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 still reading loads of books lately, trying to conserve energy and relax, usually that translates to reading, lucky me! So, I’m not including everything I’ve read this week here… shall be portioned out a little… going to share a few special books on Saturdays!
The Julian Chapter by R.J. Palacio – Realistic Fiction, 4th grade and up – short- Ok, this honestly was my #1 read of the week and I’ve enjoyed a load of books… It was such a special experience to return to the world of Wonder and experience the story through Julian’s eyes… Such a powerful turn, especially good for sharing with children who need to work on empathy, understanding different perspectives, and communication… Highly recommended. Oh, and if you haven’t read Wonder yet, please do. Seriously. Goodreads Summary: “Over 1 million people have read Wonder and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. Now readers will have a chance to hear from the book’s most controversial character—Julian.
From the very first day Auggie and Julian met in the pages of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder, it was clear they were never going to be friends, with Julian treating Auggie like he had the plague. And while Wonder told Auggie’s story through six different viewpoints, Julian’s perspective was never shared. Readers could only guess what he was thinking.
Until now. The Julian Chapter will finally reveal the bully’s side of the story. Why is Julian so unkind to Auggie? And does he have a chance for redemption?”
“BE KIND, FOR EVERYONE YOU MEET IS FIGHTING A HARD BATTLE.” – isn’t that the truth… R.J. Palacio explains why she wrote the chapter here:
The Listening Walk by Paul Showers, illustrated by Aliki – Talk about the perfect reflective book combined with onomatopoeia sounds… Goodreads Summary: “Put on your socks and shoes — and don’t forget your ears!We’re going on a listening walk. Shhhhh. Do not talk. Do not hurry. Get ready to fill your ears with a world of wonderful and surprising sounds.”
Ball – words and pictures by Mary Sullivan – ball ball ball ball ball. Fabulous illustrations, great animal personality, lovely book. Goodreads Summary: “A dog with a ball is one of the most relentlessly hopeful creatures on Earth. After his best little-girl pal leaves for school, this dog hits up yoga mom, baby, and even the angry cat for a quick throw. No luck. Forced to go solo, the dog begins a hilarious one-sided game of fetch until naptime’s wild, ball-centric dream sequence. The pictures speak a thousand words in this comic book-style ode to canine monomania. Ball? Ball.”
The Voyage by Veronica Salinas, illustrated by Camilla Engman – Wow. What a different book. I loved the approach to change. The learning of a new language. Trying something new. Accepting that change will occur elsewhere once you’ve changed yourself. My one thing? Silly I know but I loved the hedgehog at the beginning of the story and wished to see it later in the book… but when you have a voyage, you leave some creatures behind… Goodreads Summary: “In this delightful picture book, a small duck finds himself in a place full of unusual creatures who speak an unfamiliar language. Eventually, he meets an animal whose big feet are just like his own. And with a friend by his side, he soon can feel at home. First published in Norway in 2012, this deceptively simple book about adapting to new situations will appeal to children who are just starting school or daycare, children who are about to move to a new home, or children who are learning a new language. The illustrations are gently humorous, while the simple text affirms the importance of knowing who you are and being open to change. Without making unrealistic promises, this story reassures children that, with time, they can adapt to any new environment and make new friends to explore it with. And if, as happens to the little duck in this story, those new friends have to leave, the child, like the little duck, will be able to greet the next wave of newcomers with compassion and generosity.”
Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy by Karen Foxlee – Fantasy, 4th grade and up – This is an Australian author! Just loved this fantasy, one of those books where I shushed my guys for a few minutes so I could completely concentrate and complete reading the book… I loved the idea of a little girl who didn’t believe in magic but was challenged. Touching book, the pacing was a little predictable and the conclusion was well done but expected. I don’t mind not being surprised by some books, when I love the language. This book was lovely. Highly recommended. Goodreads Summary: “Eleven-year-old Ophelia might not be brave, but she certainly is curious. Her family are still reeling from her mother’s death, and in a bid to cheer everyone up, her father has taken a job at a fantastically enormous and gothic museum in a city where it never stops snowing. Ophelia can’t wait to explore – and she quickly discovers an impossibility. In a forgotten room, down a very dark corridor, she finds a boy, who says he’s been imprisoned for three-hundred-and-three-years by an evil Snow Queen who has a clock that is ticking down towards the end of the world.
A sensible girl like Ophelia doesn’t quite believe him, of course, but there’s no denying he needs her help. There are many other, darker, impossibilities in this museum too. Ghosts, wolves, Misery Birds, magical swords – and even fabled Snow Queens – will all do their very best to stop Ophelia and hurt her family. She will have to garner all her courage, strength and cleverness if she is to rescue this most Marvellous Boy – and maybe even save the world in the process.”
The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins – I never tire of Steve Jenkins brilliance. As I read this incredible collection, I realized that I would need to actually shift this book into the reference collection. I don’t really have too much of a reference collection anymore but this book is just so packed with fantastic information and it is just that weight that is a little too much for my students to carry… so I’m looking forward to celebrating the book by having it daily available in the library instead.
Steve packed this book with facts on anything he found fascinating, from life spans to existence to eggs to record breaking creatures, the information never stops! I can’t wait to have my students pouring over this book! Goodreads Summary: “Animals smooth and spiky, fast and slow, hop and waddle through the two hundred plus pages of the Caldecott Honor artist Steve Jenkins’s most impressive nonfiction offering yet. Sections such as “Animal Senses,” “Animal Extremes,” and “The Story of Life” burst with fascinating facts and infographics that will have trivia buffs breathlessly asking, “Do you know a termite queen can produce up to 30,000 eggs a day?” Jenkins’s color-rich cut- and torn-paper artwork is as strikingly vivid as ever. Rounding out this bountiful browsers’ almanac of more than three hundred animals is a discussion of the artist’s bookmaking process, an animal index, a glossary, and a bibliography. A bookshelf essential.”
Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok – High School and Up- Realistic Fiction – What an insteresting and touching story. So glad I had time for this book… So many unexpected twists and turns for a mother and daughter moving from Hong Kong to America, stuck under the thumb of an overbearing, jealous aunt running a clothing sweatshop… Such hardship hidden in plain sight. Really showed, once again, how true it is that you should treat all with kindness as you don’t know what they’re dealing with. Highly recommended, loved… I CANNOT WAIT to read Jean Kwok’s new book Mambo in Chinatown! Goodreads Summary: “When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life like the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family’s future resting on her shoulders, or her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition. Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.
Through Kimberly’s story, author Jean Kwok, who also emigrated from Hong Kong as a young girl, brings to the page the lives of countless immigrants who are caught between the pressure to succeed in America, their duty to their family, and their own personal desires, exposing a world that we rarely hear about.
Written in an indelible voice that dramatizes the tensions of an immigrant girl growing up between two cultures, surrounded by a language and world only half understood, Girl in Translation is an unforgettable and classic novel of an American immigrant-a moving tale of hardship and triumph, heartbreak and love, and all that gets lost in translation.”
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