During the first week of my month-long quest to absorb more children’s literature I read a wide variety of selections: poetry collections and stories, picture books, short stories, fiction and non-fiction. I am ready to return these books to the library and grab a whole new stack to continue on my way.
SOOOOOOOO many books…SOOOOOOOOO little time!
Here is a brief overview of the books from Week 1. I would have to say that Fold Me a Poem was my favorite for the week. The illustrations were beautiful and I like the connection between simple folds and “a few spare words.”
Fold Me A Poem is a beautiful picture book written in poetry about a boy, his origami creations and their adventures at home. The author’s inspiration came from observing “a young boy skillfully folding origami animals from a stack of brightly colored paper…she was struck by the similarities between origami and poetry-how a few spare words, carefully chosen, can bring a scene to life, and how a few small folds, artfully made, can bring a sheet of paper to life.”
MATH-terpieces and Lessons that Count: Math Fables by Greg Tang
Author, Greg Tang, shares that his mission is “to make math fun.” He hopes to “encourage kids to think of numbers in a more creative way,” and in both these books he seems to be on the right track. Math Fables is not your everyday counting book. Tang introduces the numbers and then extends the concept of counting by introducing other combinations of the same number through short stories. Similarly in MATH-terpieces, master art work inspires counting and again grouping.
For example, Edgar Degas’ “Ballet Rehearsal on Stage” challenges young readers to come up with 3 combinations of ballet slippers to total 7. (1+4+2, 5+2, 4+3) These books make for a fun parent-child read and lap activity to start young children on the right path for number sense. While I haven’t read any of the other books in Tang’s collection I would recommend them because I think they are a fun and engaging way to encourage math sense at a young age…always a good thing!
More stories from On Her Way
“The Story Quilt” begins with a young girl and her mother going through things in the attic that belong to her aging grandmother. They come upon a musty, threadbare quilt stitched years ago by her grandmother. Each piece of fabric incorporated into the quilt reminds them of a story.
“Rabbit Stew” is a young girl’s reflections on her family’s trek along the Oregon Trail and a personal encounter with ‘an Indian man sitting on a painted pony.’