Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki is a book about a Japanese-American boy and his family during World War II. They were sent to an internment camp. WBaseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki is a book about a Japanese-American boy and his family during World War II. They were sent to an internment camp. With nothing else to do, they begin to build a baseball field within the barbed wire fences that they live in. The game of baseball lets them have some enjoyed and brings people together. When the war is over and the boy returns home his classmates are not nice and welcoming to him because he is Japanese. He continues to play baseball and is successful in doing so.
I believe this story was very well written. The setting was during World War II. The plot was easy to follow and understand. The writer definitely brings the setting to life with authentic details but at the same time does not overwhelm the story. For example he shows what it was like to live during that time and have to go to an internment camp and suddenly leave your home. The characters behave in ways that are believable. The boy acts like a typical boy wanting to play baseball during times of boredom. The conflicts are plausible especially being those of World War II. The theme is most definitely still relevant for today’s readers. There will always be racism. This is a very important topic to cover with students to teach to accept other cultures and races.
I really enjoyed this book. While reading, the story really opened up my eyes to how World War II affected lives of others and what they had to go through during that time. If I were to use this book in the classroom I would definitely use to talk about talk about racism and World War II. I think it would be a great book for the students to read and I really believe that they would enjoy it. ...more
Father Abraham by Harold Holzer is a book about Abraham’s life. Abraham has had such an immense impact on America’s history. This book is centered aboFather Abraham by Harold Holzer is a book about Abraham’s life. Abraham has had such an immense impact on America’s history. This book is centered about Lincoln’s role as a father, and the lives of his four sons. The story goes on to talk about the two sons’ that survived him. Lincoln’s life had many tragedies.
I think that children would be interested in reading about Lincoln’s life. Many children know who Abraham Lincoln is, by reading this book they will find out more about his personal life and are able to have a better view of who he was and the twist and turns he had to face during his life. The author has presented Lincoln in a way that is very believable. Holzer talks about the personal sadness that Lincoln had to endure in his life. Many children can relate to losing a loved one or going through tough times in life. The information about Lincoln is very accurate. For example, the author talks about how one of Lincoln’s sons, Jack died at the age of sixteen from blood poisoning, which is true. I believe the author writes in an engaging style that keeps the readers’ attention. Holzer gives information about Lincoln that many other books do not, it is very interesting to read about different happenings in his life. I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was a very well written and interesting. I did not know many of the facts myself that were included in this book. If I were to use this book in the classroom I would use it during President’s Day or even Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. I would have the children read it and doing a writing activity about what they have learned, what they knew and what they did not know.
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is a book about a girl named Miranda who is having mysterious letters delivered to her, she realized that whoever iWhen You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead is a book about a girl named Miranda who is having mysterious letters delivered to her, she realized that whoever is leaving these notes knows all about her. Her best friend Sal shuts her out of his life. Miranda finds new friends and that is when the notes start coming. This book contains many events throughout the story.
I believe the story is very well written. The setting of the book is known and the author makes it easy for the reader to understand and follow where Miranda is throughout the story. The plot is fabulous and also easy to follow. The author does a great job of keeping the readers’ attention and always wanting to know what happens next. While reading we learn certain details about the characters. The details learned, are very important to the end of the story. There are many themes that could be taken away from this story. One of the main themes is friendship. Sal and Miranda were best friends, and he completely shuts her out of his life. As the story unfolds the reader learns why friendship is so very important. The events that happen are convincing for the real world. The mysterious notes and unknown person that is sending them is very believable. The story is well developed and definitely keeps the reader interested. The author does an excellent job of maintaining a sense of logic and order within the real world. The author uses some fantasy but does not make it unrealistic.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I thought it was an easy, excellent read. If I were to use this book in the classroom I might use it as an independent read and have the students do a report on the book. ...more
The Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth is a fictional story that talks about the inside of the earth. The students in Mrs. Frizzle’s classroom go on aThe Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth is a fictional story that talks about the inside of the earth. The students in Mrs. Frizzle’s classroom go on an adventure traveling the inside of the earth looking for rocks. They learn about the different types, the layers of the Earth, fossils, volcanoes, soil, and clouds. The book ends when the students return to school.
This book is extremely accurate. The author does an excellent job explain the types of rocks. The information is very factual. The book was written in a very organized way. The magic school bus went through the Earth, layer by layer and at each new layer they learned about different kinds of rocks. I am sure children would love this book. The layout is very appealing to children. The illustrations are amazing. The text also is written on the pages, but on each page there are also bubbles with conversations in them. I also enjoyed the paper’s the students turned in that were on different pages of the book. It is a very easy read and would be easy for children to understand while also learning an immense amount of information.
