I'm currently reading this story to my students in 2nd grade. They absolutely love it! They especially enjoy the shorter stories entwined in the plot,I'm currently reading this story to my students in 2nd grade. They absolutely love it! They especially enjoy the shorter stories entwined in the plot, as well as all the new vocabulary we've encountered during our read-alouds. ...more
What a neat book! This book was originally written by a class of sixth graders who were working on an assignment to write poems to say you're sorry. IWhat a neat book! This book was originally written by a class of sixth graders who were working on an assignment to write poems to say you're sorry. It turned out so successful that they turned it into a book. It didn't stop there! In addition, they all got to write responses to the people whom they apologized to. They also had an artistic classmate create all of the illustrations. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind story! I loved how the apologies were sometimes not apologies, but excuses. It reminded so much of how childrens' minds work. It is definitely something funny and lighthearted to share with older elementary students. There are some sincere apologies that maybe some parents need to hear. It was actually pretty touching and I felt badly after reading some of the poems. On the other hand, there are of course some poems that could also give children some insights..that accidents happen! :) I loved seeing the responses. It really shows that writing notes and communicating does wonders! ...more
This wonderful poetry book is written in Sijo, a type of poem originating from Korea. A sijo is a fixed number of stressed syllables, usually dividedThis wonderful poetry book is written in Sijo, a type of poem originating from Korea. A sijo is a fixed number of stressed syllables, usually divided into three or six lines. What a great activity for students! We so often teach students about Haikus, but rarely hear about Sijos. I loved reading these miniture poems. They all have a surprise or unique twist or joke at the end. They're so creative and imaginative. The simplistic illustrations add a quirky touch to the book. This was the first time I've heard of it sijos and I will definitely include this in my poetry unit this year!
Linda Sue Park is also the author of A Single Shard and Project Mulberry.
"Lightning jerks the sky awake to take her photograph, flash! Which draws grumbling complaints or even crashing tantrums from thunder-
He hates having his picture taken, so he always gets there late"...more
I love the watercolored illustrations in this book. As I read each poem, I cherished the small simplistic illustrations that gave this book a fun feelI love the watercolored illustrations in this book. As I read each poem, I cherished the small simplistic illustrations that gave this book a fun feeling! Each page of this book, celebrates a sport and the experiences of a child playing it. Whether it goes the right way or not, each message gives off a positive sportsmanship point of view. Each poem is fun-loving and often uses metaphors in its writing. I loved one particular poem about a child's experience learning how to swim. He or she says, "It takes me forever to cross the pool once. When it comes to swimming, I'm clearly a dunce, But still i enjoy it and happily think I don't do so badly..at least I don't sink!" If only we could have such a positive outlook on life! :) ...more
I was able to listen to the CD Audio version of this story told by actor Scott Wolf. It was quite different listening to this story versus reading it,I was able to listen to the CD Audio version of this story told by actor Scott Wolf. It was quite different listening to this story versus reading it, especially since in the written format, you are able to see how Jack is writing his poems. Although it is missing this component, Scott Wolf reads the book as if Jack is speaking. We can hear him struggling to find words, as well as the building of confidence in his voice.
After reading Love That Dog years ago, I was excited for this companion story. Also written as a novel in verse, we continue to hear of the main character, Jack's revelations of poetry. Similar to Love That Dog, he is inspired of occurrences from his own life, specifically the loss of his dog and his hatred for a neighborhood car. I loved the integration of Jack's story, as well as the undertone learning of poetic form, such as alliteration and onomatopoeia! It is a great story for reluctant poetry writers! It gives all writers' ideas that you have the power to create your own poetry if you find your inspiration within yourself. It's a wonderful story for all young writers!...more
These beautifully written poems revolve ones dedicated to mothers, grandmothers, and daughters of Latina decent. There are 13 poems telling the storieThese beautifully written poems revolve ones dedicated to mothers, grandmothers, and daughters of Latina decent. There are 13 poems telling the stories of how important these women were in their lives and what they have given them through their bonds and traditions. The illustrations add to this decorated book. It brightens up the poems as you read them aloud and gives you a celebrated feeling. It would a wonderful gift for mothers and children as they reminisce about their past, present, and future. ...more
The story of two Mohawk sisters, Sarah and Mattie, reveals how the lives of children change with the progression to modern society. After the loss ofThe story of two Mohawk sisters, Sarah and Mattie, reveals how the lives of children change with the progression to modern society. After the loss of their mother, these sisters are sent away by their father to a school to learn about the domestics of American women. They are forced to do pointless tasks, as well as follow strict rules lead by a dreadful awful Mrs. Dreyer, head of the school. The girls are forced to leave their homes with little memories to keep of their Native American life and beliefs. When one of the sisters, Mattie, is accused of stealing the headmaster's pin all things go wrong and both sister's are challenged even more by their peers, teachers, and worst of all separated from one other. Mattie decides that she can no longer bear being at the school and takes drastic measures to change her life in hopes of going back to her past. Unfortunately, we find that this decision is left unsuccessful.
