Monday, March 10, 2014
It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
I'm doubling up with my SOLC for Day 10 and an IMWAYR. Check out twowritingteachers.wordpress.com for other slicers and teachmentortexts.com and unleashingreaders.com for other IMWAYR posts.
Tara Smith recommended Brooklyn Bridge by Karen Hesse in this recent post and she has even shared a video of Karen Hesse talking about the book. Thank you, Tara, for this recommendation. Brooklyn Bridge is about a Russian Jewish family, living in New York City at the turn of the twentieth century. In 1903, Joseph Mitchtom is 14, wants to play baseball with his friends, work for money, and visit Coney Island. However, his family has invented the teddy bear, and there is a lot of work to be done on the home front, organizing materials, stitching, stuffing, and supervising younger siblings. While this is an amazing book for an upper elementary historical fiction unit, it also an inspiring mentor text for how we find stories and weave them together with other stories, facts and fiction, imagery and plots, perceptions and realities. I read this book quickly, not savoring it as much as I should have, but it is one that I am keeping on the shelf to read aloud to my 11 year-old, Cecily, once she is taking a break from the annual Battle of the Books at her school.