget so like any mom with a plan, I got it from the library (there are not that many libraries that have it, but a few do- I've been frightened the entire time I've had it that I would damage it and end up with a 1k library bill). However, I've had so much fun playing around with it in the month and a half I've had it!

"Now, enough of my rambling and on to the book. The book is intended for grades 4-8 in the regular classroom or lower elementary for gifted programs. The book is fairly short, and comes in at under 200 pages, but the entire book is packed with no filler. The book has five units with six sections each. Each unit starts with a Calvin and Hobbes strip.

"The first section of each unit after the strip is presented is Vocabulary. Some vocabulary sections contain colloquial terms and figurative language, while others deal with more traditional vocabulary words. There are 3-4 activities in this section.

"The second section of each unit is Comprehension. The comprehension section is pretty traditional and asks questions relating to the strip. This also has a few sections.

"The third section of each unit is Behavior. Starting with the third section of each unit, the text starts to diverge from traditional texts. As anyone who has read a Calvin and Hobbes strip knows, Calvin isn't exactly the model of perfect behavior. The author tries to get students to think about why Calvin approaches situations the way he does and foster discussion over choice.

"The fourth section of each unit is Humor. These sections deal with themes such as language, sarcasm, slap-stick, stand-up, and teasing. These activities relate extremely well with the Behavior section and I can see why this follows it.

"The fifth section is Suggested Activities. These are varied and have a ton of items to work with. They are extensions of the topic that unit's strip talks about. For example, one strip's unit is about bug collections and one of the suggested activities has to do with finding out more information about insects. The great thing about this section is that there are two or three main suggested activities in each section that are spelled out for you. However, the author also gives a list of other activities. These activities range from small to large. In the bug collection unit, she gives suggestions as small as surveying and graphing everyone's favorite and least favorite insects to suggestions as large as making your own insect collection or reading James and the Giant Peach. Each unit is similarly full of suggestions.

"The sixth and final section of each unit is Creative Writing. Since I talked so much about the bug collection unit in the last section, I will just give examples from that same unit for the type of Creative Writing assignments the book has. In the bug collection unit, the students get to write poetry. They write a cinquain and a haiku. Next they write about a time they forgot to complete and assignment or chore and the feelings they had. They also write a journal about Bug Collection day from the viewpoint of one of the people in the story. Last, they summarize the strip. The writing assignments in each unit are different, but there are several in each unit and they are similarly varied. Like in the Suggested Activities section, the author gives more creative writing suggestions in a list.

"It's a fun book and if you are able to get your hands on it, it's got a ton of teaching suggestions."


24 September 2011

24 September 2011 - The Well-Trained Mind Community forums

"Random addition: I have a book out from ILL now that is only in a handful of libraries around the country and is worth a ton of money (Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes). I never thought another library would actually send it to me and was completely shocked when they did. I've been so scared I'm going to ruin it or something and end up with a 1k library bill lol."


01 June 2011

1 June 2011 - reddit - IAmA

"IamA owner of a new/used discount bookstore

"We do new/used books as well as music, movies and other gift items. We have a 12,000 square foot space that features a large 'community' area with big round tables where people can get on our wi-fi, have book clubs, or study.... I'm happy to say I've helped thousands of people find that 'perfect book'"

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"Do you carry a copy of 'Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes'?"


1 June 2011 - Svpply

Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes
from store: Amazon

Discovered by Ryan Cerbus"


01 May 2011

1 May 2011 - Beartooth Recreational Trails Association

"Just for Fun….

"Some of our BRTA Board Members were quizzed about a 'little known fact' about themselves. See if you can match up the name with the fact. Answers at the bottom of the newsletter.

"Select from these members:  Bill Foisy, Corey Thompson, Jim White, Mary Johnson

"Modeled western apparel in Paris and London ___________________________
Co-authored a book: Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes ___________________________
Co-founded a backpacking group called Gore-Tex Mafia ___________________________
Favorite pet was a Basset/Corgi named Floyd ___________________________"


23 April 2011

23 April 2011 - PCMag

"Amazon Algorithm Price War Leads to $23.6-Million-Dollar Book Listing
By David Murphy | April 23, 2011 06:03pm EST

"...you're trying to hunt down that elusive, rare edition of 'Teaching With Calvin and Hobbes?'"


15 April 2011

15 April 2011 - IGN forums

"RE: Every night before I go to bed I read Calvin and Hobbes.

"Obviously what's crazy about Calvin and Hobbes is how Bill Watterson almost never licensed out his product to any kind of mass consumption. But, you may be surprised to know there was a book called 'Teaching With Calvin and Hobbes' that ran about 1500-2000 copies for a few specific schools up in...North Dakota. It's...an English work-book that centers around a bunch of C&H strips.

"I finally worked up the guts to get my hands on one a few months ago... I'm going to hold onto it for a long time. Maybe some day down the road...I'd sell it, but it also holds a lot of sentimental value because I loved the strip growing up, so there you go....

"It's extremely rare, and I'm thankful I got my hands on one."

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"I so very jelly.... How did you get it for so cheap?"

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"When I first looked, I could only find maybe 3-4 available on the entire internet.... By the time I had the guts to buy one, [one] was already gone, leaving the other two. I debated for a few days, then ultimately decided that...was the lowest I'd ever see it probably for the rest of my life (unless it's a ****ty quality), and if I didn't buy it now, I never would. Last thing I wanted was in 20 years see it...and wonder what could have been....

"It's a neat book."


24 February 2011

24 February 2011 - Radigan Neuhalfen's Web Log

"As a number of people have requested, here are some new photos of the remarkable but desperately rare Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes.

"A total of 57 Calvin and Hobbes comic strips (56 daily strips and 1 Sunday strip) appear in Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes, organized into five lesson units. Each strip is numbered and each panel in each strip is lettered for reference in the unit questions.

"Number of comic strips per lesson unit:

1. The Binoculars - 10 strips
2. The Find - 10 strips
3. The Christmas Story - 1 Sunday strip + 9 daily strips = 10 strips
4. The Bug Collection - 17 strips
5. The Report - 10 strips"