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After reading the childrens picture book The Bearhide and the Crow there were a few things that I,a future educator, found a little disturbing. I think that the appropriate age group for this book is early primary grades(K-3)in elementary schools and because of this the message that children of that age group may recieve from this book I do not find appropriate. I get from this book the message that it is okay to take something that doesnt belong to you if the person or people who obtained it fi ...more
I think that this book is appropriate for third grade through fifth grade. Amos Dyer can fool many people. However, a neighbor/ rival of his convinces him to trade bear hide skin for his wives famous vegetable. throughout the story, Amos convinces the neighbor of is that a bear skin and a crow are lucky. Amos also convinces his neighbor that the bear skin and the crow is more important than the bag of gold. I like how Johnson adds aspects of Appalachia Kentucky into the story. This book would be ...more
This book was a great children book. Paul Brett Johnson did a great job at telling a good story and connecting to his readers. He sent a good message to young children. I think the main character Amos was funny and a well loved character. Amos did not give into Sam when he tried to talk down on the bearhide and the crow. At the end of the day Sam ended up wanting them back and Amos left a bag of gold and was able to buy something nice. I think that this book is a typical Appalachian story from a ...more
I really enjoyed Bearhide and Crow by Paul Brett Johnson. I thought this book was good because it had a strong moral about trading, something that kids love to do with lunch food and toys. It shows that sometimes trading is not always worth it, and that you should think for yourself. The illustrations were cartoonish but went well with the story and would keep the child's attention. I think that this book also shows the culture of Appalachia through the dialect and setting. I would definitely us ...more
I thought this was a good book for 2nd thru 5th grade. The use of dialect was excellent, but I do not think it is a good idea for students to read a lot of books about people tricking each other or stealing from their acquaintances. I thought the illustrations of the animals were fantastic but the illustrations of the people were not so realistic. I could use this book when talking about other cultures money or economic systems.