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Module 12: The Wall

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2012 at 2:39 am

Book Summary:  The book is written as a biography describing the baby that he can draw since he can remember.  He draws what he thinks but is soon told what to do and what to draw.  He describes that the Secret Police is nosy and look into everything.  A diary is written inside the book of the month and year what he wrote.  The government did not approve anything Western and blocked any connection of what may have influence on East Germany.  The illustrations provide a connection with the story how it was slightly influenced but then shut back down again.  Different band came into the city but the Secret Police disapproved even long hair was a sign of Western influence.  However, as he grew older he knew that drawing can be a little push to described feelings and have people hope.  He dreamed one day he would ride free into the night to become something and live free in a world.

Sis, P.  (2007).  The Wall.  NY:  Frances Foster Books.

Impressions:  Reading this book was different because each photograph had captions.  Reading each caption described what was going on behind The Wall.  The author wrote about his life about the wall and I was informed of what happened in that era.  The confrontation between the U.S. and East Germany caused rifts between the government.  It’s a children’s book and I was impressed by the details of his life by the details how the school taught them how to be in a communist society.

Professional Review:

Bush, E.  (2007, October).  The Wall:  Growing Up behind the Iron Curtain (review)

       [Review of the book The Wall, by P.S].

       Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 85(1), 54.  Retrieved from http://libproxy.library.unt.edu:2355/journals/bulletin_of_the_center_for_childrens_books/v061/61.2bush01.html

“Thirty sentences, give or take the odd ellipsis, form the armature upon which Sís recontructs his early growth as an artist, and a few dozen journal entries add a lean layer of flesh to the tale. The real substance of this inventively fashioned autobiography, however, lies in the images—some tidily sequential, others boldly sprawling double bleeds—that trace Sís’ creative journey from a toddler compelled to doodle to a young professional compelled to leave his native Czechoslovakia in the early 1980s for liberty in the West. And if readers just happen to find themselves inadvertently expanding their knowledge of the Cold War, that makes their own literary journey all the richer.”

Library Uses:  A puppet theater can be used for this children’s book.  It would engage the children to learn about history and East Germany.  There could be a gray background and a colorful background explaining the purpose of freedom.  It would be easy to describe that the classes taught were not enjoyable and were told what to do.  It is important to learn creativity and imagination.


Module 11: Children of the Great Depression

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2012 at 2:32 am

Book Summary:  The is represented through chapters that include photographs  of children.  It has short stories of accounts of children living in the Great Depression and how they feel about politics and economics.  There is a variety of characters that are described about them going to school without food and are hungry and without the warmth of clothing.  It describes kids at work working in factories and farms helping their families receive revenue in the household.  Farm landers traveling to the West were made fun of called Okies.  People traveled away from the Dust Bowl and traveled to where the economy was booming.  Kids were dare devils jumping on moving trains to get away from their families and not be a burden.  The entertainment brought life to children, adults and families.  It took them away from their issues over politics, currency and jobs.  Each photograph showed how children were brought up and the rural areas on how the look in their faces showed desperation.  

Freedman, R.  (2005).  Children of the Great Depression.  NY:  Clarion Books.

Impressions:  The information book has a emphasis of nonfiction that is documented facts.  The pictures of the Great Depression and stories told are to be told to inform the public how living in the Great Depression brought out despair and sorrows.  Reading the book and looking at the different photos was a different perspective of the children of the Great Depression.  Reading the content, illustrations and index was a lot of research for the author.  I learned a lot about the price, food, shelter and entertainment that happened during that era.

Professional Review:  

Laminack, L. & Belll, B.  (2006, July).  Children of the Great Depression (Review).

                  [Review of the book Children of the Great Depression, R.F].

                 Language Arts 83(6), 547.  Retrieved from http://libproxy.library.unt.edu:7125/docview/196859054

“History textbooks are too often lifeless and lack anything upper elementary and middle school students can connect with. That’s not the case with this book, which is full of photographs and personal accounts from children during the Depression. The opening chapter, “The Sight of My Father Crying,” sets the stage through a depiction of what life was really like for children in the 1930s. The chapters “Ill-Housed, Ill-Clad, IllNourished,” “In and Out of School,” and “Kids at Work” paint a scene that many children today have little or no knowledge of. The text is compelling and the photographs and their citations give undeniable support to the content. Partner this book with another by Freedman, Kids at Work: Lewis Hine and the Crusade against Child Labor (Scholastic, 1994) and Children of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch Camp by Jerry Stanley (Crown, 1992). These books make history come alive in a meaningful way for all readers.”

