Blogging is still new to me and I am noticing that I am posting more in my head than I am actually posting in real life on the blog. So, it is Monday and I really, really, really do want to share what I will be reading this week.
The book that I just read in the few minutes I just had sparked me to write this post. I am only a chapter in. It’s that good.
The book is Fleabrain Loves Franny by Joanne Rocklin and it has my head and heart in a swirl. I knew it was going to have something to do with one of my all-time favorite classic give-it-as-a-present books, Charlotte’s Web but I didn’t know that it was going to lead me to do something else (like finally write another post!).
Here’s what happened while I read:
1) Stared admiringly at the cover (love the cover that goes around to the back) and hoped I wouldn’t spill or smudge on the beautiful paper that it is .
2) Opened it up to start reading and saw from the Contents that this was going to be a Historical Fiction-which I was not expecting but intrigued
3) The small little insect that is so life like I tried to brush it off of the paper. Yes, I really did.
4) Found out that Franny was in the Children’s Hospital and that
5) She had polio. I have a book bin titled “Diseases” with books about Dr. Salk and Polio and the Iron Lungs. I am completely thinking I have to read this book to kids and investigate Polio and the Iron Lung with them…
6) The nun, named Sister Ed, comes in like I do in my own classroom (heart is beaming!!) with a book that was just published named Charlotte’s Web to read aloud to Franny while she is in the Iron Lung.
Ok…so now I’m thinking, oh my gosh. I am going to have to read Charlotte’s Web, investigate polio with nonfiction texts and read aloud Fleabrain Loves Franny. I am now going to offer an afterschool club. I don’t know what it will be called but it will involve these books. Maybe it will be called “Some Books” :).
Just when I thought I knew which books I was going to share with my class for read-alouds, writers continue to foil my plans with their stories that just begged to be shared and discussed and loved. But, seriously, I hope the writers never stop.
Other books I am reading:
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (trying not to read this one too fast…)
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
Just finished: Half a World Away by Cynthia Kadohata