We all love books when we’re children. I can name about fifty books that I remember from my childhood – probably more. Mum and Dad did all the voices as we curled up in their laps. I can see the illustrations of each story in my head as I type this now. I read those books hundreds of times as a child, and still love them just as much now as I did then.
I tend to favor fiction. Probably because the fiction stories – especially the children’s ones – always used to have better pictures than the nonfiction. However, I’m finding more often than not, I teach with nonfiction stories. My own love for nonfiction is starting to grow as a result. A new trend in nonfiction is emerging: Narrative, true stories, complete with beautiful illustrations that are blended with real photographs. These mixed media books are ones my students beg to get a closer look at and ones that I discover new parts to each time I read them to another class. They’re impossible to put down. Addicting.
The latest one I’ve discovered is a book called Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick. If you loved the classic Pooh stories as a child, or have or know a child interested in animals, this the the book for you. I glanced through the pages before class, but found myself in tears when reading it in its entirety. It’s a book that parents will appreciate for its wonder and one children will ask you thousands of questions about.
My students are still talking about it – and it’s three weeks later.
Don’t miss this one. It’s wonderful.
Gary is all in.