This is an ABC book of African American poetry, but it is anything but the usual ABC book kids use to learn the alphabet. In this book, author AshleyThis is an ABC book of African American poetry, but it is anything but the usual ABC book kids use to learn the alphabet. In this book, author Ashley Bryan, takes bits and pieces of poems from African American poets. She carefully and thoughtfully chose tidbits of the poem that inspired great images. She would capitalize the alphabet letter wherever it occurred in those lines and have an amazing illustration to accompany it. The author also was the illustrator, which I think allowed for great imagery with each piece of poem. This book also won the Caretta Scott King Award in 1998.
I love the idea of this book and all that it has to offer. The author chose perfect parts of poems that make all readers think and create images in their mind. I will definitely use this in my 3rd grade classroom during poetry units. I think assigning each student a letter in the alphabet in this book and then they research the poem as well as the African American poet who wrote it. Students could present the entire poem to the class as well as their research about the author. ...more
This is a heart-wrenching book based on the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, on August 6th, 1945. The story begins by describing how the peopThis is a heart-wrenching book based on the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, on August 6th, 1945. The story begins by describing how the people of Hiroshima were prepared for any attacks from the United States, and then focuses on one family having breakfast the day the atomic bomb was dropped. How the family escaped, and found refuge by a river and watched as the city was engulfed in flames and destroyed. The author's descriptions make the scenes vivid, and you can almost feel what the family felt as they watched people and animals, float lifeless through the river. The story continues on through the years describing how the little girl in the story never grew again, and the father died of a horrible cancer caused from the radiation in the atomic bomb. Similarly, it described the lasting effects the disaster had on Hiroshima as well as its people who are still suffering from rare, incurable diseases.
This book is geared toward 5-8th grade, and could even be used at the high school level to discuss ethical decisions that were made by the U.S. when deciding to drop the atomic bomb....more
The story, Mailing May, takes place in 1913 when transportation was limited to trains and the cost of tickets was too expensive for most families. MayThe story, Mailing May, takes place in 1913 when transportation was limited to trains and the cost of tickets was too expensive for most families. May, a young girl, wants to visit her grandmother, but her parents tell her she'll have to wait until next year when they have more money. The cost of a train ticket is the same amount her father makes in a day. Then her parents come up with a clever idea. They have a friend, who is a postal worker, and delivers mail via train. They decide to speak with the postmaster and see if there are any rules agains mailing May to see her grandmother. May is able to be mailed, and spend several days with the family friend until she finally reaches her grandmothers house.
This is a good book to use in the younger grades to work on cause and effect as well as sequencing. ...more
This is a classic book to read with a group of young girls to discuss bullying. In this book, Wanda wears the same blue dress to school everyday, butThis is a classic book to read with a group of young girls to discuss bullying. In this book, Wanda wears the same blue dress to school everyday, but tells her classmates that she has one hundred dresses hanging in her closet at home. This results in endless bullying by the female classmates in her class. Only one student, Maddie, feels sad inside and thinks about the consequences of her actions and how Wanda must feel. When Wanda never returns to school again, Maddie feels terrible. Wanda ends up transferring schools because of the bullying, but not before winning an art contest in which she drew 100 intricate dresses. The girls realize the consequences of their actions, and spend much of their time trying to find Wanda and make it up to her.
I am looking forward to reading this book aloud to my 3rd grade girls. So much time is spent worrying about who wears what and who has the best of this and the best of that. Bullying seems to be a growing problem in schools across the nation, and I think this book could really help students think critically about their actions. I especially liked how the character, Maddie, wasn't the primary bully, but she didn't stop her best friend from bullying even when she knew deep down it was wrong. This is an important aspect of bullying that needs to be addressed. ...more
I listened to this book on CD. This is book is about a young boy who finds a mistreated beagle. Upon bringing him home, he names his new-found friendI listened to this book on CD. This is book is about a young boy who finds a mistreated beagle. Upon bringing him home, he names his new-found friend Shiloh. Unfortunately the boy's dad knows who the beagle's owner is, and makes the boy return the dog. The young boy is devastated because the owner abuses most of the animals he owns, and the boy's heart breaks upon returning Shiloh. Determined to get Shiloh back, the boy goes through many situations where he must question himself and the morals and values he has been taught.
Listening to this on CD made this book much more enjoyable. The voice of the young boy made the story come to life. You could feel his happiness, his sadness as well as his fear in disobeying his father. Children grades 3 and up would benefit greatly from reading Shiloh. It would allow them to think critically about what they might do if they were put in the same situation as the young boy in the story, and animals, especially dogs, are loved by most students. This story fills your heart with compassion as you live through the young boy and his love for Shiloh....more
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I, at first, had a hard time getting into the book. The writing and basic plot didn't interestThis is one of the best books I've read in a long time. I, at first, had a hard time getting into the book. The writing and basic plot didn't interest me. But I kept on, and shortly there after was completely roped in. I became part of the main character, Katniss. While I found entire idea of the book disturbing, I couldn't put it down not could I get to the next page fast enough. The author, Suzanne Collins, did an amazing job of painting vivid pictures with words. I felt as if I were part of the awful Hunger Games. I can't wait to read the next book in the Trilogy, Catching Fire. ...more
This is a continuation of the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. This version gives more meaning to the nursery rhyme with Humpty having a mother, father anThis is a continuation of the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. This version gives more meaning to the nursery rhyme with Humpty having a mother, father and sister. This story is based on Dimity Dumpty who is Dumpty's little sister. She is quite different from the rest of the family, but comes to the rescue when misbehaved Dumpty takes his great fall.
This book not only teaches a lesson about making good decisions, it also shows the different traits within a family and what makes a family a family. I think many students can relate to this book if they've ever done something important for their family, or made their mom and dad proud. I think in a classroom setting it would be beneficial to talk about how Dimity Dumpty was different from her family, and that was ok. Everyone can be his or her own person. As a teacher, I would stress the importance that it's ok to be who you are, even if it's different from your family or classmates. This book would make a great read aloud at the K-2nd grade levels, as well as at 3rd, but with more discussion and possible group work. ...more
Clara, a young girl, uses her imagination to take her on magical adventures with her fish-friend, Asha. She "met" Asha at a fountain in a park. Asha wClara, a young girl, uses her imagination to take her on magical adventures with her fish-friend, Asha. She "met" Asha at a fountain in a park. Asha was a fish statue in the fountain. Clara takes her home in her imagination and introduces her to all her "friends" (stuffed animals) and at night, Clara and Asha go on adventures before Clara's mom eventually makes her go to bed.
The illustrations in this picture book are magnificent. The colors, the sketches, all make this book come to life. As a reader, you become part of Clara's imagination. Clara and Asha is simply a wonderful read aloud, picture book for the younger grades. Undoubtedly, young children will fall in love with it. ...more