These are memes started by Teach Mentor Texts and Book Journey, and I'm excited to participate, along with many other bloggers, in reviewing books I read the previous week. I'll be reviewing picture books through adult books.
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|This story is told in the points of view of two children in Sudan: Nya, a young girl in 2008 who has to walk two hours to fetch water for her family twice a day, and a young boy, Salva, in 1985 who becomes a "lost boy" of Sudan as a result of war and must travel extremely long distances over Africa to find safety. Both children must overcome incredibly difficult hardships in order to survive. The ending is just amazing. When I finished it, I was on my way to my college daughter's apartment. One of her roommates founded a Living Water, Int. group on Miami University's campus. I knew she would love the book, so I handed it to her when we got there. I was right! She Facebook messaged me later telling me how perfect it was! I agree! She started brainstorming ways we could help her organization. Then I tweeted out that I loved it and included David Etkin on the tweet because he's talked about that book for awhile. That started a whole conversation about how we could use it as our first read aloud and get the kids involved in a water project! A first-year 4th/5th grade teacher, @MrSheskeyReads jumped in, too, so we may all three be partnering in this project. I talked to another sixth grade teacher at my building today, and she had already planned on reading it to her classes and wanted to plan a service project, also, so we'll increase our numbers that way. SO exciting! David found this awesome t-shirt. Our motto, maybe? Stay tuned!|
Video summary of my daughter's friends on their Guatemala project:
I thought about all the reading and research the kids could do around this book. I love that books and stories can inspire action!
Check out a Wonderopolis Wonder of the Day that applies: http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/how-much-water-do-you-need-to-survive/
I like to share what my family is reading:
My 20-year-old (Yes, still! It's long!):
What are YOU reading this week? I hope I have more books to report about next week, but if I only had to have one this week, A Long Walk to Water was a good one!