Why do I adore this book? It is very lighthearted, but has depth. This is a wonderful book to SPRING off of at the beginning of the year. What is happiness for you?
This book is a wonderful way to build empathy for students who are new to your class and coming from a different country.
This rhyming book talks about how we start with a small circle (being the individual) and how our circles grow as we get older and meet more people.
Four Feet, Two Sandals Hardcover – Picture Book, August 1, 2007 by Karen Lynn Williams (Author), Khadra Mohammed (Author)
This is a touching story about two girls who develop a friendship in a refuge camp and share one pair of flip-flops.
The Remember Balloons Hardcover – Picture Book, August 28, 2018 by Jessie Oliveros (Author), Dana Wulfekotte (IllustratoR)
SUMMARY: Written By Chat GPT4: "The Remember Balloons" is a touching picture book written by Jessie Oliveros and illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte, published on August 28, 2018. The story follows a young boy named James, who shares a close bond with his grandfather. In this heartfelt tale, memories are symbolized by balloons, and each individual has balloons filled with their own unique memories.
As the grandfather grows older, he begins to lose his balloons, symbolizing his struggle with memory loss and dementia. James initially doesn't understand why this is happening, but he gradually comes to grasp the situation. The story sensitively deals with aging, memory, and the connection between generations, offering a gentle and compassionate way to introduce children to these complex themes. The illustrations by Dana Wulfekotte add depth and emotion to the narrative, making it an engaging and thoughtful read for children and adults alike.
I absolutely ADORE this book! It is so perfect for the beginning of the year when we are talking about our "schema" and background knowledge.
This book could kickstart your own "Sharing Gifts" time in your classroom. This year I want to really commit to showing my students that everyone has their own gifts and sometimes those gifts are different than what we might think.
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!