I have had the pleasure of meeting the author and I have observed her teach a lesson using one of the comprehension strategies. The strategies are awesome. Another good book to go along with this one is Reading with Meaning by Debbie Miller. This book actually demonstrates how to apply the strategies. There's so much I could say, but not sure exactly what kind of information you are looking for. I definitely give this book a big "thumbs up". Also, the chapter on inferencing is being revised, and research is beginning to be conducted, so that these strategies can be SBR (scientifically based research).
Our school can only use SBR materials/strategies for literacy instruction due to grant restrictions.
I can't say enough about Mosaic and Reading with Meaning. I got to hear both authors at a conference this year and their books have totally changed the way I teach reading. I feel so much better about what my student's have accomplished this year than in the past. I would also suggest The Art of Teaching Reading by Lucy Caulkins and In the Company of Children by Joanne Hindley. I have also read Strategies that Work.
I too had Ellen Keene (I think I spelled her name wrong) visit out school and teach a few lessons and speak to us. I Have read her book a few times. I will say that as wonderful as her book is I find Debbie Miller's comprehension book (Reading with Meaning) much more teacher friendly. I also LOVE the Debbie Miller Videos.
Missed a letter there. I just wanted to say as I read another posters response that I have seen Debbie Miller speak as well and it is truely insperational. I too found peices of the Art of Teach Reading very useful. My school uses a reading model so we use peices of all of these to create of units of study and how we teach.
I totally agree with all of those book selections. Reading With Meaning is my favorite book and I can't wait to go to Debbie Milller's conference this spring. Another great book for reading is Reading Essentials by Regie Routman. Happy Reading!