In eerily similar circumstances, young Navajo Americans were forced to relocate to attend boarding school where great attempts were made by the school to purge them of their ethnic identity, particularly their language. Both children’s books that are featured talk about harsh punishments for speaking in their native tongue. This forced relocation is not unlike the Japanese Americans during WWII. Is this really America, the home of the free?! This is the ugly underbelly that doesn’t get much press coverage. Am I the only one who didn’t learn about the Navajo Code Breakers at school in U.S. History? I am glad for these books to teach a new generation, and our nation, that the differences that make us unique make our country more powerful. Imagine if that boarding school were successful in wiping out the Navajo language? It’s really not inconceivable if the timing of the war were different!
This is the list for Week 5:
adorable: The baby was so adorable that everyone wanted to hug him.
enormous: An elephant is an enormous animal.
resist: I could not resist eating the cookies because they smelled so good.
lonely: The little girl sitting by herself on the swings seemed very lonely.
annoyed: I was annoyed when my brother talked to me while I was in the middle of playing a memory game.
gregarious: Tonya was very gregarious and was always inviting friends over to play.
If your daughter is ready to move on the Rainbow Fairy series (or if you are doing shared reading and this repetitive series is making you crazy), this would be an upgrade. Greek mythology purists like my eldest should read Edith Hamilton’s books instead but this is a fun series for grades 1-4.
Sent in by Chris Chu, the architect for This Old House’s Auburndale project. There are these gorgeous photos by Adele Enersen that have been going around through email. They are amazing and so creative. Adele is a computer specialist from Finland.
This is a really cool way to chose a book for your child. Play the trailer … yes, just like a movie trailer but on a quality children’s book! The list is extensive! This is great for reluctant readers!
As for my second hand saturday, please leave a comment to win. I will email the winners to get their mailing addresses. I will chose the winner based on your comment of WHY YOU WANT and NEED THE BOOK. I just want to get the book into the right hands!
What is great about these award winning books is that many are discounted at Amazon now. It was also fun to read posts by experts A Fuse #8 Production and Amanda Stuckmeyer, a former Newbery judge, predicting winners for many of these awards. And they were dead on. The Newbery winner was the biggest surprise for me as I’d never heard of the book or author nor did it pop up in any mock Newbery contests. I’m excited to chase down these books and read them. I love it when good books are screened for me, keeps the riff raff out of my house! What books have you read and what books from this list are on your list to read, either for yourself or your child?
There was also much consternation from the Asian American community who bemoaned the set backs in stereotyping that Amy Chua’s hoopla is causing. It’s true. Growing up Asian in America means to most of us, imagery that includes thick glasses, school yard teasing and/or fights, and strange packed lunches. In the realm of children’s literature, this is slowly starting to change in an exciting way and now there are books that actually reflect what it means to be an Asian American child in America.
How important is it to teach math to the gifted? I received this article from my husband who received it from our School Committee neighbor in Newton. The stats are alarming … for the U. S. with its emphasis on leaving no child behind is not doing a good job at the gifted in math and the result will be a loss of human capital which does not bode well.
How is your school doing teaching math for your kids? If your child excels at math, is your school keeping your child engaged or do you do supplementation as an extracurricular. And if so, what are you doing?