Telgemeier, Raina. 2014. Sisters. New York: Scholastic.
(Advance Reader Copy)
Sisters is the companion graphic novel to the award-winning Smile. In Sisters, Raina, her mother, younger sister Amara, and little brother Will are on a road trip to Colorado. Past experiences and grievances, both large and small are unwelcome baggage on this family road trip. Raina and Amara feud for much of the trip, until one event brings the family together.
Prior events are relayed as flashbacks and appear on yellow-tinted pages.
I have sisters and I have daughters. I can attest to the fact that Raina Telgemeier tells it like it is. It's not the good times that make a family strong, but rather, how it deals with the bad times... and if everything turns out well, the bad times make the best stories.
Publishers Weekly has a 7-page preview of Sisters on their blog.
On a shelf near you, August 26, 2014.
I received my copy of Sisters at Book Expo America. Raina was kind enough to pose for a photo as she signed it. One lucky reader from my book club will be taking it home to preview on Wednesday!
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This book offers a wonderful opportunity for cross-curricular instruction - adding music knowledge and appreciation to language arts. Think of it as "Peter and the Wolf lite" for young listeners!
Listen to an excerpt from This is Not My Hat on Audible's website.
KLASSEN, JON. This Is Not My Hat. 1 CD w/tr book. 34 min.
Scholastic Audio. 2014. $29.95. ISBN
PreS-Gr 3— Opening with "This hat is not mine. I just stole it," a small fish takes the listener into his confidence as he makes his getaway toward a place where he thinks that no one will ever find him. This unapologetic thief, his annoyed (and very large) victim, and a stool pigeon crab tell this wryly humorous and cautionary fish story. The outcome contains enough ambiguity that sensitive listeners can believe that the robber has more options than becoming a fish dinner. Irish narrator John Keating does a great job with a title that relies heavily on sight gags. Appropriately, his impudent robber is not particularly likable. Nevertheless, the listener empathizes with the brash little chap. A string ensemble, in a manner similar to Peter and the Wolf, accompanies the narration. A cello represents the larger fish, who never speaks, while a violin characterizes the smaller fish. The music ebbs and flows to match the story. Two versions are included on the CD. A gentle marimba riff signals page turns on the first version. The accompanying hardcover book is a "must" to truly enjoy this Caldecott Medal winner. Humor fans will love it.
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Monday, July 14, 2014
"Finish this sentence: I'm a librarian. I ..."
|Mrs. Joan Fertig, Hungarian-born librarian at the Westinghouse plant|
Collins, Marjory, 1912-1985, photographer
Consider these rather simplistic statements that people might make about various degreed professions:
- I'm a doctor. I care for people's health.
- I'm an educator. I teach people new skills.
- I'm a lawyer. I assist people with important legal matters.
- I'm an accountant. I advise and assist people in the management of financial matters.
Now, finish this sentence: I'm a librarian. I ...
...and therein lies a problem. Although we are regulated in many states and hold master's degrees in our field, many (most?) people have no idea what librarians do. Even we can't distill it into a single sentence! As a whole, I feel that we're doing a poor job of promoting a greater understanding and appreciation of our profession in today's high tech era.
Here are some conversations I've had recently:
- The other day I had some uncomfortable dental work (no one asks dentists what they do all day!). My face was numb, my jaw hurt, and I was complaining about going to work. "Don't worry about it," said my mother-in-law, "just find a nice corner where you can sit and read all day." (I wish!)
- At a previous dental appointment, I was speaking with the hygienist and the conversation turned to various state regulations. When I mentioned that NJ librarians must have state-issued certificates, she said, "Whatever for? Why would a librarian need to be regulated?" (Among other reasons, because we are degreed professionals entrusted with the privacy and confidentiality of our patrons, the lifelong education of people of all ages, the proctoring of college level examinations, and the proffering of important and often sensitive information.)
- Out with friends the other night, the topic of my job came up in conversation; someone said, "Oh, right ... Dewey Decimal System and all that." (It's the "all that" that takes up my time)
So - if you're not a librarian, what do you think we do all day? If you are a librarian, can you finish my sentence for me so I'm ready the next time. Please?
Want to know what the American Library Association has agreed that all librarians should know? The list is here, known by its official title of "ALA's Core Compentences of Librarianship."