In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! This was honestly a full-on week that distracted me from reading as I reprioritized sleep and work. It was fun to be back at work! I finally had the chance to share Mr. Wuffles and Flora and Ulysses with more classes, what fantastic read alouds to share! I have read through other books but will be quiet about them for other posts.
The Real Story of Stone Soup by Ying Chang Compestine, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch – Folktale – I’m ridiculously excited to have Ying Chang Compestine visit Bradbury in a few weeks, her books are just fantastic. Loved reading this lovely twist to the stone soup story, especially since it was based off of true origins in China. Additionally, it is a wonderful read aloud. Next I’m reading her new novel, Secrets of the Terra-Cotta Soldier that she wrote with her son. Goodreads Summary: “A stingy fisherman always makes his three young helpers do all his work. One day he scolds the lazy boys for forgetting to provide lunch. Don’t worry, they say. We can make stone soup. The boys dig a hole and fill it with water and flavored stones. They trick the fisherman into making bowls and chopsticks, and fetching salt and sesame oil. While he’s busy, they stir in bird eggs, add wild vegetables, and slip fish into the soup. By the time the old man returns, they have a feast fit for a king. To this day, Egg Drop Stone Soup is a traditional dish in southeast China. A recipe is included.”
The Story of Paper by Ying Chang Compestine, illustrated by YongSheng Xuan – Another fantastic adapted story about how paper was created. What a way to explain the reason for incentive for creating paper, to avoid answering questions about what a teacher says. Goodreads Summary: “After the Kang brothers get in trouble at school, they devise a way to make paper, making things easier for them and their teacher.”
Amma, Tell Me About Ganesha! by Bhakti Mathur, illustrated by Maulshree Somani – publ. in 2014- Religious – I love the style of storytelling that accompanies these stories by Bhakti Mathur. In this newest edition, Amma tells her children about how Ganesha attained an elephant head. Fascinating to read to my son and think about. This “Amma Tell Me” series is a good collection to have for your students because of the opportunity to learn about other beliefs and practices.
Image of another book from the Amma Tell Me series:
Cleversticks by Bernard Ashley, illustrated by Derek Brazell – publ. in 1992 – Great for preschool and up – Special little book that I’d heard about multiple times over the past few years, had to finally pick it up to read… Special little book about a little boy who feels quite left out at his school because many of his classmates are recognized for their special abilities like tying shoes and writing their name… until he does something so natural to him that he doesn’t realize it is special. Goodreads Summary: “Ling Sung dreads going to school. There are too many things the other kids can do that he can’t. When he discovers everyone admires his ability to use chopsticks, Ling Sung is empowered.”
The Snail House by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Gillian Tyler – publ. in 2000 – Wow, these illustrations are so delicate that I just had to pick up the book. It contained a very special story told by a grandmother to her grandchildren about some kids who shrunk to the size of an ant and had a huge adventure. My favorite part was the snail house illustrations. *Reminded me of Dr. Doolittle’s home…. Goodreads Summary: “Here is the story Grandma tells one evening on her wide veranda steps. It has Michael and Hannah and the disappearing baby in it, a tigerish bird, raindrops like sacks of water, and the hugest apple you ever saw. Oh yes . . . and the Snail House. So gather round, climb up now into Grandma’s lap. Darkness is falling, the air is still, and the story is just about to begin.”
Excited to complete this Blue Peter Book Award Winner:
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell – Adventure – This was quite an enchanting gorgeous book, couldn’t put it down. Lovely story. I loved reading about someone who’s faith cannot be squashed and another whose commitment cannot be denied. Love this guardian who raises a baby with barely any knowledge of the proper way to raise a child. This book felt like a celebration of freedom, independence, and fighting against heavyhanded government influence. From running from child welfare to lifestyles of not-quite homeless people, it is quite the imaginative, beautiful story. It was packed with amazing lines throuhgout the book. I’ll just share the first line of the book since I loved it so much: “On the morning of its first birthday, a baby was found floating in a cello case in the middle of the English Channel.” Goodreads Summary: “Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive, but that means still possible. You should never ignore a possible. So when the Welfare Agency writes to her guardian threatening to send Sophie to an orphanage, she takes matters into her own hands and flees to Paris to look for her mother, starting with the only clue she has – the address of the cello maker. Evading the French authorities, she meets Matteo and his network of rooftoppers – urchins who live in the sky. Together they scour the city for Sophie’s mother before she is caught and sent back to London, and most importantly before she loses hope.”
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