Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Time together: Me and Grandpa
by Maria Catherine

This title makes me think of all the wonderful time I got to spend with my grandfather before he passed away.  There are so many things to be learned and passed down from generation to generation.  I like that there were images of the grandfathers with both girls and boys.  Many times there are gender gaps in books like these.  The illustrations are wonderful.  I have a feeling this book will be very loved by children young and old. Look for it around March 2015!

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
This is an epic story of star crossed loves who seem to find their way back to each other over centuries and many different lives.  In the seventh story Erikir states I will look for you and love you in each one. Will you follow me?” (p 252)  He also states “I will live seven times, and I will look for you in each one. We will always be together.” (p 252)  Honestly I had no idea what this story was about when I began reading.  It was not until I reached the final section that it all began to make sense to me.  Then it left me thinking how all the previous stories intertwined together in the seven lives of these individuals.  One would have to have a strong belief in reincarnation, and more than that.  Am ability to remember their past lives to know each other when they are able to fine one another?  Wow what a love story, to dedicate yourself to someone in not just one life, but in SEVEN.  Many of the go to love stories that have this focus one loving someone so much you cannot imagine life without them, for example Romeo and Juliet, typically end after just one life. This story just takes it one step further.  A Booklist review states “Sedgwick handles each story with such stylistic control that interest is not just renewed each time but intensified. Part love story, part mystery, part horror, this is as much about the twisting hand of fate as it is about the mutability of folktales. Its strange spell will capture you.” (Amazon.com page for Midwinterblood)

 There are a few other stories that remind me of this story as well.  The Brides of Rollrock Island by Margo Lanagan is about a strange beautiful island where strange and beautiful things occur.  Both of these stories use multiple perspectives to immerse readers in the secrets of the unusual island community. This goes along with the mysterious plant on this island as well.

A second book is The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. This book is similar in the idea of love stories that are so complex that are so life-altering that they cause ripple effects that span across generations.  There is an interesting writing style present in both books that suck the reader in and holds on to then through the entire book.

When Whales Cross the Sea
by Sharon Katz Cooper

This is an upcoming book from the publishers at Capstone.  

The cover of this book is very eye catching.  I like it. The illustrations in this book are good, and I like the way the illustrator shows both above and under the ocean at the same time. This is a great nonfiction book for high interest low reading level learners.  I can see boys liking this book in particular.  Great job!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Kirkus Reviews states…“Original, touching and oh-so-funny tale starring an endearingly implausible superhero and a not-so-cynical girl.”

Flora is a self-proclaimed cynic discovers an unlikely hero in a squirrel named Ulysses.  Flora has a hard time after the split of her parents and is looking for something to believe in.  The book states “Floras mother never called Flora beautiful.  She never said that she loved her with all her heart.  Luckily, Flora was a cynic and didn’t care whether her mother loved her or not.” (30)  I think any young girl at this age can relate to these feelings.  Almost every girl has been through this at some time in their lives.  They are not quite little girls, but not women yet either, and their parents don’t give them the attention they once received when they were younger. So, many times they look for something else extraordinary to believe in.  Flora finds hers in Ulysses, who himself has had his own adventures with humans. “There had, truthfully, been a lot of incidents with humans (some involving BB guns, some not) and all of them had been violent, terrifying, and soul-destroying.” (26) This is very similar to what Flora is feeling with all the changes in her life. Through all their adventures Flora does discovers that many of the things she thought were wrong and just because people don’t directly say things does not mean they do not think them.

There are a few books that I thought about while reading this one.  I tried to stick to the newer ones, since these are going to be more relevant to what the kids will be looking for.  Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins is similar in the fact that there are squirrels that overcome amazing circumstances.  In this book the squirrel receives the help of friends while trying to make it back home and in Flora and Ulysses the squirrel makes new friends after a very dangerous encounter with a vacuum.

The second book that was similar to this one is What We Found in the Sofa (and How it Saved the World) by Henry Clark.  These two books are similar in their reality/fantasy mashups that take these tales to places no one would imagine.  They both share the trait of very unlikely heroes and whimsical absurdity.

Works Consulted:
Clark, Henry. What We Found in the Sofa (and How it Saved the World).New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2013. Print.
Dicamillo, Kate. Flora and Ulysses. Berryville: Candlewick Press, 2013.  Print.
Perkins, Lynne Rae. Nuts to You. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2014. Print.

