Friday, February 26, 2010

Color Me Brown Links: Look at Children's titles

Every week you will find Color Me Brown Links.

Next week, we'll have all adult titles. Is alternating the type of books working for you? I've been off-line. Not feeling well. Don't worry. Full weekend coming up. I hope you check out these writers and titles:

Tarie reviews Where The Mountain Meets The Moon by Grace Lin at Asia in the Heart, World on the Mind.
Minli's story is generously sprinkled with the stories told by Ba and by the animals and people she meets. These magical stories and Minli's own story were inspired by Chinese folktales and all are connected in surprising and delightful ways.

Colleen writes a thought-provoking essay on her thoughts about Claudette Covin. I loved the discussion that ensued. We need more honest and deep reading of books. Check out "Questioning Claudette".
It is the nuances - the settlement of blame on others - that gets shaky for the historian in me. All the reasons why Claudette was overlooked by local leaders are left to Claudette to explain. It is her voice that is heard here because everyone else is pretty much absent or dead and didn't leave a paper trail on the subject.

Can't leave off Cybils finalists. Check out Aqua's take on The Secret Science Alliance at Finding Wonderland.
The story's a reasonably familiar but fun one about foiling a crook, with echoes of classic superhero tales with the kids as the heroes. As characters, the kids possessed realism in addition to humor, and each was a fully realized character with his or her own quirks and flaws.

3 comments:

Tarie said...

I learned from Colleen's blog post that I learned all the wrong things about American history. Yikes!!!

wdjenkins1 said...

"Questioning Claudette" brought up many of the questions I had about this book and all of the publicity it has received. I hope that, when this book is discussed in schools, it is used to help students understand the difference between individual action and collective, organized action. The Civil Rights Movement was not about who got credit but rather what would work. The discussion following the post is excellent.

a. fortis said...

Thanks for including me in such illustrious company in this post! Some excellent and thought-provoking Sunday reading. :)