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What I Read This Week…
Barnacle is Bored by Jonathan FenskeI'm sure most of us have either heard the words, "I'm bored" from a child or remember uttering that same phrase ourselves as children. Barnacle expresses this same sentiment because every day is the same for him. As he sits stuck beneath the pier, the tide comes in and the tide goes out, but he never has any fun like the polka-dotted fish. When a big, green eel with sharp teeth swims by, Barnacle learns a lesson. This is a fun, playful picture book, as the story is told through colorful illustrations and speech bubbles. Readers may be thankful they are bored when they are done reading!
The Strange Case of
Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
The plot of this middle grade chapter book is as strange as the title implies, but I think students will find it fun and entertaining. Dwight has an origami Yoda finger puppet which gives advice to his classmates. Yoda seems to be all-knowing and pretty wise. Tommy is trying to figure out if there is more to Yoda than meets the eye. There is lots of humor in this story, but the characters learn something about themselves, so there is some sweetness to it, as well. This is a series I am going to recommend to my upper elementary readers for their summer reading.
Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan
Ravi has just moved from India to America and is starting fifth grade. Joe is a student in his fifth grade class, whose best friends have moved, and is often the target for Dillon, the class bully. The book tells about a week in fifth grade as these two boys are trying to navigate a path to fit in and be understood by their classmates. The chapters alternate between the perspective of each of the boys which makes the story interesting to read. There are themes related to cultural differences, bullying, empathy, and friendship. This book made me think of Wonder by R.J. Palacio because of the important message about respecting others' differences. I loved this book because it brings to light some of the issues students in the classroom may be struggling with and some important life lessons about acceptance and kindness. I think this book is a must-read and would make a great classroom read-aloud.