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 fever...moreAn 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. (less)
Pass It On: African- American Poetry for Children was full of great poems for children. This book has so many messages and valuable lessons to teach t...morePass It On: African- American Poetry for Children was full of great poems for children. This book has so many messages and valuable lessons to teach to young children about the African American culture. The poems vary in topics, some are fun and care-free poems and others tell a story of struggles that African Americans have had to face throughout history. The poems in this book are written by many different authors selected by Wade Hudson and the book is illustrated by Floyd Cooper.
The poems in Pass It On all vary in elements; they each have different sounds, and images that make them unique from one another. Each author has their own writing style, and Wade Hudson did an excellent job of selecting poems that meet the criteria for poetry. For example the poem Prickled Pickles Don’t Smile does a wonderful job of using sounds to catch the reader’s attention. It uses words that rhyme such as “tickle and pickle”, “goad and toad”, and “courting and reporting”. This makes the poem fun to read and it is catchy, children enjoy and have fun reading poems like this. One of my favorite poems in this book was Wait Little Joe. This poem has a great message behind it that creates insight to raise one’s spirits and also creates imagery that anyone can relate to. The illustration is Joe jumping. This poem talks about Joe trying to jump a ditch and he thinks he can make it but once he jumps he lands in the middle and realizes he is too small to jump the ditch right now. When reading the poem, it is easy to picture what is happening by using your imagination. Also, children and even adults can relate to this poem, because in life we all have things we want to do but have to wait for or work towards to be successful. This is a great poem to teach children not only patience but also that believing in yourself and always trying is very important as well. I believe the entire book is a positive stretch. It tells stories of never giving up and how far the African American culture has become. I also believe this book goes beyond the expectations to meet the criteria and I will be using it again in the future.
I highly enjoyed reading this book of poems. If I were to use this in my own classroom it would be appropriate to use for Black History Month. It teaches the students the history of the African American culture and shows them some of the struggles they have been through. The poems can really open the eyes of others and also show the theme of never giving up and accepting and individual for whom they are. It is very important for children to know that they have a meaning in life and to love themselves, and love others. This book does a great job of not only teaching that but also showing the children that they mean a lot to others’ lives as well. (less)
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle was a very enjoyable read. It started out telling the reader about Margaret Murry, who is referred to as Meg th...moreA Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle was a very enjoyable read. It started out telling the reader about Margaret Murry, who is referred to as Meg throughout the story. The reader goes on an adventure with Meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and friend Calvin to rescue her father from “IT”. After a long journey and many challenges to face, Meg’s father is finally rescued. This is such a great story and the author is definitely able to keep the reader’s attention. I believe the story was very well written. I thought that it meant the literary standards in every way. The story has fantasy elements the entire way through. The characters were so interesting. Meg was a kind hearted girl who doubted herself a lot. She was a math wizard but not as strong in other subjects and that hurt her self-esteem. Charles Wallace was a very bright little boy who no one really could understand, except Meg at times. Their mother was a scientist who was a strong lady, and tried to keep herself together for her children, even though her husband had been missing for over a year. Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which were mysterious yet good characters that came in a time of need. Calvin was a good friend, and a brave soul. L’Engle does a fabulous job of showing the reader how the characters feel about their own world and the dilemma they are facing of saving their father. Each character has different feelings but they all work together to overcome their fears and do what they must in order to bring Mr. Murry home. The plot was set up well and is very clear to the reader. I always knew where and what the characters were doing, it was easy to follow along and feel as if you are in the story seeing it happen. I thought the story was very convincing, consistent, and well-developed. I was not bored while reading this story and I always wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. While reading I got caught up in this “imaginary world” and started to believe in what was happening. I believe that is a very important element to have in the story to keep the reader interested. L’Engle did a wonderful job of creating suspense and belief. Although the plot and setting is made-up the author maintains a sense of logic and does not get too carried away. I really enjoyed reading this book. I am not quite sure how I missed it as a child and did not read it in my childhood years. Although I am glad I had the chance to be introduced to this story now. If I were to use this book in my classroom there are multiple ways I could use it. One way would to be to introduce the fantasy genre to the students. It could also be used to talk about the theme of never giving up. Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace never give up on the mission to save their father and even when Meg doubts herself and faces challenges she does not want to do herself, she does it. This is a great theme to teach to the students not only at the beginning of the year but at any time. There is always going to be times in life where we feel like giving up but it very important to remember that giving up it not the best choice and if you just keep pushing things will work out. (less)
Miss Brooks is a librarian who has a great amount of enthusiasm about her love for reading. She goes out of her way to get the children excited about...more Miss Brooks is a librarian who has a great amount of enthusiasm about her love for reading. She goes out of her way to get the children excited about reading. With Miss Brooks help the children all find books they love except Missy. She does not believe there is a book out there for her to love. They are all "too flowery" or "too furry". Finally Missy finds the story of Shrek and falls in love with it. She gets very excited to present to her class and realizes that there is a book for everyone in the library to love.
