In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
Thanks to Twitter Friends for creating a delicious meme- Treat Tuesday.
Special thanks to Niki Barnes at Daydream Reader
and Shannon Houghton at Ms. Houghton’s Class.
I’ll go with a book and a treat.
Zebra Forest by Adina Rishe Gerwirtz – Realistic Fiction, 5th grade and up – Such a touching, angry and forgiving book. Annie, young girl takes charge of her family when her grandmother goes through phases of silence and inactivity. She has a little brother named Rew she helps care for as well. She and Rew enjoy time together storytelling, relaxing amongst the trees near their house. But unfortunately once night an escapee from a nearby prison breaks into their home and holds them hostage. The story that continues after this is quite beautiful. I loved reading how the characters each helped grow, answer questions, and change through the course of the summer in addition to reveal secrets that were not helping them grow… Quite the powerful book. I’d partner this book with Hidden by Helen Frost. The two combined would be quite good for thought provoking discussions.
Goodreads Summary: “When eleven-year-old Annie first started lying to her social worker, she had been taught by an expert: Gran. “If you’re going to do something, make sure you do it with excellence,” Gran would say. That was when Gran was feeling talkative, and not brooding for days in her room — like she did after telling Annie and her little brother, Rew, the one thing they know about their father: that he was killed in a fight with an angry man who was sent away. Annie tells stories, too, as she and Rew laze under the birches and oaks of Zebra Forest — stories about their father the pirate, or pilot, or secret agent. But then something shocking happens to unravel all their stories: a rattling at the back door, an escapee from the prison holding them hostage in their own home, four lives that will never be the same.”
Hershey’s chocolate treats, amazing little balls of deliciousness!
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