Books I read:
The One and Only Ivan
Shhh! Please don’t tell all of my Ivan fanatic fans that I hadn’t read the book until just this week. To be fair, it has been in my TBR (to be read) pile practically since it first came out, but as the stack continues to grow and topple over sometimes even a classic gets lost among the wreckage.
When I finally did rescue the book from the seemingly forgotten and certainly neglected TBR pile, I felt a twinge of regret that I hadn’t gotten to it sooner.
Turn by turn words glide off the page as they string together a heart-warming story that vibrantly comes to life in the reader’s heart. As I read, I found sentence after sentence I would like to analyze with students, as well as have them imitate, so they in turn might feel the power of language through a carefully constructed thought.
Shared experiences with stories are what bind us together. If I still had my class of sixth graders, The One and Only Ivan is one that I would be sharing with my class.
As Simple as it Seems
There are some books that you don’t really know much about, but as soon as you see the name of the author who wrote it you are compelled to read it simply because you love the author. Sarah Weeks, who also wrote So B. It and Pie crafts fairly simple stories that captivate readers though complex characters that are dealing with complex problems. In As Simple as it Seems, Verbena has enough problems to deal with as she is trying to navigate through the tween years, but when she finds out that she has been adopted she doesn’t quite know how to take it. Although she is easily irritable and often moody, Verbena’s story will remind readers that discovering who we are is something we all must do.