Ocean’s Child is a soothing flow of rhythmic language for students in grades PS-K. Set in the Artic Ocean at dusk, a mother and baby paddle home along...moreOcean’s Child is a soothing flow of rhythmic language for students in grades PS-K. Set in the Artic Ocean at dusk, a mother and baby paddle home along the seacoast observing and saying good night to the different ocean creatures. Each spread of the book features a new animal- otter, walruses, dolphins, polar bear, whale, puffin, sea lion, orca, albatross and seal. The animals are depicted settling down to sleep while the mother and baby duo is at the top of the page looking on from their boat as they say the same “good night” refrain to each passing animal they see.
The artwork in the book is a soothing tone of neutrals with a splash of vibrant colors outlining the animals. The illustrator created the image of the water out of swirly patterns which helps emphasize a reflection off the water onto the animals and boat.
This book has an unrhymed text with but a repetitive refrain that would be more appropriate to read as a bedtime story to child since it focuses on the ocean animals going to sleep. Children can easily pick up the repetitive refrain allowing young readers to read along with their parents. (less)
If you have ever cared for your own pet or just love animals, this is a book for you! Oh Theodore! is a book of poems all about a little boys pet guin...moreIf you have ever cared for your own pet or just love animals, this is a book for you! Oh Theodore! is a book of poems all about a little boys pet guinea pig and can be enjoyed by all readers.
The book begins with the young narrator, a boy, telling his mom he wants a pet. When his mother turns down all his pet selections he ends up with a guinea pig- A soft, plump, fuzzy, brown, teddy bear-like pet that he names Theodore. Theodore has a big appetite, a unique personality, and a lot to say. Readers will get to know this animal well and the work that comes along with taking care of a pet. The narrator and pet quickly become best friends in this humorous yet loving story.
The illustrations are vivid paintings done using a palette of browns, blues, and greens and plenty of white space to add appeal to the short text that it accompanies. The book highlights patients, responsibility, humor, and love that is sure to grab readers. (less)
Known today as a Civil Right’s leader and the founder of the National Farm Workers Association, Cesar Chavez has an incredible story. Harvesting Hope...moreKnown today as a Civil Right’s leader and the founder of the National Farm Workers Association, Cesar Chavez has an incredible story. Harvesting Hope is the story behind a man’s journey of fighting for change and is good for readers 9-12.
Cesar grew up on his family ranch in Arizona until the summer of 1937. During that summer a drought hit the state causing Cesar’s family lose their crops and struggling to pay their bills. They had to sell the ranch and had no choice but to join the thousands of other people fleeing to the green valleys of California to look for work.
His family became migrant workers on other people’s farms were they were mistreated, underpaid, had long hours, and the shortest life spans. After years of misery he knew things had to change and maybe- he could help change things. Cesar spoke up and took charge.
He learned when he was young that ‘truth was a better weapon than violence.’ So he organized a 340 mile peaceful protest march through California which ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrate farm workers.
The illustrations are done in oil pastels in vibrant colors and a Spanish flair. Teacher that teach upper grades could use have students do a report on Cesar Chavez or use this book to introduce other powerful civil rights leaders. (less)
As a street performer Philippe Petit had many talents. He rode unicycles, juggled, and walked and danced on tightropes. While in New York he saw two t...moreAs a street performer Philippe Petit had many talents. He rode unicycles, juggled, and walked and danced on tightropes. While in New York he saw two tall towers that stood side by side that he knew he had to walk across.
In The Man Who Walked between the Towers readers will be captivated by the beautiful paintings of illustrations, and lyrical words that help bring this daring mans 1974 story to life. This book has two foldout pages that helps add to his dramatic adventure of ambition and bravery as he lived out life long dream.
This book is a great story that all readers will love. Teachers can you this in the classroom to help introduce the history of the Twin Towers. With other students you can use this as a math lesson and see how many steps it would take to get from one building to the other. (less)
Henry grew up not knowing how old he was and was not allowed a middle name. Henry was born into slavery and slaves are not allowed to know their birth...moreHenry grew up not knowing how old he was and was not allowed a middle name. Henry was born into slavery and slaves are not allowed to know their birthdays or allowed to have the same privileges as whites.
Most of Henry’s childhood was spent working in the big house of his master. One day, his master decided to sell Henry to his son and he quickly was separated from his family. Henry went to go work for his new master in a factory where he rolled tobacco leaves. After a few years of working in his new masters factory he met woman named Nancy who became his wife. They had three children together but were owned by different masters. When Nancy’s owner lost a great deal of money Henry’s wife and children were sold.
After his family was sold and gone before his eyes he did not know what to do. Henry had been a big dreamer when he was a boy. He dreamed of one day living in a world where his life belonged to him. So with the help of his white friend, Henry was determined to achieve his childhood dream and escape slavery. Henry went on to become one of the Underground Railroads most famous runaway slaves risking his hoping to reach safety in what he called his Freedom Box.
Children ages 6-10 will love this heartwarming story of Henry and his determination to become free. Teachers and children will love hearing this story of a real life hero and can go back in time to learn what life was like traveling to freedom! (less)
Candace Fleming’s Boxes for Katje is an inspiriting story that is great for readers aged 5-10. The illustrations seen on every page are packed with co...moreCandace Fleming’s Boxes for Katje is an inspiriting story that is great for readers aged 5-10. The illustrations seen on every page are packed with color, pattern and historical detail done in mediums such as colored pencils, oil pastels, and acrylic. Based on true events that happened in May of 1945 Katje, a girl from Holland receives a letter and a small box sent from America. After World War II Katje’s family and town is left with very little. When this box arrives with soap, socks, and chocolate Katja is very grateful and writes back to her friend from America telling her how much she enjoyed the gifts and about the state in which their town is in. As the months pass, Katje continues to receive much needed items from her friend in America that helps get the whole town through the harsh winter. Katje and people that live in the town are so thankful for their American friends generosity that after the cold winter they send a box from Holland to America.
This is a great story to help teach children about the importance of giving not receiving. Teachers and parents will love this book because it lends itself so well in showing why it is important to help others. School these days are often helping organizations or heading up their own service learning projects. This book would be excellent to jump start ideas and show how good deeds can help people all over the world. (less)