Monday, September 10, 2012

Making Connections: Books in English

Text to Self Connections

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very bad Day, by Judith Viorst
Book Cover
Every one has a bad day now and then, to which all readers can relate.

Amazing Grace, by Mary Hoffman 
cover picture
Grace learns that she can be anything she wants to be.

Cover Art - Oliver Button Is a Sissy
Oliver Button is a Sissy, by Tomie de Paola  

Oliver loves to tap dance until kids
start to make fun of him. 

and many more...

Text to Text

Fly away home, by Eve Bunting       
This is a story of a little boy and his father struggling to survive homelessness by living in an airport.

Fly Away Home


My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother
by Patricia Polacco
Sibling rivalry, of course.


The Keeping Quilt, by Patricia Polacco

The Keeping Quilt
The story of the author's ancestors, and the importance
of carrying on family traditions.

A Picture Book of Anne Frank

A Picture Book of Anne Frank (Picture Book Biography)
940.5318 FRA ADL

by David A. Adler
Pictures from Anne Frank’s family photo albums
illustrate what her life was like before and during the war,
providing mesmerizing reading for anyone interested
in Anne’s diary and her fate as a Jewish child
during World War II.
Photographs and cutaway drawings
of the secret annex explain the
Franks’ life in hiding.

Dear Willie Rudd

and many more.....

Text to World

Dear Willie Rudd
by Libba Moore Gray
A woman late in life thinks back to the things
she would have liked to have
done with her beloved black housekeeper:
go to the movies, have dinner, and
ride the bus. Segregation prevented all of this.

Grandfather's Journey

Grandfather's Journey, by Allen Say        
Like his grandfather, Allen Say feels that
“the moment I am in one country,
I am home sick for the other.”
The story moves between two cultures,
describing his grandfather’s life in Japan
and adventures in the United States.

Smoky Night
Smoky Night, by Eve Bunting
A story set during the Los Angeles riots in the 1980’s.
Two lost cats go a long way toward bringing people
together who couldn’t get along.

Front Cover
The Lotus Seed, by Sherry Garland
The story of a young woman who flees Vietnam,
taking a lotus seed as a remembrance of
the emperor and her country.
The dangerous journey, life
in a new land with her family,
and eventually being able to honor her past
and native country illustrate the importance
of memories and traditions.

When Jessie Came Across the Sea
by Amy Hest
The rabbi in Jessie’s village chooses her travel to
America to start a new life.

Front Cover
Jessie’s letters back to her beloved
tell about her new life on New York’s
Lower East Side.
Letters from Jessie are interspersed throughout the text.

and many more on display.....

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