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May 6, 2009

The diary of a courageous, smart, young girl

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diary-of-a-young-girlFrank, A. (1967). Anne Frank: diary of a young girl. New York: Doubleday division of Random House Inc.
Genre: Autobiography/biography
Grades: 6th-9th

Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl is a true and moving story about a young Jewish girl who experienced the Holocaust and concentration camps. On Anne’s thirteenth birthday, June 12th 1942, she received a diary that she used to write about what she was experiencing in life. At first the diary is filled with a normal young teenager’s life until Semitism really starts taking place in her life. As she starts to experience the Nazi’s and hardships related to that, her diary begins to be filled with fear, nervousness, and many other feelings.  Her family was forced into hiding once the Navi’s invaded the Netherlands. Anne went through so much adversity and hard times in which she wrote about in her diary. It is easy to see how Anne matured through her writing, since her mannerisms begin to change as she gets older and more experienced. This novel shows great strength and courage despite the end of the story. As she matures, in her writing it is clear to see that she starts to come to peace with her fate. Since she is aware of her fate, as it approaches she is very courageous and calm through this devastating part of her life. The power of this book lies in the reality of the life she was living. Since Anne was a real person it is easy for the reader to identify with the fear and nervousness that she endured. This book is perfect for your classroom if you have a Holocaust unit. By reading this primary source students will be able to get a firsthand view of what the Holocaust was and how dreadful it was. Even though this is not the most upbeat book, the Holocaust is a necessary part of history to learn about and this piece of literature is perfect for that.

About the Author:

anne-frankAnne Frank was a victim of Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist Party. Up until age 13 Anne thought she lived a normal life until her family went into hiding in 1942. Since the Nazi’s were looking for Jewish people to take to concentration camps, she and her family were in great danger. Her life ends, with millions of other Jews, in a concentration camp. Information was found at http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/frank.html.

Sources:
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/frank.html
 http://www.holmdelschools.org/faculty/stetreault/Notes/Novels/8th%20Grade/Anne%20Frank/diary.jpg
http://seattlest.com/attachments/seattle_charles/anne-frank.jpg

May 4, 2009

Kids love snow days- and so do I!

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snowy Keats, E. (1962). The snowy day. New York, Viking Press.
Genre: Multicultural fiction
Grades: Pre-K-1st

Ezra Jack Keats’ classic picture book The Snowy Day is a great, short easy read. This book is especially special because it features an African American. It was made in 1962 when diversity was looked down upon and even though it is an old book, it still is a great read for kids today. It is an example one of the first multicultural books. When Peter wakes up one morning he finds snow on the ground. Therefore he makes snow angels, different tracts with his feet in the snow, and made a snowman. The reader will see him experiencing a snow day which is a very relatable topic for young children. This book can introduce snow to your children and give them ideas of what activities to do in their first snow experience! Snow days are very enjoyable times and every kid should experience snow the right way when they are young. Also it is an example that any kid is normal and can have fun playing in the snow doing normal things. It does not matter if they are white, tan, purple, black or green, kids love snow and they deserve to enjoy it! This message should be taught to your kids because equality is essential in our lives today. Read this to your child before they experience their first snow day or just because they like to read about snow!

About the Author/Illustrator:

ezrajackkeatsFrom when Ezra Jack Keats was young he had always known he wanted to be an artist. As he grew up he had always been awarded with countless art honors. This pattern continued until he was an adult and a very successful Author and Illustrator. Ezra’s first children’s book that he illustrated was Jubilant for Sure by Elisabeth Hubbard Lansing in 1954. Due to the memory of being targeted of discrimination, Keats has compassion and understanding for those who suffered like hardships. Keats started working on a new series of books: “Then began an experience that turned my life around—working on a book with a black kid as hero. None of the manuscripts I’d been illustrating featured any black kids—except for token blacks in the background. My book would have him there simply because he should have been there all along. Years before I had cut from a magazine a strip of photos of a little black boy. I often put them on my studio walls before I’d begun to illustrate children’s books. I just loved looking at him. This was the child who would be the hero of my book.” Even though much of Keats’ work is dated his works still promote respectful and powerful themes that everyone should take notice of. Information was found at http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/about/index.html.

Sources:
http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/about/index.html
http://www.hannibal.k12.mo.us/Mtwain/Faculty/Hill-Humphrey/ezrasmile.jpg
http://blogs.courierpostonline.com/mamadrama/files/2009/01/snowy.jpg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdJ-qTCgD_A

Susan is just another girl

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susan_laughsWillis, J. (1999). Susan laughs. New York: Henry Holt and Company.
Genre: Special Needs
Grades: K and 1st

It is very common to have a child or student who is handicapped or disabled. At times it is difficult to find an appropriate, deferential book that addresses special needs kids. If you are having this issue, worry no more! Susan Laughs is a magnificent fictional story about a young, handicapped girl named Susan. Throughout the book Susan is shown doing activities and feeling emotions just like kids without disabilities do. For example, she is shown being loud, creating trouble, swimming, and painting. The moral of this simple picture book is that a handicapped child is a normal child. A very valuable lesson to learn in life is the importance of equality. Children need to be taught that every child is different but no matter what kind of hair color or body type they have, or if they have a disability- no one should ever be treated differently than any other kid. Since this book is an easy read with vibrant pictures, it will be easy for your child to understand the moral of the story. This books make you feel happy and warm, without making you pity handicapped children, which is an apropriate feeling related to these kids. Jeanne Willis does an amazing job at creating an easy read for children to understand but displays one of the most important lessons to learn. Pick up this book to teach your kid a lesson they will never forget!

About the Author

jeanne_willisJeane Willis has not stopped writing since she was 5 years old. She has written countless books, not just picture books. She has authored series, novels, and nonfiction books. Awards she has won include the Children’s Book Award, The Sheffield Children’s Book Award and the Silver Smarties Prize. Other popular books she has written are Who’s in the Loo? and Misery Moo. Information was found at: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/w/jeanne-willis/.

About the Illustrator

rossBorn in England, Tony Ross, attended the Liverpool School of Art. He has illustrated for many authors including Ronald Dahl. But he also writes and illustrates his own books. In 1976 he created Goldilocks and the Three Bears. There are many videos featuring his work and also some of his book have been turned into cartoons on television. Information was found at: http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=authC2D9C28A0284033B20nLl2CCBDF1.

Sources:
http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/w/jeanne-willis/
http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=authC2D9C28A0284033B20nLl2CCBDF1
http://www.contemporarywriters.com/authors/?p=authC2D9C28A0284033B20nLl2CCBDF1
http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/books/authors/Jeanne_Willis.jpg
http://www.any-book-in-print.com/images/book_covers/s_web/susan_laughs.gif

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