Styling Librarian: What are you reading? 9/17/12
Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! I enjoy keeping track of my reading and sharing with others each week. It was a distracting week but I enjoyed exploring picture books that were shelved in the fiction collection. I was weeding that collection which is always a great time to get the scoop on the books there!
What I read:
Orange Peel’s Pocket by Rose Lewis, illustrated by Grace Zong
I brought this book home and my son promptly read it three times in a row. He repeatedly said: “I love this book!” It was about a little girl living in America learning information about China from her elders after students asked her during school time. Really quite a cute story with all the people she talked with giving her little surprises that connect with their story in her pocket. I highly recommend. Especially simply for guiding a discussion on presumptions since Orange Peel’s classmates automatically assumed that she knew about the country she was born in even though she’d lived in the US most of her life. Goodreads Summary: One day in class, Orange Peel – who got her nickname by eating orange peels when she was little- and her classmates learn about China. Everyone starts to ask Orange Peel questions about the country because they know that’s where she was born. But she doesn’t have all the answers. So Orange Peel joins her mother on her neighborhood errands to find out.
The Night School by Isobelle Carmody - Interesting picture book. Scary story about kids coming to a school at night… odd and I’ve reread it around 4 times already to see if I get a different story… Not positive how I feel. Goodreads Summary: A group of children spend the night in a big old school and go on a chilling journey of self-discovery when they decide to play a game. They must travel from room to room, picking up a lantern and writing down their names to ward off the dark. But the old school holds a secret that they must confront if they are to succeed in their journey.
Love as strong as ginger by Lenore Look, illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson
Since I’ve tried to read every book by Lenore Look in the past and also because I connected with Lenore Look on Twitter recently, I was quite excited to find this picture book on my library shelf. It is an interesting book that really exposes you to how people work daily to provide food for very little pay. This was a beautiful love story of a grandmother and granddaughter. Lenore Look was inspired by her grandmother who worked at a cannery in Seattle in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. She wrote the story based on her memories. Beautiful. Goodreads Summary: Katie loves to show her grandma how to dress a Barbie…and GninGnin loves to show Katie how to make rice dumplings. More than anything, Katie longs to go with GninGnin to work, to crack a mountain of crabs alongside her at the crab cannery. One day Katie gets her wish, but nothing is the way she’d imagined it. GninGnin swings a heavy mallet from sunup to sundown in a noisy, smelly room, earning barely enough for bus fare and fish for dinner. That evening when Katie eats the delicious meal that GninGnin has cooked – “made with love as strong as ginger and dreams as thick as black-bean paste” – she has a new understanding of her beloved grandma’s hard life, and the sacrifices she’s made to give her granddaughter a brighter future.
Lucky Monkey Unlucky Monkey A Story by James Kaczman
This was such an odd, entertaining story with a great opportunity to discuss perspective, author intention, attitude, and humor… Hilarious. Plus there are bonus glimpses into the narrarator’s point of view. Goodreads Summary: This story is about Ed and Ted, two thinking, speaking, fully clothed, house-dwelling monkeys. One day, Ed walks out of his just-the-right-size-for-a-monkey house. He is greeted by a bright, sunny day, with butterflies fluttering about and cute, friendly animals cheerfully hopping around.
Meanwhile . . . Ted walks out of his just-the-right-size-for-a-monkey house and is met by a forbidding sky with dark clouds, large insects swarming about, and frightening vermin crawling around.
The Cello of Mr. O by Jane Cutler, illustrated by Greg Couch – Here’s another gorgeous war story with a beautiful music connection… Goodreads Summary: In a tribute to the unnamed city of Sarajevo, a girl tells the story of the struggle to survive in a city ravaged by war. The only happiness in her life&150and the lives of those around her&150comes every Wednesday at four o’clock, in the form of a relief truck bearing supplies. But when the relief truck is bombed in the town square, the people begin to lose hope, until the girl’s unfriendly neighbor, Mr. O, takes over. Every day at four o’clock, Mr. O sits in the square and plays beautiful melodies on his cello, buoying the spirits of the town with his music and his courage.
I was distracted by a Contemporary Romance novel I promised I’d write a review on throughout this week, so Brooklyn Love by Yael Levy will be reviewed later, no other novels completed… although…
The Poison Garden by Sarah Singleton – reminding me so far of The Westing Game and 39 Clues… Goodreads Summary: It is the 1850′s, and a young boy, Thomas, leaves his family to be apprenticed to a pharmacist, at the behest of his dead grandmother. He also inherits a magical box from her, which provides him entry into a mysterious garden. But while visiting it, he sees a ghostly vision of his grandmother, who tells him she was poisoned, and warns him that he must find the person responsible, and save her precious garden. For she was one of five members of an arcane guild, each of whom cultivated an individual garden, mastering the art of poison, perfume and medicine. The guild members jostle for power as, one by one, they are murdered …
Can Thomas solve the mystery, before he in turn is threatened?
Delirium by Lauren Oliver – fascinating premise- that love is a disease that can be cured, fascinating. Goodreads Summary: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love — the deliria — blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
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