Raymie Nightingale – Mock Newbery 2017

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Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book and School Library Journal all gave Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo a starred  review.  However, it didn’t receive 5 stars from me.  I’ve been thinking about the book all weekend and why I didn’t give it five stars.  After all,  it met Judy Freeman’s criteria for a great book.  It startled, surprised and satisfied.  The climax of the story created an image I’ve been seeing all weekend.

But it still only gets 4 stars.  Mainly, because ML has been raving about a different Kate DiCamillo book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, for months.  I read it a few weeks ago.  Then, asked her what she liked about it.  She loved how it was happy, then sad, then happy, then sad. . . until the very happy ending.  I’m not seeing ML being as enchanted with Raymie; but I should read it with her and see what she says.  If she loves it, I’ll change it to five stars.

It will definitely be on every Mock Newbery list out there.  If it wins, I wouldn’t be disappointed.  And maybe after reading it with ML, it will be my choice.

Second Grade So Far – Once Again, ML’s Teacher Has A Greater Influence on The Books ML Chooses to Read Than I

ML’s not big on answering questions about school.  Especially, “What happened at school today?”  She will usually tell me if she had music, art, PE or one of the other specials.  I’ve asked her this every night since kindergarten.

I’ve added two questions this year,  “Did your teacher read a book to the class?” and “What did you read today?”  So far, she’s answering these questions; and I’m pleased with the answers.

DAY 1

SummerVacation

How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague – “A schoolboy tells his class about his summer vacation, during which he joined a group of cowboys and stopped a cattle stampede.”

DAY 2

My Teacher Is Monster

Busy night with the final StrollerThon planning meeting at our house.  I forgot to ask what the teacher read.  We did read a book together.  My Teacher is a Monster! No I am Not. by Peter Brown.  ML assured me her teacher is not a monster.  I already figured that out.

DAY 3

“I can’t remember because I read two chapter books.  A Jack and Annie book.  And a Mercy Watson book.  Well almost two.  I have another chapter in the Jack and Annie book.” For those unfamiliar with the term Jack and Annie book.  It’s the Magic Tree House series.

 

DAY 4

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The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill and illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith – “Mean Jean is the biggest bully on the playground until a new girl arrives and challenges Jean’s status as the Recess Queen.”  I’m learning from ML’s teacher too.  I have a post on picture books about bullying in draft form.  I’ve added this book to the list.

 

Mercy WatsonMercy Watson Princess

Once again, ML’s teacher is more influential in getting ML to read great books than I.  For over a year, I’ve encouraged ML to try a Mercy Watson book by Kate DiCamillo  and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.  Last night, ML informed me she has read two so far this school year.  She’s eager for me to bring the other four books in the series home from the library.

There are several books I am dying for ML to read.  I purchased paperbacks of a few of these.  Looks like the best way to get her to read them is to donate them to the classroom library.  I’m bringing our copy of Clementine by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Marla Frazee to Open House Wednesday night for the class to enjoy.