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
Summary: This picture book, illustrated in a quilt-like fashion, is intended for readers 4-8 years of age and is a Caldecott Honor book. This book isSummary: This picture book, illustrated in a quilt-like fashion, is intended for readers 4-8 years of age and is a Caldecott Honor book. This book is about the universal wish of freedom. It delightfully balances dreams of a young girl and the injustices of the adult world. One night, as Cassie Lightfoot lays on “tar beach” which is the rooftop of her apartment building, the stars lift her up, allowing her to fly all round the city. While flying, she claims all of the buildings her own so her family will no longer have to worry, worries that are caused by the injustices of society.
This book demonstrates the effects that the social injustices of 1939 had on African American families. It displays nicely the universal themes of freedom, power, prejudice, wishing things were different, and using fantasies and dreams (like being able to fly all over the city and change the world) as ways to escape, try to make things better, and find hope. This book is a weaving of fiction, autobiography, African-American history, and literature, which is why it is so fitting that the illustrations are done in a quilt-like style. Tar Beach is a work of modern art translated into a children's picture book, by artist Faith Ringgold. The illustrations are rich, colorful, and intense, as is the story portrayed within the book. ...more
This picture book, recommended for readers 8-10 years of age and has received the The Sydney Taylor Book Award. This book is about a family quilt, whiThis picture book, recommended for readers 8-10 years of age and has received the The Sydney Taylor Book Award. This book is about a family quilt, which is made from a basket of old clothes of several family members from many generations. The quilt represents the importance of family and heritage, as tells the story of the importance of the quilt, and all the events for which is has been a part (Sabbaths, weddings, births) as it has been passed along from mother to daughter through four generations for almost a century.
This book is extremely heartwarming and enjoyable. It really showcases the importance of family (alive and passed) as well as knowing ones heritage, and family history and finding ways to keep it alive. It also shows the importance and comfort that is brought by finding ways to share life and important events with the people that you love, even if they are not able to be there physically. The quilt symbolizes family, unconditional love, and faith. The illustrations are just as heartwarming, in addition to being real, detailed and unique. ...more
This picture book, intended for ages 4-8, is a beautifully illustrated book about a young child adjusting to life in America after being forced out ofThis picture book, intended for ages 4-8, is a beautifully illustrated book about a young child adjusting to life in America after being forced out of his home in Somalia by a violent war. The little boy, feels very alone and unable to communicate since he does not know anybody or the language. However, with the help of his parents, his teacher, and an interpreter, he uses painting as a way to communicate and help in adjusting to his new home in America.
Children, especially immigrants, who are moving to or from a different place will be able to relate to this book. This book is filled with emotion and shows the power of being able to tell ones own story to people who will listen. The main character in the book, Hassan, feels unsure, lost, and lonely in his new country and home, having to learn a new language, go to a new school, and make new friends. However, once given the opportunity of communicating though painting, Hassan was able to tell his story and show his feelings about what happened to him and the new changes that are occurring in his life. After being able to tell his story through painting, he began to open up, remember the good things about Somalia, and begin to make new memories in America. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and beautifully compliment the book. They are done in impressionistic watercolor and show the transformation of Hassan’s feelings and emotions as the illustrations go from dark grays, blacks, purples, and reds, to bright blues, greens, and yellow colors. ...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 book is a novel recommended for children ages 9-12 and is A Booklist Editors Choice, A Hornbook Fanfare Selection, A Judy Lopez Memorial Honor BoThis book is a novel recommended for children ages 9-12 and is A Booklist Editors Choice, A Hornbook Fanfare Selection, A Judy Lopez Memorial Honor Book, A Parenting Reading Magic Award Book, A Beatty Award Winner, A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. It is a unique collection short stories that display the themes of love, friendship, growing up, success, and failure. Through this book, readers get to see and feel the joy and pain poor Latino Mexican Americans living in California’s Central Valley feel everyday.
The short stories represented in this book are moving, humorous, and entertaining, while the themes represented are quite subtle. The stories tell about the joy of receiving a new doll, anxiety over little league tryouts, and the desire to be better and stand out above the crowd, among others. They demonstrate the themes of love, friendship, growing up, success, and failure. The stories represented are honest and moving, yet simple. It is clear through his writing that the author has sensitivity to teens’ concerns and does a nice job of portraying these concerns through the eyes of teenagers. This book is a must read for any teenager, as I believe they will be able to greatly relate to the stories represented throughout the book.
This book is recommended for children 4-8 years of age and has won the Child’s Best Award from Child Magazine. It is a playground rap that demonstrate This book is recommended for children 4-8 years of age and has won the Child’s Best Award from Child Magazine. It is a playground rap that demonstrates how all people are different, yet the same.
Overall, I did not like this book. It did introduce the idea that all people are different, yet the same by concluding the book with the phrase, "Light skin. Dark skin. Long legs. Short legs. Thick arms. Thin arms. Brown eyes. Blue eyes. Big nose. Little nose. Straight hair. Curly hair. Different-- Mm-mmm , but the same, Ah-ha! Now isn't it delightful, simply out-of-sightful, bein' with you this way!" However, I don’t think this message was strong and bit superficial because the book focused on only physical traits. I read this book in the form of a CD, and I did not like it at all. The reader was monotone, boring, and did not emphasize or inflect her voice at all when reading. For a book that is supposed to be a playground rap, the reader did not read with any sort of rhythm. Even though the illustrations were vibrant, interesting, and added to the book, the overall book left me very disappointed since the represented theme is very important.
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
This series chapter book is intended for girls who are 9-12 years old. This book is the first book in the Addy American Girl series and introduces theThis series chapter book is intended for girls who are 9-12 years old. This book is the first book in the Addy American Girl series and introduces the subjects of slavery, the underground railroad, and the Civil War. Addy, a nine-year-old girl and slave on a North Carolina plantation hears her parents who are also slaves talking about possibly running away in order to gain freedom. That possibility becomes reality after Addy's father and older brother are sold to another master. It is then that Addy and her mother begin their journey to a “safe house” and from there are transported to a ship that takes them to Philadelphia and to freedom.
This book is a realistic, engaging, and emotional book about slavery, the underground railroad, and the Civil War. Many young girls will be able to relate and empathizes with the strong characters and personalities throughout this book. This book is heart-wrenching as many of the characters are treated like animals and some are even forced to leave behind family in search of freedom. The illustrations, which are done in watercolor and the accompanying captions add to the book, as does the family tree and looking into the past sections of the book. As a classroom teacher, I may use this as a read aloud book and one of many resources when teaching about slavery and the Civil War. ...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