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Have fun watching the awards this morning! I have an inservice day, so I won't be celebrating with my students until the day after.
Books I've Recently Read:
To Stay Alive by Skila Brown
Candlewick Press, 2016
Poetic Narrative/Historical Fiction
Recommended for grades 5+
I know the story of the Donner Party, after-all, I am a big Nathan Hale fan, but don't think you will find any hangmen here to break the tension. (I'll let some of you scratch your head at that one.)
The stark style to this novel in verse gives you the feeling that words, like supplies and rations, must be used sparingly. Each step of this journey was arduous, and to imagine children journeying, and a baby being born into this trek, were almost too much at times. And then it gets worse, so much worse. This book hurt me. The words pulled me in, and though the words were not overbearing, the emotion of it was, at times.
A Boy Called BAT by Elana K. Arnold
Illustrations by Charles Santoso
Walden Pond Press, 2017
Recommended for grades 2-5
An enjoyable story about a boy nicknamed Bat, who happens to be on the autism spectrum. This is the first in a series, and will be a most welcome addition to my classroom library.
Bat doesn't relate well to the emotions of the people closest to him, and often misreads situations. When his veterinarian mother brings home a rescued skunk kit, Bat does all he can to convince his mother to allow him to raise the kit until it is old enough to be released. Don't expect Bat to simply beg and plead though, that's simply not his style!
Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016
Recommended for grades 4+ (as an independent read)
If you don't find sparks of inspiration, lines you want to lift, or quotes to fill your walls and notebooks with, then you have no business reading any more books. Ever.
As with many biographies I love, I find myself faced with wondering if children will take to the book with the same interest and dedication. Melissa Sweet is known for her whimsical and vibrant art, which will certainly attract young readers, but even so, the text may plod at times for children in fourth grade or below. I say this mostly because I don't think kids give a hoot about where details such as where E.B. White worked. Don't get me wrong, I found this book to be most interesting.
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