Monday, January 13, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers

Last Week

Custer's Last Battle is a fascinating fictional treatment of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Paul Goble writes from the perspective of a young Lakota warrior named Red Hawk. Many of the descriptions are based on factual accounts. This book was written in 1969 and has been updated this year.

The Tree Lady is a picture book biography about the life of Kate Sessions. She changed San Diego by planting trees from seeds from around the world and finding other trees that would fit the climates and sub-climates in the area. This would be a terrific companion to Miss Rumphius.

Will Allen was a basketball player who became a farmer and created a movement in growing food in urban areas. This is another excellent picture book biography about someone who used gardening to make a big difference in the world.

I don't read adult books very often, but I am working my way through this one. There are many interesting stories included here. Cassius Clay (soon to be Muhammad Ali), Wilma Rudolph, Rafer Johnson, and Abebe Bikila are featured.

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