Initially when I see there’s a new book from Kadir Nelson, there’s a sense of anticipation. I was excited to see this new book as well. But I was veryInitially when I see there’s a new book from Kadir Nelson, there’s a sense of anticipation. I was excited to see this new book as well. But I was very disappointed.
It seemed as though Nelson was trying to write this like an old Native American tale, but there were inconsistencies that cannot be overlooked. Baby Bear is searching for home when the moon is high and yet he is seen talking to squirrels, who are not nocturnal, mountain goats, who are also not nocturnal, and other animals who would be sleeping during the night as well. This seems unreasonable, even in an easy picture book.
The fact that a salmon agrees to lead Baby Bear home (as long as Bear promises not to eat him) is over the top. Again, it made me feel like Nelson was trying to write a Native American tale, but it just did not work. One thing that can always be found in Kadir Nelson’s illustrations, though is beauty. But here, again there is an odd feeling of inconsistency. While some of the illustrations are exquisitely done (the mountain goat, for example), at other times the baby bear’s eyes seem hollow and soulless.
I just could not make myself like this one. I will not be purchasing this for my library. ...more
My favorite part of this memoir is still the cover. Kudos to the artist who created it.
In free verse author Jacqueline Woodson tells her story of growMy favorite part of this memoir is still the cover. Kudos to the artist who created it.
In free verse author Jacqueline Woodson tells her story of growing up with her mother, siblings, and grandparents in the 1960's. Part of her childhood was spent in Ohio, and part in the south, where segregation was still more common. Readers are given the chance to see what her life was like through her own eyes, in her own thoughts. It's very well done, accessible and appealing to both upper elementary and middle school grades. Teachers who use Woodson's novels may want to add this to the curriculum....more
Make that "mostly read". I found the author's attitude and writing style irritating. I don't need a "Cancer Posse", for example. (Maybe it's just me.)Make that "mostly read". I found the author's attitude and writing style irritating. I don't need a "Cancer Posse", for example. (Maybe it's just me.) When you add to that the fact that she's apparently never gone through chemotherapy or radiation, it's even more irritating that she's telling people with cancer how to handle their disease. That's not to diminish her own experience with cancer, because everyone's experience is different, but...maybe one should find his/her way through that dark, scary, exhausting tunnel before telling everyone else how to go through that tunnel. Just sayin'. ...more
This third novel in a series by Cheng stands right alongside the first two as an interesting and accessible read for the upper elementary crowd. The vThis third novel in a series by Cheng stands right alongside the first two as an interesting and accessible read for the upper elementary crowd. The vocabulary is not difficult, and the text flows easily, making this a quick read and a very enjoyable one. Anna is a wonderfully likeable and realistic character. I have no idea what how it feels to look foreign in your own country, but Cheng has given me some idea if what it must be like.
Recommend this to any upper elementary reader, especially one who is of Asian descent or whose family has connections to adoption from another country. A simple and fun follow-up activity for this book in a book club setting or at home would be to write your own fortunes and make fortune cookies to share with each other or give as gifts to friends. A recipe for fortune cookies appears in the back of the book. ...more