Book Journey, Jen over at Teach Mentor Texts along with Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers also host a kidlit version of It's Monday! What are You Reading?
My reading wasn't very kidlit-centric this week. I'm currently taking an American lit class that is naturally taking up a lot of my reading time so this is what I finished reading:
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
the concept of this book is interesting -- what would it be like if
there was a country full of nothing but women -- it was poorly executed.
It was all telling and no showing, and also incredibly didactic. There was no
subtlety or complexity to the narrative. I remember when I was in high
school I used to complain about metaphors and hidden meanings. Why don't
authors just come out and say what they mean? Well, after reading a
book where the author pretty much did nothing but say what she means, I
can now see THAT'S BORING! Add some complexity and nuance to the
narrative for goodness sake! I certainly would have abandoned this book
had it not been required reading for a class.
Picture book that really stood out to me last week:
Here I Am, story by Patti Kim, illustrated by Sonia Sanchez
child moves from his own country to New York City, still clinging to a
seed that reminds him of home. When he loses the seed out his window,
suddenly, he begins exploring his neighborhood in search of what he
lost, eventually finding a new friend. What a beautiful, wordless message
of being open to the wonder and beauty around you, even when it's new
and difficult to understand. As Patti Kim asks in the author's note at
the end of the book: What happens to us when we forget to be afraid?
Currently (still) reading:
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Currently (still) listening:
Dark Life by Kat Falls