“The etiquette of olden days Takes endless, boring study, Children need an etiquette Far less fuddy-duddy. So if you’re smart, you’ll read MY book Of mode...more“The etiquette of olden days Takes endless, boring study, Children need an etiquette Far less fuddy-duddy. So if you’re smart, you’ll read MY book Of modern children’s etiquette. If you don’t I’m sad to say- Your life will be pathetiquette.”
Miss Information shares her updated version of today’s etiquette rules and norms. The playful and rhythmic poems cover issues from shaking hands, disagreeing with adults, and spanking to eating.
I thought the poems were fun, easy to read and playful. I believe students will enjoy Miss Information guide to misbehavior. Teachers can use this book to discuss and review good manners and its comical format will interest students. The illustrator’s pictures are equally interesting and entertaining. As an adult, I thought it was creative of the author to quote traditional etiquette rules on the top of the page. For example for Etiquette for the Classroom a quote from How Rude! The Teenagers’ Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out states: “Thou shall listen to thy teacher…think before speaking…raise thy hand to be called upon…” Miss Information’s advice on classroom etiquette might have you running for the door. This book is geared for early elementary ages K-4. (less)
This book takes the reader on an emotional and realistic journey of a student’s first year of middle school. It deals with students new anxieties of s...more This book takes the reader on an emotional and realistic journey of a student’s first year of middle school. It deals with students new anxieties of starting at a new school such as where to sit at lunch, getting lost, dressing for PE, what to wear, and attending school dances. The author uses a variety of poetry forms including free verse, haiku and acrostic poems.
Swimming upstream in Middle School is a book every middle school and last year elementary school teacher should own. I was able to relive all my fears and anxieties of going to middle school and connect with the main character. The author does an amazing job conveying the main characters feelings and covering a variety of situations. Teachers can prepare students for changing schools and can help to put their minds at ease. It’s a nice tool for teachers to let students know that other students have and do feel the same way when faced with the same change. (less)
PreS-Gr. 1. Artist Noda's images are luminous indeed: her collages, made from handmade paper and watercolor, have a wonderful three-dimensional qualit...morePreS-Gr. 1. Artist Noda's images are luminous indeed: her collages, made from handmade paper and watercolor, have a wonderful three-dimensional quality to them. Layered and patterned almost like quilts, her pictures marry dreamlike perspectives and juxtapositions with deep jewel colors. Each nonrhymed verse is addressed like a letter--"dear stars," "dear tulips," "dear ocean"--as she relates to the natural world with a child's frank curiosity. There is, unfortunately, an awkwardness and a sentimentality to the text; it often sounds like a grown-up pretending to be a child. This is one example of the pictures pulling up a less-than-successful text: a page covered with heart-shaped flowers, trees, and even a heart-shaped moon resonates with "dear valentines" as the speaker, whose grandmother gave her a box of valentine chocolates, says, "Before I went to bed / I ate them all by mistake." (Booklist Review)(less)
Nina Crews puts a new twist on original Mother Goose poetry in her book, The Neighborhood Mother Goose. This book features forty-one well-known and be...moreNina Crews puts a new twist on original Mother Goose poetry in her book, The Neighborhood Mother Goose. This book features forty-one well-known and beloved poems such as Humpty Dumpty, Peter Piper, Ring around the Rosie and There was an Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe. The poems themselves are not altered. What makes this book unique is that the illustrator matches photographs to the text. Some of the photographs are altered on a computer; such as the illustration in the poem, There Was an Old Woman who Lived in a Shoe. The photograph was augmented to show several children and their mother shrunken down in size in or playing around a shoe (their home). The illustrator brings literal meaning to the text through her photography.
I enjoyed rereading poems from my youth as this book brought a different and humorous element to them. I thought the illustrations were clever and fun. Students will enjoy comparing the traditional Mother Goose poetry with this version. In addition, they will enjoy seeing children like themselves in the pictures, which allows for text to self-connections. This book is appropriate for early elementary ages. (less)
John Lennon's influence on music and culture is legendary. He was a rebel, a genius, an innovator, and a peace activist. From a young age he dreamed o...moreJohn Lennon's influence on music and culture is legendary. He was a rebel, a genius, an innovator, and a peace activist. From a young age he dreamed of fame and fortune. When he achieved it as one of the Beatles, he recognized the need for a deeper meaning in life. His inner search for happiness shaped his life and brought new dimension to the world of rock 'n' roll. As a follow-up to their award-winning title, Martin's Big Words, Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier present John Lennon's life through a combination of narrative and song lyrics, cut-paper collage and watercolor art-capturing the energy and the essence of a man whose vision and creative genius continue to inspire people today. (Goodreads Review)(less)
Anyone who read Hana's Suitcase last week, I'd be interested in your opinion on this book. Warning: Get your tissues out.
