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! Enjoying books week by week… I decided to spread out what I’m reading recently over a few weeks… so this isn’t everything but I’ve enjoyed them all!
Special Saturday Book Shared:
Special Books Enjoyed This Week:
The Day They Came to Arrest the Book by Nat Hentoff – 1982 – Realistic Fiction – 5th Grade and up – This book is fascinating to read. It is a well written exploring the torturesome experience of a book being challenged at a school to see if it should be removed from both a classroom and library. What is the book in question? Huckleberry Finn. What I appreciated was reading both perspectives and the dialogue that was included during the challenge proceedings. What I was concerned about was whether my students would read this and if it was appropriate for 5th grade or if it needed to be in a secondary school. I found there were some worrisome points that didn’t deter me in the end from having the book in the collection but I thought it also was a good book for some who want to read about conflict resolution. Really interesting exploration of the whole situation of book banning. Goodreads Summary: “Who would have believed that The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn could cause the worst crisis in the history of George Mason High School? Certainly not Barney Roth, editor of the school paper. But when a small but vocal group of students and parents decide that the book is racist, sexist, and immoral–and should be removed from reading lists and the school library–Barney takes matters into his own hands.
When the Huck Finn issue comes up for a hearing, Barney decides to print his story about previous censorship efforts at school. He’s sure that investigative reporting and publicity can help the cause. But is he too late to turn the tide of censorship?”
Lion vs Rabbit by Alex Latimer – Love this twisted story that touches a little on the rabbit and the hare story. Cute story about a lion who was a bully who frustrated all the other animals so that they asked other animals to try to teach him a lesson. When Rabbit rises to the occasion, you never know might happen. Hilarious and a fantastic read aloud. I enjoyed having quite the lengthy discussions with students about what is fair, when is cheating acceptable, and how you stop a bully…
Goodreads Summary: “Lion is mean to everyone. When the other animals can’t take his bullying anymore, they post an ad asking for help. One animal after another tries and fails to defeat Lion. Can no on stop him? Finally a rabbit arrives. No one thinks it will be brave enough or strong enough to defeat Lion. But perhaps this rabbit is smart enough?”
Before After by Anne-Margot Ramstein & Matthias Aregui – Loved this very thick book that shows cause and effect in many ways. Beautiful all the way through. Wordless. Goodreads Summary: “Which came first? No words are necessary in this beautiful, artfully humorous book, in which every turn of the page offers a surprise.
Everyone knows that a tiny acorn grows into a mighty oak and a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. But in this clever, visually enchanting volume, it’s also true that a cow can result in both a bottle of milk and a painting of a cow, and an ape in a jungle may become an urban King Kong. Just as day turns into night and back again, a many-tiered cake is both created and eaten down to a single piece. With simple, graphic illustrations sure to appeal to even the youngest of children, this beautiful rumination on the passage of time will please the most discerning adult readers, too.”
Lucky Strike by Bobbie Pyron – Realistic Fiction – Touching story, couldn’t stop reading, quite suspenseful. Loved the friendships and also the feeling’s shared from living in a small fishing town. Goodreads Summary: “Nate Harlow has never had a lucky day in his life. He’s never won a prize, he’s never been picked first, he’s never even won a coin toss. His best friend, Genesis Beam (aka Gen), believes in science and logic, and she doesn’t think for one second that there’s such a thing as luck, good or bad. But only an extremely unlucky person could be struck by lightning on his birthday… and that person is Nate Harlow. By some miracle, though, Nate survives, and the strike seems to have changed his luck. Suddenly, Nate’s grandpa is the busiest fisherman in their small, beachside town. And Nate finds himself the center of attention, the most popular kid at school, the one who hits a game-winning home run! This lucky streak can’t last forever, though, and as a hurricane draws close to the shores of Paradise Beach, Nate and Gen may need more than just good luck to save their friendship and their town: They need a miracle.”
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