Friday, June 29, 2018

A book about overcoming worry!

Jack's worry shrinks when he shares it with his mom and they talk it out. (He is afraid of playing his trumpet at a concert because he might make mistakes.) Because his worry has dissipated, he is able to go on and encourage his fellow players at the concert so their worries shrink, too. I loved how obvious this book was to my youngest story time patrons as they watched the worry grow big and small based upon the situation.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A celebration of ART and READING!

This gorgeous book contains 23 paintings from global art galleries that show people reading. The small text tells us about the title of the painting, the artist, the year it was painted, and the art gallery (& city where it is featured). The large text is in rhyme and talks about the enjoyment of reading in many different places. Today, with 6th grade, we discussed that the Cezanne painting about reading the news is not seen much anymore. People are reading the news on their devices. But surely, we will see images of people reading on devices more prevalently in our society shortly. We also discussed the page where a person has received and is reading a letter. We talked about how it may be a dying art, but receiving a letter is a pretty special event! Some other artists that were included and familiar to the students: Van Gogh, Degas, Hopper, Rembrandt, and Picasso. A true "find" in this book: The Bookworm by Carl Spitzweg from 1850 and is @ the Milwaukee Public Library!