Rev. of Flora and Ulysses, by Kate Dicamillo. Kirkus Reviews. Kirkus Reviews, 1 Jul 2013. Web 31 Aug 2014.

More reviews for Flora and Ulysses (As if you need more reasons to read it!)

From School Library Journal
Gr 4-6–Flora, obsessed with superhero comics, immediately recognizes and gives her wholehearted support to a squirrel that, after a near-fatal brush with a vacuum cleaner, develops the ability to fly and type poetry. The 10-year-old hides her new friend from the certain disapproval of her self-absorbed, romance-writer mother, but it is on the woman's typewriter that Ulysses pours out his creations. Like DiCamillo's The Magician's Elephant (Candlewick, 2009), this touching piece of magical realism unfolds with increasing urgency over a mere few days and brings its somewhat caricatured, old-fashioned characters together into what becomes a supportive community for all. Campbell's rounded and gentle soft-penciled illustrations, at times in the form of panel art furthering the action, wonderfully match and add to the sweetness of this oddball story. Rife with marvelously rich vocabulary reminiscent of the early superhero era (e.g., “Holy unanticipated occurrences!”) and amusing glimpses at the world from the point of view of Ulysses the supersquirrel, this book will appeal to a broad audience of sophisticated readers. There are plenty of action sequences, but the novel primarily dwells in the realm of sensitive, hopeful, and quietly philosophical literature.–Rhona Campbell, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DCα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
From Booklist
*Starred Review* The story begins with a vacuum cleaner. And a squirrel. Or, to be more precise, a squirrel who gets sucked into a Ulysses Super Suction wielded by Flora’s neighbor, Mrs. Tickham. The rather hairless squirrel that is spit out is not the same one that went in. That squirrel had only one thought: “I’m hungry.” After Flora performs CPR, the rescued squirrel, newly named Ulysses, is still hungry, but now he has many thoughts in his head. Foremost is his consideration of Flora’s suggestion that perhaps he is a superhero like The Amazing Incandesto, whose comic-book adventures Flora read with her father. (Drawing on comic-strip elements, Campbell’s illustrations here work wonderfully well.) Since Flora’s father and mother have split up, Flora has become a confirmed and defiant cynic. Yet it is hard to remain a cynic while one’s heart is opening to a squirrel who can type (“Squirtl. I am . . . born anew”), who can fly, and who adores Flora. Newbery winner DiCamillo is a master storyteller, and not just because she creates characters who dance off the pages and plots, whether epic or small, that never fail to engage and delight readers. Her biggest strength is exposing the truths that open and heal the human heart. She believes in possibilities and forgiveness and teaches her audience that the salt of life can be cut with the right measure of love. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: DiCamillo has a devoted following, plus this book has an extensive marketing campaign. That equals demand. Grades 3-6. --Ilene Cooper
Newbery-winner DiCamillo is a master storyteller not just because she creates characters who dance off the pages and plots, whether epic or small, that never fail to engage and delight readers. Her biggest strength is exposing the truths that open and heal the human heart. She believes in possibilities and forgiveness and teaches her audience that the salt of life can be cut with the right measure of love.
—Booklist (starred review)

Original, touching and oh-so-funny tale starring an endearingly implausible superhero and a not-so-cynical girl.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Despite supremely quirky characters and dialogue worthy of an SAT prep class, there’s real emotion at the heart of this story involving two kids who have been failed by the most important people in their lives: their parents.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Rife with marvelously rich vocabulary reminiscent of the early superhero era (e.g., "Holy unanticipated occurrences!") and amusing glimpses at the world from the point of view of Ulysses the supersquirrel, this book will appeal to a broad audience of sophisticated readers. There are plenty of action sequences, but the novel primarily dwells in the realm of sensitive, hopeful, and quietly philosophical literature.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Eccentric characters, snappy prose and the fantastical plot give this delightful novel a giddy, over-the-top patina, but the core is big and hopeful, contemplative and bursting with heart. No small feat, even for a superhero like DiCamillo.
—Shelf Awareness

