"A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face....It is one of the few havens remaining where [your] mind can get both provocation and privacy."Congratulations goes out to none other than our famous Susanna Leonard Hill! Thanks for playing! And her reward? A choice of two different picture books. Today's review happens to be the book she chose! ENJOY!
READ-4-LUCK acts as a book recommendation, book review, teaching tip, and writing lesson for children, parents, teachers, and writers. This fun weekly feature began back in October 2010 with four books. It has since evolved into one book each week. In November 2011, I joined up with Susanna Leonard Hill and her Perfect Picture Book Fridays (PPBF).
= Not bad. Might read twice.
= Fun read first few times. Would get from library again.
= Very enjoyable. Wouldn't mind owning a copy.
= Awesome! Never tiresome for children, parents, teachers, or writers. May just have to buy it.
This week's pick is Drops of Life by Esko-Pekka Tiitinen and illustrated by Nikolai Tiitinen.
"This fable is a warm and happy tale about the importance of cooperation. It is also a well-known children's play that has been performed in over eighty countries, originating in Finland."
Publisher: Cuento de Luz
Word Count: long
Book Level: 4.2 ?
Book Level: 4.2 ?
Topic: animals and the environment
Even though the town had grown large, the old owl still sat in the Town Hall tower, reminiscing about his youth when his friends roamed the meadows and he was able to scare them with his swoops.
"In those days we played wonderful games!" the owl sighed. "You spread your wings and life was one big celebration. Hoo! Hoo! Is there anybody left down there?"
At that very moment, a small bird thudded against the owl's side and sang out, distraught: "Help me please, kind and wise owl. Show me the way to Africa, I have to get back there immediately."
A bit long, but the animals do hold the child's interest. Includes a nice refrain. Children and parents could help make up a tune for it. It repeats about three times in various forms.
Good moral of cooperation that isn't in your face. Very timely environmental theme.
Works great in Social Studies and Language Arts units. Could get the play as a companion text. Perfect for Earth Day! Have the students do a Reader's Theater.
Worth looking at twice. With the story originally written in Finnish, I wonder if the English translation lost a bit of magic.
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