I really loved the mix of facts and humor in this book about the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. I feel like this would be a great read-aloud forI really loved the mix of facts and humor in this book about the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. I feel like this would be a great read-aloud for a group of 1st or 2nd graders. It's much longer than a picture book, but it reads like one, with about the same amount of text on each page as a typical picture book and lots of space devoted to the paper cut illustrations. Highly recommended, especially for kids in the Bay Area or those with impending San Francisco vacations. Interesting historical tidbits for the grown-ups too! I will note, though, that the illustrations are very minimalist, so if you're reading it to a kid it has to be one with an appreciation of the story. Kids who are very focused on visuals may find their attention wandering....more
This book has the feel of myth or folklore, full of nonsense that makes perfect sense and real things that make no sense at all, mysteries solved<3
This book has the feel of myth or folklore, full of nonsense that makes perfect sense and real things that make no sense at all, mysteries solved and unsolved, and characters who are sometimes archetypes and sometimes just themselves, awkward and human.
I think the idea of whispering corn that speaks to those who listen is going to stay with me for a long time....more
A Mother's Day party at school sends Stella, who has two dads, into a quandary. My favorite part of this story iGLBT Book Month Challenge, book 10/10.
A Mother's Day party at school sends Stella, who has two dads, into a quandary. My favorite part of this story is that one of Stella's classmates is a boy with two moms, and when, at the end of the book, Stella looks forward to inviting her dads to the Father's Day party, there's a moment where you see the boy begin his own "Who do I invite?" crisis--just a little "here we go again" giggle moment.
I did have a few qualms with the assumption made that everyone in Stella's class had family who could drop everything to come to a middle-of-the-day party--when I was in school, my guess is that half the class would have had no one to come to the party regardless of relation just because their parents worked or didn't have reliable transportation. This is clearly an upper middle class community. Otherwise, a sweet story....more
I love it! When Thomas the teddy bear nervously reveals to friend Errol that she's actually a girl teddy and woulGLBT Book Month Challenge, book 8/10.
I love it! When Thomas the teddy bear nervously reveals to friend Errol that she's actually a girl teddy and would prefer to be called Tilly, Errol calls up his friend Ava to come celebrate his teddy's new name and gender identity, and they then continue to do all the same fun things they did before Tilly's revelation. <3...more
The fact that these girls act and look about twelve years old made me a little less than happy about the "Let's maGLBT Book Month Challenge, book 7/10
The fact that these girls act and look about twelve years old made me a little less than happy about the "Let's marry you off!" premise (I much prefer Interstellar Cinderella's "I'm much too young for marriage, but I'll be your chief mechanic" response to her marriage proposal), but this was otherwise a really sweet story about a princess who discovers she'd rather marry another princess than a prince....more
I loved the illustrations--taking the time to take in every element of the scenes was my favorite aspect of this book. Unfortunately, the story was laI loved the illustrations--taking the time to take in every element of the scenes was my favorite aspect of this book. Unfortunately, the story was lackluster....more
This is a beautiful little story about a girl struggling to assert herself in a worlGLBT Book Month challenge, book 6/10
This review contains spoilers.
This is a beautiful little story about a girl struggling to assert herself in a world that persists in telling her over and over that she's a boy. The story follows 4th grader "George" as she auditions for the role of Charlotte in the school's stage adaptation of Charlotte's Web, which she desperately wants and is very good at, only to be shot down by her classroom teacher, who tells her she can't be Charlotte and asks her if she'd take a boy role instead. I found it very telling, and very realistic, that she first found acceptance with her best friend, and then her older brother, while her mom and teacher were both shutting her down when she tried to express her femininity. BFF Kelly and gross teen brother Scott were both great characters. I LOVED the best friend, Kelly, and how supportive she is, from "Why not audition for Charlotte? Who cares if you're a boy?" right down to, "Oh, you'd rather be a girl called Melissa? What a great name, I love it!" And Scott was wonderful in his reaction too: he goes from thinking George is gay to finding out she's a girl, and takes it in total stride because it just makes so much sense to him. I also enjoyed the subtle interference by the principal--clearly an ally, or LGBTQ herself--and how she nudges Melissa's mom into starting to come around in the end, and definitely gives the classroom teacher a talking to off scene (yessss).
Overall, a really important story, and one I'd recommend to 3rd-5th graders especially (yes, all of them). I hope classroom teachers start teaching this book in their classes, because I think it would generate really good discussions around gender identity and bullying. Definitely a thought-provoking read for that age group....more