In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! This was a week where I felt like I didn’t read a variety of titles, but I just enjoyed reading…
I loved this book. Enjoyed the development of storyline and characters… the magical way that Sharon Creech can tie everything together is always breathtaking for me. Goodreads Summary: “I had big thoughts to match the big wind. I wondered if we find the people we need when we need them. I wondered if we attract our future by some sort of invisible force, or if we are drawn to it by a similar force. I felt I was turning a corner and that change was afoot. In the little town of Blackbird Tree live two orphan girls: one Naomi Deane, brimming with curiosity, and her best friend, Lizzie Scatterding, who could talk the ears off a cornfield. Naomi has a knack for being around when trouble happens. For she knows all the peculiar people in town–like Crazy Cora and Witch Wiggins and Mr. Farley. But then, one day, a boy drops out of a tree. The strangely charming Finn boy. Then the Dingle Dangle man appears, asking all kinds of questions. Curious surprises are revealed–three locked trunks, a pair of rooks, a crooked bridge, and that boy. Soon Naomi and Lizzie find themselves zooming toward a future neither could ever have imagined. Meanwhile, on a grand estate across the ocean, an old lady whose heart has been deceived concocts a plan. . . . As two very different worlds are woven together, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech celebrates the gossamer thread that connects us all, and the great and unexpected gifts of love, friendship, and forgiveness.”
George Saves the World by Lunchtime by Jo Readman, illustrated by Ley Honor Roberts –Fantastic earth saving actions reviewed over a day. Great illustrations partnered with the text. Goodreads Summary: “George is determined to save the world by lunchtime but he’s not quite sure how. Grandpa suggests they start by recycling his yoghurt container, putting his banana peel in the compost pile, and hanging the washing to dry in the sun. On his bike, George discovers many more ways he can help save the world. A trip to the recycling bank, charity shop and local farmers’ market shows how recycling and reusing materials, and using less gas and more produce, can really help save the world. George even gets a favourite toy fixed!”
Oink? By Margie Palatini, illustrated by Henry Cole – A Margie Palatini I hadn’t read? Had to fix that immediately: Funny point of view… pigs not really caring led other animals to clean up… Goodreads Summary: “Everyone on the farm thinks Thomas and Joseph are sloppy, dim-witted pigs. Thomas and Joseph are content, but the other animals are not. The hens want the pigs to paint their pen, the rabbit wants them to eat healthier food, and the duck wants them to dig a water hole andtake a bath. Even though the other animals try to show them how it’s done, the pigs can’t seem to do anything right.Maybe being lazy isn’t as dumb as it seems.”
Of course I can’t pass up any hedgehog book, came across these two when weeding the picture book collection this week:
Hodge the Hedgehog by Kate Petty, Shona Grant – cute brief little glimpse into a hedgehog life…
Hedgehog Howdedo by Lynley Dodd – Adorable quick read with hedgehogs hibernating.
Where’s My Cow? By Terry Pratchett – interesting story that turns into another story. Tried to see how it would fit within Discworld but perhaps I haven’t read enough of those books… Loved the dad adding his perspective to the story. Goodreads Summary: “At six o’clock every day, without fail, with no excuses, Sam Vimes must go home to read Where’s My Cow?, with all the right farmyard noises, to his little boy. There are some things you have to do. It is the most loved and chewed book in the world. But his father wonders why it is full of moo-cows and baa-lambs when Young Sam will only ever see them cooked on a plate. He can think of a more useful book for a boy who lives in a city. So Sam Vimes starts adapting the story. A story with streets, not fields. A book with rogues and villains. A book about the place where he’ll grow up.”
Wings – A new kind of faerie tale – Aprilynne Pike – Think I needed a little brain candy. I pulled this book out of my book bag at the bus stop on the way home. I began reading and could not stop. I completed it within three hours. Pike created a fantastic world of faerie’s that had me accepting the content readily. Been a long time since I flew through a book like that. Good news? There are two other books waiting on my TBR shelf now. Ready for the next brain candy moment. (Then proceeded to read Spells as well. Now knee deep into Wild – called Illusions in the US.) Goodreads Summary: “Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful–too beautiful for words. Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings. In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.”
Plus, for our school book breakfast, we highlighted our favorite books, perhaps some of these would be useful for you to see:
Had fun creating a holiday shopping list for our school community: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0ByPhlZAIDmUTdlAzZ1N2NWhoN1U
Also, I participated this morning in #titlechat which I always enjoy when I can make it! I was overwhelmed by booklist inspiration this time and created this list of reference links to spend more time on. Perhaps others would also enjoy browsing: Probably will make a Pinterest page of all of these eventually!
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