Wow what a week this has been returning to work. One snow day, a late opening and then yesterday's snowfall that went into the overnight. What a nice time to hunker down and read a few good books. In between shoveling that is. Yuck!
So watching the snow and ice coating the trees and in between lesson planning, I read High Spirits by Dianne Salerni. This is a romantic, (yes I cried), historical fiction book about the Spiritualist movement in the mid 19th century. If you want to read about the the clever Fox sisters from history, stay tuned for a ghostly rapping review later this week. Next, I read Red Clay, Blood River is a historical fiction novel by William Everett and his novel about the Trail of Tears and the Great Trek in Africa.
The review for this will be published later. I received several surprises in the mail this week, giving me a lot of catching up to do. I hope there will be a few more snow days this month to help me out. LOL
Anyway, I have an incredible picture book to share with you called, The World That Loved Books, by Steve Parlato. I am going to treasure this masterpiece and I'm telling you the little picture graphic I have hear is just not going to do his art justice. Please take a look at this book the next time you are in a bookstore! This is a copy of one of the posters available on his website and is the artwork for his cover.
The World that Loved Books
Simply Read Books
Welcome to my world....
At least that's what I thought when I read the beginning of The World That Loved Books, by Stephen Parlato.
From the opening page:
"There once was a world where everyone loved books, even the animals. Everyone loved to read so much that when they read their books they became what they read."
Bravo! This book was so spectacular I read it slowly savoring every memorable morsel of text and the intricate illustrations that honestly should be framed mounted and hung in an art gallery. This author and illustrator understands the importance of providing a simple text with everyday vocabulary. Each couplet with the complementary detailed drawing stand alone, but together they will fascinate students, engage their thinking and stimulate questions and ideas. The book will be enjoyed by all students, whether the student is an auditory or verbal learner, ELL, special needs, gifted and talented or in the mainstream classroom. Mr. Parlato's text and collages are an oxymoron of simple elaboration.
Once you read this book you will love reading it to your class. You will garner ways to use it in lessons and realize it is an essential part of your classroom library. Anyone who loves books or struggles to get others to read will cherish The World that Loved Books by Stephen Parlato, an exceptionally creative master.
Thank you Stephen for sending me this autographed review copy and poster. I am so lucky!