Last week I had a post titled, Books, Books and More Books. I thought, hey, I'll make that a weekly post where I'll talk about books that I used that week, what we did with them and preview books for the coming week. I would talk about a LOT of books.
But today I'm going to talk about book, book and book, that's right, just one book. This book is so spectacular, so inspiring and so relevant that it deserves its own post.
The book is Wonder by R. J. Palachio.
It is the story of August Pullman, a 10 year old boy going to school for the first time. August has a severe facial deformity. The book tells the story of his first year at school - using 6 different narrators (great for point of view!).
What I love about this book:
1. My daughter is reading it and loves it.
My oldest daughter is not a reader (gasp, I know, how can she not love books - actually she loves craft books and cook books and magazines). But when she finds a great book she is engaged and enthusiastic. This book has her coming out of her room to tell me about it, asing if she can go and read and it has her crying. She is in Grade 6 and she loves it! She even found this great pic on instagram.
2. It made me cry.
I love when a book makes me LOL or cry. This book had me tearing up like crazy!
3. It has parts that I want to read aloud to someone.
Yes and that someone is usually my husband. He is used to me saying: Just listen to this part, okay now listen to this, isn't that great. This book had me reading aloud. I know some teachers are reading it to their grade 5-8 classes. I would for sure read it to myself first. I'm not sure that I could read it to a class (see number 2). I had a hard enough time reading The Adventures of Edward Tulane.
4. I took away quotes.
I love a book that gives me quotes so I can keep thinking about it. Here is my favourite:
but what I want you, my students, to take away from your middle-school experience, he continued, is the sure knowledge that, in the future you make for yourselves, anything is possible. If every single person in this room made it a rule that wherever you are, whenever you can, you will try to act a little kinder than is necessary - the world really would be a better place.
It goes on from there, even with a little chuckle, but you really need to read it!
5. It made me think about my school.
Tomorrow I have a meeting in the p.m. with our School Climate Committee. We will be planning school wide activities to deal with bullying and just the overall postive climate of the school. We will be focussing on getting ready for Pink T-Shirt Day and No-Name Calling week. This book put me in a great frame of mind to think about the kids at our school.
All I can say is - if you haven't already - you should read this book!
Tomorrow while I am in my meeting my kids will be off to the library to start listening to the Forest of Reading - Blue Spruce nominated books. Each year in Canada a list of books for different age categories is nominated. School libraries get copies of the books. The children have them read to them or read them to themselves and then they get to vote for a winner! The kids love this program. This year my class is doing both the Blue Spruce and the Silver Birch Express books. The Blue Spruce books are read to them and then they do a follow up response page. The Silver Birch Express they read to themselves, keep track of their reading and if they read at least 5 they get to vote.
Here is a list of the Blue Spruce nominees:
Kids Can Press Ltd.
Don’t Laugh at Giraffe
Pajama Press Inc.
Ella May and the Wishing Stone
Cary Fagan, Geneviève Côté
Here Comes Hortense!
Heather Hartt-Sussman, Georgia Graham
JoJo the Giant
Jane Barclay, Esperança Melo
Kate and Pippin
Martin Springett, Isobel Springett
Puffin Canada/Penguin Group
Kids Can Press Ltd.
Really and Truly
Émilie Rivard, Anne-Claire Delisle
OwlKids Books Inc.
You Are Stardust
Elin Kelsey, Soyeon Kim
OwlKids Books Inc.
Tomorrow we will start with Busy Beaver. You may have read one of the other books in this series - they are adorable.
Then my kids will complete this title page - with their name and drawing a forest of books. There are two activity pages - one for just drawing for the Grade 1/2 class and one with writing and drawing for my class. Click here to pick up a copy.
Well I need to go in to school today - to get my week ready(I was home sick on Friday) and I want to watch the Golden Globes tonight without worrying about school!!!