In "Flora and Ulysses," longtime fans will find a happy marriage of Mercy Watson's warmth and wackiness and Edward Tulane's gentle life lessons. In Flora, they will find a girl worth knowing, and one they will remember.
—The New York Times Book Review

Full of Ms. DiCamillo's dry, literate wit and bursting every so often into action-packed comic-strip sequences illustrated by K.G. Campbell... [a] funny, eccentric novel.
—The Wall Street Journal

[L]augh-out-loud funny, tender, difficult and hopeful all at once. ... Cynics beware, this book is meant for those open to joy, wonder, loyalty and friendship of all stripes.
—The Huffington Post

Kate DiCamillo's newest book ... is that rarest of all treasures, a truly inventive and appealing children's middle-grade novel.
—The Boston Globe

[A] fast-paced, funny tale. ... Like all of DiCamillo's books, Flora & Ulysses is filled with adventure, but also plenty of humor and soul. ... DiCamillo has seamlessly blended comic-book elements and a zany cast of characters into a thoroughly original, heartwarming tale.

This is a fun and clever tale of an unlikely hero uniting an even more unlikely cast of characters. Kate DiCamillo strikes again. Each character is well-drawn, the story is packed with fun references and asides. It's a perfect blend of poignancy and magic.
—Fall 2013 Parents' Choice Book Awards

DiCamillo does here what she does best, which is tell a deceptively simple story that elucidates big truths. ... And though the ideas are sophisticated, the storytelling is engaging enough to lure in a reader who might be put off by a doorstop of a novel. This slim volume also features illustrations by K.G. Campbell... [which] jell seamlessly with DiCamillo's prose.
—Austin American Statesman

Beautifully written... The accompanying illustrations and cartoons are enchanting, and the remarkable DiCamillo demonstrates she has storytelling power to spare.
—The Chicago Tribune

Though their adventures are wild and wacky, the heart of the story is about a girl adrift and how she finds her way home. Pencil illustrations and comic book panels by K.G. Campbell complement Kate DiCamillo's text perfectly. After reading Flora and Ulysses, you'll be asking when the next installment is due.
—NPR Books

Much like its furry hero, this swiftly paced tale is full of bold leaps and surprising turns. ... K.G. Campbell’s occasional drawings supplement the narrative and brilliantly interpret the characters, from the partially bald Ulysses to chain-smoking Mom. As with her previous big-hearted novels, DiCamillo proves once again that "astonishments are hidden inside the most mundane being," and gives us another fantastic story.
—The Washington Post

Beautifully written... The accompanying illustrations and cartoons are enchanting, and the remarkable DiCamillo demonstrates she has storytelling power to spare.
—The Chicago Tribune (syndicated from Tribune Newspapers)

Brilliantly written and graphically engaging, it’s filled with adventure, poetry, and compassion. Worth reading, and equally appealing for kids and adults.
—The Boston Globe, Best of 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Some great reads to close out the year

I have been doing a lot of reading lately in search of books that I think will win various awards given to books in the area of youth materials.  I have found so many great books that have been published this year, 2013, that I have not had time to talk about so here goes:

Title: Bluebird
Author: Bob Staake
Publisher and Copyright: Schwartz & Wade Books 2013
ISBN: 9780375870378

What a beautiful wordless book!  This book covers so many topics.  The boy in the book befriends a blue bird, and it show their experiences together.  Then something tragic happens, and the book does a great job helping someone understand loss, and feelings, and moving on.  Here are a few reviews:

