This is a book that was created from a song by Harris J. It is more of a poem than a story. It shows how to be kind and live your life to the fullest. Assalamu Alaikum is Arabic for "peace be upon you."
Writing ideas: Rewrite the chorus. What are other words that mean "peace be upon you". What does "peace be upon you" mean to you?
Elena wants to be a glass blower, but her dad says that she is too little and only boys are glass blowers. Elena takes off on a journey to become a glass blower. She meets different animals along the way. She has brought a pipe with her and makes music as she travels and helps the animal.
This book has BEAUTIFUL illustrations and the writing is lyrical. Possible themes are overcoming obstacles, helping others, finding your strengths, and achieving your goal. I highly recommend this book!
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
In this story, a girl compares the color of skin of her friends and family to different items, like chocolate and coffee.
Idea/strategy: Do this same idea with hair color or eye color (The Colors of Us, The Colors of Ox Bow, The Colors of Team 174, etc.)
Jill A. Hostetler
I love books so much! My particular loves are children's books and professional books that catch my fancy. One thing that keeps me happy and sane as a teacher is being able to get tons of books from the library and share them with my students. I have tried different ways to keep track of my books, but here's another attempt. We'll se if I can make this one fly!