I'm going to start with Big Friends because I'm such a fan of the book! Two young friends use cardboard boxes and a hill to invent every game under the sun. Until a third player wants to join. How will this group figure out how to play with three people?
Big Friends covers so many core competencies (kind of the point!) and I could draw out multiple lessons from this book, including using it in an upper grade class to show how poetic prose can tell a powerful story!
Add to library? Definitely!
The second book is If You Give a Mouse an iPhone. I thought it was going to be a cute story a la the famous mouse/cookie theme. The problem is that it wasn't. It was yet another book aimed at how technology is the devil. Y'all. I'm so so so so tired of this joke premise. It and "bad lazy dad" premises can go right out the window.
Tech isn't the devil. Tech is just a tool. If we aren't teaching kids how to use it properly (aka: our jobs!) they won't learn.
Add to library? Please no.
Tonight I read Orphan Ahwak by Raquel Rivera (Orca Book Publishers). It is 130 quick pages, with a strong indigenous girl as the title character.
While I found it in the youth section, I would have to say that the violence in this book makes it more appropriate for grade 6/7/8/9 in my opinion. It would be a very great HiLo book. I think this book has a broad appeal across a variety of readers.
Raquel Rivera has done a good job in fleshing out the character, a young girl who is orphaned in an attack, and has to learn to fend for herself in the boreal forests and on the ice-scapes of the Canadian Arctic. She comes across some well rounded characters, including an old man who might be a magician, and a young family who remind her of home.
The author leaves some interesting notes in the back about how she did her research, and my only wish is that some Inuit and northern indigenous people were consulted instead of read about, but some research is better than none!
All in all, I would carry this in my classroom library!
I respond to Sarah, Mrs. Moore, Mrs. Smoore, Miss Sarah, (and sometimes Mom!). I have been an DL (homeschool!) teacher for 2 years and am now a proud member of the SD35 team!