books of value in the school and home
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The Truthful Harp A children's fable. Well written with whimsy. It has a great lesson on truth, as in not stretching it, but also in loving your neighbor. The illustrations are very imaginative and would be a great art lesson involving Japanese brush painting as well as printing. c. 1967
Margaret Embry wrote a book called Shadi (the touchstones won't come up because I can't type the accents above the a and the i). Written for youth, the subject matter may be objectionable to some, but I felt it was useful in explaining the difficulties that Dine (Navajo) children have living in two cultures. It also illustrates the different views of the two cultures. It is helpful if you know more of the Dine, but this would be a good start. The subject matter includes alcoholism, some discussion of the parentage of a child, neglectful parents and a mis-representation of the Gospel. I would recommend this as a book to read together with children 10 and older and have discussions with them. It may be somewhat out of date, as the copyright is 1971
There just aren't many multi-cultural collections of fairy tales, myths and folklore out there. Between this and Jane Yolen's Favorite Folktales from Around the World (Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library) I feel like we have a great selection right at home when we're studying an area. Yes, I'm one of those that firmly believe in keeping a number of books on hand, ready to use (just look at my library!).
Other books that I feel are worth having are Ten Kings: And The Worlds They Rule by Milton Meltzer as well as Ten Queens.
I'm very big on having biographies, fairy tales, myths and folklore available!
: ) Jessica
I love the Scholastic series, "If you were there when.......". I have several, signing the Constitution, pioneer life, etc. They really give the kids a nice wiew of life during that time period.
I also love the book Honey for a Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt. It has really refocused my love for reading and reading aloud with my family. As the little ones get a little older, I'm hoping that I will be able to get my hubby more interested in reading also.
I've been keeping an eye on this group, because I think I probably go through the same stuff as you, though I deal with roughly ten kids at a time. I used to only teach teens, but I'm amazed at how much fun it is to teach five year olds how to read. Fascinating, too. It's also a great excuse for me to start buying kids' books again.
I think the books that inspire children to read are different from those we use to teach them certain subjects, though there can certainly be crossovers. I love to find books for reading to take the place of textbooks, so that whole learning can take place. I hope this thread will include books from both categories.
Hi Hera! Good to "see" you here :) Teaching children one day a week can be a real challenge, but fun too. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a child wake up to the world of books!