Our October Booklist

Our theme for this month is

Fall Leaves

Here is a booklist to take to your local library.  It’s full of our favorite books including my latest find – and what a find it is.  Fall Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow.  Please find this book and experience the beauty of the illustrations as you enjoy a walk through the woods.   All of our activities on TheFirefliesClassroom.com will be based on this book.   Join us!

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Book review: Charlotte’s Web

Author: E.B. White
Illustrator: Garth Williams

It’s ironic that I chose this book as one of my favorite children’s books, being that the heroine is the very thing I fear the most – a spider! And yet Charlotte has become a cherished friend over the years, more so with each reading of this endearing story.

As a first grade teacher, I gathered my students on the carpet after recess each afternoon and for weeks read this book aloud to them.  We sectioned off our room to make room for our (gallon milk cartons painted pink) “pigs,” and hung “spiders” from the ceiling. Why? Having grown up in Iowa, around farms, pigs, haylofts, and county fairs, I yearned for my students to gain an insight into this totally new world.  By the time we had finished the book, most of the kids were wanting pigs for pets. Wilbur had certainly become more than just “SOME PIG”  to them.  Even Templeton, the rat who never did anything for anybody unless there was something in it for him, learns about friendship. It is the story of the magic of childhood on a farm, of Fern, the little girl who understands the language between the animals.

Will Charlotte’s clever plan to save Wilbur’s life work? Let’s just say both the book and the ending are “TERRIFIC!”

 

Mary Byrne Kline

Miss Nelson is Missing

What a great book to compliment Gil’s latest Heritage2Legacy podcast, My Favorite First (Controlling) Teacher.  If you haven’t met Miss Nelson and/or Viola Swamp then let me be the first to introduce you to them both.    And don’t forget to listen to our August H2L podcast HERE!

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Miss Nelson is Missing
Author:  Harry Allard
Illustrator:  James Marshall

Summary

A classroom of unruly students treat their caring and lovely teacher with complete disrespect. They throw spit balls during story-time and refuse to sit in their seats during math. They take advantage of their teacher’s good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute. Near her wits’ end, Miss Nelson doesn’t come to school one day. Instead, the kids have a vile substitute–the nasty Viola Swamp–who loads the boys and girls with homework and never gives them a story hour. By the time Miss Nelson finally returns, the children are so grateful they behave well. But now Viola Swamp is missing…

Viola Swamp

Pictures From Our Vacation

Pictures From Our Vacation
Author and Illustrator: Lynne Rae Perkins

SNAP! With their new cameras

SNAP! a brother and sister SNAP! take pictures of their family vacation.

But when they look back at their photographs they see: the back of Dad’s head, feet (not sure whose), a container of noodles. 

Even the motel was disappointing: no water in the pool, the badminton racquets were shaped like potato chips, it rained for days. When the family goes to visit relatives at the farm, everything changes.  Tasting strawberry and whipped cream dessert and making memories with cousins fills their hearts and minds with pictures like no camera ever could.

“It’s hard to take a picture of a story someone tells, or what it feels like when you’re rolling down a hill or falling asleep in a house full of cousins and uncles and aunts.  Those kinds of pictures I can keep in my mind.”

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This is a great book to share with children as they come back to school after summer break to ignite “What I Did on My Summer Vacation” discussions and journal writings.   We also chose it for our July H2L book prompt!

Mary Byrne Kline