All posts tagged chapter books for third graders

Book that Changed Robert F. Kennedy, Jr’s Life…Really!

My Side of the Mountain By Jean Craighead George

If you ever truly wondered if books are living changing, I give you this forward by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. from Frightful’s Mountain:

“…I thought the Craigheads might be the only family in America that was having more fun than the Kennedys. Obssessed with falcons as I was from birth, I read My Side of the Mountain in 1964. … I entered Millbrook upstate New York drawn by its informal falconry program….My experience as a young falconer accounts in large part for my lifelong devotion to raptors and my continued interest in natural history….My years as a falconer helped drive my own career choice as an environmental lawyer and advocate. The knowledge and experience I acquired from falconers have marked my life and made me a far more effective advocate on nature’s behalf.” Read more…

Pippi Longstocking meets Anne of Green Gables

Strong Role Models for Girls in Chapter Books

Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath is Pippi Longstocking meets Anne of Green Gables combined with a Newbery Honor Award full of entertaining characters living in a small fishing village in Canada. Everyone in Coal Harbor, British Columbia is convinced that  11-year-old Primrose Squarp is an orphan after her mother sets sail after her fisherman  father during a big storm and both don’t return except Primrose who knows they will return deep inside her heart.  Her uncle Jack is recruited to take care of her and he is convinced that Coal Harbor can be converted from a dying fishing village to a tourist destination.  Primrose’s faith in her parents’ return tests the patience of those around her as she fails to accept their “death” by asking the doubters, “Didn’t you ever believe anything just because you knew it was true?” Read more…

Immigrant Story: In The Year of the Boar

Immigration Books for 4th Grade

My 4th grader is doing a unit on immigration at school and everyone in her grade is reading one of four books. In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson is not one of the books, but, nevertheless, it’s also a story about immigration and adjustment from an 8-year-old perspective. Granted, Shirley Temple Wong who emigrates with her mother to join her engineer father in Brooklyn, New York, has the “white-collar, educated Asian” immigrant experience. This includes a graduate degree in science or math for the father, a place to live, food to eat, and, sometimes, a loving, intact family. Read more…

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Best Asian American Children’s Authors

Grace Lin is the children’s literature version of Amy Tan. Her latest chapter book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, is her best yet.  She weaves Chinese folk tales into a tapestry of stories where the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts.   There is always a  sweetness and  innocence to her writing; there are always loving parents and children learning to believe in themselves and their culture. Read more…