Did you know that 15 of every 100 people in Alabama reach adulthood without ever learning how to read? Illiteracy is widespread, a problem in every community,not limited to race, religion or socioeconomic class. Encouraging our youth to become better Readers and Writers is my passion, and with this blog I hope to give parents and educators ideas on how to help their children become efficient in literacy.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I Love Journalism!
This week's books of the week are on one more thing I am thankful for. Every day I get to go to school to be what I have known I wanted to be since I was a 3rd grader: a journalist! I am intrigued by the world around me, and have always asked (sometimes to my parents' chagrin) Why? That is exactly the type of attitude it takes to be a journalist. So here are some books on what I am thankful for, THE NEWS!
by: Colin Hawkins
Summary: Kindergarten-Grade 3–Children who are already familiar with Mother Goose rhymes and common folktales will find great humor in this fractured fairy tale. Mother Hubbard's son Jack delivers the Fairytale News to help out with the bare cupboards. His first stop is at Honey Cottage, the home of the Three Bears, and then he travels on to Mr. and Mrs. Hood, parents of Red Riding. Jack's story eventually becomes intertwined with the "Jack and the Beanstalk" saga, as he works out a deal with the giant who promises the boy a coin each day if he continues to deliver the paper. Puns abound. Although some entertaining quips may be enjoyed only by adults, such as the "Wax & Wayne" candle shop, young readers will feel clever pointing out references to the many fairy tales and poring over the details in the bright watercolor illustrations. One spread of the village contains the boot-shaped abode of the Old Woman in the Shoe, the Three Little Pigs' brick house, Miss Muffet's tuffet, and more. A loose newspaper is tucked into a colorful blue jeans pocket on the final page, which might make it difficult for libraries to circulate the book. However, even if the newspaper is lost, the story stands on its own.
This next book is not so much about the news as it is about how people can get their "news" from the wrong sources. It teaches a valuable lesson, can you figure it out? Either way, this is a favorite of mine.
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
by: Jon Scieszka
Summary:Did the story of the three little pigs ever seem slightly biased to you? All that huffing and puffing--could one wolf really be so unequivocally evil? Finally, we get to hear the rest of the story, "as told to author Jon Scieszka," straight from the wolf's mouth. As Alexander T. Wolf explains it, the whole Big Bad Wolf thing was just a big misunderstanding. Al Wolf was minding his own business, making his granny a cake, when he realized he was out of a key ingredient. He innocently went from house to house to house (one made of straw, one of sticks, and one of bricks) asking to borrow a cup of sugar. Could he help it if he had a bad cold, causing him to sneeze gigantic, gale-force sneezes? Could he help it if pigs these days use shabby construction materials? And after the pigs had been ever-so-accidentally killed, well, who can blame him for having a snack? Ages 3-8.