From School Library Journal
Gr 2-5-Staake's ability to digitally compose and contrast shapes for a pleasing geometric balance, aesthetic effect, and narrative purpose has never been stronger than in this wordless title about a heroic bird. Readers follow its flight past a New York City skyline filled with cones, pyramids, and rectangular prisms. Vertical lines are punctuated with stylized circular trees, heads, iris shots, clocks, etc. The sky and bird are indeed blue, but the lonely boy with the large, round head is dark gray; shades of gray comprise much of his world. White and black, used symbolically, complete the palette. The warbler notices the boy with the downcast eyes being mocked as he enters school. Afterward, the two play hide-and-seek, share a cookie, sail a toy boat together-in short, they become friends. Tuned-in readers will note the dedication to Audubon, examples of his art, the clock brand "Icarus," and other subtle thematic supports. Conflict arises when they enter Central Park, which is ominously dark, and bullies attempt to steal the boat. When one of them hurls a stick, the bird blocks it and falls, lifeless. As the child cradles his friend, the background brightens and a brilliantly colored flock lifts the pair into the clouds, where the creature fades from view as the boy waves good-bye. With echoes of Disney-Pixar's Up and William Joyce's The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (S & S, 2012), this is an apt fable for our time as we seek to help children develop empathy, curb aggression, and sense hope.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist*Starred Review* With only a few hues of blue, a rainbow of steely grays, and a set of geometric shapes, Staake’s wordless picture book explores friendship, wildlife, sacrifice, death, and hope. A young boy’s drab world of loneliness gets a splash of color when he meets a perky bluebird. They share a cookie, get ignored by a pickup soccer game, and play in a pond before wandering into an ominous woods. There a squad of bullies turns the day into a tragedy, with the bird lying lifeless on the ground. An uplifting bit of magic closes the story, and the boy is comforted as the bird is reunited with the clouds and sky. In a mix of full-page artwork and small scenes arranged in sequential panels, Staake works out an impressive range of emotion, from the serene whimsy of cloud gazing to the cruel pointlessness of death, in his distinctive circle-and-square-based artwork. Without use of a single word (outside of a few pieces of signage to place the story in a New York–style city), this book raises all kinds of simple profundities for kids to question, ponder, imagine, and discuss. Preschool-Grade 1. --Ian Chipman

Starred Review, Booklist, April 15, 2013:"Staake works out an impressive range of emotion... Without use of a single word, this book raises all kinds of simple profundities for kids to question, ponder, imagine, and discuss."

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, February 25, 2013:“…believers and skeptics alike will find something deeply impressive and moving in this work of a singular, fully committed talent.”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2013:“Like nothing you have seen before.”

Title: Penny and Her Marble"
Author: Kevin Henkes
Publisher and Copyright: Harper Collins Childrens 2013
ISBN: 9780062082039

This is the best book for teaching telling the truth, why we do not steal, and the importance of making things right.  Penny pulls at my heart as she has the inner struggle of being really excited about the marble she has found, and wondering if she has taken something someone is looking for and how to return it.  Beautifully written!  Here are a few more reviews!

From Booklist*Starred Review* One morning, while pushing her doll’s stroller past Mrs. Goodwin’s house, Penny spies a big, sky-blue marble in her neighbor’s grass. After checking that no one is watching, she puts it in her pocket. Back at home, she enjoys playing with her new treasure until she sees Mrs. Goodwin in her yard “exactly where Penny had found the marble.” Suddenly Penny feels uncomfortable. That feeling grows, making it hard for her to eat or sleep. The next morning, after putting the marble back where she found it, she learns that her neighbor had placed it there in hopes that someone would find and love it. When Penny accepts the marble from Mrs. Goodwin and thanks her, all is well. Through his narratives, Henkes conveys shades of emotions that are common to the human experience yet hard to express in words. It’s particularly impressive that he can do so in a book for beginning readers. Told in short sentences and simple words with a natural cadence, the story lays out a moral dilemma, lets the heroine find her own solution, and concludes with a reassuringly good outcome. Expressive ink-and-watercolor illustrations complement the text on every page. This small-scale yet immensely satisfying drama is a fine addition to the Penny series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Henkes's second book for beginning readers is sure to be as well received as his first, Penny and Her Song (2012). Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

“Perfect for beginning readers. A treasure.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“Henkes continues to plumb the emotional world of childhood as few author/illustrators can. . . . Another gem.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“Impeccable. . . . Respect for the beginning reader’s emerging skills beautifully matches Henkes’s respect for Penny .” (Horn Book (starred review))
“Splendid . . . Henkes so completely understands the minds of small children. . . . His vivacious panels always seem to burst with springtime. It’s hard to imagine anything ever going too wrong in one of his sensitive, generous portrayals. Everything here ends just right.” (New York Times Book Review)
“Henkes ups the emotional stakes in his third book starring Penny.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Henkes conveys shades of emotions that are common to human experience, yet hard to express in words. It’s particularly impressive that he can do so in a book for beginning readers. . . . This small-scale, yet immensely satisfying drama is a fine addition to the Penny series.” (Booklist (starred review))
Praise for Penny and Her Song:“Henkes strikes all the right notes. . . . Language, art, characterization, and plot are all executed, like Penny’s song, beautifully.” (Horn Book (starred review))
“The text . . . is perfect for new readers, and Henkes’s familiar artwork has its share of warm moments. This early reader captures the way families make memories at unexpected moments. Welcome Penny to the cast.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Much as he did in Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Henkes presents an irrepressible heroine who struggles to compromise.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Carefully sequenced panels, expressive lines and gentle pastels lead the reader to the story’s joyous resolution.” (Washington Post)

