Read Aloud: Thank You, M'am by Langston Hughes youtu.be Thank you Ma'am is about a boy who tries to steal an old ladies purse, but then is befriended by the lady and he finds it hard to show his appreciation.
The Faithful Elephants by Yukio Tsuchiya From Publishers Weekly A zookeeper narrates the story of how there came to be graves at the zoo: when Tokyo was showered with bombs during the bleak days of World War II, the authorities feared that if the zoo were destroyed, the animals might accidentally be freed and wreak havoc on the city. So they decided that all the zoo animals would be killed. But the elephants wouldn't eat the poisonous food they were offered, and the needles in the syringes containing poison broke before they could penetrate the elephants' rough skin. So the elephants were starved to death, a slow and painful process watched by the zookeepers who loved them. An upsetting story for children or adults, this powerfully conveys the deadly side effects of war. Lewin's watercolors show the massive gray bodies in their state of decline; it is impossible not to appreciate the heartbreak of the animals' plight. But this is a book that provokes questions about the nature of death and dying (children may read into this that some may be killed for the greater good of all), and so should be chosen with care. All ages. Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. smile.amazon.com Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People, and War [Yukio Tsuchiya, Ted Lewin] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. <DIV>A zookeeper recounts the story of John, Tonky, and Wanly, three performing elephants at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo
The House on Mango Street: Author Sandra Cisneros talks about her story. youtu.be Sandra Cisneros talks about the story behind The House on Mango Street and its connection to her own life. The 25th anniversary edition of that classic novel...
Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros From Library Journal In this collection of Mexican-American stories, Cisneros addresses the reader in a voice that is alternately buoyant, strong, funny, and sad. The brief vignettes of the opening piece, "My Lucy Friend Who Smells Like Corn," are tiles in a mosaic. Taken together, these vignettes give a vivid, colorful picture of life on the Texas/Mexico border. Family ties are strong: aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents are all present. The stories are often about the romantic dreams of young girls longing to escape stifling small-town life who discover that things are not much different on the other side of the border. Cisneros has an acute eye for the telling detail that reveals the secrets and the dreams of her characters. She writes with humor and love about people she knows intimately. - Marcia Tager, Tenafly, N.J. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. smile.amazon.com Woman Hollering Creek: And Other Stories [Sandra Cisneros] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A collection of stories, whose characters give voice to the vibrant and varied life on both sides of the Mexican border. The women in these stories offer tales of pure discovery
Read Aloud: Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco youtu.be By Patricia Polacco. Read by Jane Kaczmarek. Little Trisha is overjoyed at the thought of starting school and learning how to read. But right from the start,...
Old Turtle and the Broken Truth by Douglas Wood From School Library Journal Grade 4 Up-A truth falls from the sky and breaks in half. "One of the pieces blazed off through the night sky,/and the other fell to earth in the beautiful land." Several animals discard the broken piece because they feel that "there is something missing." When a human finds it, he is delighted, for it says, "You are loved." He reveals this truth to others "whose faces look like his." They begin to ignore the earth's beauty, to fear those who do not "share their truth," and to fight continually with those "others" who wish to possess it. Finally, a girl who embarks on a difficult journey to seek the advice of Old Turtle helps the people see that there is not just one truth, but "truths all around us, and within us" and that the second half of the broken truth is "And so are they." Muth's watercolor-and-ink illustrations powerfully reflect the moods evoked by the lyrical text. The humans are depicted as black, Giacometti-like silhouettes surrounded by darkness above and below. These same people form a rainbow-hued chain as they begin to see themselves in one another. The beautiful text and illustrations printed on wonderfully thick paper make a lovely package, and while the message, similar to Mem Fox's Feathers and Fools (Harcourt, 1996), is a difficult one for young children to grasp, it is sure to spark discussion among older students. Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. smile.amazon.com Old Turtle And The Broken Truth [Douglas Wood, Jon J. Muth, Jon J Muth] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. <DIV>Seekers of all ages have been inspired by the stirring message of <I>Old Turtle</I>, the beloved
The Acorn People by Ron Jones Even though he knows the camp is for disabled children, Ron Jones anticipates sunny days of hiking, swimming, and boating as a counselor at Camp Wiggin. But he arrives and realizes how severely disabled the children are, it seems too much to bear. Until he meets his campers—The Acorn People. A group of kids who teach him that, inside, they are are the same as any average kid, and with encouragement, determination, and friendship, nothing is impossible. (summary from Amazon) smile.amazon.com Amazon.com: The Acorn People (9780440227021): Ron Jones: Books
Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco From School Library Journal Kindergarten-Grade 4AOnce more Polacco shares a personal story with engaging results. This moving saga of her struggle with a learning disability makes an inspiring picture book. Young Tricia wants desperately to read but when she starts school she finds that the words "wiggle" on the page. Teased by her classmates, she retreats into dreams and drawings. It's not until the family moves to California and Tricia has managed to reach the fifth grade that a new teacher finally recognizes her pain and distress. What's more, he does something about it. Without belaboring the point, the author clearly shows the ways that children internalize critical comments made by others and suffer for their differences. This touching story is accompanied by illustrations in Polacco's signature style. Youngsters, as well as adults, may find themselves choked up at the emotions so eloquently described in words and pictures. Yet, like the tears young Tricia cries at the end of the book, these are ultimately tears of joy. Thank you, indeed, Mr. Felker (the real name of the teacher involved) for making it all possible. Readers will be grateful for the chance to recognize, appreciate, and share in Polacco's talent and creativity.ALisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition. smile.amazon.com Thank You, Mr. Falker [Patricia Polacco] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. <b>The real-life, classic story of a dyslexic girl and the teacher who would not let her fail. A perfect gift for teachers and for reading students of any age.</b> Patricia Polacco is now one of America's most loved children's book creators
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros From the Inside Flap Told in a series of vignettes stunning for their eloquence, The House on Mango Street is Sandra Cisneros's greatly admired novel of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Acclaimed by critics, beloved by children, their parents and grandparents, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, it has entered the canon of coming-of-age classics. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, The House on Mango Street tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn't want to belong--not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza's story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become. smile.amazon.com Amazon.com: The House on Mango Street (9780679734772): Sandra Cisneros: Books
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Mr. Lincoln's Way by Patricia Polacco From Publishers Weekly Everyone thinks Eugene "Mean Gene" Esterhause, the school bully, is trouble "with a capital T." Everyone but Mr. Lincoln, that is, "the coolest principal in the whole world," who is determined to reach the boy after he's caught calling an African-American first-grader a racist name. Mr. Lincoln enlists Eugene's help in attracting birds to the school's new atrium, a project the fourth grader embraces with enthusiasm. Nevertheless, he again makes racist remarks and lands in the principal's office ("My old man calls you real bad names, Mr. Lincoln. He's got an ugly name for just about everybody that's different from us," the boy says to the African-American principal). Mr. Lincoln points out a heavy-handed parallel the diversity of the birds that Eugene loves. Mr. Lincoln helps free the boy from intolerance, just as Eugene finds a way to free the baby ducklings and their parents from the atrium so they can reach the pond outside. Polacco's (Thank You, Mr. Falker) artwork is assured, from the carefully delineated birds to the expressive faces of her characters, but the intertwining themes result in a thumping message and a too-tidy solution. Ages 6-9. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc. smile.amazon.com Mr. Lincoln's Way [Patricia Polacco] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Mr. Lincoln is the coolest principal ever! He knows how to do everything, from jumping rope to leading nature walks. Everyone loves him. . . except for Eugene Esterhause. Mean Gene hates everyone who's different. He's a bully
145th Street: Short Stories by Walter Dean Myers A salty, wrenchingly honest collection of stories set on one block of 145th Street. We get to know the oldest resident; the cop on the beat; fine Peaches and her girl, Squeezie; Monkeyman; and Benny, a fighter on the way to a knockout. We meet Angela, who starts having prophetic dreams after her father is killed; Kitty, whose love for Mack pulls him back from the brink; and Big Joe, who wants a bang-up funeral while he's still around to enjoy it. Some of these stories are private, and some are the ones behind the headlines. In each one, characters jump off the page and pull readers right into the mix on 1-4-5. (summary from Amazon) smile.amazon.com 145th Street: Short Stories [Walter Dean Myers] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults</i>    <u>New Bonus Content: </u>-Q&A with Walter Dean Myers -Teaser chapter from  On a Clear Day </i>-Excerpt from  Hoops </i>The first week of his senior year
Walter Dean Myers: A Writer's Story youtu.be Children's book author Walter Dean Myers (Harlem) talks about a discovery he made in childhood: that books are a path to a world beyond our own neighborhoods.
Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff (Author), Craig Hatkoff (Author), Paula Kahumbu (Author), Peter Greste (Illustrator) From School Library Journal Kindergarten-Grade 5 When the six-year-old contributor to this book saw the photograph documenting the extraordinary friendship between a baby hippo (Owen) and a 130-year-old giant tortoise (Mzee), she persuaded her father to help tell their story. Originally an e-book, the hardcover version begins with images of the duo, whetting readers' appetite and providing reassurance as the potentially disturbing plot unfolds. After a scene depicting a pod of hippos near the Sabuki River in Kenya, the text describes the 600-pound baby's displacement and separation from the group during the 2004 tsunami. Children witness the challenging rescue and meet the knowledgeable staff at an animal sanctuary. From Owen's first approach for protection to Mzee's unexpected tolerance, the photographs, mostly by BBC photojournalist Greste, capture the pair eating, swimming, snuggling, and playing together. Their contentment and peace are palpable. Because it is sensitively structured, with careful choices about what is emphasized and illustrated, the situation does not overwhelm readers. The text and the back matter are brimming with information about the animals, their caregivers, and the locale. This touching story of the power of a surprising friendship to mitigate the experience of loss is full of heart and hope. A worthy complement is Ann Morris and Heidi Larson's glimpse at a human family's loss and recovery in Tsunami: Helping Each Other (Millbrook, 2005). Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. smile.amazon.com Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship [Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, Paula Kahumbu, Peter Greste] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. <div>The amazing true story of the orphaned baby hippo and 130-year-old giant turtle whose remarkable friendship touched millions around the world. The inspiring true story of two great friends
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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo From Booklist *Starred Review* Gr. 2-4. As she did in her Newbery Medal Book, The Tale of Despereaux (2004), DiCamillo tucks important messages into this story and once more plumbs the mystery of the heart--or, in this case, the heartless. Edward Tulane is a china rabbit with an extensive wardrobe. He belongs to 10-year-old Abilene, who thinks almost as highly of Edward as Edward does of himself. Even young children will soon realize that Edward is riding for a fall. And fall he does, into the sea, after mean boys rip him from Abilene's hands during an ocean voyage. Thus begins Edward's journey from watery grave to the gentle embrace of a fisherman's wife, to the care of a hobo and his dog, and into the hands of a dying girl. Then, pure meanness breaks Edward apart, and love and sacrifice put him back together--until just the right child finds him. With every person who taouches him, Edward's heart grows a little bit softer and a little bit bigger. Bruised and battered, Edward is at his most beautiful, and beautiful is a fine word to describe the artwork. Ibatoulline outdoes himself; his precisely rendered sepia-tone drawings and color plates of high artistic merit are an integral part of this handsomely designed package. Yet even standing alone, the story soars because of DiCamillo's lyrical use of language and her understanding of universal yearnings. This will be a pleasure to read aloud. Ilene Cooper Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. smile.amazon.com The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane [Kate DiCamillo, Bagram Ibatoulline] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. <b>Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself
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Click on the link below to read about how the global collaboration on this essential question all began! It started with a question from an Ohio teacher, Katie Meece, who posted this question to other teachers in edmodo: "I am looking for short reading selections in any genre to fit with one of my 7th grade units. The essential question is: How are people transformed through their relationships with others? Suggestions?" This is a collection of the suggestions from 9 teachers around the world. wp.me To keep up with teaching and learning in the 21st century, I believe that every teacher needs a PLC (professional learning community) to stay connected and to collaborate on ideas in education beca…