As I have traveled through the “T” section of The Merry Media Center, I have learned about several wonderful titles. There was one title that was much more captivating for my students than ANY of the others. Press Here by Herve’ Tullet allowed students to quickly and easily become engaged in the action of the story. After reading the book at home with my little one, I decided to try it out on my students during story time. Children took turns coming to the front to perform an action requested on each page. The children immediately became interested in the dot and wanted to find out what might happen on the next page. Press Here was so fantastic that after story time, many students asked to check out the book. This title is a worthwhile investment for any library media center. It is a perfect story to capture the attention of kinesthetic learners!
The artwork and the illustrations created by Taia Morley make Greg Tang’s books stand out! As part of my journey through the T section of The Merry Media Center, I encountered Math Fables, Too by Greg Tang. I expected to see numbers and a few mathematical equations sprinkled throughout the book. There were many numbers included in the “fables” and scientific facts written in rhyme throughout the book. The mathematical equations were lacking because the audience is expected to imagine them. The book would be beneficial to teachers who are introducing fact families to their students, are reviewing addition facts to ten, or are sharing scientific characteristics of a variety of animals. Our media center owns two companions to this title: The Grapes of Math and Math for All Seasons. The teaching value of Tang’s mathematical collection is strong overall. To improve our library’s mathematics section, I will be looking to add the remainder of Tang’s titles. It was exciting to find such a gem during the course of The Shelf Challenge!
My four year old son was really excited about reading Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat by Amy Tan. The artistry on the cover of the book was extremely detailed and enticing. The first page or two of the story was a little bit slow in advancing toward a plot, so I was disappointed at first. We continued reading and we both became more involved in the story. Sagwa, the main character cat, is a little mischievous, which added some humor. My little one gave a few strong belly chuckles as the little kitten tumbled into the ink pot. The story included some higher level vocabulary words (persistent, scroll, and magistrate). Even though it did not start strong, Sagwa the Chinese Siamese Cat was enjoyable and had a very happy ending.
The beautiful titles that I enjoyed today as a part of The Shelf Challenge were by the author Nancy Tafuri. Snowy, Flowy, Blowy is a title that I had read previously and loved the simple rhyme scheme and beautiful illustrations. A first grade class listened to this wonderful story, as well as Mama’s Little Bears and Goodnight, My Duckling. It was unanimous that the students enjoyed Goodnight, My Duckling the most. The students shared that they liked how the turtle showed kindness to the duckling and helped him find his way back home to his family. Kindness really does count!