From the Back Cover
One day Penny finds a marble. It's pretty and blue, and she loves it right away. So Penny takes the marble home. But does the marble really belong to Penny?

Title: Flora and the Flamingo
Author: Molly Idle
Publisher and Copyright: Chronicle Books 2013
ISBN: 9781452110066

I am so in love with this book!  This is the premier book from Molly Idle, who started her career at Dreamworks Animation!  The pictures are AMAZING!

This is a wordless book, but the readers will have no problem understanding this story, or even coming up with one of their own.  Here are a few more reviews:

From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This charming story begs to be an animated short-unsurprising, given the author's animation background-yet it works remarkably well as a wordless lift-the-flap book. Sparely illustrated, its full-spread white backgrounds with delicate pink-blossom borders emphasize the actions of the two protagonists. A lone flamingo lands onto the nearly blank expanse of the title page. Soon, it is joined by little Flora, who provides a sweetly round counterpoint to the angular bird. She furtively imitates the flamingo's moves with utmost concentration and extremely comical poses until it catches on and squawks angrily, driving her away in a sulk. Friendship triumphs in the end, and the unlikely couple dance together and joyously cannonball into water on the last double foldout page. As neither flamingos nor little girls are known for their inherent elegance, the duo's surprisingly graceful moves are reminiscent of dancing hippos and ostriches from Disney's Fantasia. This delightful romp is a worthy addition to most collections and will appeal to flamingo and ballet fans alike.-Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


"A great story of friendship and forgiveness." - Erik, age 11, ThisKid ReviewsBooks.com
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2013
BookPage Best Books of The Tear
"The simplicity and elegance of each drawing is awe-inspiring." - Sweet on Books
"The seamless grace of the flamingo's dance contrasts humorously with Flora's faltering steps, but by the end of the story, they swoop, plunge and soar together like old ballet partners." - Kirkus Reviews
"Shows the power of friendship." - Mother-Daughter Book Club
"Seamless and dynamic visual storytelling" - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"One of my favorite books of 2013" - Colby Sharp, Sharpread
"Like a classical music masterpiece, this book starts as a quiet story and cuminates with great power."--Young Children
"Irresistible." - San Francisco Chronicle
"In stunning shades of pink with bright yellow accents, squat little pear-shaped Flora tries to emulate a proud and graceful flamingo. It takes a while for the flamingo to realize that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when the two reconcile their relationship, a double-page foldout is barely large enough to contain the joy."--Carla Kozak, San Francisco Public Library
"I was entirely swept away." - Design of the Picture Book
"Flora and the Flamingo is so perfect there really are no words to describe it." - Virgina Beach Public Library
"Fanciful and beautiful." - Reading Today
"Cinematic, comedic, and balletic."-The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
"An absolute delight."--School Library Journal Extra Helping
"A perfect amalgamation of wordless storytelling.. as emotional as it is visual" - Elizabeth Bird, A Fuse #8 Production, a School Library Journal Blog

Ok, I will stop there for now, but come back in a few days for more on the closeout of the year in books for me. If you have any personal favorites please feel free to add them in a comment.  I am amazed at how many I miss.

(Currently reading Animal Farm by George Orwell)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sinking and Floating

Title: "Things that Float and Things that Don't"
Author: David A. Adler
Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright: 2013
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2862-5

This books talks about various densities of objects and whether items sink or float.  The author explains the density of water is about 62 pounds per cubic foot.  In order for items to float they must weigh less than this, for an item to sink it must weigh more than that. This book does a good job of putting things into simple language to make it easier to understand.  The pictures are nice also.

