Monday, February 8, 2010
Jessica can't decide what to bring to school. She agonizes and waits until the very last day to assemble her collection. This story lends itself nicely to making predictions of what Jessica will bring, as well as counting by ones, tens, and twenties. So if you are looking to celebrate our 100th day and sneak a little math in, too, check this out!
I found this to be totally contrived. My parents got divorced, and I didn't spend any time hiding under any porches. I found Mitch's behavior to be totally unrealistic and it just turned me off. So I abandoned the book to the stack next to my bed.
This week, I am teaching fifth grade classes at Yates about writing book reviews. The class did Bird Lake Moon as a read-aloud, so I decided to read them the reviews. I got so hooked by the reviews, I picked up the book and finished it, and I loved it. I just needed to see that Mitch's character would grow and evolve.
This book has mystery and humor and will appeal to children who come from divorced families. It will also lead to discussions about doing the right thing, even if it isn't the easy thing.