"Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are."
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Courage - written and illustrated by Bernard Waber
This could be a good book to start conversations about courage and what that means to each one in a classroom, including the teacher. Speaking from different viewpoints, human and animal, Waber's story is a succession of kinds of courage, some in the mind, some physical, and some in the heart. The illustrations are cartoon-like, small pictures by each sentence. For instance, there is a couple of boys, with one tapping the shoulder of another. The caption is "Courage is being the first to make up after an argument." Another example is a dark drawing, with only alarming looking eyes showing: "Courage is going to be without a nightlight." This is not for the very young. I'm not sure they would understand it. Perhaps middle grades only would enjoy it, and perhaps they could create their own illustrated picture of what courage means to them?
I Am Cat - I found this at the bookstore at my reading conference, and the gorgeous cover caught my
eye. The author/illustrator is Jackie Morris, with whom I'm not familiar. She lives in Wales, and when I researched her, found numerous other gorgeous picture books! This one's premise shows a cat that Jackie has sharing his dreams, dreams he is other "wild" cats all over the world. The illustrations fill the page with color, up close, and with those dreaming words by the domestic cat. For instance, on a double page, the cheetah says, "I dream that I am the sharp-eyed running cat, fast as the wind over the bleached plains of Africa, sleek, spotted and elegant." There are others less familiar, like the gorgeous Amur leopard, the rarest and the most endangered according to the back matter. If you love cats and want to know a bit more about ten of them, this is the book to find.
Still reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. One more week of school, then perhaps I'll have a little more time to read! I am hopeful!