April 14, 2015 § 3 Comments
I get so excited when a child tells me he is learning to read. Part of my enthusiasm is simply that selfish, natural excitement that occurs when someone is trying something I love. Another part of my excitement is purely for the child’s sake – how many worlds are open to him now! It’s one of the most valuable aspects of a book, that ability to give the reader a window onto a new world: sometimes a “real” world, sometimes a “fantasy” world, but always a new one. The best books are usually the ones that give the reader a panoramic – and at the same time in-depth – view, or a view from a completely new angle. This Side of Home was one of those books for me. El Deafo is another.
April 9, 2015 § Leave a comment
Ms. Rapscott has founded the Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents in her lighthouse on a deliciously stormy shore, and now she watches the skies for the arrival of her first five pupils. Her pupils are delivered in boxes, of course, because they are the daughters of the Busiest Parents in the World, who certainly have no time to deliver them personally. Each of the first four boxes contains a rumpled, grumpy little girl, but the fifth – alas, Dahlia Thistle’s parents were too busy to seal the box properly, and she has been Lost. Thankfully, Ms. Rapscott has many adventures planned for her students, which include very determinedly Not Finding Dahlia Thistle.
April 7, 2015 § 2 Comments
Here are just a few of the ideas for National Library Week I’ve come up with so far.
How do you plan to celebrate?
April 6, 2015 § 2 Comments