Welcome readers! 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.
Our son and his family have come and gone. After a couple of days of rest, we began to try and get the house back in order. One week later, we are still finding bits and pieces of toys hiding in odd places, but the garden is almost under control and I am managing to squeeze in time to actually read with my eyes!
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Alligator Pie: The Beloved Canadian Classic by Dennis Lee & Sandy Nichols (Illustrations) 🍁 October 14, 2014
Stanley's Train by William Bee January 1, 2019
This bright and cheerful book delighted my 2 1/2 year old granddaughter, and her 5 year old sister was happy to snuggle in while we were reading it.
Two hamsters, Stanley and Charley take a load of other hamsters to the beach for the day. The riders have as much fun on the train as they do at the beach.
The Mitten: An Old Ukrainian Folktale by Alvin Tresselt & Yaroslava (Illustrator) January 1, 1989
The grandkids brought this with them when they came to visit. The youngest, only 2 1/2, wanted it read to her again and again. The story and illustrations are delightful. What surprised me about the book is how engrossed she was in the story given how much text is on a page.It's a cumulative tale that begins with a mitten dropped by a boy when he is out collecting wood in the wintertime. First a mouse climbs in to keep warm. Next a frog comes along to join him. The number of animals grows in number and size until the mitten splits open.
Cornbread & Poppy at the Carnival by Matthew Cordel May 3, 2022
We learn that Cornbread is full of anxiety about all kinds of things, but that Poppy is always there for him. When Poppy convinces Cornbread to go to the carnival with her, the roles end up being reversed. They are having a wonderful time until the two friends get into a huge argument over a peanut.
The first in the series became available as an ebook from the library and we read it the next day. Then we reread this one.
All this happens in a magical world where three girls are transformed into glitter dragons. When this special world is threatened by dark forces, the queen sends them on a quest to find ingredients for a magic potion. Even if they do collect all of it, they still have to figure out what to do with it.
New from Here by Kelly Yang & Justin Chien (Narrator)
Based on her family's own experiences of moving from Hong Kong back to America at the onset of the Covid 19 pandemic, this novel tells of a family's tribulations once they reach America. Much of this: the fear, the home schooling, the shortages, the price gouging, and the racism, are part and parcel of what we all know happened and continues to happen.
What I appreciated most about this book is how Kelly Yang puts it all into the perspective of one family. I like that she highlights the positive aspects of public education and teachers who teach within the system.
There were times when I cringed at some of the choices Knox, the main protagonist, makes. I also couldn't believe the children's mother wasn't more aware of what they were up to - especially with regards to the garage sale. Letting them make so many choices unsupervised seemed irresponsible. I'm willing to acknowledge that perhaps this is just because she isn't used to being a single parent.
Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott (Author and Narrator) & Ron Butler (Narrator) October 23, 2018 🍁
If it had been available, I would have started The Dragon Thief right away.
It is a semi fictionalized biography of the year Cynthia Copeland was in grade 7.
Grade 7 is a tumultuous year. She and her best friend become estranged. She experiences her first romance. With the help of one of her teachers, she ends in a mentorship program with the local newspaper's female reporter.
Maybe her life didn't exactly unfold like it does here, but the essential bits are true.
Two black sisters from a town of light skinned black people, leave home to head for a better life. One of them abandons her sister and starts a new life passing as a white woman. Not even her husband knows her secret. The other marries a dark skinned man. When he becomes increasingly abusive, she returns to her home town to raise her very black skinned daughter. In time the two cousins connect.
This is a thoughtful look at many complicated aspects of racism.
This book is organized into different sections. Each section alternates English text with a translation into Northern Michif, the Metis language. Michif is a combination of Cree, French and occasionally English. There are many different dialects.
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers July 12, 2022