Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
A Graphic Novel by Raina Telgemeier
Publisher: Scholastic, Graphix, 2006
ISBN #: 0-439-73933-0
Kristi Thomas decides to create a Baby-Sitters Club with three of her friends. The four girls work together to take on challenging toddlers while becoming close friends whom they can share secrets with.
My Thoughts About This Book:
While the Baby-Sitters Club series has been popular with students, I must admit that I had never read any of Ann Martin's original series. Telgemeier's adaptation was my first exposure to Kristy and her friends. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I liked that this book was a good graphic novel for girls, as so many in this genre seem to be geared toward boys. I think that for girls who are reluctant/struggling readers, this book would be ideal. The limited text, and clear uncluttered accompanying drawings allow the reader to easily follow the story. The story line was well developed and moved along at a nice pace. It also included many situations that young girls could relate to such as a mother remarrying. I think this book would make readers want to read another in the series, or read a book from the original Ann Martin series.
From Booklist: "The story has been effectively trimmed to accommodate the format (Kristy's actions and feelings are the focus), but there's still plenty of content, comedy, action, and emotion--in both the text and the art--as the kids cope with feisty toddlers and personal problems and fight with and help one another, while modeling right behavior and the ups and downs of friendship. "
Thursday, May 7, 2009
As told to Michelle R. McCann by Luba Tryszynska-Frederick
Illustrated by Ann Marshall
Publisher: Tricycle Press, 2003
ISBN #: 978-1-58246-098-7
Luba Tryszynska questioned why she was spared death as she spent her first night at the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. When she discovers a group of children hiding from the Nazi guards she has her answer. She was spared to protect these lost children. Knowing she faced execution if caught, Luba risked her life to bring food and provide shelter for these children. She succeeded in keeping them safe until the camp was liberated by British soldiers.
My Thoughts About This Book:
This story was extremely moving and inspirational. Luba truly exemplifies the definition of an angel for her selfless acts during one of the most horrific events in history. This story is well-written and Luba's voice is what you hear as you read the words. This is a story that needs to be read, and would be a must read for any unit on the Holocaust. I particularly enjoyed the afterward where the follow-up to Luba's story was shared as well as photographs. These additions helped bring the story further to life, and I enjoyed learning how the children thanked Luba for her help. Ann Marshall's oil and collage illustrations are the perfect touch for rounding out this beautiful story.
From Booklist: "Just when it seems a nonfiction Holocaust book can't tell us anything new, along comes a story like this one, an inspiring, upbeat, true rescue account that is essential to the history. Just when it seems a nonfiction Holocaust book can't tell us anything new, along comes a story like this one, an inspiring, upbeat, true rescue account that is essential to the history."