The setting of this book is usually wherever Missy is, such as the library, her home with her mother, or wandering her mind. The illustrator does an excellent job of showing that. The illustrations are extremely fun and children will LOVE them. The plot is something that so many children can relate to. There are many students who just haven’t been introduced to reading and haven’t realized how rewarding it is. The author portrays this in the story and shows how there really is a book for everyone out there. The ending couldn’t have been better. The author really makes what is happening in the book come alive and is very creative. I think the characters are wonderful! Missy is one of a kind and has such a strong personality and Miss Brooks is so passionate about reading and the children. She does everything she can to help them and that is a great message for students to learn.
I enjoyed reading this book. I would most definitely recommend it to Early Childhood educators and even parents of young children. I thought this book was adorable. It was funny and would be a very fun read-aloud book for younger children. The illustrations were fun and colorful. This book is a good example for children who might not think they are able to enjoy reading it shoes them at anyone can find something they enjoy because there are books about everything. As a teacher I would use this in either a kindergarten or first grade classroom for a back to school theme. It gets the children excited for reading and the school year that is ahead of them. (less)
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is about a 13-year-old boy named Brian. Brian’s plane crashed and the challenges he has to face to go through in order to surv...moreHatchet by Gary Paulsen is about a 13-year-old boy named Brian. Brian’s plane crashed and the challenges he has to face to go through in order to survive. He is stuck in the wilderness and all he has is a hatchet. He is forced to learn the ways of survival during the fifty-four days he is there.
I believe the story is very well written. The plot grabs the reader’s attention and keeps them wanting to know what happens next. The setting is very clear. Brian is in the wilderness and the author does an excellent job of making that known. The author does a great job of showing the reader who Brian is, while reading the book we see the trials that Brian goes through and how he gets through them each day. Brian is relatable to characters in the real world, although he shows a strength that most of us cannot fully relate to. The world is full of challenges and different types of strength; many children have been through troubles and gained different types of strengths. The one main theme that I think the author portrays in this book is to remain positive, no matter what situation you are facing in life. Brian is fighting for his survival, but the author shows it in a way that the children could relate to and it is believable as well. The events were believable as well. He goes through things that would happen in the wilderness and finds ways to stay alive, ways that some children might have already been taught or learned about. The plot resolution is believable and happy for readers. Brian survives and I am sure anyone who reads this would want the story to end is that way.
I enjoyed reading this book. It was realistic and an enjoyable read. It makes one think of what they would do is placed in Brian’s situation. I think it is a great resource for the classroom and could be used in many different ways. One way I would use the book is maybe have the students do a writing activity after reading the book. They would describe ways they would survive or what they might do differently in a situation that Brian had to face. I would also teach the students that it is very important to be positive in situations they are going through. They are going to face many different challenges throughout their life, big or small and without positivity they will seem impossible. (less)
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 abo...moreFather 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.
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 Central...moreHow 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. (less)
Henry and Mudge and the Careful Cousin by Cynthia Rylant is about a young boy, named Henry who has a cousin named Annie that is coming to spent the ni...moreHenry and Mudge and the Careful Cousin by Cynthia Rylant is about a young boy, named Henry who has a cousin named Annie that is coming to spent the night. Henry is already nervous about her and once Annie gets there things just go downhill from there. Henry calls Annie the “careful cousin” because she is so clean and does not like the dog Mudge because he drools. She is disgusted by Henry’s dirty room and it seems that everything he does she turns pink about or her eyes get big. Finally Henry and Annie find something to do that Annie enjoys. Henry teaches Annie how to play Frisbee and she loves it. She is very good and they play all evening. Annie leaves the next day and lets Mudge give her a kiss and tells Henry to come visit her sometime and even to bring Mudge.
The story is well written according to literary standards. The story could portray a few different themes, such as the importance of family, or even how to make friends. The plot of the story makes sense and goes along with the pictures. The characters most definitely resemble real people in our world. Henry is the typical young boy who loves his dog and is always dirty and has a messy room. I am sure many young boys around the world can relate to that. Annie is a little “girly-girl” who loves dressing up and thinks boys are gross; just like many other girls around the world. The events are plausible and relate to the real world. Children would believe every event in the book could happen in our world and would also make sense to the children. The plot resolution is completely believable and is a resolution that would most likely be what happens in our world also if these events were to occur.
I enjoyed reading this book and believe it would be an excellent choice for children. The story is one that almost every child could relate to. Everyone can relate to the feeling of getting nervous or uneasy when someone new is coming around. If I were to use this story in the classroom I would use it for a family unit and learning about cousins and extended family. I would ask the students to reflect back on their own personal lives and tell a story of a time they were nervous about meeting someone or a time that they had a sleepover or family gathering with extended family. This book is also a fun easy read to introduce “chapter” books to the children. (less)