Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Out of My Mind

TITLE: Out of My Mind
AUTHOR:  Sharon M. Draper
PUBLISHER: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

I have finished the most amazing book!  I checked it out from our local library after seeing it on the shelf at the school library while volunteering.  They cover caught my eye.  The librarian there told me what a great book it is, and I've looked forward to reading it.  She was right, it is wonderful.  I think all teachers should have to read this book.  It is such a touching story and very eye opening to me.

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper is the story of Melody, an 11 year old girl who is extremely smart. She has never spoken a word though.  She has cerebral palsy and is in a wheel chair.  Everyone...teachers, doctors, and classmates.... assumes she is not capable of doing anything.  She has a few people who believe in her though and a couple of good teachers who see her potential. All Melody wants is to be normal and do things like the other kids she sees at school instead of being stuck in the "special" classroom all day.   

This is such a touching story, and one I will always remember.   (I was nearly crying at the end and I don't cry over books!)  There are so many lessons that can be learned from Melody's story, both by young people and adults.  I highly recommend this book to you.

The AR level for the book is 4.3. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Mother's Day

TITLE: Mother's Day
AUTHOR:  Anne Rockwell
ILLUSTRATOR: Lizzy Rockwell
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Publishers

The students in Mrs. Madoff's class share how they will celebrate Mother's Day.  One will go out to eat with grandparents, one is playing her violin for her Mom, one is going to a museum.  At the end of the story a Mrs. Madoff's Mom comes to class to show the children how to make a special gift for their mothers.

This book is appropriate for preschool--early elementary aged children.  It would be a fun book to read as a class and then make the paper flowers to use as a Mother's Day gift. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Circles, Stars, and Squares

TITLE: Circles, Stars, and Squares  Looking for Shapes
AUTHOR:  Jane Brocket
ILLUSTRATOR:  Jane Brocket
PUBLISHER:  Millbrook Press

Shapes are everywhere.  Learn the names of both flat shapes and solid shapes.  The text is easy to understand with vivid picture examples given. 

This book caught my eye because of the cover. It has wonderful photographs and would be great for the primary school classroom for a lesson on shapes.