Monday, February 6, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 02/06/17


It's Monday! What are you reading? was started by Sheila at Book Journey and was adapted for children's books from picture books through YA by Jen of Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee of Unleashing Readers. You can visit either site for a round up of blogs sharing their weekly readings and thoughts or search Twitter for #IMWAYR.



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    Picture Books



    The Composition (2003) by Antonio Skarmeta and illustrated by Alfonso Ruano [an Américas Award Winner]. My students are currently studying the history of Latin America and the long history of occupation and dictators. This book makes a great tie-in by showing the impact of a totalitarian regime - where even a simple assignment can serve a darker purpose.


    The Wall: growing up behind the iron curtain (2007) by Peter Sis [a Caldecott Honor and a Sibert Winner]. I found the structure of this memoir a little hard to follow at times (the way the story overlaps with factual details), but it was a very insightful and relatable look at living under a repressive regime.


    Happy in Our Skin (2015) by Fran Manushkin and illustrated by Lauren Tobia. I appreciate what this book is aiming to do - and the illustrations do a great job of celebrating all kinds of people and families - but the rhyme really doesn't hold up, making it hard to see sharing this book even with younger elementary students.

    Happy Reading!

    9 comments:

    1. The Wall is definitely on my TBR list. Thank you for sharing the other two titles.

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    2. Oh dear, yes, I'm very particular about rhyming texts because I tend to use picture books for story times. When the rhyme doesn't flow naturally it can just grind your reading to a halt, and if you lose momentum you can lose your wiggly audience!

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      1. Exactly! And I picture your wiggly audience as the target for this book. (There were a few pages where I couldn't even figure out how to force the words into the previous rhyme scheme. Oh well.)

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    3. The Wall is a gem - just a stunning book.

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    4. I haven't read The Wall, but it sounds like an interesting book to pair with Cloud and Wallfish.

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      1. Definitely. Cloud and Wallfish bothered me at times for seeming to take everything a little too lightly, and The Wall would certainly help bring a little more reality.

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    5. I really love The Wall and The Composition - I have just marked Happy In Our skin as one of the books I will be borrowing from our library this weekend. :)

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      1. I look forward to hearing what you think!

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