Sunday, January 20, 2013

Favorite Picture Books of 2012

Tomorrow starts my first linky party - Favorite Picture Books of 2012.  We're linking up books that were published in 2012.  I've listed a few now to get ready to link them.  I'm looking forward to discovering other new books!  ~Melissa

Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon

I loved reading this one!  It's writing time and Ralph doesn't have a story.  He never does!  It seems that everyone else can think of great stories except for him.  He uses excuses to escape from the room (I've got to go to the bathroom, teacher!) and aimlessly wanders around the room "thinking".  Finally a single thought pops into his head.  Just then, the teacher wants to know if he has a story and he blurts out his one thought.  The teacher is delighted and wants him to share his story.  But, it's not a whole story...or is it?  This book is humorous and provides some examples of student writing (could help with generating story ideas).  Of course, since Ralph finally becomes a writer (yeah, Ralph!) he also shares his helpful and not-so-helpful writing tips!  I was going to share this for a writing themed linky, but it was too cute to not share it right away.

 My Heart Will Not Sit Down by Mara Rockliff

My heart will not sit down is a beautiful Bulu (Cameroon) expression that is used several times in this book.  Kedi's teacher is from America.  He tells the class that in his country there is a Great Depression and many people do not have jobs or enough food to eat.  Kedi is troubled and her heart will not sit down.  But what can one child do to help this "village" that is across the great salt river.  This touching tale was inspired by a true event from 1931.  Read the back of the book first to get some history and pronunciation help.  This book brought tears to my eyes.  The generosity of people who may not have much themselves is always a beautiful thing.  This would be a great book to teach about character traits such as empathy and generosity.

But I've Used All of My Pocket Change (Charlie and Lola series)

I have to say that about 3/4 of the way through this book, I was really disliking Lola.  You'll see what I mean when you read the book! LOL!  In a surprising turn-of-heart, she not only changes her  live-in-the-present ways but she also finds a way to help someone.  This book was cute and it had a few lessons about saving and planning.  And Charlie is such a sweet big brother!  Who knows, it might even inspire a little bit of sibling kindness!

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