Friday, February 25, 2011

Dull, dreary day in Mississauga

I don't know about you but I am very motivated by the weather. When it is bright and sunny outside I jump out of bed and race around the house (and sometimes outside) feeling fully energized and ready to conquer the world. Today it is dull and gloomy outside and all you want to do is fall asleep. I have however promised to include a book review or two per week and here is a book that I just love. Enjoy this with your kids! Have a great weekend and read on.

It is very important that you include in your children’s library collection books from other races and cultures. These books are not only educational and inspiring but give your children deep insights and understanding into the lives of others who are quite different than they are. I have chosen two wonderful books that were brought to my attention during Black History Month. These books work well as read- alouds or as read -alones.

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life
as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”
- Booker T. Washington

Title: Mr. George Baker
Author: Amy Hest
Ages: 5-8

***** A Reading Rainbow Pick *****

This is a story of a beautiful friendship between two neighbors - Harry who is in the first grade and Mr. George Baker who is one hundred years old. Mr. George Baker is an African-American jazz drummer and loves to play and dance to his music. The thing that bonds the two together is that they are both learning to read. Jon J. Muth’s illustrations are soft watercolors, which draw you into the text. The two friends wait patiently on Mr. George Baker’s front porch each morning enjoying each other’s company. When the bus finally arrives the friends get on board holding onto hands. At school Mr. Baker studies with a group of grown-ups while Harry does the same in his classroom down the hall. It is a hopeful, inspiring tale that speaks compellingly to intergenerational friendship. I loved it because it evokes lots of engaging conversations within your family.
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