Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Reading this I couldn't help but feel that a lot more of our students struggle on the dyslexia spectrum than I give credit. Another testament to the power of children's literature.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
At the risk of oversimplifying the plot, this story focuses on a boy who is about to meet his new mommy. His mother was a victim to the casualties of war and the boy is determined to avenge his death. His family gathers for dinner at his house. All the while he envisions his encounter with the enemy, pulling himself across his bedroom floor with the help of his prosthetic leg. When he finally encounters the enemy (his future step-brother), the two lock (toy) guns on one another in a difficult scene that escalates to both boys shouting, "If you don't drop your gun, I'll shoot." The situation deescalates when the main character realizes the enemy boy is also disabled. They part on a hopeful note and the main character shares to the reader that he feels ashamed he did not avenge his mother.
It's probably the most challenging picture book I've ever read, but I'm thankful it's in our collection for the very unique audience it will reach.
Monday, April 7, 2014
That said, You are the Best Medicine was written from a mother to a child. The mother is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The text is delivered as a wish for the child to understand and find comfort in the strength her love gives her mother.
The story is told in the future perfect tense, which is in and of itself unconventional, and the affect is a feeling that the parent is looking out for the child beyond the parent's own suffering.
It's incredibly moving.
I'm glad that this book found me.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Hear Jon Agee describe the story himself here:
Saturday, April 5, 2014
And then I realized that record stores, arcades, comic book shops, and a whole heck of a lot of other things are on rapid decline as well.
Regardless, it was a great way to handle the topic of things going away and entering into nostalgia.