This chapter book about slavery is a novel in dialogue and is intended for children ages 9-12. This book accurately tells about the hardships during tThis chapter book about slavery is a novel in dialogue and is intended for children ages 9-12. This book accurately tells about the hardships during times of slavery by describing the biggest slave auction in American History through flashbacks, flash-forwards, in shifting first-person accounts.
The author accurately describes slavery in general and transforms what little is known about the biggest slave auction in American History into a dramatic, personal, and real work of art. The personal voices and accounts given throughout the book really help place the reader in the shoes of the slaves represented. When reading, readers get to see and feel what is would be like to be handled like animals, wrenched from family, friends, and love, which is why this book has a deep emotional feel. The theme that every decision has its consequences is also strongly shown throughout the book. ...more
**spoiler alert** Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears is a West African Folktale set in a picture book style. It is recommended for ages 4-8, and has**spoiler alert** Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears is a West African Folktale set in a picture book style. It is recommended for ages 4-8, and has won the Caldecott Medal (1976) and Reading Rainbow's 101 Best Children's Books (1976). In this book, Mosquito tells Iguana a tall tale about digging yams, which upsets Iguana so he plugs his ears with sticks. This causes a chain reaction that ends in a jungle disaster of the Owl refusing to hoot and wake the sun. Eventually all is resolved, the Mosquito learns her lesson and stops telling tall tales, but develops a habit of buzzing in people’s ears.
This book was a delight to read. This book is a good choice if teaching responsibility, community, or how ones actions affect others. This book is a dramatization of how people can affect the community in which they live. My only criticism is that the affects shown were all negative and had some pretty heavy consequences, (death) which can be overwhelming and harsh for the intended age group. However, at the same time, it is catchy, a great read aloud book, and would be interesting to hear on CD since it has sound effects and repetitive phrases with the turn of every page. The ending of the book is definitely humorous to those who are constantly bothered by mosquitoes. The illustrations are colorful, beautiful, imaginative, and different. They are done in a mosaic style, and bring a lot to the book.
This picture book, recommended for readers 8-10 years of age and has received the Coretta Scott King Award, Caldecott Honor (2002), New York Times BesThis picture book, recommended for readers 8-10 years of age and has received the Coretta Scott King Award, Caldecott Honor (2002), New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (2001). This is a book that tells the story of MLK’s life and times. This narrative tells of MLK’s life and the Civil Rights Movement by weaving together the authors words and actual words spoken by MLK.
This book describes the Civil Rights Movement, inequality, and the life of MLK in a captivating and emotional way. The themes of “You are as good as anyone” and “Everyone can be great”, as well as inequality and death shine through. The illustrations are unique, colorful, and are done in the style of collage art. Overall, the book paints an accurate picture of MLK, a man who helped big changes occur in America and all over the world. Information about important dates surrounding the Civil Rights Movement and a list of additional books and websites to go to for more information also add to the book. ...more
The Other Side is for students in kindergarten through fourth grade and is an ALA Notable Book for Children (2002), a Notable Book of the English LangThe Other Side is for students in kindergarten through fourth grade and is an ALA Notable Book for Children (2002), a Notable Book of the English Language Arts (2002), and a Notable Social Studies Trade Books (2002). This story is about a fence that separates the black and white sides of town and a black girl named Clover and a white girl named Annie who do not understand why. Annie begins to sit on the fence, rain or shine. Clover grows more curious about the fence and Annie and one day decides to approach Annie. They both believe that a fence and the color of one’s skin should not come between friendship.
The author beautifully tells the moving story of two girls who are confused about a fence separating their worlds and the racial tension surrounding it. The story is written in a lyrical way and really displays the girls’ feelings, emotions, confusion, as well as their longing of friendship. It definitely illustrates segregation in a meaningful way and also lends itself to talking about other barriers that are present in our world today. The illustrations are done in watercolor and beautifully support the text. Overall, this is a great book to use when introducing the issue of segregation to young students, but can also be used to facilitate discussion with older elementary students. ...more
This beginning reader book is recommended for children ages 4-8. It has won the Caldecott Medal (2005), was a Book Sense Book of the Year Award NomineThis beginning reader book is recommended for children ages 4-8. It has won the Caldecott Medal (2005), was a Book Sense Book of the Year Award Nominee for Children's Illustrated - Honor Book (2005), won Charlotte Zolotow Award (2005), was an ALA Notable Children's Book for Younger Readers (2005), and was the New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (2004). This story is about a kitten who mistakes a full moon for a bowl of milk. The kitten is brave, inquisitive, fast, and persistent in trying to reach what it thinks is a bowl of milk. However, the kitten quickly becomes very tired, wet, and hungry. Upon returning home, there is a bowl of milk waiting for the kitten.
This book is simple, yet teaches perseverance. This book is perfect for young children with its repetitive phrases. The words and illustrations complement each other as they are both relatively simple. The thick lines, patterns and repetition give clues and help children predict what is coming next in the text. When teaching, I would use this book during shared reading since its enjoyable and heart-warming story, repetitive nature, and simple illustrations and text, lend itself well to a shared reading experience. ...more
This wordless picture book is intended for children kindergarten through fourth grade. It has won the following literary awards: Caldecott Medal (2007This wordless picture book is intended for children kindergarten through fourth grade. It has won the following literary awards: Caldecott Medal (2007), Vermont's Picture Book Awards: Red Clover (2008), and New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (2006) This story is about a boy who goes to the beach looking for flotsam, any material that floats. While he does find some shells, crabs, he also finds something he never expected…an underwater camera. When developing the film, he finds out several secrets, some that he will share with the next person lucky enough to find the camera, and others that he will keep.
This wordless picture book has very colorful, vivid, and detailed watercolor paintings. While looking at these paintings, readers are able to use a combination of picture clues and imagination to figure out the fantasy-like story line. Readers are also able to feel like they are inside the story and moving just like the water on the beach as the author uses various perspectives including close-ups, landscape views, boxed sequences, and full-page spreads, much like a photographer. This book is unique, enjoyable, innovative, and extremely creative. The pictures are detailed, emotional, and captivating, and with the turn of each page, another twist is added to the story. When using this book in my classroom, I might have students pick an event and tell a story using only pictures, much like a comic book strip. ...more
This book is intended for children kindergarten through grade six. It has won several literary awards including Caldecott Medal (2004), Boston Globe–HThis book is intended for children kindergarten through grade six. It has won several literary awards including Caldecott Medal (2004), Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Picture Book (2004), An ALA Notable Children's Book for All Ages (2004), Patricia Gallagher Picture Book Award Nominee (2007), and New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books (2003). This book is about the day in 1974 when Philippe Petit spent hours securing a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center. Afterwards, he walked, danced, and performed for over an hour feeling completely free. It ends reminding readers that the towers of the World Trade Center will always remain in memory, as should the image of the man who dared to walk in between them.
This story is heartwarming and encompasses the themes of courage, following dreams, taking chances, and freedom. Through poetry and lyrical words, the author captures the magic and freedom of being able to walk between the two towers. The illustrations greatly add to the book through the color, detail, and magic of the ink and oil paintings. Through this book, the author is able to capture Philippe’s determination, profound skill, joy, and dream-like state as he walks between the towers. This book can be used as a segway when talking about September 11, 2001 and the destruction of the twin towers. Overall, this books serves as a great memorial to the towers as the ending of the book states, “But in memory, as if imprinted in the sky, the towers are still there.” ...more