By Lindasy Mattick
This is the true story of how the beloved character Winnie the Pooh came to be. I read a lot of picture books, and am picky about the ones I actually buy. Finding Winnie is one to own, and is a story for all ages. Harry Coleburn, a World War I veterinarian on his way to war, saves a black bear cub from the hands of a trapper. Is this the ideal time to take on a bear cub? No, but as Harry wrestles with his decision to save the cub he finally succumbs to what his heart thinks is right, "Then his heart made up his mind." An inspiring reminder to follow our hearts when faced with life's choices, even when it doesn't seem to make the most sense at the time.
During a trip to the rain forest, it was Kate's observation of an Alemendro Tree that sparked the idea for Tree of Wonder. There are so many layers to this book--themes of interconnectedness, math in real life, and nonfiction blurbs on each species mentioned in the tree.
A book that reminds us that what seems scary at first can often become something wonderful.
Any student who has had to do a factual report for school will relate to this book. The main character puts in minimal effort for an assigned report for school on polar bears. It's only when she actually meets the bear and spends a day experiencing the polar bear's life that she is truly inspired to share all that she has learned. I LOVE this book!
I loved this book!! Set in Paris, The Story of Diva and Flea is a short chapter book that centers on themes of courage and bravery. Through the instantly likable characters Diva and Flea, Mo Willems skillfully shows that stepping out of your comfort zone can result in great rewards. If I had my own classroom, I would definitely read this aloud with my class.
Olive and Beatrix is part of a newish series of books from Scholastic called Branches. These books are marketed as illustrated early chapter books that grow readers. There are pictures on every page, minimal text, lot's of labels, and speech bubbles. I like Olive and Beatrix and I think girls and boys will like it too. The main characters are twin girls, one who loves science and one who loves magic. Their best friend is Eddie, who helps them get out of the messes they find themselves in. I will also be purchasing the second Olive and Beatrix book: The Super Smelly Moldy Blob.
I loved the first Bunjitsu Bunny and used it with my 2nd grade intervention class last year. Bunjitsu Bunny's Best Move is the second book in this early chapter book series. Each chapter offers a life lesson at the end. The last part of the book teaches the reader how to make an origami bunny face, and there's also a Bunjitsu Code for readers to follow. I hope there are more Bunjitsu Bunny books to come.
Have a great week of reading.