Welcome! It's #IMWAYR time again, when bloggers share what they have been reading and find out what others have been up to. Kathryn hosts the adult version of this meme at Book Date. Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers host the kidlit rendition. These are fabulous places to start your search for what to read next.
FREE VERSE FRIDAY #3 MARCH GREEN
This is an important book. It's loaded with all kinds of important messages - about how to persevere to reach a goal, about how to deal with fear, about how to turn an enemy into a friend.
That it is gorgeously illustrated and full of humour just adds to it's appeal.
Kapaemahu by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Joe Wilson, Dean Hamer, Daniel Sousa (Illustrator) June 7, 2022
This is like a literary venn diagram with multiple narratives circling round and touching base at Orwell's roses. Then they meander off into new realms. The book delves into different aspects of Orwell's life, the times he lived in, and even into the story behind supermarket roses today.
It is fabulous!
The Power of Story: On Truth, the Trickster, and New Fictions for a New Era by Harold R Johnson 🍁 October 11, 2022
This is a book to savour - to read a bit at a time and let the teaching fill you up before you go back for more.
I thought I had a pretty good take on the power of story. Then I read this book and realized I had only scratched the surface.
Johnson shows us the power in both micro and macro aspects of story. It drives our most intimate relationships. "We are the stories we tell ourselves." Story also drives the kind of society and world we live in. "Both capitalist and socialist stories depend upon the exploitation of the earth's resources. A capitalist will cut down the last tree if there's money to be made. A socialist will cut down the last tree so long as the worker doing the cutting belongs to a trade union."
This book is full of guidelines for how to live a rich and satisfying life so that "Every one of our days should be good enough to die in.... We have to practise writing those days until we can fill our lifestory with pages so good that endings don't frighten us anymore."
And my favourite takeaway is this, “Giving a shit is a powerful story.”
I do have a few quibbles with bits of this, but if you are looking for a book to change the way you see the world, I'm pretty sure this is it.
The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in A Toxic Culture by Gabor Maté, 🍁
The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jenny Ferguson 🍁