I just loved this book. It took me back to when I was young and I used to sit on my Grandparent's porch swing and imagine I was somewhere else. the au...moreI just loved this book. It took me back to when I was young and I used to sit on my Grandparent's porch swing and imagine I was somewhere else. the author shows you how impressionistic and gullible children can be. The child believes everything her Grandparents tell her like, " Nanna says it's a magic window and anyone can come by when you least expect it." The child then goes on to imagine the Queen of England and T-Rex stopping by. the story is told through the little girl's eyes and you can just feel the pure and innocent love a child has for their grandparents.
I would use this story for an imagery lesson in grades K-2. I would have the students just listen to the story and then draw what they would like to see in the window. I would have them use a medium like water colors to mimmic the illustrations in the book. The book is so beautifully illustrated but at the same time the pictures look like the little girl could have drawn them herself. They lack a lot of clear lines but give the feeling of walking through the child's mind and seeing how vibrant her imaginations is. (less)
This is not a genre that I am typically drawn to, but I thought this story sounded very interesting. This story is about a 15 year old girl named Jane...moreThis is not a genre that I am typically drawn to, but I thought this story sounded very interesting. This story is about a 15 year old girl named Jane Arrowood. She is on the beach one day with her brother and her mother and she decides to take a swim. Little did she know that this decision would change her life forever.
Shortly after entering the water she is attacked by a shark. She ends up in the hospital and has to have her arm amputated. This story is told in free verse and authentically captures the physical and emotional pain that Jane is going through. As if it isn't bad enough that she lost her arm in this terrible accident, she has become a reluctant celebrity after her story is shown on the news. She receives a lot of mail from others that have been through the same thing and others that just want her to know they are thinking of her. Jane goes through several stages of grief as she trys to regain her artistic ability and her life as she knew it.
You can't help but feel for Jane as she returns to school knowing that others are referring to her as "shark girl." She struggles to figure out why she had to be the one who this tragedy happened to and how she is going to go on with her life afterwards. (less)
This is an African re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood. The story is filled with African culture and uses the language to tell the story. The illustr...moreThis is an African re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood. The story is filled with African culture and uses the language to tell the story. The illustrations are bright and inviting and help to create the setting. I felt the story was a bit strange even though the original is far fetched as well. I would use this story in a K-2 classroom as a unit on fairy tales and shoe the cultural perspectives. Salma is a girl who is sent into a not so nice part of town to fetch some things for her Granny. On her way home she is approached by a dog that wants to help her carry her things. While he is helping her he convinces her to give him the things she is wearing. When she asks for them back the dog tells her she will never get them back until she teaches him to sing. The dog however can do nothing but bark. Frightened she goes to her Grandfather for help. While she is putting on the mask of Ka ka Motobi the African Boogeyman, the dog goes to trick her grandmother. There is an happy ending but I felt the author could have included a dictionary of the African terms for a pre-reading activity. (less)
I chose to read this version of Little Red Riding Hood last. I wanted to read other renditions before I read the more traditional version. Let me star...moreI chose to read this version of Little Red Riding Hood last. I wanted to read other renditions before I read the more traditional version. Let me start by saying that the illustrations set the perfect tone for the story. They were not too bright and set a more solemn mood. You could almost picture an overcast morning with dew resting on the leaves in the forest. I also liked the way the author presented the wolf as a normal wolf and not some supernatural being.
With that said I found the story to be true to it's roots and even though the wolf is slain, there were no gory illustrations to represent that. These ancient fairy tales seem to be a little outdated for todays youth. I enjoy the traditional tellings but I can see that todays youth may find them unrealistic and a bit boring. For instance, in modern time if your Grandmother was not feeling well you would probably drive over and take her to the doctor. It was also interesting that Little Red Riding Hood brought her Grandmother wine. I am sure if students were asked what they would bring it would be cough medicine. I think it would be great to read this story to grades 2-4 and have them re-write the parts that would be different today and do their own illustrations. I would also use this book for a unit on fairy tales and compare t to similar stories from around the world. (less)
How do I begin to reflect upon this wonderful piece of literature. This book tells the story of slavery from the perspective of the slaves, master, ma...moreHow do I begin to reflect upon this wonderful piece of literature. This book tells the story of slavery from the perspective of the slaves, master, master's family and many more. It was a day where rain fell from the sky like it had never fallen before. The rain symbolizes the pain and heartache felt by all those involved in a massive slave trade to help clear the gambling debts of the master. It shows the relationship between the slaves and the family as it comes to an ending through greed. The family is torn between their belief in slavery and their belief in humanity. I read this book very quickly because I could not put it down. The book flashes forward and backwards through the lives of each individual and how one day changed them forever. In the end no one wins but they are forever changed from a time in history where african americans were treated like animals. I highly recommend this book for a high school literature class and to those who enjoy reading about American History. (less)
The story begins with a young girl named Opal moving with her Preacher father to a town in Florida. Opal is lonely and missing her mother who left her...moreThe story begins with a young girl named Opal moving with her Preacher father to a town in Florida. Opal is lonely and missing her mother who left her and her father when she was a child. She soon finds a dog at the local Winn-Dixie and takes him home against her father's approval. This dog is the start of her adventure as she befriends some unlikely people around town.
I found this book to be a wonderful representation of realistic fiction. It is fun to read and is a great read aloud. I recommend this book for grades 3-5 as a novel study. (less)
I just love this book. This is a book about wild animals and it asks "why" questions with some really humorous answers. For example: "Why are zebras s...moreI just love this book. This is a book about wild animals and it asks "why" questions with some really humorous answers. For example: "Why are zebras striped? The answer is: zebras are horses wearing pajamas." After you have read through some of the humorous answers the scientific answers are there as well for the informational portion. Children will love to read this book and get a kick out of the illustrations and the jokes.
I would use this as a lesson on informational texts and as an activity for them to come with their own wacky answers. I think this book is enjoyable for all ages, but I would use it grades K-3. (less)
I really enjoyed reading this book. I never thought about how bad things were in Isreal and for the jewish people. This book gave insight to the hards...moreI really enjoyed reading this book. I never thought about how bad things were in Isreal and for the jewish people. This book gave insight to the hardships children have to face while trying to stay alive and still worship the way they believe. This book was compelling and thought provoking. After I finished I wanted to go straight to these countries and help these children.(less)