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Diego Rivera: His World and Ours / My Papa Diego and Me

November 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | November | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Diego Rivera: His World and Ours / My Papa Diego and Me)

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Diego Rivera: His World and Ours
by Duncan Tonatiuh. Abrams, 2011

My Papa Diego and Me: Memories of My Father and His Art by Guadalupe Rivera Marín. Children’s Book Press, 2009

 

 

1. What was important to Mexican artist Diego Rivera and how did it appear in his art?

2. How has your childhood been similar to Guadalupe’s? What picture would your Mom and Dad draw about you?

3. If you could paint a mural, what everyday activity would you recreate?

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Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup

November 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | November | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup)

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Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup by Jorge Argueta. Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng. Groundwood, 2009

1. Does your family have any favorite foods that you make?

2. What did the child need to make soup?

3. A simile is a comparison using the words “like” or “as”. (For example: an onion yellow as the dawn). Can you find more similes in this story?

Loon Baby/Gracias

November 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | November | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Loon Baby/Gracias)

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Loon Baby
by Molly Beth Griffin.  Illustrated by Anne Hunter.  Houghton Mifflin, 2010

1. How does Loon Baby feel when he thinks his mother isn’t coming back?

2. What does Loon Baby learn how to do?

3. Loon Baby and his mother have a “soft, warm nest.” What is soft and comfortable for you? What do you snuggle with?

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Gracias / Thanks
by Pat Mora. Illustrated by John Parra. Translated by Adriana Dominguez. Lee & Low, 2009

1. Who are some people who make you happy?

2. What are some things that you are thankful for?

3. Draw a picture of something that makes you happy or thankful.

Dark Water

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Dark Water by Laura McNeal. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010

1. How would the story change if it were told from Amiel’s perspective?
2. Describe how Pearl sees two worlds.
3. How does Pearl’s vision change over the course of the book?

Cosmic

November 1st, 2011 | Posted by in November | Middle School | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Cosmic)

Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce. U.S. edition: HarperCollins, 2010

1. How would Liam define the role of being a dad at the book’s beginning? Do you think his definition has changed by the story’s end? If so, how?
2. In some ways, Florida seems superficial. What evidence suggests otherwise?
3. Why is it important to continue to explore space?

Books for Middle School Age

Rickshaw Girl

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Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins. Charlesbridge, 2007

1. How did Naima change throughout the story?
2. How does Naima’s art help her and her family?
3. How did Naima and her family’s ideas about girls change from the beginning to the end of the story? Why do you think they changed?

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Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same

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Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same by Grace Lin. Little, Brown, 2010

1. How are Ling and Ting alike?
2. How are Ling and Ting different?
3. Which do you think it is better to eat with: chopsticks or fork? Why?

Pecan Pie Baby

November 1st, 2011 | Posted by in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | November | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on Pecan Pie Baby)

Pecan Pie Baby Book coverPecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Putnam, 2010

1. “Pecan Pie Baby” is a nickname. Do you or does anyone you know have nicknames?
2. Why do you think Gia isn’t as excited about the baby as everyone around her seems to be?
3. Gia enjoys doing a lot of things with the adults in her life. What do you enjoy doing with the adults in your life?
4. What do you think Gia and the baby will do together?

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