Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Math, history, and other stories
FISH FOR JIMMY: INSPIRED BY ONE FAMILY'S EXPERIENCE IN A JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT CAMP by Katie Yamasaki. Holiday House 2013.
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor during WW II, people of Japanese ancestry were rounded up and taken to relocation/internment centers. Often families were separated with me in one camp and women and children in others. Such is the case for Jimmy and his family. When father is sent off and the remainder of the family sent to another center, Jimmy refuses to eat. Hos older brother Taro manages to escape several times a week to catch fresh fish for his brother to eat. <721>
THE KINDHEARTED CROCODILE by Lucia Panzieri with illustrations by AntonGionata Ferrari. Holiday House, 2013.
A kindhearted crocodile has a tough time making friends. And so he sneaks into a house and begins to do nice things for the inhabitants: washing dishes, tidying toys, and more. By morning, the crocodile has slipped in between the pages of a book so as not to alarm them. One night, the family waits to see how all the chores are being accomplished. <722>
THE RABBIT AND THE NOT-SO-BIG-BAD WOLF by Michael Escoffer with illustrations by Kris DiGianco. Holiday House, 2013.
Rabbit warns readers of the approach of the Wolf. As he describes the creature approaching, it is apparent that the "Wolf" is not so big and bad. Might be a good companion to Maurice Sendak, especially WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. <723>
THE WING WING BROTHERS: CARNIVAL DE MATH by Ethan Long. Holiday House, 2013.
Need to teach kids about numbers: here are the Wing Wing Brothers at a carnival playing with numbers: adding, subtracting and the like by tens to and from 100. <724>