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Sometimes in my daily travels I come across some real gems. Here are two:

This book is delightful with lots of opportunities for connecting, questioning and inferring. Orange Peel was born in China and moves to the US or Canada. At school she is asked many questions about her birth country but she doesn’t know the answers. Curious to find out, she goes to visit all the people she knows who were also born in China. Each person tells her something about her birthplace and secretly slips something into her pocket. Great for learning a a few facts about China and perhaps a good launch for some research. Also great for connecting: we discussed who was born somewhere else (China, Vietnam, Sweden, Ontario, Afghanistan), who had another name (many), and who spoke other languages (many). 

Another thing I loved about this book is that in the illustrations Orange Peel’s mother is clearly caucasion and she is Chinese, yet there is nothing in the text to explain. The class discussed many possible options including adoption, Orange Peel’s father being Chinese, and her mother actually being asian but dies her hair blonde, etc. Although becoming increasingly easier, it is still difficult to find a mix of ethnicities/visible minorities in children’s literature unless it is a ‘cultural’/ ‘multicultural’ or folklore book.

in case you need to clarify some things with your twenty-first century learners:

It’s a Book by Lane Smith.

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Ida B

I am rereading this lovely story of a home schooled girl who not only talks to, but listens to trees. And brooks. At Seymour School, Ms. Gelson and I ran a book club with keen students at lunch. We have read many wonderful stories in the past 2.5 years and I just couldn’t imagine not participating. The book club, that now includes Strathcona’s own Ms. Shepherd-Dynes, is reading Ida B and I can’t help but read along. The book club started posting responses this year on the blog…

Some of our Book Club selections:


The Grave

The Skull of Truth

The Higher Power of Lucky, an award winning book, is currently in the middle of a censorship debate for the use of this word. I have to admit to being disappointed in some of my fellow librarians and teachers. And I highly recommend this book.

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