I really liked this book, as well as all of the other Magic School Bus books. Joanna Cole does an excellent job of catching the reader’s attention while also teaching them useful information. I would use this in my classroom during a science unit on rocks and fossils. It gives so much information about them and the students will have fun while reading! ...more
An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy is a book about the illness known as yellow feverAn American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 by Jim Murphy is a book about the illness known as yellow fever and the toll it took on the city of Philadelphia in 1793. The book talks about how this illness affected the city and the city’s residents. This illness took the lives of between 4,000 and 5,000 men, women, and children. The end of the book explains yellow fever in relation to our society today.
I thought this book was very well written. It is very clear and easy to understand. The facts and information presented in the book are extremely accurate and authentic. The author does a great job talking about yellow fever and fiving specific details from the time period that this story took place in. Also the medical beliefs and practices from that day were very different and the author presents it in an authentic way that is accurate. The information was organized. For example, the book started with with how this illness affected the people and ended with what happened afterwards. It would be very appealing to children due to the wonderful illustrations and achieved prints that are included throughout the book. The author’s writing style is clear and the topic is such a serious matter that the author presents it in way that the reader wants to find out more and see what happens after the illness plays it role in the city.
I thought this was an excellent book. It is very important for children to know about important events that have happened in the past and have made history in our country. The details that author went into can be a little horrifying for children, but he is just telling the truth about what really happened. I think it is important to know that events like this have taken place. I would use this book in my classroom when talking about the past. ...more
Me … Jane by Patrick McDonnell is a book about Jane Goodall. It starts off with Jane as a young girl and talks about a stuffed chimpanzee that she carMe … Jane by Patrick McDonnell is a book about Jane Goodall. It starts off with Jane as a young girl and talks about a stuffed chimpanzee that she carries around everywhere with her. She enjoys spending time outside and reading about nature. She is very adventurous and is always learning something new about animals. She dreams about living in Africa and helping the animals. One night she goes and she wakes up to her dreams coming true.
The setting of this book goes from Jane’s home and her being outside a lot, to finally her being in Africa at the very end of the book. The illustrations went along with the text and made it very clear where Jane was at each point in the story. The plot of the story is very easy to understand and follow and it a very cute story. It shows the reader that dreams can come true. Jane is the only character in the story; she carries her stuffed animal everywhere with her. She also names her favorite tree Beech. I really enjoyed the illustrations and what I liked most was the last page is a real picture of Jane living her dream in Africa. Also I loved the author’s note at the end of the book that tells more about Jane Goodall and how she made her dreams come true. My absolute favorite part of the book is the last page which is a message from Jane. One of the parts I really liked is when she says “Each one of us makes a difference. We cannot live through a single day without making an impact on the world around us – and we have a choice as to what sort of difference we make.”
I loved this book. Not only because I am an animal lover but also because Jane proves that hard work and dedication can make your dreams come true. This would be a fun read aloud for the classroom and make use on a unit talking about wildlife and the jungle. I would have the children do a writing activity talking about one of their goals and dreams they would like to achieve in life. ...more
How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz is about a young boy and his family. They flee from Poland when the Warsaw blitz occurred in 1939 to CentralHow I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz is about a young boy and his family. They flee from Poland when the Warsaw blitz occurred in 1939 to Central Asia. The boy talks about how they sleep on a dirt floor and food is very scarce. The father is sent to but bread and comes back with a map. The boy is so upset with his father and does not think he will ever forgive him for buying a map instead of the bread. He begins to stare at the map and goes on an adventure in it. He visits all kinds of places, eats mangos and drinks fresh water. Finally, he realizes his father was right about the map.
The setting of the story really depends on this young boy’s imagination. He “travels” all over the world during his adventure. The author gives fabulous details of where the boy is and the pictures are also wonderful! The characters are easy to understand and can be related to people in the real world. The plot is very good and would easy for children to understand and take the message of the story with them throughout their life. This story is very toughing and while reading it you understand how hard it must have been for the boy. For example, the night his father brought home the map, and he did not have dinner he describes what it was like to see someone else eating and how badly he wanted that to be him. This book could have multiple themes, especially how important it is to always use your imagination. I believe that a child’s imagination is one of the most beautiful things in this world. The places you can go and things you can see and come up with when using your imagination are amazing and that is exactly what this young boy does in the story. The illustrations goes along great with the text, they show the mood in the beginning of the story and are kind of gloomy. Then during the adventure the book is on with the map they are so bright and colorful and show what is going on in his imagination. The map allows him to go places he has never dreamed of going and at the end of the book he is feeling much better about having the map and his father’s decision.
