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! I’m having a brief sharing week as I am presently on a night train to Vietnam… having a huge family adventure and hopefully enjoying many books… Prewriting many posts so that I can focus on new books, fun family adventures, and not be focused on the blog…
Cress – The Lunar Chronicles #3 by Marissa Meyer – I’m was completely lost in this book. Since my husband read this book before me he completely understood my howl of frustration at the conclusion though. CANNOT WAIT for the next book. I think I’m as anxious for the following book as I was for the Hunger Games books to be released… Such a great premise, memorable characters you care about immediately, and interesting plots that interweave fairy tales with a distinct dystopic society. This time Cress’s story which is slightly mentioned in the prior book connects with Rapunzel. Pretty fantastic to have a rapunzel like character be stuck on a satellite! Goodreads Summary: “In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.”
Picture book time:
Ghost Train by Paul Yee, paintings by Harvey Chan – 1996 – What a gorgeous, touching book following a young girl whose father goes to the US to work on railroad development and how she is able to mystically help many people… just beautiful. Goodreads Summary: “Winner of the Governor General’s Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award and the Ruth Schwartz Award. This powerful, unforgettable and multi-award-winning tale is based on the lives of the Chinese who settled on the west coast of North America in the early 1900s. Left behind in China by her father, who has gone to North America to find work, Choon-yi has made her living by selling her paintings in the market. When her father writes one day and asks her to join him, she joyously sets off, only to discover that he has been killed. Choon-yi sees the railway and the giant train engines that her father died for, and she is filled with an urge to paint them.
But her work disappoints her until a ghostly presence beckons her to board the train where she meets the ghosts of the men who died building the railway. She is able to give them peace by returning their bones to China where they were born.”
Poetry Special Times:
What the Heart Knows – Chants, Charms & Blessings by Newbery Honor Winner Joyce Sidman, illustrations by Caldecott Honor Winner Pamela Zagarenski – This is a book full of thoughtful poetry that accommodates every reader, young and old. Children will not “get” every poem in this book, which is just fine, something that should be challenging. Goodreads Summary: “What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessings is a collection of poems to provide comfort, courage, and humor at difficult or daunting moments in life. It conjures forth laments, spells, invocations, chants, blessings, promises, songs, and charms. Here are pleas on how to repair a friendship, wishes to transform one’s life or to slow down time, charms to face the shame of a disapproving crowd, invocations to ask for forgiveness, to understand the mysteries of happiness, and to bravely face a dark and different world. These words help us remember or grieve; they bolster courage and guard against evil; they help us celebrate and give thanks. This elegant gift book also includes a red ribbon for readers to mark their favorite poems. Poet extraordinaire Joyce Sidman won the Newbery Honor Medal for Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night and continues to write poetry for children that has been called “fresh,” “inspiring,” and “accessible” to her young audience. She is intrigued by the idea of “words of power”—chants and charms that were once believed to have real influence in everyday life. Caldecott Honor-winning Pamela Zagarenski’s beautiful art captures a world of emotion and the essence of Sidman’s words.”
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