Monday, August 31, 2015

This Weeks Reading List (2)

Alright folks, I'm gonna jump right in here. Last week was a little crazy for me. Not only did I change my major but I dropped most of my classes and switched them out with other ones. Now I have 3 online classes, two of which are psych, I'm not sure how this is gonna go down. I underestimated the amount of articles that would be required for me to read, so I have 4 books on my Children's Lit reading list for the week and 1 book for my YA Lit class.

Reading List!
Sugar (chapter book)
by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Inside-Out Grandma a Hanukkah Story (picture book)
by Joan Rothenberg

Private and Confidential A Story About Braille (picture book)
written by Marion Ripley illustrated by Colin Backhouse

The Scar (picture book)
written by Charlotte Moundlic illustrated by Olivier Tallec

My YA book for this week and next week is:
Jumpstart the World
by Catherine Ryan Hyde

With such a short list, I should be adding something in later for YA, but I just want to get though this week without crying myself to sleep every night. On Thursday I will post my reading response for Children's Literature and I'll post my assignment for Jumpstart the World by it's due date, September 14th.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

"What I Saw and How I Lied" Plot Synopsis

This week for my YA Lit class, I had to read What I Saw and How I Lied and write a plot synopsis. I will be posting a reading list for the week soon, probably. Since I had to change my schedule around, I am now taking YA Lit as well as Children's Lit so my reading lists will be combined. For today, I am simply posting my plot synopsis and maybe updating my LibraryThing.


What I Saw and How I Lied By Judy Blundell
A book that is meant to be devoured all at once, What I Saw and How I Lied takes one on the twists and turns of a young girl’s post World War II life. Normally a 15 year old girl would be ecstatic to have her father home from the war and young Evie is just that, for a while. Everything changes when Evie’s father, Joe, who is continually dodging calls from a mystery man, takes the family on a spur of the moment trip down to Florida. Things are going wonderfully for Evie as she meets her first love, Peter, an older man of 23 who treats her with such kindness that she can’t help but swoon. With her mother as chaperone, the three spend a lot of time together until Evie’s mother catches them necking and all hell breaks loose. Peter, in a fit of honesty comes clean to Evie about his shady past with her father while overseas, he had been the man Joe had been trying to avoid. Even the weather gets involved in this family matter. With a hurricane on the way Evie’s mother and father take Peter out on dangerous waters. They emerge after the storm, but without Peter who had supposedly fallen overboard. Police and townsfolk are suspicious and an inquiry begins with Evie’s businesslike father and bombshell mother at the center. Evie learns of an affair, Peter wasn’t her love, he was her mothers. To protect what remains of her family, Evie must lie on the stand. She does what she must to protect what she needs.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Reading Response and a Note

Okay, I have a confession to make. I may have overestimated the amount of books I can read in a week while still attending classes and doing other homework. Oops? Well anyway, I have copy/pasted my reading response for the last week here. And yes, thank you, I see that I only got through 3 of my proposed 8 books. I'll soon be reading more as I just changed my schedule completely around. I have dropped most of my classes because it turns out that I don't need them. Yay! No more science! But, where there is give, there is take and I am now taking another literature class, this one focus' on adolescent literature. Very cool. I've read a couple of the books already for this class, so I think it's going to be a ton of fun.

Reading Response #1
As this weeks theme is teacher/student relationships, two of the book’s I’ve read focus on that topic. The almost heartbreaking steadfastness of the teachers portrayed in these books is nothing short of amazing. I hope that I both will live up to the women portrayed and that I will never have to experience the sort of hardships through which they have gone.

Teacher/Student Relationships
Dear America: My Face to the Wind The Diary of Sarah Jane Price, A Prairie Teacher
Broken Bow, Nebraska, 1881
by Jim Murphy
In My Face to the Wind, young Sarah Jane is left parentless when her father dies of diptheria. Left on her own at only 14, she must find a way to stay in the place she feels is her home and lands on being a teacher as was her father. This is the set up for a child’s journey from student to teacher.
An interesting tale that many children could enjoy, the student teacher relationships in this book are strained at first since the teacher in question is only 14. This book shows that there are many paths to being a teacher and that every teacher was once a student. This is a necessary lesson for both adults and children to learn. Teachers don’t pop out fully formed educating machines, they learn and grow from their own experiences. Throughout her teaching, Sarah Jane grades herself on her ability to teach, starting with low grades and getting better as she learns what her students need to thrive. On a personal note, I read many of the Dear America books as a child. The diary gives a wonderful bit of insight to another time and the historical notes are always fascinating to young minds.

The Children of Topaz
The Story of a Japanese-American Internment Camp, Based on a Classroom Diary
by Michael O. Tunnell and George W. Chilcoat
A book that would be a shocking read for any child, Topaz  is better suited for older children. Though the authors try to use simple language, the emotions evoked by this book and the content surrounding make it much better suited for 4th graders on up.
Topaz shares the amazing resilience of children and the stoic-ness of teachers. In this book one is shown how true horrors may be overcome with the help of a teacher’s guiding hand. This wonderful woman provided a much needed outlet for her children. Not only did she give them an education, she gave them a safe haven, to talk about their experiences and to let them out in creative and healthy ways. This student teacher relationship is a very special one, different because of prejudice and circumstance, but most amazing in character.

Off Topic Book(s)
Eat Your Peas, Ivy Louise
written & illustrated by Leo Landry
For this book, I took the time to read it aloud to a friend over Skype. The book was simply too wonderfully silly to not be read aloud.  
The short story of Ivy Louise gives the reader a glimpse into a child’s magical imagination. In her mind, peas can come to life and be circus performers! This isn’t simply the story of a child not wanting to eat her peas and making a mess, oh no. This is a story of a toddler that is so willfully imaginative that she could not possibly eat her new friends that put on such a lovely show for her, she must set them free! This book shows that not every mess is mischievous, sometimes messes are peas in a circus.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

This Week's Reading List (1)

Today was my second day back at school and it was pretty wonderful. I do have a massive reading list for my Children's Lit class and I will be having a new reading list each week to meet my goal of at least 7 books a week. I will also be posting my reading responses for each week. This week's theme is Teacher/Student relationships and though not all of the books fit in that category, I'm sure that they will all be fun.

All of these books must be read and written about by Thursday. I hope to post early so that I can get a little feedback before I turn in the assignment.

Dear America: My Face to the Wind The Diary of Sarah Jane Price, A Prairie Teacher
Broken Bow, Nebraska, 1881
by Jim Murphy

Sahara Special
by Esme Raji Codell

Counting on Grace
by Elizabeth Winthrop

The Children of Topaz
The Story of a Japanese-American Internment Camp, Based on a Classroom Diary
by Michael O. Tunnell and George W. Chilcoat

Eat Your Peas, Ivy Louise
written & illustrated by Leo Landry

Inside-Out Grandma A Hanukkah Story
written & illustrated by Joan Rothenberg

Private and Confidential A Story About Braille
written by Marion Ripley illustrated by Colin Backhouse