Library Uses:  For this book I would use a crossword puzzle or a mad lib about the Great Depression.  I would number the pages where they can look for the word.  The children would be able to retain the information by doing the crossword puzzle or mad lib.  I would only make it a short crossword puzzle such as including the important data or information of the currency and entertainment that they had or used.

Module 10: Here Lies the Librarian

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2012 at 2:28 am

Book Summary:  PeeWee which her real name is Eleanor lives with her brother Jack.  They own a garage business fixing tires and cars.  Their business was slow until one day they thought of a plan to crash a car.  A Cadillac was driving by and they were able to blow out the tire and out stepped three young ladies.  Their names were Irene, Grace, Lodelia, and Geraldine.  These four young women wanted to drive by and see the tornado damaged but they soon learned otherwise they would be helping out Jack and Eleanor.  They would also be helping out the community by serving as librarians at the library.  They are all qualified and wealthy young ladies that drive fancy cars.  Jack is impressed by this.  A car race was determined for Jack and Eleanor for whoever makes the best and fast car.  However the young ladies help them without their consent.  Jack also falls for them and soon PeeWee (Eleanor) is the only girl left out of circle.  She soon learns that education is the key and that she will be happy with whomever Jack chooses.  The World War I looming over head Jack and Irene sign up and head off to the battlefield.  The four librarians turn the community or small town around to realize the big things and help out in Jack’s dream of the car race.

Peck, R.  (2006).  Here Lies the Librarian.  New York:  Penguin Group.

Impressions:  This historical fiction novel talks about the introduction of the car.  A post world war I book that describes hard work and competition.  The facts about cars turn into fiction on the imagination of Peck.  I was impressed of the wit and humor of the story.  Eleanor disguising as a boy and when he hat fell off Irene was shocked that she was a girl.  Irene demonstrates that women should have rights and be independent to support themselves.  She teaches Eleanor about being independent and making something out of herself.  It’s the years before feminism and how women and young girls have the same issues of venturing out into the world and standing up for themselves.

Professional Review:

Bush, E.  (2006, May).  Here Lies the Librarian (review)

[Review of the book Here Lies the Librarian, by R.P].

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 59(9), 418-419.  Retrieved from http://libproxy.library.unt.edu:2355/journals/bulletin_of_the_center_for_childrens_books/v059/59.9bush13.html

“Once again Peck demonstrates his masterful storytelling ability with a riveting opener in which a tornado blows through the cemetery and relocates a host of deceased citizens and/or their bits and pieces. From there, though, much of the plotting relies on the unconvincing and underdeveloped premise that four independently wealthy library grads would take on the rural job, and that a pair of exceedingly eccentric neighbors (even by Peck standards) would keep brother [End Page 418] and sister independent over the years. Nonetheless, Eleanor is a delightful narrator whose wry observations draw humor from a culture clash rather than simply exploit rube vs. snob plot potential.”

Library Uses:  This book can be used to describe a librarians job and explain what they actually do.  Since it’s a historical fiction book a student activity can take place and work on a craft that describes the time era of the book’s plot.  Since it was before World War I they can work on a car that was being discussed from the book.  A Pierce Arrow craft can be colored and decorated and discussed.  The discussion can ensue the book and it’s plot so kids can take to reading it at home.

Module: 9 Abduction

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2012 at 2:22 am

Book Summary:  Denny Thurman had his plan set in motion.  He double checked his costume and where he needed to pick up Denny his son.  Meanwhile Bonnie was in school as well and had recurring dreams of a black smoke and thought something terrible was going to happen.  After school when she went to get her brother she could not find him.  Denny was already in the car with Matt and had tricked him in going with him to rescue his dog.  Denny had planned out his every move to get Matt as far as possible from the scene of the crime.  Bonnie felt responsible for Matt’s disappearance but her mother was worried the most not knowing who would take Matt.  Detective Morrison was assigned the job to locate Matt.  Once everything added up they soon realized that Matt was with his father or in this case Ms. Sholter’s ex-husband.  Ms. Sholter was worried that he might hurt Matt and Bonnie did not care for Denny at all when he was married to her mom.  The reason Denny kidnap Matt was to show his sister that he had someone that he to care of and wanted something out of it because of his gambling problem.  The action, thriller-seeking of Bonnie the novel flowed well and the mystery was solved.  It was all in a matter of time that Matt was back where he belonged with family and friends.

Kehret, P.  (2004).  Abduction!.  NY:  Penguin Group.