Only 12 children survived th...moreAnyone who read Hana's Suitcase last week, I'd be interested in your opinion on this book. Warning: Get your tissues out.
Only 12 children survived the Lodz ghetto, and Roy's aunt Syvia was one of them. But for more than 50 years, Syvia kept her experience to herself: "It was something nobody talked about." Roy didn't know, and she admits that she didn't want to know. She always avoided Holocaust history. She was afraid of it; when she was growing up, there was no Holocaust curriculum, no discussion-just those images of atrocity, piles of bones, and skeletal survivors being liberated. Her father, too, was a survivor, but he seldom spoke of those years, and with his death, his story was lost. But a few years ago, Roy's aunt began to talk about Lodz, and based on taped phone interviews, Roy wrote her story, presenting it from the first-person viewpoint of a child, Syvia, in simple, urgent free verse in the present tense. Each section begins with a brief historical introduction, and there is a detailed time line at the end of the book. (Booklist Review)(less)
"Born into the household of a wealthy slave owner in Cuba in 1797, Juan Francisco Manzano spent his early years by the side of a woman who made him ca...more"Born into the household of a wealthy slave owner in Cuba in 1797, Juan Francisco Manzano spent his early years by the side of a woman who made him call her Mama, even though he had a mama of his own. Denied an education, young Juan still showed an exceptional talent for poetry. His verses reflect the beauty of his world, but they also expose its hideous cruelty. Powerful, haunting poems and breathtaking illustrations create a portrait of a life in which even the pain of slavery could not extinguish the capacity for hope." (Goodreads Review) (less)
Unflinching verse and elegant imagery combine in a powerful, evocative, picture-book portrait of Coretta Scott King. As sta...morePicture book in poetic form
Unflinching verse and elegant imagery combine in a powerful, evocative, picture-book portrait of Coretta Scott King. As stated on the cover, Shange uses poetry to recount Coretta Scott’s life, from her childhood to her marriage with Martin Luther King, Jr. On the final page, the author offers a linear, prose biography, adding context to her more abstract references in the poetry. Omitting punctuation and capitalization, Shange assembles her simple words into a whole that reflects both the facts of Scott’s story and her humanity. Nelson’s accompanying paintings are luminous and reverent, and as much as they recall his distinct style in books such as Carole Boston Weatherford’s Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (2006), there is something of Norman Rockwell here, too, in the straightforward compositions and profound dignity of the American spirit on display. Concise back matter notwithstanding, this is not a biography of fact and reporting. Instead, poet and painter have joined forces to offer an indelible, emotional expression of the strength, beauty, and joy of one woman’s character. Grades K-3 (Booklist Review)(less)
*Starred Review* Gr. 3-5. Far from the cliche of Rosa Parks as the tired little seamstress, this beautiful picture-book biography shows her as a stron...more *Starred Review* Gr. 3-5. Far from the cliche of Rosa Parks as the tired little seamstress, this beautiful picture-book biography shows her as a strong woman, happy at home and at work, and politically aware ("not tired from work, but tired of . . . eating at separate lunch counters and learning at separate schools"). Her refusal to give up her seat on a bus inspires her friend Jo Ann Robinson, president of the Women's Political Council, and the 25 council members to make posters calling for the bus boycott, and they organize a mass meeting where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. speaks for them. Paired very effectively with Giovanni's passionate, direct words, Collier's large watercolor-and-collage illustrations depict Parks as an inspiring force that radiates golden light, and also as part of a dynamic activist community. In the unforgettable close-up that was used for the cover, Parks sits quietly waiting for the police as a white bus driver demands that she give up her seat. In contrast, the final picture opens out to four pages showing women, men, and children marching for equal rights at the bus boycott and in the years of struggle yet to come. The history comes clear in the astonishing combination of the personal and the political. (Booklist)(less)
Weatherford's handsome picture book about Harriet Tubman focuses mostly on Tubman's religious inspiration, with echoes of spirituals ringing throughou...moreWeatherford's handsome picture book about Harriet Tubman focuses mostly on Tubman's religious inspiration, with echoes of spirituals ringing throughout the spare poetry about her struggle ("Lord, don't let nobody turn me 'round"). God cradles Tubman and talks with her; his words (printed in block capitals) both inspire her and tell her what to do ("SHED YOUR SHOES; WADE IN THE WATER TO TRICK THE DOGS"). Nelson's stirring, beautiful artwork makes clear the terror and exhaustion Tubman felt during her own escape and also during her brave rescue of others. There's no romanticism: the pictures are dark, dramatic, and deeply colored--whether showing the desperate young fugitive "crouched for days in a potato hole" or the tough middle-aged leader frowning at the band of runaways she's trying to help. The full-page portrait of a contemplative Tubman turning to God to help her guide her people is especially striking. (Booklist)(less)