Thursday, February 27, 2014

The Story of Ruby Bridges

The Story of Ruby Bridges, by written by Robert Cole and illustrated by George Ford, is an inspiring book to read, especially during Black History Month.   Ruby's courage, as a six year old who goes to a segregated school, is told in a way that children can understand.  This historical event is told so movingly with beautiful illustrations.  We think this book can add much to a child's understanding of how our world has changed, and how one brave person can make a difference!

Question Collection:

*How do you think Ruby felt the first day she went to this school?
*How do you think Ruby made a difference?
*Can you think of ways you can make a difference?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ellen's Broom

Ellen’s Broom, written by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Daniel Minter, is a beautiful book about a girl discovering the meaning of the broom that’s above the hearth in her home.  Ellen’s family explains how a “broom wedding” was the only kind of wedding that slaves were allowed to have, but the family rejoices when Reconstruction laws allow former slaves living as husband and wife to be registered as married. 

The parents’ explanation and celebration is wonderfully told by the author and vividly illustrated by Minter.  This book is a great conversation starter as it explores history as told through a family’s eyes.  We hope you learn as much as we did!

*What different emotions did Ellen feel through the story?
*What family traditions does your family have?
*Where could you learn more about this time in our history?

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Groundhog Gets a Say

Groundhog Gets a Say, as told to Pamela Curtis Swallow and illustrated by Denise Brunkus, is a hilarious story told from the point of view of a Groundhog (who also tells us other names for his kind).  If you and your children like facts told in humorous ways, this will be a great book for you!  There’s so much to learn about groundhogs, which is the whole point of the book.  Children who like to read about animals and their characteristics will enjoy this book.  It’s a fun book to read---especially around Groundhog Day!

*What new facts did you learn about groundhogs?
*Do you think the book was more interesting told from the groundhog’s point of view?  Why or why not?
*What was the funniest part of the book to you?