Where to begin? There are so many wonderful things to share since my last post. It has been a busy fall/winter. WE are within a week of the ALA announcements of the 2014 Caldecott and Newbery Book award winners. WE have participated in a Mock Caldecott club, in the primary grades, and a Mock Newbery club with the 3-5 grades. Everyone is very excited to see if their favorite book will win the prize.
The contenders according to the Banting Mock Caldecott Club are:
AND THE BANTING WINNER IS: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
The contenders according to the Banting Mock Newbery club are:
AND THE BANTING WINNER IS: A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff
I am so excited to kick off this new book club at Banting Elementary School in Waukesha, WI Wednesday we had our first meeting and there were 20 students and 8 teachers/parents that joined us. To all my “Nerdy Book” friends I must admit it made my heart race to put 28 books into eager hands. I want to thank all the students who patiently took their second choices and agreed to wait for the next round to grab their favorites. I hope that many of the participants check out this blog for updates so I will include some links here that I suggested at the meeting on Wednesday.
On my bookshelf on Goodreads.com under Mock Newbery 2014 I will keep a current list of all the books we are going to try to review before January. Click here.
For those interested here is a link to the American Library Associations Newbery site: ALA Newbery
I hope everyone is enjoying their new books so far. OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16, 12:00-12:45 IN MRS. BARLOW’S ROOM.
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In my pursuit of the possible Newberry prediction, this very fun book comes closer than the others I have read so far. I absolutely love the voices in this romp through the swamp. Kathi Appelt gives us the voice of the Scouts themselves (raccoon brothers), the desperate grieving Chap, the ridiculously depraved Jaeger Stitch (alligator wrestler), the amoral, greedy Sonny Beaucoup and a third person narrator with a great sense of humor. These characters only scratch the surface though. As you can imagine the bayou is full of Characters, whether they are human, humanoid, or animal. Kathi Appelt brings them all to your living room to tell their story. I have read her The Underneath and was taken by her talent in writing personification. Beyond the fun characters and their stories that are all on a crash course to merge into a fabulous tale, this book would be a wonderful model for exploring the writer’s craft. In our fourth and fifth grades we assign a unit on writing personification, or the giving human qualities to non-human or even inanimate objects. This story would be so wonderful to kick that unit off. The voice and point of view of the narrator is worthy of dissection for a mini-lesson also. Oh yes, she also has some extraordinary examples of onomatopoeia. I will let you look that one up. 🙂 All in all, I loved this book, both its story and its writing!
I have included a wonderful blog post from Kathi Applet about her writing of this fun story. http://kirbyslane.blogspot.com/2013/08/friend-friday_16.html
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