Read Alouds

The Escape of Robert Smalls by Jehan Jones-Radgowski๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

The Escape of Robert Smalls  is a children’s read aloud book with fabulous illustrations by Poppy Kang and written by Jehan Jones-Radgowski.  The book shares a story of a man determined to be free at a time when being free was not an easy option for a black man.  

Robert Smalls was a slave born in South Carolina.  He was born at a time when slavery was allowed in the Southern states, but not in the Northern States.  Many slaves wanted to escape to freedom, but the treacherous journey, as well as the Fugitive Slave Laws kept many from trying.  Robert Smalls and a few friends had come up with a bold escape plan, but would it work?

I liked how the book didn’t presume prior knowledge of slavery.  The story was just tense enough to keep youngsters guessing and hoping for the best.  The Escape of Robert Smalls was a good read aloud!

 

The Worst Christmas Ever by Kathleen Long Bostrum๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

The Worst Christmas Ever by Kathleen Long Bostrum is a wonderful read aloud for Christmas.  The story is beautifully illustrated and feels like a boy friendly story. Matthew is unhappy about moving, unhappy about where they moved to, and unhappy with the holiday spirit - a pink Christmas tree? Really?  Matthew struggles about his new home is something many children can relate to. Then Matthew’s dog, Jasper disappears. Matthew is distraught, but on Christmas Eve he realizes the true miracle of Christmas isn’t about where you live, but the love of his family and his dog.  

 

The Worst Christmas Ever by Kathleen Long Bostrum is a wonderful children’s book that reminds us about what the miracle of Christmas is really about.  The story is certainly one that will be read yearly in many families and cherished.

 

Latest comments

25.11 | 11:05

Much media suggest teachers teach only subjects, but really: "... our job as teachers to help her learn to read, understand and think critically on her own."

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29.08 | 02:19

I love reading. I will start reading Rough Ride by Kristen Ashley after my https://www.goldenbustours.com/grand-canyon-tours/ and hope it would be interesting.

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10.06 | 12:03

The news Jacquelyn Winespear is on my summer reading list.
Looking forward to another Maise Dobbs

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24.12 | 00:28

Always look forward to your weekly blog, Marti ... safe travels this week. Merry Christmas!

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