Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Jeanette Winter's Birthday

Jeanette Winter's birthday is today... and for those of you not familiar with her work, she puts out some awesome non-fiction picture books.
-The Teacher's Calendar, 2008-2009

Winter, Jeanette.
The Librarian of Basra.
Harcourt, Inc.

Guided Reading Level: L

Summary from Barnes & Noble:

A hopeful and inspiring true story about a librarian in Basra, Iraq.

Shhh! Don't tell anyone, but if I can round up some extra money, I might be using this book as a few Christmas presents this year! Yes, it's really that good! There's nothing like the story of a librarian who's books are threatened to show children just how worthy books can be! This story does just that! Definitely belongs on the shelves of all libraries (home, school and public)!

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Winter, Jeanette.
Follow the Drinking Gourd.
Alfred A. Knopf.
Guided Reading Level: M

Summary from Barnes & Noble:

By following the directions in a song, "The Drinking Gourd," taught them by an old sailor named Peg Leg Joe, runaway slaves journey north along the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada.

This book is certainly very informational in teaching children about the Underground Railroad. The true story walks children through the journeys taken by slaves looking to free themselves. While providing children with very historical, accurate information, this book also has great power because it's one of those stories that will make them feel as they aren't "really" learning, while a whole lot of learning is actually taking place!

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If you're interested in finding out more information about any of the books reviewed or if you'd like to purchase the books, click the cover image for a link to Amazon.com.