The PTA at ML’s school provided a new service this year. You could order school supplies online in May; and they would be delivered to her classroom for the first day of school. This is on the list of my TOP three things which happened this year. No more looking for an 8 pack of crayons with basic colors. Based on our experience last year, this staple from my childhood no longer exists, except with sparkles in them.
Today, Daddy’s Back-to-School Shopping Adventure by Alan Lawrence Sitomer and illustrated by Abby Carter arrived. I immediately laughed because ML meets her teacher tomorrow and I’m certain there may be some additional school supplies to buy. I work this weekend; so it’s up to ML and her Dad to fight the crowds. I won’t miss the thirty minute decision making process ML has when choosing a binder.
My friend posted, “Two stores, both of them mad houses, and $200 later, we have most of the school supplies. I still have to get a large broom head, 3 pool noodles, paint pens???, and a roll of heavy duty aluminum foil. Sigh.” I had a sigh of relief. I’m sure we will get request for some interesting items throughout the year. Thankfully, I didn’t have to fight the crowds; nor will I have to lug several bags of school supplies on the first day.
Now back to the book. I can relate to the dad’s nostalgia. If I saw a Holly Hobbie lunchbox at the store, I wouldn’t be able to resist.
I’ve read 315 picture books this year; but blogged about very few. That doesn’t count the 42 new picture books the library received this week.
One of my favorites is Wait by Antoinette Portis. It reminds me of when ML was little. We had to stop and look at every rock, bug, stick, cat, dog, and shiny thing we passed. A four block walk to the park often took fifteen minutes. One of the joys of being around young children is seeing the world through their eyes. No matter how hurried we are, they always seem to find something to remind us why it’s important to slow down and wait.
I promise I won’t keep you waiting any longer. I’m back to blogging about picture books. And Julia will keep us up to date on middle grade novels.
Three words: funny, exciting, unique Favorite part: I really liked when Izzy got a super power. Favorite character: Izzy because she was most like me- nerdy and a little geeky. How I felt: I got excited in this book, especially when they broke in to the house where Max was imprisoned.
Synopsis from Candlewick “Jessica Jenkins has always been a perfectly ordinary girl—until one day part of her arm vanishes in the middle of geography class! Jessica’s friends Izzy and Tom are determined to help her develop her newfound invisibility, though Jessica is more concerned with discovering where the ability came from. When it becomes apparent that there may be other kids developing strange powers of their own, Jessica marshals them into a slapdash band of “slightly superheroes.” But when an unscrupulous adult discovers the origin of their powers and kidnaps one of the team, the rest must put their heads—and all of their skills—together to avert disaster.”
Three words: touching, charming, comfortable (the town felt comfortable, not like the book itself was soft and cozy) Favorite person: Chum because he was nice to everybody. I sort of pitied him because he was just looking for a friend, but no one wanted to be his friend until Nate and Gen came along. Favorite part: When Ruth and Rebecca found the turtle nest.
He’d like to win a prize, get picked first, call a coin toss right, even! But his best friend, Genesis Beam (aka Gen), believes in science and logic, and she doesn’t think for one second that there’s such a thing as luck, good or bad. She doesn’t care what names the other kids call them. She cares about being right, about saving the turtles of Paradise Beach, and she cares about Nate.
Then, on his birthday, at the Goofy Golf mini-golf course, Nate is struck by lightning — and survives! Suddenly baseballs are drawn to his bat-popular kids want HIM on their side. It seems the whole town of Paradise Beach thinks Nate has the magic touch.
But is there room for Gen in Nate’s lucky new world?”
Three words: heart-wrenching, horribly real, painful (not like it was a bad book, just Ari’s situation was painful) The book made me feel. . . sorry for Ari because she had lost so much and was very lost in the world. I was confused by why they had left home. Favorite character: Daniel. He was so funny and kind and made Ari feel much better. Favorite part: When they organized Crazy Hat Day and got the school traditions back.
Synopsis from Candlewick “When Ari’s mother died four years ago, she had two final wishes: that Ari and her older brother, Gage, would stay together always, and that Ari would go to Carter, the middle school for gifted students. So when nineteen-year-old Gage decides he can no longer live with their bossy guardian, Janna, Ari knows she has to go with him. But it’s been two months, and Gage still hasn’t found them an apartment. He and Ari have been “couch surfing,” staying with Gage’s friend in a tiny apartment, crashing with Gage’s girlfriend and two roommates, and if necessary, sneaking into a juvenile shelter to escape the cold Maine nights. But all of this jumping around makes it hard for Ari to keep up with her schoolwork, never mind her friendships, and getting into Carter starts to seem impossible. Will Ari be forced to break one of her promises to Mama? Told in an open, authentic voice, this nuanced story of hiding in plain sight may have readers thinking about homelessness in a whole new way.”
Picture books are an excellent way to explore scary emotions in a controlled, safe environment.
I read Wolf’s Coming! written and illustrated by Joe Kulka at preschool story time five times last week. With each group, I enjoyed watching the children’s eyes widen as they scrunched closer to their caregivers whenever I turned a page. Until, that most important page which allowed them to release their fear. The relief on their faces was priceless.