A wise man once told me that book awards many times reward the second best book (a theory based in voting procedures.) That aside, I truly enjoyed reading this year’s Newbery award winner Moon Over Manifest by Claire Vanderpool. A historical fiction set in the time of the Depression, young 12 year old Abilene finds herself in a new town without her dad. Some reviewers have felt that the book has a slow start, but I rather enjoyed the pace since it seemed to match the small town life during Abilene’s first summer in Manifest. The last moments of the book left me with bittersweet emotions and a true love of the characters I met along the way.
Have you read an e-book yet? This summer I got serious about using my IPad as an e-reader and while I missed the feel of a traditional book, the portability was key. The South Orange library offers e-books through a program called Overdrive. You can download the program on a computer or as I did with an app and then check out books (for free). Maplewood Library has recently switched vendors as well and I need to investigate their process.
The summer is winding down and I am quickly reading all of the books that I can. Don’t forget to try an e-book or an audiobook this summer as one more option!
Marjane Satrapi’s story of her childhood in Iran plays out beautifully in this black and white graphic novel. While this book is most likely best suited for a high school reader, adults who question the validity of the comic form would be well served to “read” this book. Media literacy of today includes not only the written word, but images on tv, film and the internet. My knowledge of Iran circa 1980 was slim and I am a better person for experiencing this tale.
Frequently, I am asked what I am reading and this week my summer reading has included the latest issue of School Library Journal, August 2011. This has led me to read about and download the free app ShowMe. ShowMe is an interactive whiteboard that you can use to demonstrate or learn a concept. There is even a feature for recording the lesson. I created a basic lesson below on how to shelve a picture book. Just as we teach student’s to watch their um’s and eh’s, I too am aware now of my comfort filler words and have become the student. As I play with this app more, I am excited to share it’s functionality.
This past week, I had the oppoortunity to watch the final Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 and it was indeed magical. As a fierce supporter of the books, I have always had a tenuous relationship with the film adaptations. I did see the first film the night it opened, but then quickly lost interest. You see, like so many fans, my vision of Hogwarts and all that IS magical was too precious to risk. That being said, when I discovered that I was to watch the film for a class, I couldn’t be unprepared. I took part in a Potter marathon of sorts and braced myself for the final film.
There are still those who have not experienced the film so I will save the details and my thoughts on matters Harry Potter. Simply speaking…. I laughed, I cried and I cheered for the boy wizard, his friends and all that is good in the world.
So… I now come to Pottermore. If you have not heard of it, watch J.K. Rowling’s introduction for I am excited for October.