The book we introduced last week and revealed this week is Chrysanthemum.
Did you guess?
Chrysanthemum loves her name. Her parents gave her the best name. She loves her name until she starts school. The students in her class think her name is funny and make fun of her, suddenly she doesn’t think her name is so great, until they go to music class and the cool music teacher has a flower name too. Now everyone wants a flower name! The music teacher is going to have a baby, and guess what she plans to name her baby? A wonderful story about how words can hurt or heal, and each of us is unique. Chrysanthemum is written by Kevin Henkes and published by Mulberry Books. Recommended for children ages 4-8.
Where is Mrs. Pilcher?
For our next book, what can be more fun than to build your town! It was just a hill with sand, rocks, some wooden boxes, and cacti, but with a little imagination and some work it became their town! It had a mayor and even a jail. This was an actual place and the author’s mother actually helped build this “town.” What is the title of this book? The author is Alice McLerran and the illustrator is Barbara Cooney. The book was published by HarperCollins and is recommended for children ages 4-8.
“Three Names” is a story told from a boy’s perspective about his great-grandfather and a stray dog that showed up at the farm and became a part of the family. Three Names loves to take part of the daily farm life, too, but he especially loves to go to school. When school is out for the summer, he’s a little sad that they don’t get to go school. A wonderful story about a boy and his dog! Three Names was written by Patricia MacLachlan, and illustrated by Alexander Pertzoff. It was published by Charlotte Zolotow Books (an imprint of HarperCollins Publications), c1991.
Our next book is about a little girl with an unusual name; it’s actually the name of a flower. She loves her name until she goes to school. The other children think her name is weird and she’s not so sure about liking her name anymore. But then the cool music teacher has a flower name as well, suddenly her name is wonderful. This book was written by Kevin Henkes, published by Greenwillow Press, c1991.
Where is Mrs. Pilcher this time? Do you enjoy riding this ride at a carnival or fair? Do you know why or when it was invented? Some of the facts about this ride/invention might surprise you. Here’s a clue: the ride is named after the inventor, although at first it was named something else. Go ahead and fly high!
If you or your children like Western books, you may have come across author Stephen Burckhardt who has authored several books such as “Into the West: The Orphan Train”, “Into the West: A New Home”, “Into the West: Sharon Springs”, and “Into the West: Most wanted”. Burkhardt’s books have made Amazon best seller’s lists and been TopShelf Indie Book Awards Nominee and finalists. You can find out more about Burckhardt and books at his blog: https://www.stephenburckhardt.com/blog-ramblings.
Here is the very first video we did. This started as I was trying to figure out how to connect with my students and my oldest daughter suggested I dress up as a book character and from there we took off. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w16c5pfKhh0