Class size: 6-10 students
Class times: Monday 9:00am – 9:40am
October 15 (4 weeks)
Another time, another place – but seen through the eyes of a child. Young readers (or listeners) are introduced to the wonderful world of historical fiction through these quality picture books which make connections over time and space to the lives of other children. Every week a new book is introduced and read aloud in class. The book is a springboard to talk about the big world we live in, and that while some things are always changing, the most important things always stay the same. A wide range of follow-up activities for home expands on the theme of the book.
The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom
The images stitched into Hannah’s quilt lead to secret signposts on the Underground Railroad as she and her father take flight from slavery on a perilous path to freedom.
Now that Hannah’s papa has decided to make the run for freedom, her patchwork quilt is not just a precious memento of Mama — it’s a series of hidden clues that will guide them along the Underground Railroad to Canada. A fictionalized account of a fascinating oral history, THE PATCHWORK PATH tells the story of a two of the thousands who escaped a life of slavery and made the dangerous journey to freedom — a story of courage, determination, and hope.
The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles
The year is 1960, and six-year-old Ruby Bridges and her family have recently moved from Mississippi to New Orleans in search of a better life. When a judge orders Ruby to attend first grade at William Frantz Elementary, an all-white school, Ruby must face angry mobs of parents who refuse to send their children to school with her. Told with Robert Coles’s powerful narrative and dramatically illustrated by George Ford, Ruby’s story of courage, faith, and hope is now available in this special 50th-anniversary edition.
My Name Is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
Getting to feel at home in a new country
Yoon’s name means “shining wisdom,” and when she writes it in Korean, it looks happy, like dancing figures. But her father tells her that she must learn to write it in English. In English, all the lines and circles stand alone, which is just how Yoon feels in the United States. Yoon isn’t sure that she wants to be YOON. At her new school, she tries out different names―maybe CAT or BIRD. Maybe CUPCAKE!
Helen Recorvits’s spare and inspiring story about a little girl finding her place in a new country is given luminous pictures filled with surprising vistas and dreamscapes by Gabi Swiatkowska.
My Name Is Yoon is a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year.
Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai
This beautifully illustrated volume tells Malala’s story for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times.
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