I loved this book! It was a real story of how hard times can get. The reader learns what the author actually went through. I really enjoyed the author’s note at the end of the book; it gives much more insight and meaning to the story. I would use this book in my classroom when teaching about other parts of the world and a unit on maps. This can be a fun activity for the students and I would have them create their own place they want to travel to by looking at a map. ...more
One Giant Leap by Robert Burleigh is a book about the first landing on the moon in 1969. The book is based off of real people, Neil Armstrong and BuzzOne Giant Leap by Robert Burleigh is a book about the first landing on the moon in 1969. The book is based off of real people, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. The book tells all about the adventure. The book also won the Orbis Pictus Award, which was well deserved. The pictures in this book are breath taking. They are amazing picture that makes the reader relate to what Armstrong and Aldrin saw.
The setting of the book is very clear. It obviously takes place on the moon. The characters are the two real people who went to the moon. The book has a ton of factual information that is very specific and informative. The information is very accurate and authentic. For example the first page starts out “July 20, 1969. Seventy miles up, the two spaceships, Eagle and Columbia, separate.” This tells us how far up they were and the names of the spaceships. The information is very organized, the beginning starts with telling us the date and how they first arrive and the ending is back on Earth. The last page states “A place called Earth: fragile, beautiful, home.” This book is most definitely appealing to children. The paintings are amazing and the information is organized in a style that is fun to read and puts the facts in a story like plot. The author writing style is very clear, and also shows a sense of enthusiasm and how exciting this event has been to America and our history.
I really enjoyed this book. I learned facts that I never actually knew. The pictures were excellent and caught my attention. I would use this book in my classroom in a science or history class and teach about the first moon landing and space. There is so much information in this book to read and I am positive the children would be fascinated and enjoy learning about this. This is definitely a book I would recommend! ...more
Will You Sign Here, John Hancock? By Jean Fritz is a book about John Hancock and gives the reader a closer look at the importance of John’s signatureWill You Sign Here, John Hancock? By Jean Fritz is a book about John Hancock and gives the reader a closer look at the importance of John’s signature and what a vital role it has played in America. This book talks about John Hancock’s childhood, his riches, and the how important it was to him to please others and be a well-liked man. The information in the story is accurate and is a great book to learn about the beginnings of America.
The setting of this story jumps around from different time period’s in John Hancock’s life. The plot talks about how John becomes a great leader of our country. I believe that it is very clear for the reader to understand and children would be able to learn a lot from reading this story. I definitely think John Hancock would be an interest to the students, especially during a history unit where they are learning about the Declaration of Independence. The author does an excellent job of presenting John in way that the students find believable. The author tells all about his life, not just about when he signed the Declaration of Independence, this gives the reader a very well-rounded view of John Hancock and lets them see who he is and how he came to be the person he is. The information throughout the book is very accurate. For example, the author talks about the how John did not let English tax collectors on board his ships, going into battle, and signing the Declaration of Independence. The author does a great job of keeping the reader’s attention by giving details of John’s life and making it easy to understand.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I learned from it, and it was really interesting to learn more about someone who has had such an enormous impact on America. I would use this book in the classroom during a history lesson and to teach about the Declaration of Independence and what it means to America. ...more
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis is about a boy named Bud who lived in an orphanage and foster homes after his mother passed away. His motherBud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis is about a boy named Bud who lived in an orphanage and foster homes after his mother passed away. His mother left his with a few possessions and they mean the world to him. He carries a suitcase with the items that include a string-bound container with rocks inside that have dates painted on them, a picture of his mother as a child, and a couple fliers with a jazz group on them. His foster home experience is awful and he decides to run away to find his father who he believes is the man on the jazz group flyer, Herman E. Calloway.
I believe this a very well written story. The setting is in 1939 and the author writes with great authentic style. The author tells the reader how Bud flees from Flint, Michigan and makes his way to Grand Rapids. The plot tells us a story of a sweet young boy seeking a loving home. It is very heartwarming and I believe its adventurous nature will draw children in. The main character Bud is a character that is easy to love and root for as you are reading the story. The author does a great job of making Bud relatable to people in the real world. Of course we all want to be loved, right? The author definitely brings the setting to life by using places such as the awful foster home and the jazz band and the train Bud tries to hop. These details do not overwhelm the story, they make it interesting and fascinating. The characters are definitely behaving in a very believable way. Many children do not have loving homes, which they can relate to. Bud runs away from home and there are also children that have thoughts about doing so. The jazz band really relates to the time period and that helps the children to learn more about the lives of the people in that time period as well. The main conflict of the story is Bud trying to find a home and his father and I believe that they are very plausible to the time period relating to him being in the foster family and going through the orphanage and not having much to call his own. Even though the story is in the past it is still very relatable and clear to understand. There are still homeless children in the world today and even children with unfortunate home lives. Bud shows immense courage throughout this book and I believe that is a very important message for the children to understand.
I loved this book. It is definitely one of my favorites. Bud is such an amazing unique young boy and touches the heart as we read about his quest to find his father. I would use this book in the classroom to teach the importance of determination and never giving up. It could also be used during Black History Month to teach about Bud’s culture. ...more