Crysanthemum by Kevin Henkes. I know you all have read it a million times. I have to admit as a 5th grade teacher I thought it was too babyish and never even gave it a chance. But when I saw that Hilary at Fifth Grade Fancy recommended it, I knew I should give it a chance. I'm so glad I did! I now love and relate to Chrysanthemum and look forward to sharing her story with my kids. Even if they've already heard it, as they grow up and have new experiences, they will understand it on a different level than maybe they did earlier.
Also recommended by Hilary was Giraffes Can't Dance. I cannot believe I never read this book before! I have a ginormous collection of giraffes and giraffe-like things; everyone knows of my
One of my favorite new bloggers of the summer is Heather whose blog is cleverly titled The Meek Moose. Heather had a super list of books, some of which I haven't been able to find yet. But one that I did find and love is Tough Boris by the incomparable Mem Fox. Boris is a pirate who is tough and mean and strong, but when he loses his parrot, he isn't so tough or mean anymore. I love the lesson that even tough guys cry! It's okay not to be a stereotype. Great story for the boys!
April's post (The Idea Backpack). The teacher in this book is who want to be when I grow up! Mrs. Peterson is one of those teachers who sees more in her students than their classmates, or even they!, do. As with most of her books, Ms. Polacco draws from her own experiences to tell a story of a group of children known as the Junkyard. Beautifully written with an afterword that will touch your heart, this book is not to be missed!
Willow reminds me (text-to-text!) of one of the first books I ever reviewed on this blog, Odd Violet. Click here to read my review of this equally delightful story.
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