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It's taken a while in this busy final weeks of school, but what a wonderful time I had reading this recent, poignant book by Gae Poliser. I loved meeting Francesca Schnell (known as Franki), her friend Lisette, Lisette's boyfriend Bradley, and four year old Franki Sky. Yes, all of them play a part in the puzzle of who Franki Schnell is, discovering hope in her life after the tragedy of her little brother drowning in the ocean (which she blamed herself for). Life is not easy, it is complicated, and as Franki keeps figuring out the truths of her life, and using them to get better, I found myself hurrying in the book, wanting to discover what important thing she would discover next. I'm not a teen any more, but really the life lessons shared in this book apply to all of us! I know many of the mature middle school students in my school will love the voice in this book, and connect to those mixed up feelings so aptly shown.
(This book meets the challenge of the Gathering Books blog found here, named CORL: 2014 (Check Off Reading List and Carrie Gelson's #MustReadIn2014 here)
Wow, what a beautiful book, with lovely small poems to tell the story of “us”. Taking a tour of the world, from the geography to food to travel, then weather and on to “All the World”, it’s the sweetest story of who we are. One couplet: “Spreading shadows, setting sun/Crickets, curtains, day is done.” Every illustrated page is a delight, and Marla Frazee shows the details of our lives with joy, whether in nature or in a happy family evening.
Three Bears In A Boat – written and illustrated by David Soman
Such expressive three bears, trying to do the right thing after breaking their mama’s beautiful blue shell, so they take their boat off on an adventure to find a new one. I can see taking lots of time looking over these lovely pages, finding the details of all the other bears met, and the experiences in their search. It’s a delightful story, with a few surprises, too!
NEXT: The new e-story by R.J. Palacio, The Julian Chapter. And then We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart
On a side note, my daughter & family are spending the next week or more with me while doing some renovations at their house. I have been busy, and having fun! This includes a dog and two cats! But reading picture books of course is also the MO, so thought you'd enjoy a short list of reading so far:
Three Bears In A Boat & All The World - see above
The Summer Noisy Book - Margaret Wise Brown
Rooster's Off To See The World - Eric Carle
Mr. Gumpy's Outing - John Burninham
Millions of Cats - Wanda Gag
more than one Elephant and Piggie book - after these, Ingrid (5) began to write a story titled "Elephant and Piggie Play Dress-Up" in which Piggie dresses up as a girl. And then Ingrid would fall off the chair laughing. Mo Willems's books are such a treat. Ingrid also added the pigeon at the end, knowing that Willems always allows the pigeon to appear. Aren't books for kids wonderful!