Impressions:  Overall this mystery book was suspenseful.  It had all the characteristics of a mystery novel such as crime was committed, there were suspects and an investigator.  I was unaware how the book would end up from the beginning of the perspective of the suspect.  It went a different direction by writing it in view of the girl and back to the suspect.  There was action which impressed me and how some people were oblivious to the children and how they were in danger of a dangerous man.

Professional Review:

Shannon, T.  (2004, 11 22).  Abduction! (Review).

       [Review of the book Abduction! by P.K].

      Retrieved from http://www.kidsreads.com/reviews/abduction

“Although I never felt that I truly knew any of the characters, I was pulled into the story when the plot took a shocking turn that is suspenseful and exciting. Don’t start this book if you have something else you need to do. You simply won’t be able to put it down beyond a certain point!”

Library Use:  The book can be told to children, young adults, and parents.  A special guest like a police officer would come in and talk to students about strangers.  There can be a discussion about what to do when you are in danger or when a stranger comes up to what you should do.  The book Abduction! explains what can happen to children who go with strangers and notify how parents can prevent this by helping or teaching their children the numbers for an emergency and always telling them who will be picking them up from school.

Module 8: Princess Academy

In Uncategorized on November 30, 2012 at 2:15 am

Book Summary:  Miri’s family lives in the Mount Eskel away from the rich and pleasures of the kingdom Danlander.  Miri longed to be with her father and work in the mines and learn Quiry speech.  One day soldiers arrive on Mount Eskel to collect young girls.  A party from the kingdom of Danlander arrived to deliver news that the priests delegated with each other over the princes’ birthday.  There was omens that the future bride was living in Danlander.  It is a custom that the delegates of noble men and women are to give away young girls that have the potential to meet the prince.  However, since there was no noble men living in Mount Eskel the King ordered that they create a Princess Academy.  Miri was collected with other girls from the community and they set off to be taught the ways of noble women.  They were taken to small castle and were taught by Tutor Olana.  Miri the smallest of the bunch was not determined by the others that she would be nominated to meet the prince.  During the long days Miri studied and learned how to read.  She studied the history of Danlander, the currency, and law.  The other girls were jealous because she began to learn to quickly.  Miri, with all her hard work and determination was ranked number 1 in her class.  She was able to meet the prince.  However, the prince chose none of the girls in the class and left abruptly.  The girls were distraught and were overcome by bandits.  The bandits wanted to know which girl the prince chose to become his princess.  The girls patiently waited until someone came to help them.  They were able to escape the bandits with the help of their families.  The prince returned to choose a wife from Mount Eskel and Miri gained a new perspective about her family and heritage.

Hale, S. (2005).  Princess Academy.  NY:  Bloomsbury Children’s Books.

Impressions:  A fantasy book about Kings, Queens, prince and princess is a way to escape reality.  People grow to love these kinds of books that have different illusions.  Since the rise of popularity of Harry Potter series, Twilight, and Hunger Games people are reading more of this genre.  I really enjoy this genre because it’s a way to become familiar with different ideas and being creative.  It can teach readers different morals through another reality.  I know of readers that enjoy this genre that are bright and passionate about reading.  Fantasy and science fiction are two different genres and capture different audiences.  However, the plot and problem are there but to the extent the author can chose what lifestyle and language the people can speak.  Fantasy is a popular genre and grows every day because they are a great cause for movie productions to sign on with the books to become a movie.

Professional Review:

Card, T.  (2005, 11).  Princess Academy (review).  

   [Review of the book Princess Academy, by S.H].

   Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 59(1), 17-18.  Retrieved from http://libproxy.library.unt.edu:2355/journals/bulletin_of_the_center_for_childrens_books/v059/59.1card15.html  

“Because she is small, Miri sees herself as useless in her working community of burly laborers, and her envy of those larger and stronger than she contrasts powerfully with her later pleasure in her growing gifts. Miri’s culture is deftly drawn; snippets from the [End Page 17] quarriers’ working songs lead each chapter, and the harsh yet beautiful physical and cultural details of Miri’s world keep this optimistic tale believable. This could be a useful introduction to fantasy for realistic-novel buffs—the authentic sniping and backbiting of jealous girls cooped up together for a year, the character-driven plot, and the vigorous prose will carry readers of all kinds into the center of the story.”

Library Use:  I would choose as a reference during a movie day for young adults.  I would talk about this book and how the theme surrounds itself with family and friends.  I would then show the movie Princess Diary.  After the movie the group will suggest other books and movies that teach about family and friends.  However, the books will have to surround to be in the context of royals.  If no discussion is taken place there can be a treasure hunt for goods like bookmarks, books and gift cards around the library for children.

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