I had another “took 2 weeks to finish it” book that I read. While technically not on the challenge list, I took a bit of a liberty. This week’s first book is….
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling. This might be the first time I have actually read the second book. I bought the box set last spring. I love the films and this book was great too! This week’s Harry Potter Thursday is about book 2, so that worked out great too.
I had read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone this past summer. So, I took a liberty and read the next book in the series as my challenge book!
I loved the book.. Come back Thursday to see my critiques of it.
My second book was a new-to-me picture book. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, by William Joyce, was amazing. The book has a wonderful story – Mr. Lessmore spends his life writing his book, until his pages fly away in a storm. He then finds a space with the most amazing books. He reads them all, takes care of them, and shares them with others. One day he finishes writing his book and retires, and the books read to him in his old age.
Gorgeous illustrations and a lesson to learn to boot makes this an excellent story. Everyone should read it!
Finally, my third book this week is Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli. This is another Newbery Medal book. It tells the story of Jeffrey “Maniac” Magee – a kid without a home, who finds his home in a variety of places along the way.
It is interesting that I chose this book during the week we read and wrote about diversity. You see, Maniac is a white orphan who ends up living among people from the black part of town, with an elderly baseball player, and with the unsupervised family of bullies. Spinelli does an excellent job of tackling the issue of race in a tactful, thought provoking manner. He uses Maniac’s internal dialogue to explore race in a childlike way. Maniac wasn’t even sure he was white for a while. He saw all different shades of browns in people – but he didn’t see a black person. The lessons he teaches Grayson are just as essential today as they were a number of years ago. This is an excellent example of the “Where am I?” books we should read to our students.
Well, that’s it for now! Have you read these books before? What did you think?
What did you read last week? Do you have suggestions for my next read? Let’s talk below….