There were so many excellent photo ops in the Library this week that I can’t resist sharing them with you….
Here are a two pictures I took during a classroom visit – which explains why I keep my phone handy at all times! Good reminders of how happy books make us:
Below is a painting one of our students did as her book project for Grace Lin’s novel, Dumpling Days. In the third volume of the Pacy Lin series, the heroine of The Year of the Dog and The Year of the Rat, visits Taiwain for her grandmother’s 60th birthday celebration. The words above the birds below read: “This is the painting Pacy made in the book Dumpling Days. It has the three birds Kiki, Pacy and Lissy. The bamboo and the birds are colored. It was fun!”
During a parent meeting this week, I was watching Tallulah select a book to read during the meeting. Clearly, she was having trouble finding just the right one. But maybe the book at the very bottom of the basket will be perfect!
Finally….pictures from yesterday when all of our 4th, 5th and 6th grade students took selfies with their favorite books. I was especially interested to see what books they would select, and for the most part, it was just what you might guess – many kids chose one of the Harry Potter novels, Wonder by R.J. Palacio or a book by Rick Riordan. But there were surprises as well….Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory made it into a few pictures as did books by C.S. Lewis. The kids didn’t have to ask what book I would choose – one of them handed Charlotte’s Web to me!
Although it will never replace the story of Wilbur, Fern and Charlotte in my heart, I did read an engaging book this week that will be on my holiday recommendation list…..The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm, a lovely middle grade novel about the wonders of science, the challenges of getting older, and finding your passion. At the start of the book, 11-year-old Ellie is facing lots of changes: beginning 6th grade in a new school, a best friend who has joined a team and has less time for Ellie, and divorced parents who love their daughter but have lots going on in their own busy lives. Into all of this steps a teenage boy with a passion and talent for science. He looks a little familiar to Ellie because – as it turns out – it’s her grandfather! He has discovered a way to reverse the aging process and thinks he may win a Nobel Prize. Naturally, it’s a bit awkward for Ellie who now goes to school with her grandfather. I work with middle school kids every day, and I don’t know one of them who would be okay with that!
The best part of this book is its genuine enthusiasm for science. After some conversations with her grandfather (and classmate), Ellie starts learning more about Jonas Salk, Robert Oppenheimer and Marie Curie which made me start to think about curriculum connections and how perfect The Fourteenth Goldfish is for classroom discussion – and for young scientists!