The piece of literature is written in poetic form and goes back and forth from each sister's voice. It is written as a story. We hear each sister's point of view as we learn about their relationship,as well as how things spiral downwards with the unfortunate losses of their own culture. This would be a great book to use with students learning about the history of the United States, especially of the Native Americans. This demonstrates the changes of cultures and the loss of traditions due to modern society....more
This story of Annette Kellerman tells of her aspiration to bring swimming to women around the world. Although she faced the challenges from her own faThis story of Annette Kellerman tells of her aspiration to bring swimming to women around the world. Although she faced the challenges from her own family, to those who thought it was wrong for women to be in bathing suits, she overcame those trials and her fame grew as continued to do what she loved; swim. Word spread of Annette and soon everyone was following her lead and marveling over her abilities. On her first trip to the United States she was reprimanded by the police for swimming in the public, but fortunately was let go. After this tribulation, Annette freely swam in the public and soon all women was following her lead. This led to the beginning of swimming for women in the history of the United States....more
I believe this book is written to inspire everyone that reads it! Rather than the usual books about presidents, this book focuses on George WashingtonI believe this book is written to inspire everyone that reads it! Rather than the usual books about presidents, this book focuses on George Washington and his fears about becoming president. It portrays George Washington in a very personable way with insecurities and doubts. But regardless of these things, George overcomes and after each accomplishment the book writes "George Did It!"...more
This picture book focuses on the journey of John Glenn's life as he traveled as a pilot and later to become the first man in space. It also tells of tThis picture book focuses on the journey of John Glenn's life as he traveled as a pilot and later to become the first man in space. It also tells of the history behind what was going on during these times in the 1950's and 60's, which also includes the importance of pilots and the beginning of man's flights to space.
This story would be great for elementary students learning about historical figures in the United States. Although the book is at a fairly low reading level, I enjoyed how on the margins of the book, it goes on to further explain what was described in the main text. This gives opportunities to students that may be at a higher reading level to advance their learning of the subject matter. ...more
My heart was stirring with emotions as I read this story of Hana. I couldn't help, but cry numerous times throughout the story. The book begins with aMy heart was stirring with emotions as I read this story of Hana. I couldn't help, but cry numerous times throughout the story. The book begins with a director of a Children's Center devotion to teach those in Japan about the Holocaust. She wants to teach children about the inequality and injustice occurred during this time and how they could learn from this historical time. As her mission begins she works countless hours trying to get actual artifacts into her museum. Finally she received some small items from around the world including a suitcase. Although the suitcase is empty on the outside written in paint is a girl's name, date of birth, and the word "orphan" written in German. The director and group of children called "Small Wings" were determined to find out more. With this they devote their time to finding out more about this girl. Throughout the story, we are taken back to the story of this little girl named Hana Brady, as well as hear about the journey to finding out about her presently in Japan.
This is an unbelievably touching and heartbreaking story of how the Holocaust has torn apart Hana's family, but ultimately brought back together through the suitcase founded in Japan. I absolutely loved how we learn about Hana piece by piece throughout the story and are able to hear her story. In addition, there are photographs throughout the book that pull us in and connect us to everything that is occurring. It is definitely a story to share with classrooms mature enough to understand the Holocaust and learn the history of how it affected families throughout the world in the past and in the present....more
This fun loving story is about three little boys who always seem to get into trouble. Taken place long ago in China, they would use the ground to writThis fun loving story is about three little boys who always seem to get into trouble. Taken place long ago in China, they would use the ground to write and do their work. Only the rich could afford to write on silk. Every day the boys would get into trouble the teacher would write on their arms what they did wrong that day. On their trip home everyday, they would have to run home with their arms up sure not to have the writing wash away. Tired of getting in trouble and having to hold their arms up all day, they try to figure out a way to write on something besides the ground. After helping their mom make rice cakes, one of the boys comes up with an idea. Together they took strips of old cloth and silk mixed it with tree branches and bark, mashed and flattened it into sheets of paper. They present the paper to their teacher who can now write notes to their parents on sheets instead of their arms. The teacher presents this new invention to the emperor and named the sheets "zhi" meaning paper.
This ficitional story presents us with characters that help describe how real paper was invented. The author's note at the end of the story gives us a more realistic version of how paper was made and the history behind the invention. Although this is a fun presentation of how paper was made, it is not authentic. It is more of a tale similar to tales from other cultures describing how things came to be....more
This story is written from the perspective of a girl named Zoe and her family's experience moving west from Illinois. It reminded me of the stories "LThis story is written from the perspective of a girl named Zoe and her family's experience moving west from Illinois. It reminded me of the stories "Little House on the Prarie", but this story focused more on what life was like once they got to their new home in the West. The girl speaks of the happiness her father had for the new life, whereas her mother was sad to leave her old life behind. Having these two different perspectives in the book allows the reader to see all sides of what it meant for those who moved west during this time. It shows the struggles that one has to make to adjust to the new life and what a toil it could place on a family. After a trip to town, Zoe and her father come across a patch of dandelions most likely brought in by accident by a wagon. Unlikely to grow in this area, Zoe's father decided to take the patch to remind Mama of home. The girls secretly plant the dandelions at home on the roof to surprise Mama. The dandelions symbolize the family's struggle to survive, yet they demonstrate the strength of the family as well....more
I found this story and listened to part of it on audio cassette. It was a bit slow for me though although I felt for students, it would have a biggerI found this story and listened to part of it on audio cassette. It was a bit slow for me though although I felt for students, it would have a bigger impact on them hearing it. ...more
This is the first time I have seen the story of Anne Frank in a picture book format. The story is a narration of Anne Frank's life from when she was aThis is the first time I have seen the story of Anne Frank in a picture book format. The story is a narration of Anne Frank's life from when she was a little girl to the time she was hidden away in the annex during the war. Although it is a picture book, the story and authenticity of what happened were real. I could feel myself as I read the intense emotions of what I knew was going to happen. Although it is story of just one girl, it gives the reader an idea of what life was like for Jewish families and how it changed over the years in the war. As mentioned in our textbook, the illustrations brought hard-to imagine settings to life. Children are able to see how all Jewish people had to wear the yellow star of David and what it was like to live in a cramped annex space away from the rest of the world. Due to the sensitive content in the story, I would not recommend it to children under the age of 10. It would be a great story to use in a classroom learning about the war and the Holocaust. ...more