Here it is again, Monday, a time for bloggers to reveal what they've been reading in the past week. Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Rickie from Unleashing Readers host this weekly event. Check out the links on their sites for ideas to enrich your reading life.
That was one spectacular reading week! From picture books to novels it was almost as perfect as it could get.
Wind Flyers by Angela Johnson and Loren Long (Illustrator)
This book knocked my socks off. It is one of the most exquisite combinations of text and images that I have seen in a long time.
Salaam: A Muslim American Boy's Story by Tricia Brown and Ken Cardwell
I'm glad we have this book in our library, even though I have some reservations about it. It introduces readers to an American Muslim family through the eyes of their youngest son, Salaam. He is revealed to be a normal American boy. Unfortunately, while this is supposed to be narrated by Salaam, the voice didn't come across as authentic for me. I also found that the black and white photos give the book a dated look.
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
This was a stunning read. I loved so much about it, especially how fresh and unique the story was. The ending was not what I expected! As soon as I put this book on display, readers starred it! (More about student starred books in another post)
A lonely prince manages to convince his father to allow him a friendship with the daughter of the queen's seamstress. When the queen looses her emerald, the two children set off into the different parts of the kingdom in search of it. This is an early chapter book that some of my younger readers have loved. I think it's ok. I enjoyed the illustrations. I especially like how the children are portrayed as almost gender less. The images do a great job supporting the text for struggling readers.
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
I sat down to read for a few minutes, and didn't get up till I was finished the book. While hugging the book tightly to my chest (serious book love indeed) I found out where the nearest roller derby was! I can't wait to go with a few friends next weekend. That will be some Mother's Day treat!
Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullay Hunt
At first my feelings about this book were conflicted. This is probably because I can't believe a learner would go through five years of school without someone realizing he/she has some kind of learning issues. At our school, primary teachers flag students they are worried about early on! Thankfully, the novel moved beyond this, and I came to care deeply for all the characters. Still, I enjoyed One For the Murphy's more.
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust (Flavia de Luce, #7) by Alan Bradley
This wasn't my favourite Flavia novel, but any time I get to hang out with her is time well spent. Mostly what I missed in this one, was Flavia's flying across the British countryside on Gladys, her trusty bike.
Currently I'm listening to The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black and reading The Lost Boy by Anne Ursu. I've also got Winger by Andrew Smith on my ereader.
I have no idea what I'll take on next.
Happy reading this week everyone!