Reviews from Barnes and Noble.com

Publishers Weekly
Adler shows his customary skill for explicating mathematical concepts in this smart exploration of floatation and density. Several experiments allow for a hands-on approach: Adler suggests filling a sink with water and testing whether different objects float, as well as using modeling clay to demonstrate how shape is as important a factor as density. Raff’s pastel palette and cheerful characters keep the mood light and pair well with Adler’s explanations, which are clear without being dauntingly technical. Along with Lynne Berry and Matthew Cordell’s What Floats in a Moat? (reviewed Apr. 29), readers will be well-prepared when it comes to displacement and density this fall. Ages 4–7. Author’s agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—This introduction to density offers new vocabulary in bold font, delightful soft-hued illustrations, and clearly focused content on flotation. The strong examples provide extension activities that can be done at home or in the classroom. The images enhance the concept as readers meet a boy, a girl, and their dog as they embark on an adventure to discover what will float and what won't. For example, a spread depicting how density is relative to the size of the object shows the dog looking over a kitchen sink full of water as a piece of aluminum foil floats as a loose ball and sinks as a tight one. This title supports the Common Core State Standards that focus on measurement skills, interpretation of data, and incorporation of key ideas and details in the text. Recommended for math collections in public and school libraries and classroom shelves.—Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
A boy, a girl and a dog demonstrate that things float in water when they are less dense than the water around them. Adler, who has demystified math for young readers for years in titles ranging from Roman Numerals (1977) to Millions, Billions, and Trillions (2013) turns his attention to physics with this simple but effective explanation of principles of flotation and density. His clear, logical text invites readers to experiment with different objects, to shape boats, and to make both ice and salt water mixtures. Raff's illustrations take this invitation further, showing a pair of children using toy boats, plastic bottles, pennies, aluminum foil, clay and ice to discover what things float and why. These digitally combined ink washes and drawings add interest and some humor, supporting and enriching the text, except on one page. There, a line showing the water level of a bottle to which salt has been added seems to show that the water level has risen though the author makes clear that the level should not change. Curiously, the series of experiments stops at that point rather than continuing with the denser salt water, as good teachers would encourage children to do. This appealing introduction can serve as a springboard for further investigations. (Informational picture book. 5-8)

Here are a few books that can be paired with these books:

"Will it Float or Sink?" by Melissa Stewart (ISBN: 0-516-24955-X)
"Science for Fun: Making Things Float and Sink with Easy-to-Make Scientific Projects" by Gary        Gibson (ISBN: 1-56294-635-8)
"The Magic School Bus: Ups and Downs" by Joanna Cole (ISBN: 0-590-92159-4)
"Let's Try it Out in the Water" by: Seymour Simon & Nicole Fauteux)

Here are some links to activities on this topic:

A Video of the book:  http://vimeo.com/72223371

Monday, October 28, 2013

Brave Girl

Title: Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Maker's Strike of 1909
Author: Michelle Markel
Publisher Balzer + Bray
Copyright: 2013
ISBN: 978-0-06-180442-7
Grades K-3

This is the story of Clara who arrived in America with her family and could speak no english.  No One would hire her father, but they would hire her.  She worked as a garment worker.  The girls were treated badly and were paid very little wages.  So, Clara proposed a strike for a union.  After being beaten and arrested many times Clara never gave up and led the way for women to have unions, shorter hours in the work week and better pay.  Clara spent her life traveling and helping thousands fight for their rights as workers.

There are some great illustrations.  I also have chosen to go with the influential women.  Here are a few books that would go great with this book to round out a collection.

Title: Thank You Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Copyright: 2011
ISBN: 978-0689851438

Title: Girls Who Rocked the World: Heroines From Joan of Arc to Mother Teresa
Author: Michelle Roehm McCann
Publisher: Aladdin/Beyond Words
Copyright: 2012
ISBN: 978-1582703022

Title: Different Like Coco
Author: Elizabeth Matthews
Publisher: Candlewick
Copyright: 2007
ISBN: 978-0763625481

Title: Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell
Author: Tanya Lee Stone
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Copyright: 2013
ISBN: 978-0805090482

These books can be used in a program about strong women or in a books display.  You could do the book display with different races and groups that are not in the forefront of textbooks.  There is a lot more influences in history than what is discussed in the history textbooks.  You could also promote this to teachers for a different focus.