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What I Read the Week of February 18, 2013


Perfectly PercyPerfectly Percy by Paul Schmid

Perfectly Percy is a sweet little book about Percy the Porcupine.  There is only one thing that makes Percy truly happy . . . balloons!  Obviously this creates quite the dilemma for Percy and he works really hard at looking for a solution.  Just when he thinks he has thought all of his thoughts, he comes up with the perfect solution.  The simple, light-hearted drawings are the perfect compliment to this story and are sure to put a smile on any reader’s face.  It would make a great read aloud and a wonderful mentor text for modeling problem- solution with young readers.

Grandpa GreenGrandpa Green by Lane Smith

In Grandpa Green, a young boy remembers his great grandfather walking through a garden.  What makes the garden special are the topiary creations that the great grandfather was so adept at designing.  This book pays homage to the generations who came before and help us to remember that our grandparents and great grandparents are people too and that they experienced a world we can only know through their memories.

the frank showThe Frank Show by David MacIntosh

Right after reading Grandpa Green, I picked up The Frank Show by David MacIntosh.  Like Grandpa Green, this book is a great catalyst for a discussion on grandparents.  We know our grandparents only as the older, more wrinkled versions of our parents.  As children, we often don’t realize that our grandparents were ever young and have experienced things that we read about in history books.  It wasn’t until the deaths of my grandparents when I inherited hundreds of pictures that I realized they had once been young.

Both of these books are wonderful stories to share with kids, especially in September when we celebrate Grandparents’ Day.

The Wednesday WarsThe Wednesday Wars by Gray D. Schmidt

The Wednesday Wars takes place on long Island during the 1967-1968 school year.  Holling Hoodhood is a middle school student who finds himself stuck with his English teacher every Wednesday afternoon reading Shakespeare while half of his class goes to catechism and the other half goes to temple for Bar Mitzvah classes.  Schmidt very artfully brings in the conflicts that were a part of American society at that time – the Vietnam War and flower power, as well as the traditional roles of husband and wife.  It’s a great story that addresses the issues of the time and gives the reader a look into that era of American history.  And despite the sometimes heavy and intense topics, Schmidt infuses that wonderful middle school humor and take on life throughout the book.  I listened to the audio book and there is just something about listening to a story told from the perspective of a middle school student that is incredibly enjoyable.  Gary D. Schmidt is a new author for me, but I will definitely be looking for more of his work at my local library.

DivergentDivergent by Veronica Roth

Wow!!! What can I say?  This book was phenomenal!  I never thought I was much of a dystopia reader, but after discovering The Hunger Games a couple of years ago and now Divergent, it might be time for me to reconsider the genre.  I love that the story was set in Chicago.  Having visited the Windy City twice, it was easy for me to picture the different events taking place.  Even thought some of the relationships and events were quite predictable, it’s definitely an action-packed book.  I had been avoiding starting it because I had a feeling I wouldn’t want to put down the almost 500-page book and I was absolutely right.  There weren’t ever really any dull moments.  Whether we were waiting for Beatrice to make her choice or anxiously waiting to see what the training component will be, Roth has definitely created a page turner and I can’t wait to read Insurgent.

Other Books I Read this Week:

Mustache   Peace

I’m Currently Listening to The Secret of the Fortune Wookie (Origami Yoda #3) by Tom Angleberger.

The Secret of the Fortune Wookie