It’s been a whole week, time to look back at my reading.
Let’s see, another slow week. Being sick and frustrating commuting experiences have conspired to make my reading mojo take a leave of absence. But, I did manage to eke out some reading this week.
By the time Ally is in sixth grade, she’s been in seven different schools, has always struggled and pretty much assumes that she’ll never get it right. She has mastered the art of the dodge when it comes to answering questions, writing essays, reading aloud and memorized the way to the office, figuring anything’s better than doing schoolwork. When Mr. Daniels enters her life, Ally finds a glimmer of hope and a few friends. This one was lovely in all ways. Compelling, thoughtful, accessible. Just about everyone will be able to find something to love in this one. I’ll be sharing it with kids next week. It would also make a great class read-aloud.
The Red Bicycle by Jude Isabella. In this nonfiction picture book a red bicycle finds several new lives as it passes through many hands. Leo is first, having spotted the bike in a shop near his house and saved for it, but when he eventually outgrows the bike he finds a way to donate it, where it ends up in Burkina Faso with Alisetta who uses it to take grain to market. Finally, it ends up with Haridata who uses the bike to ferry medications to those who live out in the countryside. I liked this one quite a bit, and can see lots of potential to share it with students, especially our 6th graders who spend all year studying Africa.
Look Where We Live! by Scot Ritchie.This is the kind of title helpful to classrooms studying communities, as it shows one community coming together during a street fair to raise money for the local public library. Kids visit stores, the library, a community garden, a retirement community, an ice cream shop and a number of other places. A nice introduction and discussion starter for the very youngest set.