Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Two-Post Tuesday!

It's time for another two-post Tuesday!!!

Manushkin, Fran.
The Tushy Book.
Feiwel & Friends.

I'm only familiar with one other book that somewhat approaches the topic of the "behind." However, this book does a really good job at showing kids that it's not just something to chuckle about! Everyone's born with one... everyone uses it! It's really no different than the head!

I think this book would be a great way to show children that the tushy is really just another part of the body. It'd also be a great book to share with preschool aged children if you're trying to teach them about the parts of their bodies.

Tushy-related Books:
Other Body Part Books:

Mahy, Margaret.
Bubble Trouble.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

The concept of this story is very cute and shows just how far an imagination can take someone!

A little girl finds simple pleasures in a bottle of bubbles. However, who knew how much a trouble a bubble could cause? Mabel's brother gets caught up in one of the bubbles and begins drifting away with the breeze. As Mabel realizes what's happened to her brother, she calls for mother and soon the entire neighborhood is involved in trying to rescue him. In the end, it's Mabel who is again responsible for her brother's actions, as she sling-shots a rock which pops the bubble and frees her baby brother.

Again, the concept is great and I love the use of imagination here. However, I had a hard time with this book. I felt that there was too much of an effort in trying to make the rhymes...
After them came Greville Gribble in his nightshirt with his novel
(all about a haunted hovel) held on high above his head,
followed by his sister, Chrysta (though her boots had made a blister),
then came Tybal, pulling Sybil, with the Scrabble for a sled.
There was vocabulary that appeared to be too advanced for the intended readers of this story (I even had a hard time with the vocabulary in certain parts). Because of that, I feel that the rhymes took away from the story being told and would be above the heads of many children!

If you've reviewed this book, please share your thoughts on it with me! Did you find the vocabulary intriguing? Was the book hard for you to grasp? Do you think children would be able to follow it? Let me know, I'm anxious to hear your thoughts!

McPhail, David.

Roaring Brook Press

This book has a powerful message, but consideration must be taken when discussing the book with children, as our country is experiencing a time of war and many children are impacted by this. However, at the same time, the book will open the door for a great deal of discussion about alternative ways to dealing with personal conflicts children may have with each other. I think this book would make for a good read when teaching different aspects of character education!

Only three words are found within the pages of this book... No! No? No! As a young boy sets out to deliver a letter, he is confronted with acts of war along the way. Buildings are being bombed. Airplanes are flying low. Tanks are being driven down the street. Soldiers are seen kicking down doors. Not only is war depicted on a world-wide scale, the little boy also faces acts of war against himself and other individuals. The president's face is being scribbled on. There's a bully waiting for the little boy at the mailbox. The end of the story works to reassure children that even during times of war, we are able to overcome the hard times... the familiy is together, presents are being exchanged, the little boy offers his hat to the bully who met him at the mailbox and in the very end, the two have become friends and are seen riding a new bicycle together.

Brown, Don.
Teedie: The Story of Young Teddy Roosevelt.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Teedie, as he was know as a child, grew up like many of today's children, suffering from asthma, which left him feeling as though he was drowning, near-sightedness (a problem remedied with a pair of glasses) and small, "delicate" size. He loved reading, climbing trees, spending summers in the country, and hunting frogs. At a young age though, Teedie expressed great determination and worked to overcome the obstacles he faced throughout his childhood. He founded the Roosevelt Museum of National History after discovering a dead seal on a slab of wood. Teedie overcame his childhood obstactles and then went on to Harvard University, wrote a book (the first of many), studied law, entered politics and began his political career when elected to the New York Assembly. From there, Teedie, now known as Teddy married and had a daughter, but not without facing more challenges. His political career eventually ended up with Teddy being elected 26th president of the United States.

This book is very educational about Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States and all that he accomplished during his time in office. The book will be appealing to children because it focuses on Roosevelt's childhood... it shows him as a child, in the eyes through which children will be able to relate and understand to. While also focusing on his political career as President, the limited amount of information does not make the book overwhelming for children to read, allowing them to stay interested and perhaps eventually seek out even more detail about Roosevelt. This is definitely a must-have for a classroom library for President's Week/Month!

Other Books about Teddy Roosevelt:

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