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Review: Fish in a Tree (2015)

fishtreeI want to share this book with every teacher that I know.

This is the story of Ally, a bright young girl who has creatively managed to fool a lot of people. Her poor behavior at school hides her truth. She can’t read.

This is also the story of Mr. Daniels, a teacher who sees Ally’s potential and finds a way to reach her.

The irony is that the kids who this book will speak to the most are not likely to be kids who pick it up to read. This book would be a great title for teachers to read aloud. It would appeal to a wide variety of ages, and I think could do well in grades 2-5.

Ally’s determination and optimism send a positive message to readers on the power of hard work and perseverance. The kindnesses shown by Mr. Daniels and by some of Ally’s classmates illustrate how simple acts of caring can change a person’s life.

I highly recommend reading this book, and sharing it with kids in your life!

-Erin

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Review: Last Stop on Market Street (2015)

Last Stop on Market StreetLast Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

He wondered how his nana always found beautiful where he never even thought to look.

CJ and his Nana travel by bus to a soup kitchen after church on Sundays.  CJ has lots of questions for his grandmother and her answers are insightful and wise. I like this book more and more each time I read it.  Nana’s optimistic view of life is inspirational, for both me and CJ.  The pictures by Christian Robinson are simple and engaging and I love how De La Pena uses the story line to take the reader’s attention in one direction and then how the picture on the last page of the book can completely change the readers’ perspective.  This is a fabulous book to read out loud to children and I will be seeking out a copy to add to my personal library.   -Marika