Book Review: Mermaids on a Mission to Save the Oceans by Janet Balletta #ReadYourWorld

 

Mermaids on a Mission to Save the Oceans by Janet Balletta

Marlene is one of seven Mermaids chosen by the Council for the Mermaid Mission to save the oceans from mankind’s pollution.  Each Mermaid is assigned to one of the seven continents and responsible for protecting the oceans around their assigned continent.  Marlene was assigned to North America.  As a result of her work with her sister mermaid, Fina, who protects the oceans around South America, Marlene and Fina were receiving a medal.  They worked together to protect the Gulf of Mexico from chemical dumping.  They joined their sisters at the Merfolk reunion in Asia where the Council for the Mermaid Mission honored them.

My thoughts:  The author explores each of the seven continents and the environmental needs of the oceans surrounding each continent in a fun and engaging way.  The illustrations are bright and colorful.  I think children in early elementary grades would find this text engaging to identify the seven continents as well as learn bits of environmental science content as well.

I received a copy of this book to review for Multicultural Children’s Book Day from the author, Janet Balletta.  Learn more about Janet and her books on her website.

 

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2020 (1/31/20) is in its 7th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those book into the hands of young readers and educators.

Seven years in, MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves continues.

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Teaching Third Grade: Comparing Texts

A few weeks ago, I received a special treat from Candlewick Press, Jon Klassen’s Hat Box.  At the time I was in the middle of planning lessons to teach the “comparison of settings and plots between texts by the same author” to teach in a third grade classroom.  The timing was perfect.

I set about planning lessons that included read alouds of each of the books, I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat, and We Found a Hat.  After we read the three books, we compared the plots and settings.

After students captured the information on their graphic organizer, they chose two books in order to write a comparison of the settings and plots.

Even though I used the three books together to teach children how to compare plots and settings, each book is a perfect stand alone read aloud for children.  And so much fun!

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April is Poetry Month: Celebrate with These Titles

April is Poetry Month.  Take some time to celebrate with your students with a few of these titles.

Publisher: Harper Collins

Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield and illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Published: January 26, 2016)


This is the picture book version of a poem that was originally published in a collection of poems, Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems in 1978.  This is a wonderful mentor text for listening to poetry read aloud, listening for the rhythm and rhyme in the poem.  Teachers may want to use it as a mentor text for developing a writing piece based on “little moments” or as a personal narrative/memoir type writing piece.

 

In the Land of Words: New and Selected Poems by Eloise Greenfield and illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Published: January 26, 2016)


“The words can come from a memory, or a dream, or something I see or hear or wonder about or imagine. . . ” states Greenfield in her author’s note.  In this collection of poems, she celebrates the written word and invites readers to look within themselves and discover what inspires them.  A wonderful mentor to help students develop their own ideas through the written word and specifically through the genre of poetry.

 

My Chinatown: One Year in Poems by Kam Mak (Published: January 5, 2016)

In My Chinatown: One Year in Poems, the author explores a boy’s first year in the United States, after emigrating from China, as he grows to love his new home in Chinatown.  Through beautiful paintings, and sparse text, Kam Mak pays homage to family, culture, and a childhood spent in Chinatown.  This is a perfect mentor for many of our students in the United States today as they emigrate from their home countries and try to understand and live within an American culture, while not forgetting their own heritage.

This Is the Earth by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander, illustrated by Wendell Minor (Published: February 23, 2016)


This Is the Earth takes readers on a journey through hundreds of years as it explores how humans have affected the environment and shows the ways in which we can all care for the planet.  Wendell Minor’s beautiful paintings and the authors’ spare, rhyming verse work beautifully together.  This is a perfect poem to read aloud on Earth Day.

 

Disclaimer: I received these books from the publisher for review.

©2016 by Dawn Little for My Learning Life. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.